Music inspires me--to write and play Music! I know it sounds somewhat obvious, and it is, but I really get very creative if I hear someone else being creative and I like what they are doing. It automatically triggers my creative center, and I immediately want to write something myself. If I hear lots of music that doesn't really get me excited, I still may be writing soon, as I do all the time anyway...but if I hear something that really gets me going, I have an extra edge, and the songs I write right after that usually get written faster, and are better than the ones I slog and work on for days. The inspired ones come faster.
I like all sorts of music: Classical, Musicals, ROCK AND ROLL, Pop, even some rap things. The only kind of music that bugs me is march music, but even that genre has it's better songs and it's worse songs. For some reason, the whole pariotic pride evoking march stuff just makes me feel unemotional and uninterested. But that's about my only real prejudice in music. The rest- Well, it breaks down to only two kinds of music: Good music, and Bad music. For instance, there's rap music, even real gangsta stuff I like a lot, and on the other side of the scale, there's some classical music that is a big yawn to me....But my basic, original inspirations, when I was a kid, was The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Motown, Simon And Garfunkle, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach (especially the Dionne Warwick hits; The Stones, Stevie Wonder; and Musicals like West Side Story, My Fair Lady etc...Later The Police got to me, Prince...
Some of my favorite CD's: The BEATLES RUBBER SOUL, REVOLVER, BEATLES FOR SALE (Beatles 65 here) MEET THE BEATLES, SGT PEPPER; WHITE ALBUM; The first 5 Byrds albums; THE BEACH BOYS PET SOUNDS and SMILE; Adored much of the sixties Motown hits, like the Supremes, Temptations etc etc. Loved BRAZILLION STUFF, LIKE GIRL FROM IPANEMA...Jobim Stuff, and loved ALEX NORTH'S SCORE to Spartacus....STEVIE WONDER's mid seventies big three albums, like Fullfillingness First Finale, Talking Book, Songs In The Key Of Life, etc. The soundtracks from the movie West Side Story, MY FAIR LADY...Simon and Garfunkles last 4 albums. And So much more
It's in my DNA...I can't help it. Even now, it's playing in my head...wait...here's my favorite part...is it too loud, lol?
Andrew Gold has enjoyed a unique career, having played multiple roles with great success as singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and musician. Writing his first songs at 13, he proceeded to learn a variety of instruments including Drums, Bass, Guitar, and Keyboards. His musical ability seems to be inherited, as his parents are both successful in the musical field.
His father, Ernest Gold, won an Academy Award for his musical score for Exodus. His mother, Marni Nixon, was the singing voice of Natalie Wood in West Side Story; Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady; and Deborah Kerr in The King And I, among many others.
In 1973 he joined Linda Ronstadt's band and together with Peter Asher and Linda, played and arranged much of the instruments on Linda's 70's records. "You're No Good", and "Heatwave" for example, are almost all Andrew, playing and singing. He has become renown for his instrumental and vocal virtuosity on such hits as Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved", Art Garfunkels "I Only Have Eyes For You', and on records (performing and/or writing) for many major artists, including Celine Dion, 10cc, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Cher, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd, Paul McCartney and countless others. In the mid seventies he released 4 solo LPs:
* ANDREW GOLD (1975)
* WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE (1976)
* ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO (1978)
* and WHIRLWIND (1979).
"Lonely Boy", from his second LP, was a top 5 hit in the U.S., as well as "Thank You For Being A Friend" from his 3rd LP. This song later became the theme for TV's The Golden Girls. In the UK and worldwide, he continued to have single success with such songs as "Never Let Her Slip Away" and "How Can This Be Love".In the 1980's he joined with Graham Gouldman of 10cc and " Stop/For Your Love/Heart Full Of Soul" fame to form WAX UK, creating 3 LPs and two international hits, "Right Between The Eyes" and "Bridge To Your Heart". In the 90's Andrew co-founded BRYNDLE, with Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman, and Kenny Edwards, and they have 2 new CD's: BRYNDLE (1995) and HOUSE OF SILENCE (2001).
He has produced and written songs and music for countless television and moviesoundtracks, most notably singing the theme to TV's MAD ABOUT YOU. He produced a new Stephen Bishop album, BLUE GUITARS, wrote, and/or produced hits for Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, Aaron Neville, Nicolette Larson, Celine Dion, as well as for Japanese superstar Eikichi Yazawa. He has even been the voice of Alvin on occasion (Of CHIPMUNKS fame). He has a new solo CD out now called INTERMISSION; 2 children's CD's for Christmas AND Halloween, on SugarBeats Records and Music For Little People, respectively.
