A brand new song for you today! Ruby!

 Today I give you a gift of a brand new song, made as a collaboration, all Minneapolis artists, all for love of dogs and for love of fun.

I wrote the song as a special gift for Magic Marc Percansky to mark his beloved Doberman Pinscher Ruby's twelfth birthday.

Marc is a storied and colorful face in the Minneapolis music scene and in the Bob Dylan camp of musicians, friends, family, and fans.

His contributions to the promotion of original Minnesota based music have been varied and many.

I first met him when I was brought on stage to sing a Dylan song at a special Dylan Tribute Concert that Marc organized to raise funds for veterans.

I knew then that Marc is a magical guy with a heart of gold and a real understanding and appreciation of songwriters and their songs.

Marc has followed my career and has always been supportive of my album releases. When I started making my handmade small books this summer, Marc first ordered himself one and then asked if I would be willing to design a special one for his dog Ruby. The artwork for the song you see below is based on the original small book I mailed to Marc for Ruby. Well, Marc saw something more in that little book, so he asked me about maybe creating a song to go with it. I wrote seventeen pages of lyrics, which Marc is keeping for posterity, and made as many recordings of song ideas before I finally got this final version. I knew this was it right away. I can't wait for you to hear it.

Now we have collaborated on the recording and have made a real party of it, with great musicians sitting in and a great arrangement from producer Rob Genadek. My son's animated video for Ruby is coming out soon, and a single of the song on CD will be available at my next Riverview show November 17th. We'll play the song live for the first time then so that'll be super fun.

A short film by Steve Cohen is being edited now, and you'll see more about that soon.

But first, on this sweet Sunday morning in early November, I give you what Rob Genadek is calling one of my best vocal performances for a recording ever, with no pitch correction at all, and that's partly because I love singing this song so much.

No cynicism here, but straight up Joy and Gratitude all around.

This is what Love can do.





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