Saturday, July 2, 2016

Star Light Shine

I CAN'T CATCH MY BREATH / ON THIS MIDNIGHT TRAIN / I RIDE WITH DEATH / AND HE KNOWS MY NAME / HE GOT ABOARD BACK THEN / AT A WHISTLE STOP / HE KNOWS WHERE AND WHEN / I'M BOUND TO DROP / OUT IN THE DESERT AIR / WHERE A STAR LIGHT SHINE / FILLS A COAL BLACK NIGHT / THAT'S ALL MINE / NOTHIN' HERE GOES DOWN THAT DON'T BLEED OR SCREAM - FRANK T.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

On The Radio

ON THE RADIO is a creative reflection on my life in music business pursuits over many long years.  It is loosely autobiographical and it is also a personal homage to my favorite New York top 40 radio station in the mid-to-late 1960s, WABC 77.  My love of the songs and the hit records of that golden era as presented by some of the greatest rock 'n roll DJs in the world inspired me to follow the path to becoming a songwriter and a recording artist.  I'm very happy to share this brand new song as it is truly inspired and transcendent in it's scope.  I hope you enjoy!  **Click to view radio image here


Rain On Me Baby

I wrote and recorded Rain On Me Baby earlier this year and I'm still in awe of all the influences that came to play in my mind as this song was being created both in the writing and later in the studio. My intial sense was that it was like a Don Henley in The Eagles type thing, but then it struck me that The Dude from The Big Lebowski was now abiding in my soul and then I heard atmospheric keyboard sounds and rumbling rain and inclement weather like Riders On The Storm by The Doors. All in all, these influences gave my song character. Rain On Me Baby. Wash this dust away from me.

The Story Of Old Love

THE STORY OF OLD LOVE was inspired by the age old spirit of youthful romance, never-ending summer nights and a ghost who gave me this story I just had to tell. She's here with me dancing on this moonlit night. A summer skirt, no trace of hurt. She's alright. But who is the ghost in my story?
The ghost in my song represents the pure and timeless spirit of the young girl in the song and the undying memory of her that the storyteller - the young man in the song, now older - sings about.
How did all of this come to be developed into The Story Of Old Love...? Well, let me tell you how.


Baby I'm Over You

BABY I'M OVER YOU is classic country honk with more hooks than a Mississippi trout line. As a pro songwriter who has worked for major Nashville music publishers I'm very familiar with this type of song. But until just this past month I had yet to write one like it. I suddenly chanelled Hoyt Axton only a few weeks ago & voila...a new "Baby" song was born. I'll let my chorus lead us on from here: "You had me spinnin' my wheels goin' nowhere tellin' off all of my friends / A man's gotta do what his heart tells him to and so the story ends/ With highway and blue skies singin' these good-byes takin' me far away too / From every crazy freakin' lyin' tongue you speak in Baby I'm Over You".


The Burdens Of A Beast

THESE OLD ROADS FEEL DEAD WHERE THE SUN ONCE SHONE / THERE'S NO REST AHEAD UNTIL MY BURDEN'S GONE / WHEN THIS HEAVY LOAD IS FINALLY LIFTED FREE / WHEN THE BREATH OF LIFE RETURNS AGAIN TO ME / I AM WEARYIN' / BURNING IN THIS BLAZE / IN A QUICKER SAND / THINGS I LOVE THE MOST / THINGS I NEED THE LEAST / WEIGH UPON MY SOUL / THE BURDENS OF A BEAST