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Bring Your Heart Back Home (adapted 'Gliere: Symphony No. 3')
by Michael Sherwood
Michael Sherwood (1959 to 2019) was an American musician and songwriter. Michael Sherwood was born on October 27th 1959 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He came from a musical family (his father Bobby was an actor, musician and big band leader and his mother Phyllis was a drummer and singer), and his parents gave him his first keyboard when he was just four years old. Along with Jimmy Haun, Mark Fletcher, Tom Fletcher and Gary Starns, he formed the band 'Lodgic' in 1977 (they would later include Guy Allison, from 1979, and his younger brother Billy Sherwood). They mainly covered songs made familiar by such groups as 'Return to Forever', Peter Frampton, Frank Zappa and 'Yes', and eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1980 while managed by Barry Morgan. Around the same time they began to write their own material, inspired by meetings with such established acts as Jeff Porcaro and 'Toto'. They finally recorded their debut album, "Nomadic Sands", in the early 1980s, releasing it in 1986 - it was produced by David Paich and 'Toto' keyboardist Steve Porcaro. (Sherwood worked a lot with Porcaro during this period - one of their co-written numbers was considered for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album.) He and Haun then worked with the band 'Air Supply' on their albums "The Earth Is..." (1991), "The Vanishing Race" (1993) and "News from Nowhere" (1995). He also did other session work, including supplying backing vocals for the 'Yes' album called "Union" (on which brother Billy also performed). He released his own solo album, "Tangletown", in 1998 - it was mostly written with Julius Robinson, and included Haun and Fletcher plus various artists like Steve McCormick, Jamie Chez, Tom Felicetta, Dorian Crozier, Christian Nesmith, Greg Ellis and his brother Billy. He appeared on the Ted Jacobs year 2000 album "The Days Gone By", and worked with Robinson again on music for the 2001 film "Angel Eyes". In 2004, Sherwood joined his brother's group 'Conspiracy' (with 'Yes' bassist Chris Squire) to record a "live-in-the-studio" DVD, later released in 2006. During his career, he worked with artists such as the 'Gluey Brothers', Jack Russell, Lisa Loeb, Jonathan Elias and 'Circa', and supplied the music for a number of TV shows and commercials. He co-wrote songs for the LP "Toto XIV" (2015), as well as co-writing, co-producing and singing other material on Steve Porcaro's debut solo album "Someday/Somehow" (2016). Michael Sherwood died unexpectedly in Los Angeles on November 5th 2019, aged 60.
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Posted: 8th December 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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