He released THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND: THE BEST OF ANDREW GOLD on Rhino in 1997; and a sixties-style CD called the FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE ALL: GREETINGS FROM PLANET LOVE, on J-Bird records (J-bird.com), He produced BIG RED NUDE for GREG PRESTOPINO; produced THE BELLBOTTOMS for Zain records, Japan; Co-produced the debut album of famed country writer LISA ANGELLE on DREAMWORKS records, and released a country-ish CD, THE SPENCE MANOR SUITE, a return to early 70's style with country overtones recorded in Nashville), and BIKINI WAX, an album of WAX rareties with Graham Gouldman. He also produced 2 new albums for singers LISA CARRIE and SERINA FLAGG. Andrew lives in Los Angeles, and commutes between LA, New York/Connecticut and London.
For a total overview of all the works, check out the discography page
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Recordings that have changed my life or moved me deeply through the years are: Bill Evans’ “Alone, Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane’s duet CD, Carole King’s “Tapestry”, Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”, Judy Garland’s “Live at Carnegie Hall”, Ella Fitgerald’s “Live in Berlin”, Miles Davis’ “Kinda Blue”, Bill Evans and Tony Bennett’s duet CD’s, Shirley Horn’s “Here’s To Life”, George Solti and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 9 Beethoven Symphonies, Jao Gilberto’s “Amoroso” (forget how to spell his first name), James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James”, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s chanting CD’s for Siddha Yoga, just to name a few. As you can see, I like truth in many colors and sounds
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY is one of the most widely acclaimed singer/songwriters working in pop/jazz today. She also received a Tony Award nomination for "BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL" for her work in the Broadway musical hit, "SWING!", and won the "THEATRE WORLD AWARD for "OUTSTANDING BROADWAY DEBUT." She has received national attention from television audiences for her song "The Nanny Named Fran" which she wrote and performed for the CBS television comedy hit, "THE NANNY." Another of Ann’s compositions, "At The Same Time" was recorded by Barbra Streisand for her CD, "Higher Ground" which debuted nationally at #1. Ms. Streisand asked Ann to write lyrics to a Rolf Lovland melody, which she entitled "I’ve Dreamed Of You" and was sung by Barbra Streisand to James Brolin at their wedding and was recorded for her CD "A Love Like Ours." She also performed these songs on her live double CD "Timeless." Ms. Streisand asked Ann to write a new Christmas song, which Ann entitled "A Christmas Lullaby" that was recorded for Streisand’s holiday CD, "Christmas Memories."
Ann’s own holiday CD, "THIS CHRISTMAS" was re-released last fall/2002 on After 9 Records / N-Coded Music. She performed selections from the CD this December at New York’s Jazz Standard as well as with Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops at the Kimmel Center. Her recent CD "SIGNATURE" features the signature songs of the great jazz legends of the 20th century, performed with pianist Kenny Barron and guest artist Wynton Marsalis. Ann has appeared as special guest artist with Mr. Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and on a nationally televised performance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and also with them at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall.
Ann recently starred in "Midnight Swing" for the PBS television special "LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER." Ann’s other CD recordings are EASY LIVING (After 9), TO ELLA WITH LOVE (After 9), AFTER OURS (Denon), BRING BACK ROMANCE (DRG), ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY (DRG) and SIBLING REVELRY (DRG). The Cole Porter Estate officially recognizes Ann Hampton Callaway as the only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter having set her music to his posthumously discovered lyric, "I GAZE IN YOUR EYES" recorded for the Cole Porter revisited series. Ann is also the winner of ASCAP’S "JOHNNY MERCER SONGWRITING AWARD."
Her performances have been seen on numerous national and international television shows such as The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Today Show, CNN’s Larry King Live, The Charlie Rose Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC News, PBS, and BBC. She performed for President Clinton in Washington D.C. and was the invited guest performer for President Gorbachev’s Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Ann performed with her sister Liz Callaway their original musical, "SIBLING REVELRY" at London’s Donmar Warehouse to wide critical acclaim.
