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Title
Length
Notes
Something Good
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
1:32
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Jim Dispirito’s conga’s and my sea foam green Strat through my Leslie 145 create that “galloping” feel. That’s Donna Groom and Heidi Engle singing the back-ups. Did you notice that the first chorus saxes have a Memphis soul feel and how I changed the 2nd chorus sax section to something closer to an Afro-Cuban feel? Of course you didn’t – that’s why I pointed it out to you! Strong opener.
Saving Grace
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
2:04
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Seeking refuge, always finding a safe haven, a necessity. Check out the lyrics (always!!) The powerful sax line statements are augmented in the intro and outro by that “James Bond-Chilly Billy” Strat sound.

Bill Hubauer’s piano solo is stellar and his solo closing flourish is jaw dropping. Donna Groom wails over the repeat chorus, and feel the arrangements tension mounting to the closing chord. A fine piece of rock.
Keep the Demons
at Bay

Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
1:32
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A bit of a reggae feel rhythmically. That “haunting” hi-pitch instrument is a Theremin. That was Bill Hubauer’s idea, seconded by Mr. Hanner – they lobbied hard and trumped the President’s veto – I’m glad they did! Again, Donna Groom and Heidi Engle sing the back-ups, that’s me on the falsetto 3rd on the “Demon’s, Demon’s Away ee-yea-a-ee-a”. Nice touch, was it not? I’m also extremely proud of my horn and vocal arrangements.
I Was Looking
for Heaven
but I Came Here First

Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
2:00
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I was on my way home, took this windy road called Beatty Road past St. Vincent College. It was a beautiful, cool, sunny, blue sky fall day. There’s a stretch of about 1 mile where the trees arch over the road. The leaves were gold and crimson. Driving through the sun to shade to sun under the limbed arch way gave the ride this hypnotic feel that day. My antennae must have been up because somewhere through that time tunnel of trees the first verse, the hook, the melody line and the bridge all happened in – I swear – less than 2 minutes. I went home, picked up my blonde Strat and the song was already waiting there. I wrote about 10 verses then trimmed the excess. Most of my songs are composites of fiction based in fact. This one feels like it should have been me, if it wasn’t – and is me even when it isn’t. Most songs are more effort than this one. The moral is this: when Sarah Tonen, the goddess of inspiration says pick up your pen – you better listen….. and tip your hat to those great vocalists Donna Groom, Devonna, Dominique and Lucia the Philly Sisters. The violin is Steve Stokes of Indiana, PA. Former Indiana County fiddlin’ champ, moved to Nashville after he graduated from IUP. He tours with Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Mel McDaniels, John Michael Montgomery among others. When he gets home, we draft him to play on anything I’m working on at the time.
One More Night
with Desdemona

Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
1:45
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A mini-operetta of sorts, I had so much fun arranging this song. When we finished the tune all 3 engineers involved said, at separate sessions, that they couldn’t believe the song was 7 minutes long, it goes by in what seems to be 3 minutes. Lots of Latin feel, percussion and horns. All the female vocals are Donna “perfect pitch, one-take” Groom. Jim Hayden and I spent an entire 10 hour day fine tuning all the percussion much of which Jim, an accomplished drummer, played. It was a big score for Latin percussion instruments! And how about that surprise story twist revealed in the last passage of the last verse? Author! Author!.. Marimba and expansive lyrical piano work, Lord of the Keyboards – Bill Hubauer. The trumpet work is by IUP jazz guy, Dr. Kevin Eisensmith who walked in cold, unrehearsed - and he was gone in 1 hour! And as usual stellar sax section work by Greg Lutz, the Mambo King.
The Subtleties of Love
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
2:07
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A soulful R&B style song with vocal help from Donna Groom and the 3 soul singers Dominique and Devonna Harrison and Lucia Wilson, the one man stax sax section Greg Lutz and the tasteful Bill Hubauer on keys flesh this performance out. “You’ve shown me the light, now show me the way – if you are the vision, then I’m here to stay. You offered salvation and I fell in line – and then I fell in love, that’s all I’m guilty of….” I had Greg Lutz play a soulful statement over the band as we find our way from a minor to a major chord uplifting the mood of a bitter/sweet song to end on a note of hope. Maybe our protagonist can learn the subtleties…. Well, dream on….
Funk of Ages
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
2:17
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This was going to be an instrumental but every time the chorus came around the back-up singer in the left hemisphere of my brain (again Sarah Tonen) kept singing “Rock of Ages”, which mutated to Funk of Ages which begat the verse “Arise, take up thy groove” to paraphrase the Gospel (of Mark) arise, take up thy bed which led me to the quote (inexplicably) “these are the times that try men’s souls” (Thomas Paine) and what soul/funk tune would be complete without a reference to Don Cornelius?

