I heard Tower Of Power in 1972 and it changed my life. Moving to North Philadelphia to play funk music after high school, I've continued to play funk, soul R&B and jazz through all the years since. In the last 6, I've been living and playing in New Orleans, soaking up all this city has to offer.
This CD reflects the influence of all that music and then some. From the 'beach music' sound of 'Philly With My Baby', to the voodoo funk influenced medley 'Summertime/Summer In The City', to the more spiritual 'Grace' and 'No Night So Long', this collection comes straight through my heart.
Some of it is just for fun. I thought it would be fun to turn the Jerome Kern classic, 'The Way You Look Tonigh't, into a soul song. I think it's pretty cool. Hope you do, too.
On a more serious note 'Whitey's Lament' is very personal. It's about my brother. Enough said.
'A Man Of The Times', 'My Baby's Eyes and It's All About You' all just spilled out of me almost full grown.
The title cut, 'Wrong Woman Knockin'' is semi-autobiographical. Sorry. I'm better now. Give it a listen.
Once upon a time, my friend Smokey asked me to set his poem to music. His last words to me were, 'Try to get that song recorded'. I finally did. The result is 'Did I Love You?'.