All Original Music, Drafts, Demos & More

CHAMELEON CHANDLER has many OLD REEL-TO-REEL RAW DEMO TAPES. Daily, I am finding more DRAFTS, too. This website’s page has become a SONG REPOSITORY, of sorts. From tape to computer … another leg of a song’s journey. May it bring us … more EGGHEADS (read: musicians, singers, etc.) Wish me luck … with this tech stuff … it’s tough. Why? I am my own teacher. Signed, “Student Liz” aka “Mrs. Dennis”.  August  2022


Inspired by TRAVELING TROUBADOURS, DOLLY PARTON and WILLIE NESLON. Dennis has YET to meet Willie but those that he DID meet … are in the collage below. This song is DEDICATED to them. Most all of those pictured … taught Dennis FIRSTHAND and in … THE AGE OLD TRADITION ORAL TRADITION. What’s that? They had him sitting at their knee … saying to him, “Good. Good. Now try this way…” They gave so lovingly and freely to him … their music. Rare for those times, those places.

Lyrics were written by Phil Smoluk (my brother) and Dennis Chandler (my hubby & partner). Music was written by DC. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC … who also sang the song. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Where Are They Now

Bandleader Chandler did this for his “Pilgrims” aka the houseband for CKLW RADIO. The lyrics were written by Dennis and bassist Pete Dragas. The music was written by DC. The other bandmembers on the record … were drummer Ron Harkai, guitarist Glenn Schwartz and Dennis (who doubled on keyboards and guitar). Instrumentation arranged by DC … who also sang the song. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Plymouth Rock

An AMERICAN SONG FESTIVAL WINNER! This was a tribute to Dennis’ first guitar teacher … Bo Diddley. Lyrics were written by Phil Smoluk, Tom Schuck and Dennis. The music was written by DC. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC … who also sang the song. Click on the title to hear the song. 

 Dancin To Bo Diddley

Another AMERICAN SONG FESTIVAL WINNER! Lyrics were written by Phil Smoluk. Music written by Dennis. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC … who also sang the song. Click on the title to hear the song.

If I Had It To Do Over Again

“Let Me Be Your Song”: This song got a GOOD GRADE and RAVE REVIEW … from some other ICONIC creative-types. It was when the great GAMBLE & HUFF were holding SONGWRITING SEMINARS in NYC.  The LEGENDS from the label called THE SOUNDS OF PHILY … were conducting classes for composers. There they GAVE A RAVE REVIEW. We never did get to follow up with those fine folks from Philly. Why? Health hurdles. So albeit belatedly, I’m posting that CRITIQUE from PRODUCERS GAMBLE & HUFF. (By the way, these notes I only just found while de-cluttering Dennis’ files).

The lyrics were written by the two of us. (LC & DC) Music by Composer Chandler. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. The melodious vocals are by Melissa Barber. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Let Me Be Your Song

Speaking of ICONIC … Bluesmaster BOBBY BLUE BLAND asked Dennis to write something for him. He did. Sadly, BBB did not get to record this song. The words and the music were written by Dennis in homage to DAD BLUE. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Vocals are by Amos Taylor aka Dennis Petit. Click on the title to hear the song.   

Ups The Only Way I Can Go

Lyrics written by Phil Smoluk. Music by Dennis Chandler. Vocals by Melissa Barber. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Hard On Me

Lyrics were written by Phil Smoluk. Music written by Dennis Chander. Instrumentation… arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC… who also sang the song. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Don’t Be Feelin’ Down, Don’t Be Feelin’ Low

Right Here, Right Now

The lyrics were written by Phil Smoluk. Music by Dennis Chandler. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Vocals by the incomparable Betsy Hammer. Click on the title to hear the song. 

I See The Writing On The Wall

The lyrics were written by Dennis Chandler and Tom Schuck. Music by Dennis and Charlie Adams. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Vocals by the incomparable Betsy Hammer. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Catch You Later

Too Much Too Soon

Just Knowing You’re There

The lyrics were written by Tom Schuck. Music by Dennis Chandler. Instrumentation … arranged, recorded and produced by composer-DC. Vocals by Tom Shuck. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Coal To Diamonds

Below are three songs of Dennis’ … that he re-recorded in 1993 … for one special reunion. It was one special group … “The Secrets”. Who? A girl group from the ’60s … who had the hit titled “The Boy Next Door”. These tunes brought back some rockin’ memories … for them and for himself. Why? Bandleader Chandler aka “the boy behind them”… did many a gig with the girls … back in the day, (as they say). But, what day? Shhh … it’s a secret.

Words and music written by Dennis Chandler. Instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. The vocals were done by the girls. Click on the title of each song … to hear that particular song.   

Rock and Roll Melody

Never Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll

Can You Feel It (That Rock ‘n’ Roll)

A homage to Cleveland’s iconic amusement park … Euclid Beach Park. The lyrics were written by Phil Smoluk. Music by Dennis Chandler. Vocals and instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Universe Park – Homage to Euclid Beach Park

Written, arranged, produced and recorded by Dennis Chandler … sung by Dale Solly, of Blessed memory. Click on the title to hear the song.  

