I’ve always considered myself very fortunate to be able to actually make a living doing what I love. To sing and play music with my friends and share it with others around the world is something many dream about but few get to experience. My heartfelt thanks to all of you that have supported my music through the years and made this dream possible.

Side Trips Page – January 2006

Well, I hope the New Year has started well for you all. By this time the post-holiday hangover should be gone, the tree recycled and the cholesterol reduction plan in full swing. It’s the time of year that I get to hang at home, write and record music and enjoy the sunny, warm and dry (so far this year) California winter weather. Soon enough, the touring season will be here and time again to head for the airport.

Having traveled almost everywhere in the States and so many places overseas with the band in last 30 years, it’s easy to see why the USA is the ultimate destination for so many who are seeking a better life. No matter where you stand on the debate about the encroachment on our personal freedoms versus national security, it is an undeniable fact that in the liberties department we are still ahead of most of the world. I received a few emails over the holidays commenting on how lucky we are to live here and enjoy this rich life we have and ended up writing this song about it. My friend David Kole, a gifted composer, arranger and musician helped me put this demo together. David recently wrote the orchestral charts for Steve Vai’s “Lotus Feet” (recorded live with The Metropole Symphony Orkest of Amsterdam). The recording is nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the Grammys this year.

So here’s the song…hope you enjoy it:

Freedom.rm 2.71MB streaming

Feedom.mp3 5.41MB


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