Keep On Playin’ That Country Music and Try These Books On For Size

Willie Morton, one of the characters in my One Life and The Phantom Speaks books, always says: “Just keep on playin’ that country music”. I keep saying the same thing myself. It’s funny how you learn from your characters. In any case, to “keep on playin that country music” is sound advice, and I try to follow it.  So…….. Now, if you want to read … Continue reading Keep On Playin’ That Country Music and Try These Books On For Size

Sweet Dreams and Happiness

I wrote this song about 45 years ago. A “true life song”, as Bill Monroe would call it. It describes an actual piece of my life. The song appears with all the lyrics written out in the second or third chapter of my obviously autobiographical, but not quite, first novel titled Up in the Bronx.  I can’t remember why working on this song was such a significant … Continue reading Sweet Dreams and Happiness

Up in the Bronx, a Novel and a Soundtrack too

Bumbastories is proud to make available to the reading and listening public both the book Up in the Bronx and the accompanying soundtrack CD Up in the Bronx and Down in L.A. This “aesthetically rewarding” combination of a literary novel together with a soundtrack of songs performed by the author – so as to complement and illuminate the Up in the Bronx story!…. well, these … Continue reading Up in the Bronx, a Novel and a Soundtrack too

Sweet Dreams and Happiness

I wrote this song back in the Bronx nearly forty years ago. Yikes! And I still play it every now and then! A couple of days ago I was playing around with it and with adding back-up tracks. The song is included somehow in my novel Up in the Bronx.The lyrics, as well as two paragraphs of explanation about the chord progression, are actually on … Continue reading Sweet Dreams and Happiness

Desert Wind

I wrote this song about Israel and the Negev desert after my first visit there. It’s a nice song to play along with if you have such inclinations (I mean inclinations to play along, sing along, hum along, tap your feet along kinds of inclinations). I myself enjoy playing it (an unfortunate lilting, somewhat musical inclination, a weakness for rhyme inclination, a slippery slope of … Continue reading Desert Wind

Two O’Clock in the Morning

It’s two o’clock in the morning and the moon is shining bright I just get to wonderin’ where my baby is tonight I wrote this one many moons ago in New York City. It’s a standard 12-bar blues. I was just playing it again yesterday. I used a different sort of rhythm, and for some reason I played it very slow. Anyway here’s to the good … Continue reading Two O’Clock in the Morning