Original Music & More
Update October 2018:
Click on the above title to hear this song from “Just We Two – A New Musical”. The premise of this play is based on a situation everyone can relate to: A loved one lying in a bed in a hospital room. The play begins with family members coming into the room to visit. They are then seen one by one, pondering and reflecting upon their life together with the patient. Emotions come back in flashbacks, emotions come in the moment. They lament. They cajole. They sing their hearts out with their respective “shoulda-woulda-couldas”. Again, everyone will relate to this play.
Book & Lyrics were written by a former syndicated cartoonist-turned-playwright, Larry Brenner. He mixes humor with pathos. The lead character is a writer… working with words. So he likes to deliver his dialogue in short sing-song syllables. But he wants to be taken seriously. He finds himself singing his own laments of “should-would-couldas”. This play is semi-autobiographical for both lyricist and composer.
The music was written by Composer Dennis Chandler. His lament was that he wanted all 22 songs to be melodic. He was serious about keeping the music accessible (read: after the play… going up the aisle… can one hum some of the music?) So in the tradition and style of old Broadway… Dennis even did some of the few rock ‘n’ roll songs in that melodic mode. In composing parlance… get ready to be hooked by the hooks (of the songs).
So… OUT OF TRAGEDY COMES ART, again. For these two survivors… as Shakespeare said they, “…know from whence they speak”.
Also below is a partial repository of other original music Dennis has composed. As I locate more… I will add here. BTW: We have tracks for all the music from the two stage plays. We just have to add lead vocals to some. So we need to find some good, strong vocalists. Those who are ready, willing and able… to come and record (can you spell: v-o-l-u-n-t-e-e-). What?… To explain… funding for the arts has been cut… so no recordings being cut… save for our little humble Studio here at home. So send singers our way, please. (Signed, Producer Liz)
Click on the below title to hear The Woollybear Song. This lullaby was the 1st Woollybear song (written for Dick Goddard’s Woollybear Festival). Music by Dennis Chandler, Lyrics by Phil Smoluk, featuring vocalist Dale Solly & the Woollybear Watchers. Click on the above title to play the song.
Click on the below title to hear Ride With The Tribe song. Music by Dennis Chandler, Lyrics by Liz Smoluk Chandler, Phil Smoluk and Dennis Chandler.
Click on the below title to hear Go Browns song, Music by Dennis Chandler, Lyrics by Phil Smoluk.
This is the song Dennis dreamed he and Barbra Streisand were arranging… how she should sing it (her way, of course). In his dream, (which happened while Den was undergoing chemo (’87) for treatment for AML-type leukemia), he said they were sitting under the shelter of a big beautiful tree… laughing and enjoying their blessing of being able to make music ( again). Well, from our lips to G_d’s ear… or… in at the very least, Barbra Streisand’s ears! It could happen, no? (Read more about Dennis’ battle and victory over cancer… on the page titled “The Journey”) Signed, Liz Chandler
By Dale Solly & Dennis Chandler.
Just the beginning of a list of past musical projects. The material written, arranged, produced and recorded by musician- composer Dennis Chandler. (Seems folks are still interested in past projects. Guess it helps for future ones)
TV 8’s “Winners” Promotion …….. “We’re TV8, Home of The Winners”
Rinaldi Jewelry……………….. “Where Little Things Mean a Lot”
After Five Magazine……… “There’s a New Way of Looking at Cleveland After Five”
Midpark Chrysler Plymouth ……….. “You Are Someone Special”
Morrell Music…… “If You Want More Than Just A Music Store”
Audio Outlet………….. “There Is Only One”
Kitchen Queen………”Kitchen Queen, Your Dream Kitchen Store”
Bobby Gee Stores……… “You and Me and Bobby Gee”
Randall Park Mall…The Best of Them All”
Cleveland Copy and Printing…..”When You Need More Than One”
TV 5’s Morning Exchange ………. “Start Your Day With Us”
WERE’s Joey Jay Radio Show…… “Jazz for Joey Jay” (Instrumental)
Bass Chevrolet…… “Home of Bass Chevrolet”
TV8’s Dick Goddard & Dale Solly…… The Woollybear Song aka “Woolly, Me and You”
Media’s Joel Rose, Jan Jones, Dale Solly, The Ghoul, Tana Carli … Joel Rose’s Polka aka “Oh, How We Love Those Pierogi”
TV5’s Morning Exchange 10th Anniversary Song…. “Start Your Day With Us”
NBC TV3 Weatherman’s theme….”Waylon Boot’s Bodacious Blues”
Politico Bob Hughes Tribute Song…. “Hats Off To Hughes”
Eastside Irish American Club Theme for Grand Opening….”And Yet We’ve Just Begun”
Kidney Foundation Chili Cook-Off Winner Rafe Goldbach’s song … “Ode To Rotten Rafe’s Chili”
M.D.A. Poster Child, Damian Claudio’s Poem (laid to video) ….”Hoping For A Miracle”
Morning Exchange: Farewell Song for host Jan Jones (laid to video)…. “Smiling (That’s Her Way” )
Morning Exchange: Farewell Song for host Joel Rose (laid to video) …. “Joel’s A Rose”
Cleveland Indians Song… “Ride With The Tribe”
The First Cleveland Browns Song (laid to video by Gib Shanley for WEWS) … “Go Browns”
First Rock Hall Song (all media, USA Today Phone Poll, Petition Drives)….”Can You Feel It (That Rock ‘n’ Roll)”
Chamber of Comm./Growth Assoc. Farewells: Pres. Bill Bryant & Ex.VP K. Michael Benz…”Blues for Benz”
Song in tribute to television personality Fred Griffith… “Always Fred”
NBC TV3 Dale Solly’s Half-Hour Special on Lake Erie titled “Dark Water, Deep Secrets”…..Complete Score….(Instrumental)
CH 19 Dale Solly’s “Cleveland Homes Magazine” Show….Theme.. (Instrumental)
Bill “Smoochie” Gordon’s TV Show…”Stay Smoochie You Rascal, You”…. (Instrumental)
Betsy Saltzburg’s TV Show “Positively Speaking”… Theme… (Instrumental)
As-yet-unpublished music written for and commissioned by the late Dorothy Fuldheim for her “Three and a Half Husbands”
Words & Music for “Maltshop Memories” (a rock ‘n’ roll roadshow that toured locally, played community theatres i.e., Gates Mills Straw Hat Theatre, etc. )
Music written for Deborah Osment Ryan’s “Ruling Passion – A Musical Comedy About Richard III”.
Music written for Larry Brenner’s “Just We Two” (a musical comedy about a man in a coma).
Music for former Wings Over Jordan baritone Web Fleming to perform in tribute to African-American Museum Founder Icabod Flewellen.