August 7, "I'm Walkin'"
Somehow Kevin Mahogany's take on Fats Domino's classic is speaking to me right now . . .. Physical therapy is a beautiful thing!
July 29, "Cupid"
When I'm doing my own gig as a vocalist, I am a contemporary jazz singer. I might sing a samba, something funky with a scat or a standard. You know, jazz--all jazz. But when I get the call from other bands to do a variety of material, I do what the gig requires. The gig on this evening required that I sing Sam Cooke's "Cupid"--a song I've only sung at the chorus. Never realized how popular the song still is because once I started singing, it seemed that every head in the place turned my way and started singing with me! Thanks for writing the song, Sam. I'll do what I do with it whenever I sing it!
July 22, 2013
You never know when some kind of obstruction is going to wind up on your artistic path. If anyone had told me that one day I'd be sitting on a set of wheels unable to take one step, I would have thought they were joking. But here I am, wheelchair-bound since early Spring--4 months plus--and counting the days when I can walk again. The good news is that day is quickly approaching. This month, July, I've regained the ability to raise my legs and bend my legs!
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"Cliff, you were amazing and inspiring last Friday night! It's difficult to be doing all that you are doing from a wheelchair. I'm in awe. On top of that, you just sounded SO incredibly beautiful as you sang -- sitting down! You should be selling records all over the world - that part of the business in NOT about the best singers. You out ALL of you into your singing. Truly wonderful, Thank you!! Love you always!." Elena K. --Facebook
"I totally agree!! Cliff was especially magnificent Friday night!! Elena, Larry and Fred were also pretty terrific too, but Cliff.... WOW!! Alicia H. --Facebook
For now, you can catch me on Monday evenings at the Broadway Grill in Burlingame, California, singing with Preston Turner & Pure Ecstasy.
Singing from a wheelchair is just singing sitting down. I'm not paralyzed, so I still have all my abdominal muscle ability. And my voice? Well, it has not been affected. In any case, I expect to be out of this chair sometime in August or early September. So, it's all good. AND--I still plan on recording my first solo CD later this year. So stay (in) tuned!
Like the song says, "The best is yet to come!"