The TV presentation and DVD Close To You: Remembering the Carpenters is a poignant musical portrait of Richard Carpenter and his late sister, Karen that airs on Public Television stations nationwide this Saturday, December 5th, with encore telecasts throughout the month.
Remember when you first heard "Roxanne"? I do. I was a child in a record store without a clue about the song's theme. Not sure I could've identified reggae, let alone purloined reggae. But I well recall my impression.
Eli Mardock is premiering a new song with us today called "If You're With Me, Then You're Against Me." The haunting and dream-like tune appears on the Nebraskan singer/songwriter's debut full length, Everything Happens For The First Time.
Ironically, it took a couple of androids to create something organic and bring some soul back to music... and people are feeling it. So, even if you're like Daft who? Punk what?, this is as good a time as any to get on board and into the groove.
A lot of people think that "Still Alive" might be a contender for an Oscar nomination. And I think they're right. The question is, can a song really have a chance to win Best Song if it's in a film whose total budget was slightly less than what it cost to replace broken windows in Skyfall?
Paul Williams is the short, blond, bespectacled songwriter and actor who wrote "Rainbow Connection." The documentary "Still Alive" is a '70s pop culture fest and a funny, heartwarming film that explores fame, addiction, recovery and friendship.
Still alive? Paul Williams seems to be defying time, as it were. He's still a practicing songwriter, and he's out on the hustings doing retail film promotion for a documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive, that he initially regretted saying "yes" to.
Even those of us who loved the Paul Williams songs of the 1970s--like "Rainy Days and Mondays" (made famous by the Carpenters) or "Evergreen" (for which he won the Oscar with Barbra Streisand) -- didn't know that the popular artist was still alive.
Five years ago, a filmmaker named Steve Kessler wrote me a letter and told me that he wanted to make a film about my life. I thanked him very much and told him that I didn't like to indulge my ego that way anymore. But Steve kept persisting.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to exchange a few words with many terrific songwriters and artists ranging from Billy Joel and Garth Brooks to Jimmy Jam and Jimmy Webb and even an exec or two as they that walked the red carpet at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame awards show.