Bob Dorough at the Alamo Drafthouse South

In spite of being a sold out show, I made it back from GregoFest and biked over to the Alamo Drafthouse South today to see Bob Dorough perform Schoolhouse Rock songs. I got in and sat front and center, as close a possible to the Rhodes at the front of the theater.

Bob sat behind the electric piano and started off with “Three Is The Magic Number,” because it was first he composed and the one that started it all with ABC. He spent the next hour or so playing his hits – My Hero Zero, I’m Just A Bill, Figure 8 – and telling stories about working with ABC as musical director and getting work for his friends Blossom Dearie and Jack Sheldon.

Afterward I got this poster and him to sign it. I thanked him for not dumbing down any of those song because they made me the musician I am.


The Lodge On Regulus at the Whip In

My buddy Gray’s band, The Lodge On Regulus, played a few blocks from my place at the Whip In tonight and it was made a great scene by the cool vibes (Gray Parsons) and sax (Thomas van der Brook), drums (Donny Wynn) and bass (Tom Benton). I caught some nice audio on my recorder. Jody went with me, Derek met us there. This is why I moved to Austin.



Johnny Too Bad

Art Baker played this often-covered reggae song – Johnny Too Bad – on Jamaican Gold on Sunday and I’ve had it in my head ever since. Yesterday I listened to various versions of it all afternoon, so last night I recorded my version. It seems to be written by Crooks and Wilson of The Slickers. I know it from The Harder They Come soundtrack.