I've been a songwriter most of my life and have written for music libraries and created custom tracks for advertising. My passion is pop song craft, catchy choruses and yes, guitars. My style has been compared to Elvis Costello, Fountains of Wayne and Mike Viola. And if you don't know who he is, well, you probably need to make that happen.
I wrote a concept album about my town, life in the suburbs, and the true or not so true stories about the people who live here. I wrote, recorded and played all of it myself, well, just because. As powerpopaholic.com said, "These song stories are very well written and musically smartly composed." Released on the Kool Kat Musik label.
"ANYTHING I WANT TO SAY"
I released this solo EP on a local label and it was the first time I got to play and record with session musicians. It was both intimidating and amazing at the same time. While only five songs, it's solid. And it sounds great. It's currently streaming on all platforms. There was one outtake from those sessions, "Amateur Night" -- see link below.
THE RIP OFF ARTISTS
I collaborated on two albums with friend, compatriot and collaborator Peter Batchelder. Our goal, in the beginning, was to get together once a week and write one song in a night. We did that, but once we realized the songs were pretty good we decided to spend a little more time on them. The results are two really solid albums I'm very proud of.
The second release from The Rip Off Artists includes the hits "Inside the Actor's Studio Apartment" and "The Billionaire's Daughter." It also includes "Inspector Valentino," a tribute to the Italian Giallo.
The Rip Off Artists debut. Features the song "I Thought It Over" which is about a notorious overthinker which may or may not be autobiographical in nature. Also includes the hit "The Wishful Thinker" which received heavy airplay on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee. In a bit of irony, the album won an award -- for the CD artwork.
"MUSIC FOR MINIVANS"
People always ask me if my band's name is "Pipitone." The truth is I did put out an album with a great band and called it "Pipitone." Kool Kat Musik picked up Music For Minivans and the label's owner, Ray Gianchetti considers it a power pop classic.