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2010: Stages

Free to Be Loved By Me

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For



2008: They Oughta Write a Song…

Out of thousands of entries and 10 finalists, They Oughta Write a Song won the JPF 2009 award for Best Vocal Jazz Album. Congratulations to Halie, Mo, Brian, and Tim on a job well done!

These are some selections from Halie Loren’s 2008 release, They Oughta Write a Song, which I played on, arranged, and co-produced. You can purchase the CD or digital tracks from it at Halie’s website, halieloren.com — just click on the “Store” link. Thanks for supporting independent music!

They Oughta Write a Song

God Bless the Child



Blue Skies

Many Times, Many Ways — A Holiday Collection

2008: Many Times, Many Ways

From the Mouths of Babes — An original of mine on our 2008 Christmas CD. I recorded it on the 1926 Steinway M grand piano at Don Ross Productions in Eugene. This was a composite of three takes. The remix improves on the original’s EQ curve and dynamic palette.

Home for the Holidays

Nature Boy

Grown-Up Christmas List

Blue Holiday

Winter Wonderland

Deb Cleveland Band

Good Times


Some selections from our unreleased ToneDawg album, circa 1998.

Love Has a Thousand Ways — Frank is a gifted lyricist, and when the occasion calls for it can be surprisingly sensitive. This is one of my favorites.

Horseshoe Lover

Jessie’s Jam

Some selections from our 1997 CD, Soul in a Jar.

One for Merlin — Showing off Frank’s phenomenal guitar chops and my attempts to keep up with him. Sometimes I got in my licks! I enjoyed banging out unadulterated keyboard pyrotechnics with ToneDawg.

Soul in a Jar

New Tattoo

Pat’s Mocha

Rattlesnake Rag


Gospel, spiritual and message songs.

Only You — Gospel singer Julia D. Neufeld commissioned me to write several songs for her. This weaves a mid-’90s ostinato around a nice set of chord changes. I was particularly happy with the bridge, which appears headed for E major and then surprises with a return to the minor key.

Rolling River God — Halie Loren interprets this tune beautifully.

Pieces of Me — This is the first Halie original we committed to CD, and it remains one of my favorites. (She vetoed my alternate recasting of the lyric, “Pizzas with Cheese.”)

Lord of All — This was written for Julia, who possesses a vocal range I can’t begin to comprehend. And that’s Eiko singing soprano in the gospel choir at the end. This is easily my most straight-up, no-nonsense gospel song.

A Tree Falls — A Halie original. I particularly enjoy Halie’s lyric in the chorus.

If a tree fell and no one was around, would it make a sound?
If a rose bloomed and no one ever saw, was it beautiful at all?
When a heart breaks and no one knows, do the tears still flow?
It’s easy to believe we can look away
But a tree falls every day.

Love Prevails — Another Halie-penned song of love and hope.

In My Life — Reharmonizing the Beatles is fun and dangerous work. I like how the jazz chords both soften and intensify the song’s message. We tracked this on Billy Barnett’s 1983 Yamaha C3 grand piano at Gung Ho Studio near Eugene, Oregon.

Connection to the Heart — An affirmative prayer set to a gentle doo-wop. This was recorded in 2004 but never released.

Trophy Bass 3D

Music beds I produced for Score! Music & Sound Design that appeared in the popular home computer game from Sierra Online.

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 1

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 2

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 3

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 4 — The most successful cut, musically and sonically. The guitars are played by Paul Wurster, another brilliant Eugene musician and good friend.

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 5

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 6

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 7

Trophy Bass 3D – Track 8

Rehearsals, Outtakes, Sketches


Euro Transit — A little musical bed I composed using Logic and Native Instruments Komplete. I enjoy sounds that meld or morph into unrelated sounds, as I tried to do here.

Summertime — From the 2009 Metropolitan Rhythm & Blues Revue, a fundraiser for Cottage Grove school music programs. My solo begins at about 2:50.

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