2017: Another year gone by.
Two biggest pieces of news: I produced
Decembrance again last December
(2016) after a two-year break.
It was in a great (and much more intimate)
venue, run by my friend, Jeff
And (sound the trumpets) I finally
finished a complete draft AND score of my
adaptation of The Count of Monte
So now, the frequent taskafter I finish a
script or score -- what do I do with
2016: No updates for seven years. Hmmm
... well, I produced a revue of my holiday
called Decembrance in 2011, 2012
and 2013. The cast was great. I produced a
fourth version of
my other songs called Out of My Trunk,
Out of My Mind 4 Sure, and in 2014 I
entered one of my songs in
the first annual Davenport Songwriting
contest, held by Tony-Award winning
Broadway producer Ken Davenport.
My song, "We're the Only Real Actors in
this Show", made the ten finalists and was
sung in his theater
in the Broadway district by two San
Joseans gone Broadway: Gary DeMattei and
They did great ... and I finally made it
to New York and Broadway at age
2009: I haven't updated this page in a
YEAR? Anyway ...
my newest work is a satire of all those
super clean-cut touring groups of the late
60's and early 70's.
will play the first two weeks of December
at the Theater on San Pedro Square
in downtown San Jose. To read more about
the show, click HERE.
2008: Had a third evening of my music
and lyrics on the 25th and 27th.
OUT OF MY TRUNK, OUT OF MY MIND 3-D
was a lot of fun and this time I had
ELEVEN terrific performers
who are also dear
nice, small theater, but the modest crowds
were very responsive
and we all had a lot of fun and very nice
inbetween the two performances was my
fifth annual high school reunion
for all the Classes of the 1970's. Had a
packed pizzeria this year
and may move back to our high school for
the one next year.
2008: Well, as I still ponder the
options for my next mini-career, I decided
if I could write an entire score in two
weeks. No. I couldn't. But I might be able
to finish it in four weeks.
Won't tell you what the project is, but
it's silly, fun and out there. My favorite
By the way, if you see me and my Casio
keyboard at a red light or at the end of
an off-ramp later this spring,
buy my pencils, will ya? I'm not a
veteran, but I'll write you a fun song
before the light turns green.
2007: Like any good artist
(well, bad ones, too) occasionally
we find ourselves between day
I find myself in that position again
for the first time six years. I got
laid off on the 10th and am
looking for anything in the arts,
administrative support, IT support,
or virtually any kind of writing
(creative, journalistic, arts,
Will post some updated resumes soon.
Meanwhile, let me know if you hear
August 2007: Well, another birth
year has gone by. Took a week off
from work, but stayed home this
after two mostly disappointing trips
the last two years to Reno/Tahoe and
The annual high school reunion was
okay this year. a lot of new folks,
but still only about 25-30
But had a lot of fun that
After a creative burst of about 18
months, I've kind of stalled --
well, by MY standards.
I continue composing new holiday
songs for my proposed holiday CD
but work on my big project has come
to a standstill. Maybe just a summer
2007: Had a sneak preview of my
score for my newest project at the
Theatre on San Pedro Square.
We decided to go formal in tuxes and
evening gowns -- er, MEN in tuxes
WOMEN in evening gowns.
Nice reception from the two
audiences, and I took a lot of
Keep fighting off ideas for other
shows while I try to finish THIS
and prepare a holiday CD with all
original songs and vocals by my
January/February 2007: Work
continues on my most complex project
to get a sneak preview. Will have a
live sneak preview on April
6th and 7th at the Theatre on San
Come back for more details the end
2006: Completed six
holidays songs and sent out a
limited number of copies on DVD.
I was too late to record vocals, so
I created sort of "karaoke" versions
Will try to do a full album for
Christmas 2007 on CD.
2006: Work resumes on my musical
adaptation of The Count of Monte
Cristo. Now that Dot You!
has closed for the time being,
and my nephew Sean has married his
wonderful wife, Beth, I'll be
getting back to it as often as I
can. I'm also finishing up this
year's holiday song: "Christmas Is
2006: I'm ecstatic to report
that my musical revue
You! (A Musical Jab at the Last
Three Years of the 20th
opened March 30th for an initial
one-weekend "break-in" run. The show
returned for a two-weekend run on
August 24-27 and September 7-10 at
Theatre on San Pedro Square in
downtown San Jose.
As I've told a number of friends,
the crowds were "bigger than I
expected, but smaller than I had
hoped for." nevertheless, it seemed
as if almost everyone who saw it had
a good time. And the cast was, of
course, just amazing. I hope to be
bringing it back again later this
theatrical season -- this time with
an advertising budget!
August 2006: For my birthday
this year, I went to Las Vegas.
Hadn't been there since 1963.
It changed a bit.
Went primarily to see Bob Picardo
and Ethan Phillips (see below)
perform the first Star Trek
Voyager stage show we wrote
together "Doubles" at the 40th
Anniversary Star Trek
It was a packed house and the
peformance was, as usual,
hysterically funny. And yes, once
again Bob mispronounced my last name
despite, he says, practicing it over
and over just before the
was odd having about 1500 Trek fans
look at me and applauding all in the
wrote another STAR TREK VOYAGER
stage show with Voyager
actors Bob Picardo (the Doctor,
pictured above left with me) and
Ethan Phillips (Neelix).
Left photo is from the actual debut
performance, March 26, 2004. at
Grand Slam XII, one of the biggest
annual Sci-Fi conventions in the
Last year, I was lucky enough to
attend one of their
As you could guess, it was
absolutely hysterical-- especially
when they went off script!
co-wrote House Call with them
about two years ago and they performed
it at a number of Trek conventions, and
it was very well received. They
performed it again August 2006.
(Photo above right taken by and used
with the very kind permission of Lisa