Willow Lady

This was written for a video farewell tribute to Jan Jones. It was aired on her last day hosting TV5’s Morning Exchange show. Lyrics by Liz & Dennis Chandler. Vocals and instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Smilin’ That’s Her Way

A homage to our Cleveland Baseball Team … Music by Dennis Chandler. Lyrics by Liz & Dennis Chandler. Vocals and instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Ride With The Tribe

A homage to the Cleveland Football Team … Music by Dennis Chandler. Lyrics by Phil Smoluk. Vocals & instrumentation … arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Click on the title to hear the song.  

Go Browns

Written for Dick Goddard and his Woollybear Festival. The title is “Woolly, Me and You” aka “The Woollybear Song”. This lullaby was the 1st Woollybear song. Music by Dennis Chandler. Lyrics by Phil Smoluk. Vocals by Dale Solly, of Blessed memory … with a chorus of Woollybear Watchers. Instrumentation… arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Woolly, Me and You

DC Full Orchestration

DC Piano Only

Written for Joel Rose and his friends. Music was written by Dennis Chandler with Lyrics by Phil Smoluk. The vocals are by then-popular media-types … who are listed on the 45 record jacket. (Remember those?) I’ve included the back of the record jacket … with the words. In case you want to do a Karaoke session. Check out JR’s recipe. You can bake as you sing along. Vocals and instrumentation… arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. Click on the title to hear the song. 

Oh, How We Love Those Pierogi

Commissioned by the ICONIC MEDIA PIONEER and GRAND DAME … the famed DOROTHY FULDHEIM. One of her published books … the one titled “Three and a Half Husbands”… was to be turned into a stage play. She began to CHAMPION Dennis … calling him, “MY COMPOSER”. “A MUSICAL CHAMELEON”… who would write for her what she wanted … “a VARIETY of songs”. Dennis started her project … but then dear Dorothy suffered a stroke. Sadly, it was not meant to be. But what is meant to be … is remembering her here. About Dorothy … go to this website’s page titled, “Dorothy Fuldheim Challenges Composer Chandler”. One can read how the two met … and melded musically. It was a grand “Meeting of the Minds”… as another mutual friend STEVE ALLEN would have called it. (I reference another iconic Media Pioneer … that we had the Blessing to know).  

Spoiler Aler:  about the optics below. The PICTURE posted … BELIES… the SONG’S SERIOUSNESS … but that’s what Dorothy enjoyed … juxtaposing elements and music, too.   

Will We Love Again

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Below is a partial list … of a few past musical projects. I will be adding more music … as I acquire knowledge of how to do so. Speaking of what one should know (SO NEW WORK MAY COME HIS WAY) … all the projects were written, arranged, produced and recorded by musician-composer DC. 

Jingles (list is in no particular order)

TV 8’s “Winners” Promotion … “We’re TV8, Home of The Winners”.

TV 5’s Morning Exchange … “Start Your Day With Us”.

Bass Chevrolet … “Home of Bass Chevrolet”.

Rinaldi Jewelry …  “Where Little Things Mean a Lot”.

WERE’s Joey Jay Radio Show … “Jazz for Joey Jay” (Instrumental).

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”.

More Specialty Songs (list is in no particular order)

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”.

First Rock Hall Song (all media, USA Today Phone Poll, Petition Drives) … “Can You Feel It -That Rock ‘n’ Roll”. (a cover re-recorded by “The Secrets” was mentioned earlier). 

Chamber of Commerce/Growth Association Farewell Songs: Pres. Bill Bryant & Ex.VP K. Michael Benz …”Blues for Benz”.

TV8’s Dick Goddard & Dale Solly … The Woollybear Song aka “Woolly, Me and You”. (mentioned earlier). 

Media Types … Joel Rose, Jan Jones, Dale Solly, The Ghoul, Tana Carli … Joel Rose’s Polka aka “Oh, How We Love Those Pierogi”. (mentioned earlier). 

TV5’s Morning Exchange 10th Anniversary Song … “Start Your Day With Us”.

Morning Exchange: Farewell Song for show’s host Jan Jones (laid to video) … “Smilin’ -That’s Her Way”. (mentioned earlier). 

Morning Exchange: Farewell Song for show’s host Joel Rose (laid to video) …. “Joel’s A Rose”.

Song in tribute to television personality Fred Griffith … “Always Fred”.

Cleveland Indians Song … “Ride With The Tribe”. (mentioned earlier). 

The First Cleveland Browns Song (laid to video by Gib Shanley for WEWS) … “Go Browns”. (mentioned earlier). 

Themes for Local Televison Shows

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)

Stage Music 

Music written for A Tribute to Icabod Flewellen, Founder of African-American Museum …  and performed by former Wings Over Jordon Baritone, Web Fleming. 

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 Playwright Deborah Osment Ryan’s “Ruling Passion – A Musical Comedy About Richard III”. (mentioned earlier).

Music written for Playwright Larry Brenner’s “Just We Two” – a musical comedy about a man in a coma. (mentioned earlier). 

Liz Chandler, Web Writer  2022