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Until I joined Spectropop, The 60’s music forum, I largely dismissed my early body of work, which included hundreds of releases as a writer/ artist/ and producer, because most of them weren’t hits.

Now through all of your eyes, I’ve re-examined some of my own songs and realized a lot of them didn’t suck after all!

Here are 2 songs from the past…followed by three songs I’ve written recently.

FROM THE INSIDE”

Whenever a line or idea came to me, seemingly, out of the blue I considered it a gift. It was only during times of great emotional stress, however, when I channeled entire songs. The next time this happened was when my Grandmother passed away in 1974.

When I heard the news, I flew back to New York from Hollywood, where I was general manager of Warner Brothers Music. Although for the past few years I had been concentrating on promoting other people’s songs … now I was compelled to write again.

During the three-day period, from the time she passed until her funeral …Gooma came to me in my darkened hotel room several times. She talked to me in her usual comforting tone… told me not to cry or be afraid. She smiled and said I should be happy for her…that she was finally out of pain.

She didn’t look like the 83 year old that I revered…but like the thirty year old, whose picture lived in the family album. She sat across from me slightly illuminated by what seemed to be a light coming from within. She told me that we all have guides from the other side who anonymously give us information everyday…but from now on she would be my personal guide.

To hear “From The Inside” and the original demo by Kim Carnes http://artiewayne.com/inside.html

“SENDING MY GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU”

One of my closest friends, Patti Dahlstrom, introduced me to one of her closest friends, Jim Croce and we hit it off immediately. We went to his concerts, TV shows and sometimes we just sat around talking or playing guitar. Although I was more of a publisher at the time, working for Warner Bros. Music, I knew I was in the presence of an extraordinary human being and could learn a great from him about songwriting and life.

The night his plane crashed, Patti and I had started a song that became a tribute to him “Sending my Good Thoughts to You”. Since his passing, whenever I’ve been stuck on a lyric or need a little help with one of life’s little problems Jim appears to me and gives me an answer, usually laced with his “wicked” sense of humor.

To hear Patti Dahlstrom sing “Sending My Good Thoughts To You”
http://artiewayne.com/sending.html

“THERE’S A CRACK IN A STAR ON HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD”

Once upon a time a publicist would warn their female clients not to be photographed exiting a car if they weren’t wearing underwear, now they warn them not to be photographed like that unless they shave! We’re living in an era where publicists rule and manipulate our perceptions…where spin is King!

To hear Ariel Wolf sing, “Crack In A Star On Hollywood Boulevard.
https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/12/theres-a-crack-in-a-star-on-hollywood-boulevard/

“(DON”T WANT TO BE) INVISIBLE”

Ever since I was a kid I’ve known people who have tried to keep a low profile…so low in fact, they are virtually invisible! I’ve never been one of those people. With every ounce of strength and determination in my body, I fight everyday to make my mark in this world, while carving a pathway to the next. I’d like to present a song I wrote with Terry Mace, about this struggle…and the effect love can have on it. I hope you enjoy it! Just click onto

To hear Terry Mace sing, “Invisible”
http://artiewayne.com/invisible.html

“I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I”M DOWN”

Since I’m no longer able to play a musical instrument, I put down an acapella version of “I’m At My Best When I’m Down” on my computer. I sent it to my friend Alan O’Day ( “Undercover Angel”, “Angie Baby”), who surprised me by putting chords behind it!
http://artiewayne.com/best.html

Copyright 2007 by Artie Wayne
For Spectropop http://spectropop.com

To reach Alan O’Day http://alanoday.com

Artie Wayne website http://artiewayne.com

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The Thinker by Rodin

Sidney Sheldon, creator of “I Dream Of Jeannie” and novelist, “The Other Side Of Midnight”, “Rage Of Angels” advice to writers, ” Don’t talk about writing…Do It!”

A long time ago, Quncy Jones gave me a tip on how to deal effectively with Hollywood producers, “Use “fuck” in your conversation every once in a while to get their attention!”

On people who give advice and expect other people to listen. Singer and songwriter, Jim Croce (“Don’t Mess Around With Jim”, “Operator”) used to say,” You can’t tell anybody anything…people have to come to their own conclusions!”

The Paul Mc Cartney of the Present, should have listened more carefully to the Paul McCartney of the past, and signed the prenuptual agreement! “Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play…now I need a place to hide away…oh I believe in Yesterday!”

“When she started to play, Steinway himself came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano. ” — Bob Hope, on comedienne Phyllis Diller-submitted by Eddie Hodges

Patti Dahlstrom turned me on to a couple of songwriter, Paul Williams’ best quotes… “There are those who listen, and those who wait to talk.”

“Every time God closes a door, he opens another, but the time in the hallway is a bitch!”

Patti also submitted this from ‘The Lives Of Lazarus Long” by Robert Heinlein

“Before you appeal to someone’s higher nature, you better make sure that they have one.”

Copyright 2007 by Artie Wayne

 

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RICK JAMES  2/1/48 – 8/6/04

When I was running Irving/Almo music in the early 70s, a young Black man walked into my office, dressed from head to toe in a Psychedelic leather outfit and dreadlocks. His name was Rick James, I didn’t know him, but he had been so engaging on the phone that I agreed to listen to his music. He flashed a confident smile as he handed me a demo of a new song he had just recorded.

