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  • August12th

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    I know I shouldn’t be that surprised, but I finally got word that in the midst of the global economic downturn, I am NOT going to be receiving a songwriter bailout package from the government. Apparently, unlike Chrysler and GM, I am NOT too big to fail. So, like most of you, I’m figuring out other ways to make it through the current crisis. As I’ve been thinking about the challenges many of us are facing it occurred to me that what might be needed, even more than financial assistance, is emotional and spiritual support. Something more like an INSPIRATIONAL STIMULUS PACKAGE.

    As I’ve tried to imagine what might be included in such a stimulus package I’ve decided this:

    I’m a songwriter. If this is your first visit to my website and you really don’t know much about me, you’re probably much too polite to ask, but the answer is, NO , I haven’t written any “hits” that you’ve heard on radio or TV. Nevertheless I’ve been lucky enough to pay the light bill and feed the family with the support of a wonderfully loyal and generous fan base who’ve let my music be a part of their lives since my first collection of songs was released in 1983.

    I hope this doesn’t come across as “gimmicky” but I’d like to use this website,( and Face Book and Twitter when I figure out how to do it) to share with you what I’m calling my 2009 INSPIRATIONAL STIMULUS PACKAGE. It’s filled with my songs, and the stories behind them, that I hope will help getting through tough times a little easier. Now I don’t actually think that listening to these songs of mine will fix everything in your life or instill you with perfect hope simply by humming along. But I want to offer something, limited as it may be, that says: “Hey, you’re not alone.” I may not know exactly what you’re going through or how I can help you, but I’d like to join you in your journey, even if it’s only through the earphones of your iPod or the speakers in your car stereo.

    So, here’s the deal. Each week I’m going to be posting a story about one of my songs along with an MP3 of that particular song…and when I learn how, I’m going to be making a PodCast of those stories and songs. If you find a particular story and song speak to you, please feel free to download it FOR FREE! If none of them happen to connect with you, but you know someone who’s struggling and might need their message, please feel free to pass it along in whatever format you’d like; burn your own discs and give them away, or email an mp3 of the songs you think might be worth sharing. Think of this forthcoming INSPIRATIONAL STIMULUS PACKAGE as a collection of PASS ALONG SONGS and STORIES. As an aside I’d like to mention that if you do choose to pass any of these songs along and add a note of your own to the one you’re giving them to, the very fact that you were thinking about them and wanting to lift their burden a bit will probably prove to be FAR more inspirational than any of these songs could ever hope to be.

    So I’m getting some help from some really smart people to get this all available on my website, and hopefully it will be so user friendly that even guys like me can navigate it easily.

    Oh, one more thing. If you’re wondering why I’m doing this, or what I’m really after I think that as you listen to the songs I’m sharing along with the stories you’ll have a sense of who I am and what my songs have taught me and what I’d like to pass along on this amazing journey called life.

    Michael