A Cali Christmas & Happy New Year!

After all this time working with Holiday Magic, this was the first year I was in town to visit Rady’s Children’s Hospital to deliver CD’s in person. It was obviously a very moving experience and confirmed that what we’re doing is not only worthwhile, but a vital part of bringing Christmas to these precious little ones. Kevin Lare and his team put together this beautiful video of our experience, featuring “Just Can’t Sleep.” Please enjoy!

Holiday Magic Rady Children’s Hospital Visit from Kevin Lare on Vimeo.

The Holiday Magic 2011 team at Rady's Children's Hospital.

98 BOTTLES HOLIDAY CONCERT: I performed a few of the tunes for a Christmas concert at 98 Bottles accompanied by the wonderful Terry O’Donnell. Terry also helped me assemble a medley that has been settling in my noggin for eons now. It had only been previously sung in the shower.

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS: After a road-trip to visit my grandparents in Arizona, I spent the holidays with family in San Diego… sunset jogs on the beach, reminiscing with friends in Balboa Park (our old stomping ground), catching new shows at The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, soaking in the sun while reading a good book and devouring lots of delicious Mexican food! Yup, people like to feel sorry for Californians at Christmastime, but don’t pity us, really. heehee! My family threw a New Year’s shindig to set the tone for 2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR: I was excited to start the new year of by returning to 98 Bottles for a concert with extraordinary jazz pianist, Kiefer Shackelford. Look out for this guy. He’s an inspiration- Click here for proof. We put together our set in only three rehearsals and performed to a packed house. Mostly jazz tunes with a few pop songs in the mix. We even convinced the owner, Steve Anthony, to do an impromptu performance. Thanks to everyone who came out. Such a blast!

BACK IN THE BIG APPLE: I recorded demos for the completed musical of “The Journey of the Noble Gnarble” by Denver Casado, based on the book by Daniel Errico. The book came out last October and the demos will soon be available through Beat by Beat Press.

…and (drumroll pleeeease) my debut album “FIRST REAL LOVE” will finally be available on itunes through King Kobra Records the second week of February! I’m really excited to share it with you all!

I’m in the midst of developing new projects for Cheshire Fox Productions and have been inspired to do quite a bit of writing. Composer, Adam Block, and I wrote and recorded a demo of our tune “Something Good.” More on that later.

My friends and I at Moxie Street Picture Shows started the year in NYC with a reading followed by a brainstorm session for our next production. There will be an official announcement made soon.

Needless to say, 2012 is going to be a great year! Even numbered years are always the best and this year has already started off pretty darn splendid!

Wishing you all that is “too marvelous for words”,       

My latest design: “californewyork!”