Enter Lucia, Dominique and Devonna from Rev. Mel Jenkens Victory Christian Assembly Church choir of Indiana, PA. After Funk Of Ages, they sang on The Subtleties of Love and It’s a Wonderful Life for me. They brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the sessions. Thanks ladies, I hope we can work together again soon and often, what fun. See the studio photos and “get a groove on, get a groove on, shake shake, tease me a little…..”
In the Beginning
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
1:11
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A clever little intro in 6/4 time segues into a pop rock tune with a dark apocalyptic vision (that you can dance to!). What will it be? Vaporization or a slow radiation bake? Harmony guitar and marimba lines build to a big vocal intro into The Name of God.
In The Name of God
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
1:24
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In the Name of God begins - how come no one (other than yours truly) is angry about 9-11 anymore? How did you move on – what is “closure”? These alleged humans give 3,000 innocents the choice of death by jet fuel, building collapse or jump to your death while destroying the air industry, our economy, and our trust in humanity and the best we can do with our Judeao-Christian ethic is turn the other cheek and adhere to rules of engagement and humane interrogation?

… but terrorists on Bloody Trails, have opened up the Gates of Hell, and I’m still looking for the Holy Grail In the Name of God.

OP. Ed.
T.D.
Lee Ann
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
2:06
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One of maybe 3 songs I ever sang lead on during my live playing years (1969-1983). I wrote it in 1979. I recorded it 2nd while writing and recording this album. I wanted to see if it would stand up beside the newest tunes. If it hadn’t I would have sacked it and recorded another newer song. Dave Hanner, Al Snyder and Curt Erickson of the Corbin-Hanner Band sing great back-up vocals on this rocker about “too much of a good thang”. What thang would that be?
It’s A Wonderful Life
Strawberry Blonde in a Sun Dress
2:19
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This verse – groove kept resurfacing in my brain over a period of a couple of years. I just put it on hold, I couldn’t take it anywhere. Then one night I drove past the Jimmy Stewart statue in Indiana, PA and the title/hook happened, jelling the rest of the song. I was in a good mood for about an hour than I remembered I can’t watch that film the whole way through. I’ve seen maybe one-half hour of it; it depresses the hell out of me! Then my old pal anger resurfaced and that’s where the bridge came from. Since it was an upbeat, soulful song, I decided to use it as the closer. So I extended the song approximately 2 minutes, came up with that horn line and decided to end the album like an old soul show – thus the band introduction – Good Night Everybody!
Hillbilly Hepcats
Instrumental Telepathy
2:24
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This upbeat tune features the off-the-wall talents of pedal steel player Pete Freeman and fiddle/violin player Steve Stokes.
Charlane's Allure
Instrumental Telepathy
1:59
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Tom named this tune for Chuck Leavell's Charlane Plantation in Georgia. That is where Tom and Chuck met and discovered that they shared similar taste in music. Chuck plays piano and organ on this slow blues tune.
Blue Moon Serenade
Instrumental Telepathy

1:52
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A bit of a departure from the rest of the album, this tune has a warm, moody feel to it and features Dave Walters on the Vibes and Tom on guitar.
Midnight Confidential
Instrumental Telepathy

1:38
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Catchy and gritty, featuring Greg Lutz on sax and Bill Hubauer on organ and marimba.
FGR
(Funken' Grooven' Rocken')

Soul Kiss
3:01
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Man, I’d love to close a show with this rockin’ soul beauty. Where’d Troy’s drum solo come from and how did he come back on time? Double keyboards, Chris Feliciani on piano, Bill Hubauer on Hammond …. And who’s that cat on guitar and slide guitar? Oh, it’s me.
Mighty Love
Soul Kiss
2:00
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Too funky! Killer horns, infectious funk beat and so much more. This is Tom's anthem as he marches into the valley of love... down to the valley! Yolanda Barber and Danni Vasser, former House of Soul singers, really steal the show with their back-up vocals.
Someone Get Me
Out of Here

