Composing

michael-9591I have mainly composed with Dusty LimitsSarah-Louise Young and Valerie Cutko and have pages for each collaboration this site, however my solo compositions are growing in number too.

I wrote the song below, ‘Tonight!‘ for the inspirational performer Laurie Hagen and it became the opening song for the Black Cat Cabaret at the Cafe De Paris, London Wonderground and Oscar Wilde Bar.

 

Composing ‘The Wreck of The Hesperus’ for Lili La Scala‘s Siren album was a great thrill, it’s available here. It’s uses the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and a small orchestra. It’s rather intense.

 

I had a the chance to collaborate with Fascinating Aida and of course grabbed it with both hands. I have admired them as writers for a long time. Hilariously this is the song that has earnt me the the most royalties and it’s a hip-hop track, a genre which I freely admit I know very little about. Nevertheless it has been the Act1 finale for their hit “Cheap Flights” and “Charm Offensive” tours.

 

Chris Bryant of Polari Magazine approached me to compose for their radio play “In The Life” about the history of the gay language Polari. The song Bona Eke was based on a lyric by drag act Lee Paris which Chris extended. I tried get the feel of post-war skiffle in an East End boozer. It was sung by my partner Champagne Charile and filmed partly at the brilliant Cavendish Arms, Stockwell, London. You can buy the single here.

Here’s an older clip of me performing one of my early songs with Shoo Shoo Baby at Pizza On The Park in 2008. “The Hotel Pianist”…

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