Theme from Starship Exeter
It had always been a dream of mine to compose the theme song for a movie or television show. Although technically neither, “Starship Exeter” is close enough. With production values rivaling that of network programs of the '60s, including the original "Star Trek," I jumped at the opportunity upon hearing that the creators were looking for a composer to produce an original theme song for the show. I met with the show's producers who wanted a theme that reflected the feel of “Classic Trek.” Something that sounded like it was written in the mid 60's, with bongos and all.
By the time I had driven home I already had a tune playing in my ear and began setting it to music that night. I spent the next five days recording and mixing the song until I felt it was perfect. I played it for the producers who, to my dismay, "liked it but didn't want to use it" as they felt it sound too much like the original theme from "Star Trek." One of the creators and the fellow who portrays Captain Garrovick gave me a tape containing a song named "Space Radio" from one of the classic Trek episodes titled "I, Mudd." He asked if I could write a song with a similar tune, which I did and that version became the official theme song. Although I didn't write it, I'm still proud of my arrangement and delighted to have had my dream come true.
A zillion thanks my great friend Larry Seyer for all his help. His mix made both songs come alive. Thanks again, Mr. Larr!
Theme From Galaxy-One
It’s the year 2525 and these are the chronicles of Earth's Intergalactic Cruiser, "Galaxy-One."
After writing the script I was inspired to composed and perform the theme song for the opening credits. It’s a blend of the song “In The Year 2525” with an obscure John Phillip Sousa march titled “Battaglia.” After a bit of rearranging, I came up with a theme that I feel is very majestic and memorable.
I also borrowed some computer graphics from a very well done, but obscure sci-fi show from 1999 to create a faux opening sequence. Click HERE to watch it. Hope you enjoy!
This is an oldie but goodie that was recorded at my studio, TMPS Audio, in the late ’80s. This tune came to mind while I was out at the Oasis, a beautiful restaurant overlooking Lake Travis, having a drink and watching the sunset. Later, I went to my studio and recorded the piano phrase that had been rolling around in my mind for hours. While there, my great friend Larry Seyer stopped by and added some licks of his own. (Thanks Mr. Larr!) We finished the song in about an hour and this is how it turned out.
Six More Nights
This is one of the first songs I wrote. In my youth, I was a Combine Operator and for those that don’t know what a combine is, it’s one of those giant machines used to harvest corn, wheat and maize. Harvest season in Central Texas usually consist of 15 hour days for 4 – 6 weeks without a single break. During the harvest I hadn’t seen my girlfriend for several weeks due to my hectic schedule, which gave me the idea for the song. But I didn’t think a song about a fellow missing his girlfriend because he was busy harvesting corn would be very interesting. So I changed it up a bit, tried to give it the “Ghost Riders In The Sky” musical feel, made the harvest a cattle drive (although I’ve never been on a cattle drive) and wrote it while in the middle of a corn field. That’s my lovely sister Gilda, singing along with me.
Here’s an original song I recorded about many years ago, after moving TMPS Audio from Austin, to the farm in Manor. I wrote and arranged the music. The lyrics were written by a fellow named John Gideon, a friend at the time, whom I haven’t seen in quite a while. It’s an upbeat song I enjoyed doing.
How was I to know?
This is one of his is one of many recordings I've made over the years, but one of the few I still have. Sometime after I met my wife, Cindye, I came across the song and when I listened to it, it seemed to describe how she and I became a couple. When she came to my house not long after we began dating, I sat her down and played the song. It was the first time she ever heard my singing voice. She was quite taken with the song and as I soon discovered, with me as well.
Between 1981 and 1996 I had the privilege of owning an outstanding recording studio – TMPS Audio – my hang out in north Austin for many years. Lyle Lovett and Hal Ketchum are a couple of folks of notoriety who recorded at TMPS. For a while, my great friend Larry Seyer worked as an audio engineer at TMPS. I learned a LOT about creating music from Larry. We had some great times in that studio and produced some great music as well.
This is a piece I did back in the late ’80s at TMPS. It’s just me and some new-fangled equipment called “Midi.” Years later, in 2016, my bride, Cindye, walked down the aisle to this recording.
Trying To Get Over You
Here’s a song I recorded quite a few years ago at the request of my father. He really liked the song, originally recorded by Vince Gill. For me, it was a little on the sad side, but, then again, so are break-ups.
Ghost Riders in the Sky
After watching “Ghost Rider” with Nicolas Cage the other night I kept humming that dang song over and over for days. So while it was freezing cold and I dare not step outside for fear of instant death, I decided to warm up the studio. Before you know it, I had recorded my own version of this Johnny Cash classic, written by Stan Jones. I did not use any kind of auto-tuning device. It’s just me, a microphone and about a half a dozen takes. And that is me playing all the “instruments” using my trusty Yamaha keyboard. I hope someday to replace those fake instruments with real ones.
Rock ‘n Roll Dreams
This is my own rendition of a great song from the entertainer, Meatloaf. It’s the last song on one of his albums and I just loved it. So, I made a “Stan” version. That lovely female voice singing with me is my wonderful sister, Gilda. Without her great harmonies this song would be “Rock ‘N Roll NIGHTMARES.” Thanks, sis!
I’m a Believer
Here’s my version of an old favorite. "I'm a Believer" is a song composed by Neil Diamond and recorded by the Monkees in 1966 with the lead vocals by Micky Dolenz.