Happy Damn New Year!

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That Hat- Xmas Shoplifting Song

  I tried on an expensive knit hat at Barney’s that I had been eyeing all week. I worked next to “apparels- accessories” in the shoe department at the time. I forgot I had it on  and walked out of the store at the end of my shift. I was too embarrassed to bring it back. Plus it was an amazing hat.  It was the one and only time I ever stole anything – not even candy. In this song (co-written with Bill Demain), I actually plan to steal the hat. I’m... Read More

Last Minute Jill Gifts

  Isn’t it time for you to start writing a personal journal, perhaps a poem or a lyric, a crazy-pants paranoid manifesto? Wouldn’t that be a good thing to do for the new year? Well, I can start you off with a hand-written lyric of your choice on the first couple of pages of a cheap composition book (which I use), or if you prefer, a Moleskine. The following pages will be up to you. Maybe pick one of my lyrics that you think could inspire. Tip: I do like to write... Read More

My cover of “Merry Christmas to the Family”

  In 1996, Atlantic Records asked me to record a Christmas themed song. I wrote and recorded “Jesus Was a Dreidel Spinner”. The label did not think it was proper – this was before the “war on christmas” – so I had to come up with another, less…Hebrewish song. A friend introduced me to the amazing Robert Earl Keen song,”Merry Christmas to the Family”. I knew I couldn’t come up with anything better. The video was filmed... Read More

Christmas is the Saddest Day of the Year

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yudgy30Dd68 It took me until 2007 to make any major paper’s “top ten” music list.  It wasn’t a proper “best of”  but rather, even better…I made number ten in Entertainment Weekly’s list of  “100 Christmas Bummers”! It was a list of the most depressing holiday songs. Numero Uno was Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from that really sad scene... Read More

One Of These Days – Back Catalog Song of the Day

One Of These Days One of these days I’m going to get it together Gonna buy a watch gonna get it together Stop wasting time One of these days I’m gonna get out of bed I’m gonna turn off the TV Gonna raise the dead Raise the dead One of these days when I fall in love It won’t fall apart like it always does One of these days I’ll forget about you Take out the trash that’s what I’ll do One of these days and it’ll be real soon I’m... Read More



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