I was born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 5, 1960 and
grew up in Great Neck, New York, beneath the blue suburban
skies. Guitar playing, wiffleball and TV were all staples
of my happy childhood.
During an undistinguished academic
career at Dartmouth
College, I used to drive down to New York City where I
wrote some jingles (Thomas'
English Muffins) and
the score to an off-Broadway show, Oh Baby!
After college, I became a staff songwriter for Chappell Music
(now, Warner-Chappell). The first group to record one of my
songs (After All) was Air Supply. My most well-known
songs are probably Tell It To My Heart and Prove
Your Love sung by Taylor Dayne, Love is a Beautiful
Thing sung by Al Green, Instant Pleasure sung
by Rufus Wainwright and Did You Give Enough Love?
sung by Celine Dion.
Click here to see my discography.
It was while at Chappell Music that I met my future wife,
Gerson. We moved to L.A. in the early 90s.
In 1996, the first of my three books, Baseball Letters,
came out. The book consists of handwritten letters that I
received from Major League baseball players in response to
my questions about their lives and careers.
In 1999, my second book of letters came out, this one with
letters from baseball pitchers. Like Baseball Letters, this
book, Every Pitcher Tells A Story (Times Books),
was also a best-seller.
The third book in the trilogy, Something to Write Home
About (Random House), came out in the spring of 2003.
Click here to see the books.
It was while putting together these books that I first began
collecting baseball memorabilia. Somehow, I ended up with
the ball that went
through Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series, but
that's another story.
In 2004, I put out an album called Instant Pleasure.
It won an L.A. Music award for Best Pop Album. You can hear
clips from the album here.
In 2007, I released an album recorded with singer-songwriter
Mike Ruekberg under the band name, The Red Button. You can
listen to some clips from our album, She's About To Cross
My Mind here. The second Red Button record, As Far As Yesterday Goes, was released in June, 2011.
In 2010, I released my second solo album, Watercolor Day. The title track to the album won Best Pop Song at the Hollywood Music in media Awards in November, 2010
In 2012, a documentary I made called Beatles Stories.will open in London to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four getting their first recording contract -- an event that changed the world. The movie consists of interviews I filmed with people (Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir George Martin, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel and 50 others) who have a personal story about themselves and The Beatles.
I have three children, Julian, Luke and Daisy and I live in Los Angeles.
I enjoy making art, eating sushi, talking and writing
about politics, looking through kaleidoscopes and sitting
in the sun, though not particularly in that order.