I'm hoping to bring the show to a New York venue next. In the meantime, I'm working on new material—writing lyrics to additional bebop classics by composers I haven't yet taken on—and with a little luck I'll be able to keep doing this for some time to come. Meantime, I am havin' me some righteous good times.The clouds rollin’ in, the tide’s rollin’ outBut Poppa been standin’ stillYou know you can’t win, you know it’s a routIf you don’t climb up that hillI’m through playin’ games, I’m taking down namesI’m stakin’ my claims, JamesThe wind’s comin’ up, the shit’s goin’ downBut Poppa been cool as iceIf you don’t stand up, can’t make it your townAin’t nobody tell you twiceI’m ending the wait, it’s never too lateI’m filling my plate, NateThe band’s playin’ on, the crowd’s getting’ offBut Poppa been sailin’ throughYou can’t throw no shade, got no right to scoffIf you ain’t done somethin’ newI’m fillin’ my tank, I’m pullin’ my rankI’m betting the bank, Frank
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Had a great crowd—and a tremendous response—at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard. I was in the super-swank Foundation Room, with Matt Yeakley on guitar and Bill Markus on bass, and we did ourselves some serious swinging. Here's a video (very much bootleg) of my take on Thelonious Monk's "Ba-lue Bolivar Blues"—which I've retitled "Poppa's Resolution"—followed by my lyrics.