Composition and Artistry

October 28, 2020

People who don’t write or compose may not know just how painstaking the work can be and usually is. While it is true that some songs flow so naturally and are completed in as little as 15 minutes, it is often only so after decades of practice and hundreds of failed precursors.

The computer has brought about an era of nearly instantaneous production. It has also brought about a plethora of low quality “creative” work. But mere expression is not creative — the worth of the ideas expressed and the way in which they are expressed do. This takes a long time to cultivate.

Young people who wish to become artists — you may not call yourself an artist unless you have earned it and when you have attained it, you will not call yourself or insist upon being called an artist for the pain of remembering your own conceit that you once did — should understand that it is a very long road. But once you reach it — if you do — the inestimable value of having reached it makes the attainment worth all the pains.

The New (or should I say updated) Solo Act

May 17, 2017
My new (or I should say updated) solo act (guitar/voice) is all melody and story. I won’t be limiting myself to any one genre or era, but instead delve into the vast catalog of American popular music from the 1920s to the present day, pulling out gems that I think have been forgotten or just misplaced. Our — by which I mean, our American — collective catalog is that rich and deep.
I’ll be playing an even mix of original material, showtunes, classic country, folk rock, bossa nova, novelty numbers and many more. It will be eclectic and many people won’t have ever heard some of these songs. And I’ll link all these disparate songs together.

More Great Songs Added to the Repetoire This Week

March 23, 2017

New songs added to the solo show repetoire:

I See the Want To in Your Eyes (Conway Twitty, 1974)
Who’ll Chop Your Suey? (Cleo Brown, 1936)
It Won’t Be Long (The Beatles, 1963)
Detour Ahead (Billie Holiday, 1949)
Careless Love (Snooks Eaglin, 1958)

And a couple of new originals, as well, to be recorded this year.

New Songs Added to Richie Kaye’s Solo Show Repetoire

July 5, 2016

A few songs I added this month to my solo show repetoire:

Blame It on My Youth (Nat Cole)
Goodbye is All We Have (Alison Krauss)
Your Song (Elton John)
If I Ruled the World (Sammy Davis, Jr.)
Georgy Girl (The Seekers)
This is a Great Country (Bing Crosby)
You Won’t Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart (Doris Day)
I Left My Heart in San Francisco (Tony Bennett)

Lots of variety!

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