Sunday, August 18, 2019

LAUREN OSBORNE


Lauren Osborne will write our next Snuffbook, Forrest Grump.  Lauren responded with two different approaches (based on the age of the reader) and submitted her version demonstrating her writing style and her approach to the plot and it is FAB-U-LOUS.  Our collaboration will begin next week.  Looking forward to working with Lauren.  Welcome to Snuffbooks!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

RICH WEBB


Mr. Rich Webb music producer of Porgy and Bess Medley and I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (on the upcoming release of Broadway in Vegas, August 25, 2019) is working on Christopher Cross' signature song, Sailing.  Sailing, along with Return to Pooh Corner (Kenny Loggin's signature song), will be performed by Larry Dale Sowell as a single release on Spotify and Amazon Music this September.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

FORREST GRUMP CO-WRITER SEARCH


Seeking a writer for our next Snuffbook, Forrest Grump! Submit a short 200 to 250 word children's story about a Bear who refuses to leave his cave after hibernation season.  Characters should include a Moose and a Fox.  The bear plays guitar.  At the end, the bear finally leaves the cave and they all have a picnic.  How the bear is talked (or tricked) out of leaving the cave is the writer's creative goal.  The story will be made into a narrated video and digital storybook. Children's short story/essay writing experience is appreciated.  Compensation included.  Please submit your essay to larry@snuffbooks.com by August 17, 2019.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

DEKALB COUNTY LIBRARY


Working on a bunch of owls for display for the Dekalb County Library.  The ones in the pic were done for Panola Way Elementary in Decatur and have since been given away to students.  Not sure which branch they (the director) will choose for me to hang the new ones.  Hopefully onlookers will enjoy them.  I'll keep you posted on which branch they select and take some snapshots of it after they are displayed.  

Friday, August 2, 2019

SHOWTUNE ANYONE?



"Home is a place we all have to find, child.  It's not just a place where we eat or sleep.  Home is knowing.  Knowing your mind.  Knowing your heart.  Knowing your courage.  If we know ourselves, we're always home anywhere." -  Lena Horne, The Wiz

Sunday, July 28, 2019

JOHNNY NASH


So, when I was a younger kid, my cousins, Pumpkin and Booty, and I would watch countless, I mean countless, of 60's television programming for kids.  Ultraman, Spectreman, Space Giants you name it.  One of which was The Mighty Hercules. I don't remember much about the show per se, but what stuck out to me more than anything was its theme song.  Sure, there was Underdog's HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!! But, it didn't come close to the soothing and captivating sound of The Mighty Hercules' opening song.  It was recently, just a few weeks ago, (which is interesting that this song popped in my head after writing about Roy Hamilton), that I decided to YouTube the opening to The Mighty Hercules just curious about who sang it.  In the comments, the name Johnny Nash was mentioned as its singer.  So, I googled Nash's bio and was floored, and thrilled, when I saw that he was African-American. I can hear someone saying...you don't know who Johnny Nash is?
Born in Houston, John Lester Nash Jr., had already four pop albums in full circulation by the late 1950's.  The only non-Jamaican descent to record Reggae, he also enjoyed success as a screen actor winning an award for Louis S. Peterson's Take a Giant Step.  I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone (a song I actually do remember hearing on the radio as a kid. But I never placed the voice on the radio with the one who sang the Hercules theme) reached Number One on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1972.  So, now, I know.  Now, if I can stop singing the Hercules theme in the truck....HERCULES!!!!

Monday, July 22, 2019

PATCHWERK STUDIOS


Anthony from Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta was GREAT to work with for the final stages of a "live" concert release due this summer.  I recorded Mr. Cellophane and I Wanna Be a Producer.  What a great session!

Friday, July 19, 2019

ROY HAMILTON


Roy Hamilton's THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM album has been on repeat on my Amazon player and his voice just mesmerizes. In 1929, Roy was born in Leesburg, GA and soon after moved to Newark, NJ, singing in his church choir.  He won talent night at the Apollo Theater and soon after studied classical music.  He was also a gifted commercial artist, even displaying his work in several New York City Art Galleries. 
Roy took his musical talents to New York City night clubs and (kinda reluctantly) recorded Rodgers and Hammerstein's YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE.   Well, it became a big hit landing eight weeks on the R&B Billboard charts.
With appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and CBS' Showcase Roy's voice became synonymous with such names as Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine.
His Great American Songbook, including such songs as Unchained Melody and Everybody's Got a Home But Me is shear lush.
His musical legacy will always be truly inspirational.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

DOREESHA AND SHANNON


The Five Chapter Picture Book Doreesha and Shannon will be available on Amazon, Sunday, June 23,2019!  Doreesha and Shannon are sisters who are always bickering and fighting each other. But, can supernatural circumstances beyond their control bring harmony to their already tumultuous relationship? Get a copy and find out! 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Medley


Mark Morgan will play the trumpet solo on the Porgy and Bess Medley. As a graduate of  SUNY College at Purchase, he has performed at an extensive list of special functions and events attended by such celebrities as Donald Trump, Brooke Shields, and Nigel Barker, even making an appearance in a music video with Latino pop star Luis Miguel. Mark has had the opportunity to perform at some of the country's most prestigious performance venues such as The Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, The Chicago Theatre, and the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.  Porgy and Bess Medley will be among several showtunes featured on BROADWAY TUNES available on Spotify Thanksgiving 2019.

LAUREN OSBORNE

Lauren Osborne will write our next Snuffbook, Forrest Grump.  Lauren responded with two different approaches (based on the age of t...