National Geographic, Jim Henson Music, Warner-Chappell Music, Viva Music, Wren Music, Famous Music; for permission to reprint lyrics.
Jim McHugh for spa photo.
First of all, this section won't thrill you unless: 1) you're in it, 2) you've got a lot of time to kill. I'm including it just to offer my acknowledgements in cyberspace.
In trying to assemble this page, I immediately ran into trouble. I wanted to mention everyone who has supported & believed in me through the years, & that's just impossible. So I'm limiting this list to those who made relatively long term contributions to my growth as a songwriter & a person. I have used first names only for the sake of privacy; I also have arranged names in alphabetical or chronological order.
Claire (deceased), my aunt, with whom I lived while attending my first year of college; you put up with a lot.
Dana, my cousin, your growth in maturity & selflessness make me proud.
Dolores,(deceased), my cousin, you were there for my mom when it really mattered.
Earle (deceased), my dad; thanks for the genes, the back rubs, the legacy of San Ildefonso.
Janet, my cousin, when you changed your life you made mine better as well.
Jeannette (deceased), my mother, who taught me so much about living & loving.
Katherine "KK" (deceased), my grandmother, whose generous spirit & sense of discipline helped me as a child.
Yuka: two stubborn only children, over twenty years together! You have helped me learn to bend without breaking.
ASSOCIATES & COMRADES
1) THE "BAND" YEARS
The Renes: Don, Eddie, Ernie, Johnny, Sal, & Oscar, & their wives & families. Greg, Joe, Dan, Art, Mario; you were part of us as well. Those were great times, & I learned a lot. Thanks to The Shoves & The Imperials too!
Roger: You turned me on to blues, jazz, & guitar thinking. It's a blessing to reunite with you & Dave the Honker. And it's because of you that beautiful Julie is in my life! (OK, OK Chris, you're beautiful too ...)
The Archers: Archie, Ernie, Jerry (deceased), Joel; we survived to value each other even more. Dave, Nancy, where are you? And Dobie: Lessons in soul, friendship, & professionalism. Pandora's Box lives!!
Howard, Warren, Paula, Patty, Eddie, Stan, Ronald, Donovan, Cecilia, Vic & Joe, Pat B., Pat P., Robert, Doris, Rory, Earle, Judy, Mickey, Cathy, & T. - - You are all in my sweet memories.
"Alan Bob & Denny" (& all the other band names we used!): Denny, Bobby, Don, Chuck. We were great. And Denny, you're getting even greater!
Gamma: So many good times through the years, with you, & your family too. Now you've become my brother from another planet.
Rocky: I love your talent (please don't stop!), & your friendship was always a touchstone.
Sue T.: Germany, Spain, the Far East, always a lady, always willing to share your light.
Greg: I'm so proud of you; wish we could get together more often.
2) "BECOMING A SONGWRITER" YEARS
Jane (deceased): Your love, & your faith in my talent, was a beautiful gift that keeps on giving.
Sydney (deceased): My first publisher, you taught me craft, discipline & life lessons. You're still at my side when I'm rewriting.
Snuff: I'll always remember your confidence in me as a writer, singer, & co-producer.
Ed & Mel & staff: You made WB a family, helped me grow, & stood behind me.
Jamie (deceased): We connected again, 25 years later, to find we've become more ourselves. Two usholes! Thanks for stirring this world up; but mostly, thanks for the love. Peace to you.
Andrew: You & your staff challenged us & guided us in helping to create an outstanding product. I'm proud to be associated with the company. Can you give us some more work?
Bill: I remain grateful that your growth rubbed off on me, professionally & personally. Your help & friendship were crucial to my success.
Bob & Irwin: Thanks for the musical experience; I hope we get to see it performed again.
Dave: You're a wonderful combination of kindness, humor, & songwriting professionalism. I believe you may also be slightly insane.
Diane: You showed 'em, kid. Thanks for remaining a true friend.
Hank S.: Singer, writer, producer, a rainbow of talent & humor. You made it productive & fun. May you receive as much love as you give.
Janis: My life is more joyful thanks to you. You're an incredible talent, a wonderful co-writer, a faithful friend, & just as crazy & neurotic as I am. Yes, & you're feisty too, damn it.
Jim H (deceased): You set a standard for all of us to aspire to in kids' programming. I'm grateful to have met you.
Sandra J. L.: We don't talk often, but I know your friendship is always constant. "Step To The Music" was great fun. You should have a hit musical!
Sandy S.: Thanks for the perseverance & professionalism I learned from working with you. My respect & friendship continues.
Shakeh: I love your spirit, heart, & loyalty; I value our unique relationship. You do listen with your heart!
Steve (& Susan, deceased): You've been my caring friends through the ups, the downs, & ups again. How long is that in bird years? Steve, I wish you so much love, you deserve it.
Tats, Ryuzo, Mamoru, Ken, Carol: Thank you for helping me become an international songwriter, I am proud of my association with you.
Terry Sue and Bob Lopez: Your faith & your friendship stand tall; I'm rootin' for you both!
FINALLY, TO LOVERS PAST:
Each of you brought me something unique. Each of you helped me to be less self-centered. You shine in my memory, a color on a page or a chapter of my life. Please remember me in a corner of your heart.