Don Rosler: Lyricist/Songwriter/Producer

Don Rosler


Recent Off the Presses:

Jim Dwyer, NY Times, "Taking Inspiration from Song and Pictures on Refrigerator", April 25, 2013

Ken Plutnicki, NY Times, March 2, 2011 "Doris from Rego Park Lives On"

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Don Rosler is the writer/co-writer and producer of the internationally acclaimed concept album Rosler's Recording Booth (original songs inspired by Recordio and Voice-o-Graph booth records), featuring Spottiswoode, Tam Lin, Terry Radigan, Jeremy Sisto, John Margolis, Jon Albrink, Isabel Keating, Tamara Hey, Kathena Bryant and Rosler himself, singing, for the first time, a few of his own songs). Rosler's Recording Booth was nominated by the Independent Music Awards for "Best Concept Album" in 2011. Don is especially proud that his song "Doris From Rego Park" was, to his knowledge, one of the few songs (or only song, he wonders) ever played in full on WFAN (by Steve Somers, prefaced by one of his legendary introductions).  "Doris from Rego Park" and another song Rosler co-wrote for and with John Margolis ("Christine's Refrigerator") were also played and praised by WNYC's Jonathan Schwartz countless times over the last number of years.

As a lyricist, Rosler collaborated with Linda Goldstein, Roger Treece and ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin on VOCAbuLarieS, which was nominated for three 2010 Grammy nominations. The album features McFerrin, Treece and over 50 singers, including Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones), Brazilian jazz innovator Luciana Souza, Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer), and the stellar ensemble singers of New York Voices. VOCAbuLarieS was internationally performed and hailed by many critics as a “masterpiece” and Rosler was honored with a SESAC award for his contributions to VOCAbuLarieS. Christopher Loudon/Jazz Times Magazine raved: "... the most compelling of these masterpieces is “Messages,” a cornucopia of languages constructed by lyricist Don Rosler that rises like a melodious Tower of Babel, exalting the incomparable beauty of universal harmony.” Treece and Rosler also teamed up to write a vocal take on Pat Metheny/Lyle May's "September 15th" for the "Swimming to London" album by Grammy-winning King's Singers and before that, compositions for the Grammy-nominated L.A. Master Chorale and Chicago Children’s Choir.   

John Margolis: Christine's Refrigerator, co-written & co-produced by Don Rosler, was described by Singer Magazine as “a must add to any music connoisseur's collection”. Pulitizer Prize winning journalist, Jim Dwyer recently wrote about the song in The New York Times for his “About New York" column after Christine Lavin created a video with her fans for this beloved song. 

“Christine’s Refrigerator” was awarded “Song of the Year” by JP Folks, and was featured on the Kitchen Sisters’ “Kitchen Stories” report (NPR’s “Morning Edition”) and on their audio-book, “Hidden Kitchens.”  Another track from this CD, “Tanta Belleza (So Much Beauty)” was prominently featured, in full, for the end credits of the HBO/Showtime film, “The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt.”  

Rosler recently arranged and recorded a version of The Beatles’ “Julia” with the (at the time 10-year-old( singer, Emily O’Reilly, for The Beatles Complete on Ukulele project ), produced by Dave Barratt. Don co-wrote with Jay Ward a bunch of songs on Jay’s “dogbrain: nest” CD; with E-Street Band member Everett Bradley with “Christmas Is Kickin' In”, which kicks off Everett’s Christmas CD Toy and  "Christmas Past” for Everett’s 2010 Holidelic CD. And, with Peter Valentine, the title track “To Whom It May Concern” for RIFF (on EMI), produced by Grammy-award-winning  gospel great Fred Hammond.  Rosler and Valentine, along with Jim Gately, continued to have success together by placing a number of songs over the years on international soundtracks on Global/Som Livre, keeping company with Sheryl Crow, Toni Braxton and Crash Test Dummies" (combined over a million sold!).

He is currently dreaming up a new concept album called Catch and gathering up strength to write a musical.

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