December 01, 2002




At a special event co-sponsored by the Recording Academy and ASCAP at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, ASCAP Board member and songwriter/producer Jimmy Jam was a featured speaker. Jam told stories to an SRO crowd about his life and work in the music business. Pictured (l-r) are NARAS's Michelle Caplinger, songwriter/producers She'kspere, Jimmy Jam, Teddy Bishop and ASCAP's Ian Burke.


The late great American composer Harold Arlen, pictured at work on his piano, has a new promotional CD, Harold Arlen Now! Modern Recordings of Timeless Classics, that is being released to raise awareness of the legendary composer's timeless work.

The CD contains ten Arlen compositions recorded by notable artists such as Faith Hill, Tony Bennett, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. "Harold Arlen's songs are just as cool today as when they were written," says Sam Arlen, owner of S.A. Music Co. and son of the composer. Arlen is best known for composing the music for the classic film The Wizard of Oz including "Over the Rainbow." "Over the Rainbow" won the Academy Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture in 1939, and was recently named the Number One Song of the 20th Century by the Recording Industry Association and the National Endowment for the Arts. Harold Arlen has written over 400 songs for stage and screen and, along with contemporaries like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers, is heralded as one of the great American songwriters.

S.A. Music Co., which publishes many of the songs written by Arlen, created the new promotional CD to highlight a few of the great Harold Arlen standards. Songs featured on the album include "I've Got the World on A String," "Stormy Weather," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" and "Over the Rainbow.

There is now a new Harold Arlen website (, which includes an in-depth biography about the composer, a photo album, a listening lounge where visitors can hear streaming media clips of various Harold Arlen songs, licensing information and much more. The CD and the new website have been launched in anticipation of the upcoming Centennial celebration, which will honor Harold Arlen's 100th birthday in 2005. For more info, contact Sharon Zak Marotta at



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pictured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame After Party earlier this year (l-r) are legendary producer Phil Spector, ASCAP's Loretta Muñoz and ASCAP writer/performer Danny Lama.



Music for the Cure: It's All About Eve, a special album featuring songs and performances by all female rockers, including several independent ASCAP writer/performers, was released this year to raise awareness about breast cancer and to help raise money for the TJ Martell Foundation and the Libby Ross Foundation. Rock legend Joan Jett was invited to provide a bonus track, a performance of the Lennon/McCartney song "The Word," backed up by a choir of 27 women.

Jett got involved with the project through longtime friend, Eve Executive Producer Hernando Courtright. The singer said of her contribution, "While we heed the call to support the WTC victims and our military overseas, we can't forget women's health concerns. Hernando was such a wonderful friend of mine when I was in The Runaways, and I totally enjoyed being part of this project that is his passion, after all these years."

The album has received rave reviews and was a Billboard Spotlight Album in June. To order the album and for more info, visit: Pictured are ASCAP members (front row, l-r) Jenn London, Valerie Ghent, Deena Miller, Heidi Petrikat and Elisa Peimer and (back row, l-r) Amelia Gewirtz, Phe Cullen, Executive Producer Hernando Courtwright, Michelle Jerson, Ina May Wool, Julia Greenberg and Jill Diane.



Joe Carroll and Peter Thom's music for the direct to video feature, Kermit's Swamp Years (Jim Henson Home Entertain- ment). The feature is a prequel to the highly successful Muppet feature films and follows 12-year old Kermit and his frog friends through their first adventure beyond the borders of the swamp. The soundtrack includes original songs co-written by Carroll and Thom as well as other classic songs. Highlights include Kermit's wistful ballad, "Follow Your Star," and a score that uses blues, soul, Cajun, modern rock and polka. Through their company, Manic Moose Music, composers Carroll and Thom have created music for many award-winning projects, including PBS's "Zoom," the Sesame Street producers' "Sesame English" and the Disney Channel's "Stanley."





Lyricist Joe Henry's words have graced songs for musical greats such as John Denver and Garth Brooks. His words also grace many pages in a novel-in-progress called Lime Creek. But while Henry still has yet to finish the novel, the book has already inspired a popular seasonal concert called Lime Creek Christmas, which marries Henry's lyrical prose about a Western Christmas with seasonal music. Over the years, there have been several performances of the show, from Colorado to Wyoming and last year at Nashville's Bellsouth Acuff Theatre. At the Nashville show, actor Anthony Zerbe read from Henry's novel while fellow ASCAP members and singer/songwriters Garth Brooks and Beth Nielsen Chapman performed songs between the readings. In reviewing the work, said "In its strong sense of place, exalted language, gentle whimsy and child-like level of wonder, Lime Creek Christmas is similar to Dylan Thomas' timeless short story, A Child's Christmas in Wales. Pictured on the Bellsouth Acuff stage are Zerbe, Brooks and Chapman.




Composer, conductor and pianist Neely Bruce's Convergence was presented as part of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors series this summer. The New York City performance was not only "out of doors" but in the streets as well. Bruce's work brought together six marching bands, a dozen choruses, a West African Drumming Ensemble, Javanese Gamelan, West Indian Steel Drums, bagpipers and a fife and drum corp, some of who marched through the streets of the Upper West Side before ending up in Lincoln Center's plaza, where the groups performed simultaneously. It was an afternoon of organized chaos...and unforgettable.