While continuing her performances in jazz and concert venues nationally and internationally, she is also working on several songwriting projects for film and Broadway. Ann can be heard daily on her own radio show on the new Sirius Satellite Network. She recently performed with the BBC Big Band at this year’s Edinburgh Festival in Scotland at the Queen’s Hall for the Jubilee Celebration. She performed a concert tour of New Zealand and Australia in February 2003.
Ann was born and raised in Chicago. Her father is John Callaway, a former CBS News correspondent and host of the PBS show, "Chicago Tonight." Her mother Shirley Callaway is a prominent Broadway vocal coach. Ann resides in New York..
* Who are your muscial inspirations?
Well, I'd have to say I have many people along the way who have inspired me...I was a Beatleholic..a big Buffalo Springfield fan...always loved the Stones. Bob Dylan certainly amazes me sometimes..I love Pop music..and old Motown...Simon and Garfunkel...Sheryl Crowe...Just heard this new group, "The Rooneys.." they sound great...I always loved the Beach Boys...Brian Wilson...I like Beyonce' alot...I think she's incredible...
what a talent...Stephen Bishop
At the age of thirteen, Stephen Bishop found himself at a crossroads. A clarinetist with hopes of becoming a History teacher, he was forever changed after watching the Beatles one night on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He convinced his brother to buy him an electric guitar. He bought a “Mel Bay” chordbook and began to learn to play guitar and make up chords as well, writing his first song,”Surf’s Turf..” a pathetic sounding intrumental. He formed a band called, “The Weeds” and began to play at local faternity parties incorporating his own original songs with various songs from top 40...
The Weeds won 2nd place at the Claremont Battle of the Bands, prompting one of the judges to explaim that “Stephen Bishop is going to be a big songwriter someday!” Determined to fullfill that prophesy, Stephen made the trip to Los Angeles. He walked the streets with his $12 acoustic guitar, playing songs for various publishers in Hollywood... eventually landing a publishing deal at $50 a week for E.H.Morris Publishing. One of his songs was recorded only to be followed by a long wait...many years went by. At one point, Stephen considered leaving L.A. to return home and work for his Dad’s Insurance company. Through a good friend, Art Garfunkel heard some of his new songs and recorded two of them on his Gold recording, “Breakaway.”
He started playing around town singing his songs in person for artists like,“Barbra Streisand...Bette Midler..Diana Ross...Michelle Phillips...” Shortly thereafter, he was signed to ABC Records who released his first album, “Careless.” His two hits from that album were,”Save It For a Rainy Day,” and “On and On..” Soon the album went gold, as well as his next album, Bish.
He sang the hit theme, “It Might Be You,” from the movie, “Tootsie,” as well as writing and/or singing 13 other films including, “Animal House,” and “Separate Lives..” from “White Nights.” His songs have been sung by artists such as: Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops, Aswad and Pavarotti.
Stephen has been nominated for a two Grammy’s and an Oscar nomination for his song, “Separate Lives”. His last CD was entitled, “Blue Guitars..” His newest album is an acoustic guitar and vocal solo album called, "YARDWORK." MCA recently released a hit compilation in the Millenium series that is currently out in the stores...
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* How has music inspired you?
From the time I was a child, and my father taught me to play the piano by ear, I have been influenced and inspired by music. It is a language that communicates directly to the emotions and moves people to do and feel things that mere words can never accomplish. I am constantly inspired by music and am listening to it whenever it's around. I can't experience "background music." In the grocery store, I can hardly shop for singing the harmony parts.
* Your musical inspirations?
My father played classical music in the house and I also was inspired by the old Ella Fitzgerald records of Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter and the master songwriters of Tin Pan Alley. Later I discovered Ray Charles and even later still, Don Henley, Joni Mitchell and Carole King. I continue to be inspired by the great songwriters of our time like Hugh Prestwood.
* Any CD's or songs which are meaningful to you?
I've just discovered Lorraine Feather's "Such Sweet Thunder." She put brilliant lyrics to Duke Ellington's timeless melodies.
"Desperado" is one of my all-time favorite songs. I love the "Diva" CD by Annie Lennox, Keb'Mo's "Just Like You" CD, anything by Carl Anderson whose voice moves me like no one else. And Aretha Franklin's version of "Respect" can get an entire room full of non-dancers on the dance floor. And that includes me.