I put the needle on the steel acetate…and when the intro started I leaped out of my seat onto the dance floor, I had built in my office upon a 12 year old Michael Jackson’s suggestion. I’ve never been one to conceal my enthusiasm in front of a writer or singer. I was so excited by what I’d heard I could have danced on the ceiling!!

I thought the demo Rick made of “I Love my Mama” was good enough to be a master …and so did Kip Cohen, head of A+R at A+M, when I brought it in to him. They signed him to a record deal while I signed him to an exclusive songwriters contract for 5 years.

It was always a pleasure to hang out with him or see him working around
the A+M studios. He was still developing the fusion of Rock and Funk, he became famous for a few years down the line, and I would really look forward to everything he wanted to play me. He was hardworking and dedicated…the kind of a guy who would do anything it takes to make him a Rock star.

Unfortunately, it didn’t happen for Rick James at A+M. It took a few more years of development and the Power of Motown to put him up where he belonged. Through the years when I’d run into him, he’d tell whoever he was with that I was the guy who discovered him and gave him a chance. I’m proud to have played a small part in his career…but I’m even prouder to have been his friend.”

From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne
https://artiewayne.wordpress.com


BACK TO THE R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY ARCHIVES https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/rip-rock-in-perpetuity-archives/

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Sebastian Prooth’s brilliant video of Alan O’Day and the late Johnny Stevenson classic, “Rock and Roll Heaven”, featuring Ronny Kimball, has been played thousands of times on eleven internet sites in the past 24 hours! If you haven’t seen it scroll down to my previous post and click onto Elvis’ triangular eye!

If you like to read about some of my “Brief Encounters”with some of our late rock heroes including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Croce just click onto http://artiewayne.com/pg9.html

My new online friend, Sebastian Prooth, in the U.K. has been helping me create a blog, here in the California Desert. Over the past few days he’s asked me questions about “The Other Side”. As I explained how I’m able to channel spirits, he asked me if I was able could channel anyone. He wanted to communicate with a prominent star trek writer who passed away last year, Michael Piller, who he didn’t know. Almost as soon as he had asked the question, I felt my body was being taken over, and I felt like the spirit of Michael was pulsing through me.

Needless to say, Sebastian, was startled, when I spoke to him with what he recognized immediately as similar inflections of Michael. I had never heard him myself. After, Sebastian, calmed down, I asked him to read a story on my website about an event that happened over thirty years ago.

One of my closest friends singer and songwriter, Patti Dahlstrom, [“Emotion” [Dahlstrom/ Sanson], introduced me to one of her closest friends, Jim Croce [ “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown”, “I Got A Name”]. We saw we had a lot in common. Patti went to his concerts, TV shows and sometimes we just sat around talking or playing guitar. Although I was more of a publisher at the time, working for Warner Bros. Music, I knew I was in the presence of an extraordinary human being and could learn a great from him about songwriting and life.

The night Jim Croce plane crashed, Patti, and I had already started a song that eventually became a tribute to him “Sending my Good Thoughts to You”. Since his passing, whenever I’ve been stuck on a lyric or need a little help with one of life’s little problems, Jim, appears to me and gives me an answer, usually saturated with his “wry” sense of humor.

Up until recently I’ve been reluctant to discuss my experiences in the paranormal, I now realize it’s important to share whatever important information we have. I’m not a Psychic, a Mystic or a Medium but for the last thirty years, I’ve communicated with those who’ve passed over to the other side and they’ve communicated with me.

My grandmother, who helped raise me, has guided me for years whenever I need moral or spiritual support. Jim Croce helps me out when I get stuck on a lyric. Van McCoy works on an arrangement with me. Dr. Floyd Taylor still works on my back everyday. Dr. Henry Mundt, the man who taught me hypnosis reminds me not to stress out. Finally Jimi Hendrix comes back and plays through me whenever I call on him.

I know it sounds pretty far out but I have learned how to access anyone I wish on the other side. Five years ago, the following came to me during a deep meditation, and I wrote it down as soon as I woke up. Until now, I haven’t had the opportunity or the courage to present it publicly. Here it is exactly as I received it:

JULY 31, 1998

Dear Friends,

I’ve been “told” to deliver short messages from the “so called dead” and show anyone who’s interested how to establish a “direct” line of communication with the “other side”….without charge.

The steps are as follows:

1. In a darkened room….relax in a comfortable chair or lie down facing upward with palms to the sky.

2. Do several 2-2-5s

Inhale through the nose [ count 1…..2…..] Exhale through the mouth.

Inhale through the nose [ count 1…..2…..] Exhale through the mouth.

Inhale through the nose [ count 1…..2…..3…..4…..5 ] Exhale through the mouth.

Close your eyes and repeat the 2-2-5 breathing pattern ’til you’re relaxed.

 

3. Say out loud,” Lord bless this communication”

4. Play a song that you know was specifically written for someone on the other side….[you may use “Sending My Good Thoughts To You” [ Dahlstrom/ Wayne]….. http://artiewayne.com/sending.html   now visualize whom you wish to contact.

5. When there’s a tear in your eye you know your journey has begun…………there is no need to be afraid ………….communicate with each other without words.

6. When the music ends….write down what you have experienced…..without wiping the tears off of your face.

7. Lean back or lay back and say ,” Thank You Lord “…….to yourself.

8. Open your eyes and resume your regular activities.

 

Regards, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

 

*= “Sending My Good Thoughts to You” copyright 1973- Patti Dahlstrom music/ Warner Brothers music.

From Patti Dahlstrom’s 20th Century Fox album, “Your Place or Mine”