LINER NOTES & ESSAYS

As a writer and music lover, fewer endeavors bring me more gratification than writing liner notes or essays that document the history of an album. Since 2010, I've penned more than 160 liner notes for CD re-issues of classic soul, R&B, pop, jazz, and disco by a number of labels, including Big Break Records (BBR), Cherry Red, Gold Legion, Demon Music Group, among others. For each essay, I interview the artist (when available), plus key personnel, including songwriters, producers, and musicians. I tell the story through their words and point of view. Below is just a sample of some of the re-issues that include my essays. Click on the cover and you'll see who I interviewed for the re-issue and when the album was re-released. Underneath the description, I've provided a link where you can find more information about where to get the re-issue.  Click here to hear/view Qool DJ Marv's musical mix of my liner notes portfolio.

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KENNY LOGGINS: Keep the Fire

original label: Columbia (1979) re-issue: Lemon/Cherry Red interviews with Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Stephen Bishop, Richard Page "This Is It" was the second song Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald wrote after "What a Fool Believes." My essay includes what exactly went through Kenny's mind when he won a Grammy for the song ... plus his song-by-song analysis of the album and insights from some of his esteemed co-writers.

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