The lovely Prudence Fenton and I sharing the holidays with two of our favorite men, Tom Trujillo and Dima Gornovskyi at our favorite Old School steakhouse, The Smoke House Restaurant. Better yet it was their over-stuffed, fly-me-to-the-moon-and-back Sunday buffets, a gargantuan room of endless fooooodstuffs, not one of those quaint salad bars/carving station/omelet bar affairs but every possible food category and ethnicity in between. WE are revving up for a big Valentine’s Day night there too. The best decorated hearts place in LA.
With my girls, Holly Palmer and Prudence Fenton, a couple weeks ago at the SONA (Songwriters Of North America) salute to the great Sam Hollander, who’s presently holding down the top of the charts with Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes”. Holly and I were in a short-lived but mighty group called Bubbles & Cheesecake. Prudence and I are always making tag-team trouble. I’ve attached a Sam photo here as well so he can be in the mix at his own event. And for a little Bubbles & Cheesecake, sip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo_VXWO5SKo
The Detroit Free Press has its culinary tastes in order as it chose Chef Greg’s Soul “N” The Wall, my home away from home in my hometown Detroit, as one of the Motor City’s Top 18 restaurants of 2018. I love Chef Greg and his food so much and am there so often my portrait eating my favorite sandwich, the Boogaloo Wonderland, partially named for my song “Boogie Wonderland”, is painted on the outside wall. If you’re in Detroit now and haven’t been to this gem, go now!
Bob Einstein a.k.a. Super Dave Osborne a.k.a. Marty Funkhouser was an incredibly great guy. I used to see him from afar every Break Fast at Marla and Jeff Garlin’s house (exhilarating to be in the presence of such Curb Your Enthusiasm royalty). I was a gigantic fan of Bob’s, like idolized him, so couldn’t believe when a few years ago he finally marched right up to me and said “you are an extraordinarily talented woman”. I almost fainted because I was such a super-fan. From then on, he always sent me encouraging emails every time I had a show or sent an email blast out of what was going on in my world. He was super supportive, a serious mensch, insanely talented and funny, bright, and, of course, there was that incredible speaking voice! R.I.P. Bob Einstein. So sad to see you go.
An excellent reunion over the holidays with one of my first friends ever in the music biz, Arnold McCullerJanuary 3, 2019
An excellent reunion over the holidays with one of my first friends ever in the music biz, Arnold McCuller, a stupendous singer and friend. A great solo singer, he’s even better known for his work as a touring back-up singer with the likes of James Taylor (for over 30 years), Phil Collins, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Todd Rundgren and a trillion more. Arnold and I met right after I wrote my first few songs in New York in the mid 70’s. We followed each other out to LA in the late 70’s and he sang many an early demo of mine and helped my songs sound exceptionally sweet ’n funky, “Neutron Dance” and “Boogie Wonderland” among them.