* Has music helped you through a difficult or traumatic time? I find music to be a lot like my cat. Whatever I'm feeling, music feels that way too. It's not trying to cheer me up. It's not making me feel bad about being up or down, it's just where I am. I go to the piano and the music is in the very same mood I'm in. If I'm down, I will play and eventually it gets a bit better. It's as if a person has heard and totally understood what I was trying to say and I didn't even have to say anything. My music is the closest thing to me that I know of. I guess you could say we're friends
* Discuss the creative or songwriting process--
I have taught songwriting since 1986 so I'll try to be brief. I believe that truth and craft combine to create emotional impact. If you tell the truth with craft, you will say exactly what you want to say both musically and lyrically and you will deliver that emotion with laser precision and create impact on the listener. I generally start with a feeling in my body that says something needs to be written. I'll write down some feelings, and start the song. But there are steps before the actual song is written. I've streamlined these steps in order to teach with them. They work very well for people. I also collaborate by writing the lyrics to someone's melody or writing the melody to someone's lyrics. I do a lot of work in film and TV often writing to the scorer's melodies. By now I can write almost any way anywhere. I usually write in the margins of my day. I just appear to be absent minded. I'm actually writing much of the time, on the back burner.
* Discuss your feelings about the powerful or life-changing effects that music can have on a person--
I wrote "First Time On A Ferris Wheel" (with Misha Segal) for a film. I was supposed to be writing from the viewpoint of a young African-American who lived in the ghetto, studied Kung Fu, was a virgin and fell in love for the first time. The film was "Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon." Well, I had fallen in love for the first time. So I wrote about the one thing we had in common. Even though it was specifically for the film, it has been sung by over 35 people. Another example, "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," I wrote for one particular scoundrel guy and I've had women calling me for 30 years telling me they divorced their husbands after hearing that. It's not the effect I had in mind when I wrote it, but it was nominated for a Grammy and went to #1 because there were other people who felt this way, apparently. It's not like I was trying to write for them. I just wrote my story and it certainly turned out to have changed my life, if no one else's. I love it when other artists cover my songs. They relate to them with their own lives in a unique manner, not necessarily from my viewpoint and that expands the song.
Frequently I see the lives of my songwriting students and their loved ones changing from the songs they are writing. Songwriting is a powerful language and if used responsibly and to touch people in a beneficial way, it can have an effect like no other art form. When someone has a song written specifically about him or her, he feel like he owns an original Picasso. Except that in the case of the song, the face in the frame is his.
by Charles Donovan
Singer/songwriter Harriet Schock is best known for writing "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady," Helen Reddy's 1975 hit. In a career that spans close to 30 years, she has recorded several albums, all of which were critical successes if not bestsellers. She has also worked as a songwriting instructor, both privately and at USC. Her book, "Becoming Remarkable: For Songwriters and Those Who Love Songs" (Blue Dolphin Press, 1999), is something of a bible for aspiring musicians.
Schock was born in Texas and was encouraged to play the piano from an early age. Her father had been a musician before concentrating on medicine and eventually becoming a famous dermatologist. In 1973, having moved to Los Angeles, Schock was signed as a staff writer for Colgems-EMI after quitting her first job in advertising. Shortly afterwards, she landed a recording contract with Columbia, which fell through overnight. Instead, Schock ended up signed to 20th Century Records, a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox. Her first album, Hollywood Town, was released in 1974, and the following year Helen Reddy took "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" to number eight, which Schock had performed on her debut.
Schock made two more albums for 20th Century Fox (She's Low Clouds, 1974, and You Don't Know What You're in For, 1976 ) and enjoyed further success as artists including Vicki Carr, Johnny Mathis, and Lee Greenwood began recording her songs. She was also twice named Best New Female Artist by Cashbox. Throughout the '80s, she didn't record, but she was signed as a writer to Jobete by Berry Gordy. This led to songs for Roberta Flack and also spawned another huge song on par with "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady," "First Time on a Ferris Wheel." The track hasn't been a hit single, but recordings of it by Smokey Robinson, Carl Anderson, Gloria Loring, and Nancy Wilson have granted it the status of near-standard.
Schock returned to recording in the '90s with American Romance. This was produced by Nik Venet, who had famously been instrumental in launching the Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, Lou Rawls, Jim Croce, and Dory Previn, and with whom Schock had a personal and professional relationship that lasted until his death in 1998. The following year, Schock released her fifth album Rosebud, which had again been produced by Venet, and her first book, "Becoming Remarkable." Her live show has since garnered a Dramalog Award, and she has written songs for films including "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." She offers correspondence courses in songwriting through her website (www.harrietschock.com) and tours regularly, not only with her own show, but also with her popular songwriting seminars.
