Some months ago, during the COVID-19 lockdown, I found myself both extremely bored and hungry — for a new challenge.
So I taught myself the basics of musical theory, and began writing songs.
Over the course of the summer, working remotely, I co-wrote the music and words of three songs with Brooklyn singer/songwriter Duke Sims, who sang/produced the finished tracks. The resulting EP, CAHOOTS, is now available worldwide.
Here’s the track listing:
1. Somebody Take Me Home (Duke Sims/Rolli) [Alternative Pop/Hip-Hop]
2. Can’t Keep Me Down Now (Duke Sims/Rolli) [Alternative Pop]
3. When the Reaper Comes Along (Duke Sims/Rolli) [Alternative Pop/Rock]
Cahoots is available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes and other popular outlets. Check here for all the options.
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“Can’t Keep Me Down Now,” a song I co-wrote with Brooklyn’s Doobie Duke Sims, has been selected as the week’s featured single by Sask Music, a Canadian music industry organization. You can listen to the track here.
“Can’t Keep Me Down Now” is from the EP Cahoots, available on Apple Music and other platforms.
I hope you like the song, friends. It pairs well with a hot cup of coffee. ☕
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This is just a quick note to let you know that my new poem, “A wrong opinion,” is live over at Rattle. Check it out.
The poem was submitted to the magazine’s Poets Respond series. If you’re interested in submitting, too — they pay well and have a large readership — here are the guidelines:
Because of the nature of the traditional publication apparatus, poetry doesn’t often respond in a timely way to current events — but we think it could. To test this hypothesis, we’d like to try publishing a poem online each Sunday (if we receive any that we like) that responds to a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.
Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at Rattle.com, with occasional extra poems Tuesday or Thursday, which are fed to over 10,000 people via our RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine.
The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST. The poems must respond to news that occurred in the previous week, and have been written in the time since.
Include a brief explanation as to what the poem is about. Feel free to submit to this category as often as you’d like, even within the same week, and even if you have other general, tribute, or contest submissions pending.