"I get by with a little
help from my friends"
my life I've been so richly
blessed by so many people and in so many ways. It's hard to know
where to begin, but I'll do my best. The following appear in no
particular order for they are ALL of equal importance to me.
Mary Ann Kennedy - my
Thank you for enthusiastically
believing in me, my talents and gifts, and
for being such an awesome mentor. I'm
truly blessed by your friendship, inspiration and guidance. Thank
you for your words of wisdom and your patience with my constant
re-writes. You're AWESOME, Mary Ann! -
I have a very special place in my heart for Mary Ann. Six years
before we met in person I had "met" her in a book I was reading and knew that I just
had to meet her and work with her. That
opportunity arrived in August 2004. She's written some of my most
favorite songs, including Restless Heart's "I'll Still Be Loving You".
James Odle, Jr. - my
favorite collaborator! (we're twin brothers from different
for being such a great friend and my best collaborator. See ya in
"And the HITS just keep on comin'!" (James and I have a NEW
venture we're collaborating on and the details will be revealed on this
site very soon!!!)
Seskin - Singer
Songwriter / Friend and Mentor - Steve and
I have become good
friends through West Coast Songwriters. I've studied closely with
him and he's a very encouraging mentor. Gold and Platinum plaques
on his walls attest to his success as one of
the best country songwriters NOT
living in Nashville. It CAN be done!
Mickey Newbury - Words cannot express
what his influence has meant to me. I'm so grateful for the
opportunity I had to meet him and see him perform so many times,
me photograph and interview him for a freelance article, being
such a great inspiration, and from the very first moment we talked he
treated me like
a long lost friend. I'm just sorry we never had the chance to
before he was called Home. "I Came To Hear The Music"
and he saved me with such "Sweet
Jason Blume - Thanks
for your friendship over the years and across the miles, for
accepting my book reviews for what they are ... the truth! ... and
for taking the time to "show me the ropes" and giving me a personal
tour of Music Row!
Susan Tucker - Your book, "The Soul of a Writer",
inspired me to return to
songwriting after too many years away, and thank you for giving my
thoughts on the craft, the business and the world of songwriting a
voice in your e-Zine, The
Songwriter's Connection. I credit you with the opportunity I
of finally connecting with Mary Ann. I saw her in your book, read
what she had to say to your questions, and knew that one day I just HAD
to meet her. Little did I realize then that she would become my
mentor and such a special friend. Thanks, Susan!!
Pamela Phillips Oland -
Our meeting was truly
learned so much from you that morning and your enthusiastic support
since then means everything to me. Best of luck on your new
Chely Wright -
I may have been the one
who won the chance
to have my photo taken with you before your concert at The Saddle Rack,
but you made my night before you even sang a note after we were
introduced and your face lit up and you said, "Jace Carlton? I
KNOW that name!" Thanks for ALL of the autographs! Keep the
Please keep whispering
... and I'll keep
Rod McKuen - "Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows" took my
own poetry to a whole new level! And your recordings "The Sea"
and "For Lovers" were responsible for SO many new ideas for me, not to
mention many very romantic nights.
want to also thank my wife, Kathi, and our awesome family for your
never-ending love and support over the years as I've worked towards my
dreams, and I hope in some way I've been an inspiration to you to go
for yours! I
could not have done this, nor continue to do this, without your
love. I love you and thank you with all of my heart.
my parents, Jim & Dorothy ... I know you're cheering me on from
Heaven just as you always cheered me on and stood by my side while you
were here, allowing me to stumble and pick myself back up to try
again. You gave me the foundation of love and support that I
could begin to build my dreams on. Mom, your love of music began
this incredible journey for me, and Dad ... thanks for the
It was the answer to more prayers and dreams than you could ever have
imagined! Because of both of you I've had so many doors opened to
me that would have remained closed and hidden. Thank you ... I
love you! I'm keeping my promise!
finally, there is One who needs no introduction ... He's always been
there for me and I know He always will be. We've walked together
and we've talked together and I pray I'll do Him proud. I'm
grateful that I listened to that still small voice that so long ago
whispered, "Write and the world will read. Sing and play and the
listen." I know that I'm merely the messenger and along the
way I've been so blessed. Thank you!
bless you all!