Most recently, Thunder Digital produced and released a Live CD, Harriet Schock, Live, From Fairfax to Pasadena. A compilation CD entitled Schock Futures featuring 19 of Harriet's songwriting students came out in 2004 to rave reviews. Harriet has two songs being covered by the legendary Jeannie Kendall on her upcoming CD on Rounder Records. Video, sound clips and more information can be accessed by visiting
* How has music inspired you? Your musical inspirations?
Music has inspired me to create things that are connected to a positive way
of life. Some of my musical influences are the old 4ad scene.
* Has music helped you through a difficult or traumatic time in your life?
Actually music is helping me every day in all aspects of life. Like in
ancient times where there was music for ceremonies, for work, for feasts, for
drinking wine, e.t.c.
* Any CD's or songs which are meaningful to you?
There are so many that I wouldn't want to mention any in particular.
* Discuss the creative or songwriting process --
Well, for me music comes from something that is unexplained. In ancient Greece
the musical instruments such as the ones we use (lyre, ancient guitar, piktis) were very much connected to the ancient Gods and Godesses, some instruments were also invented by them. So, it could be said that inspiration comes from something that is divine.
* Discuss your feelings about the powerful or life-changing effects that
music can have on a person --
It is true that music can heal us as much as it can influence our moods and
feelings.It can also change the way we see things, it is so powerful that it
can change an image in front of us,we can see it in a more positive or
DAEMONIA NYMPHE biography
Daemonia Nymphe were formed in the year 1994 and after a four years time intense creative period ,they released their debut album in 1998 under the title "The Bacchic Dance of The Nymphs" by the German Record Label Solistitium Rec.This album focuses on a lyrical theme that ranges between the Myths of the Hellenic antiquity and Music that could easily be described as "theatrical". The same year 1998 finds the project renewed and a strong core of musicians is consisted -musicians who compose music based on the aesthetic and theoretical border of Ancient Hellenic Music.One year later,a co-operation gradually changes the course of the band. We are referring to the meeting between Daemonia Nymphe and Nikos Brass , an instrument constructor who has managed to reproduce almost every ancient Hellenic instrument by using his artistic skills, starting over from the year 1980 up to nowadays. Daemonia nymphe ,Nikos Brass and his assistants consist of a team in which the musicians are inspired and create with Lyre ,Kithara,Varvitos, and the constructors improve and make the instruments as perfect as possible.Within this co-operation , Daemonia Nymphe played their first concert -presentation of the instruments at the Medieval Festival of Rethymno, Crete. More concerts followed at the Interbalkan European Medical Center, in Tsagarada Pilio and N. Ionia of Volos . Along side they release their first Mini Cd entitled “Tyrvasia” . The next big step in their course becomes reality in 2002 by signing a contract with French Label Prikosnovenie. This Record label co-operates with bands from all over the world and Daemonia Nymphe as the first Hellenic band in that label has become a vibrant member of Prikosnovenie’s big international company...In October 2002 , Daemonia nymphe release their new Cd under the homonymous title ,an album where a plethora of musicians participate besides the basic core of the band, among them a famous Greek singer Alkinoos Ioannides.In that new Cd the band moves towards into new paths , in a different more recognised sound because the majority of the tracks are played by the replicas of the Ancient Hellenic Instruments . In May 2003 they released a cd which the band co-operates with other Prikosnovenie acts such as LOUISA JOHN KROL , Francesco(Gor, ATARAXIA) and Lys , in a Cd which is entitled “Love Sessions”. The same period they participated in the new cd of Atmospheric band from London , Seventh Harmonic as well in the debut Cd “Arcane Elitism” By Symphonic Neoclassical Project xARKANEx from Athens. In June 2003 DAEMONIA NYMPHE played live at National Hellenic Research Foundation In Athens .They also played in a gothic /Electro Festival in Athens Called Elfentanz Fest 2 in September along with NEUROTIC FISH and AND ONE , as well as some more gigs in some small venues in Athens and last but not least a gig with Louisa John Krol at Mylos club in Salonika ithe 12th.
Daemonia Nymphe are : Spyros Giasafakis, Evi Stergiou, Maria Stergiou, Christos Koukaras, Dafni Kotsiani, Baggelis Pasxalidis
Instrument manufacturer:Nicholas Brass