After migrating to New York City in my youth to seek my musical fortune, I co-founded Left Field, along with Liz Emmert, Bill Bly, and Deborah Griffin Bly. The four of us, often joined by Mark Dann, became known for our repertoire of obscure cover songs and original tunes covering a bewildering array of topics, delivered (in offbeat vocal arrangements with tight harmonies) with utter and happy disregard for stylistic consistency.
We eventually developed a following of devoted listeners who came to hear us play at places like the Speakeasy in NYC and the Minstrel Coffeehouse in NJ. We also made several guest appearances on radio legend John Weingart’s Music You Can’t Hear on the Radio (103.3 FM Princeton and WPRB.com). John was an early supporter and was instrumental in helping us reach a wider audience.
Left Field produced two recordings: a live album, Left Field: Still A-Live!, and Extra Innings, a studio recording of original songs. Prior to these, several of my tunes were recorded by Left Field for Fast Folk Musical Magazine, a monthly album of original songs produced by The Musicians’ Co-op (a/k/a the CooP) in Greenwich Village.
Below, you’ll find the songs that I contributed to these recordings.
“LEFT FIELD is quite possibly the best choice of a name for a band I’ve seen in ages . . . insane, but delightful.” —East Coast Rocker
“‘Billions of Brain Cells’ [Ago], which has become Left Field’s signature tune, is a wickedly accurate lament that many . . . Baby Boomers will instantly recognize . . . .”
— Michael J. Fressola, Staten Island Advance
Fast Folk/Smithsonian Folkways
Say It Ain’t So, Sam
Left Field EP