Soul Kiss
1:12
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Tom takes us back to his days of playing dive bars and dealing with drunk patrons and the 10 pm to 2 am world. Dave Hanner sings backup. Tribune Review newspaper critic Rege Behe likened this song to a Randy Newman song – "I was thrilled.” See the article.
Deliver Me
Soul Kiss
1:38
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Rock with a soul/gospel flavor. Wonderful back-up vocals by Gospel singers Mark and Stacy Adams, beautiful piano solo by Bill Hubauer.
The Soulful Days
Soul Kiss
1:55
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Tom pays homage to some of his musical influences. “I still love these guys and their records – Stax, Volt and Atlantic all captured magic in those days.”
Workin' the Hoot Owl
Soul Kiss
1:24
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Another catchy instrumental with plenty of horns and guitars. Features some very tasty slide guitar work by Tom. Producer/writer Dave Hanner of the Corbin-Hanner Band called this tune “an American classic”. Workin’ the hoot owl means working the all-night shift.
Any Port in a Storm
Love Is King
2:31
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Humorous story of a sleazy pick-up artist Tom observed at The Rattlesnake Inn. “Like a cold hearted reptile, the snake had his way – then he crawled to his car and he slithered away.” Perfect ending!
The Hunger
Love Is King
2:28
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“She walk the street, she look so good. He drive on by, he wish he could. He flash the cash – they jump in the back. Tonight somebody have a heart attack.” ‘Nuff said. Great back-up vocals by Nancy Eagan, Shirley Dragovich and Pete Morely. Hot sax by Don Aliquo, Jr. former Billy Price and Keystone Rhythm Band Ace.
Désodorisant
Love Is King
1:24
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“Mr. Hanner called one night and wanted to know the French word for deodorant – he was brainstorming for a commercial. I phoned my old high school French teacher who said ‘Désodorisant’ was a close approximation (it means the odor rising). The changes and melody jumped out of my head. I saved the bridge for Mr. Hanner. Sounds very Booker T-ish to my ears.” Check Bill Hubauer’s Hammond work at the end of the song.
Careless Love
Love Is King
1:46
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Very catchy song, could still be a hit for the right pop-rock singer. Has a strong Rundgren-Pop/Hall & Oates feel. Great back-up vocals by the Corbin-Hanner Band singers: Al Snyder, Curt Erickson and Dave Hanner.
Little Gem
Love Is King
:54
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A song with a country feel, though it would not fit the early or current Nashville sound. But a good song is a good song….. Nice 12-string Rickenbacker and Telecaster solo. Good back-up vocals by Pete Morley, Dave Hanner and Tom.
Love Is King
Love Is King
2:43
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Rock and roll with Chris Feliciani on piano and Bill Hubauer on Hammond organ – what a team. Soulful back-up vocals by Toni Turner (a Gospel singer) and Nancy Egan. Very clever and witty lyrics, moving on up from skirt chasing to love.
Personal Asylum
Love Is King
2:23
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A strong piece of rock writing and arranging. I was about 30 when I wrote this song; I’m 66 now. Interesting (lyrically) to see that I often still think the same way; “Looking for order, try to make sense of this lifetime – what are all these years about?” Sounds familiar….
Poetic Justice
For A Lifetime
2:26
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Tom kicks off this album with a bang! A 3 piece horn section, Eddie Kistler, Mike Karwowski and Don Aliquo, Jr. and 5 background vocalists, Dave Freeland, Dave Hanner, Don Marsiko, Shari Richards, & Tommy D really give this song a thick, slick sound!
Movin'!
For A Lifetime
2:54
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A trip into the mind of a truck drivin' man. A fast-paced, country-rock flavored song that really conveys the hectic life of a trucker. Dave Hanner and Laurie Struthers sing backup on this one!
Wild Boy
For A Lifetime
3:16
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Tom takes you on a musical journey as vivid as a movie. Some incredibly creative keyboardwork by Bill Hubauer really sets the stage for this rock masterpiece. You really need to hear the whole song!
Maybe Next Time
A View from the Grill
2:06
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Pop rock – should have been some pop stars hit. How come publishers have such a hard time recognizing a good pop tune just because it isn’t presented by “the right voice?” Old and bitter? Perhaps!
Little One
A View from the Grill
1:58
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Catchy little Carribean influenced pop tune. Cecil and Carol Washington on percussion, clever back-up vocals by Dave Freeland, Carol Washington, Tommy D. and Dave Hanner.
I'm A Winner
A View from the Grill
2:41
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Not really, but I am persistent and relentless. As the old, legendary Pittsburgh Pirate broadcaster Bob Prince once described something he called “hidden vigorish”; “the more you win, the closer you get to losing” – or vice versa. But you gotta stay in the game.


 

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