This is the second in my tributes to Los Angeles musicians.
One of my pet peeves with modernity and the generation it has spawned is that they have taken inconsequential paths because there is no danger in their lives. The Millennial Generation, lives without danger; they will never know the danger of losing your First Love because you got the Draft Letter sending you off to fight rotten wars in rotted jungles, of the woman you love dying in childbirth of child bed fever, (which meant that every time you knocked up your wife, the odds were 50-50 it was a Death Sentence), of going back to school in the autumn, and seeing two desks empty because your BFFs had died over the summer from Polio. The cars did not even have seat belts.
It was a world with danger, and because of that danger, life was appreciated, and courtesy was abundant. Danger breeds courtesy. In a world of danger, manners are very important.
The Millennials live in a world without danger; so they have manufactured artificial thrills, microwaved recklessness. In a world of cheap thrills,they have strangled courtesy, and replaced it with cloned vulgarity.
I lost my daughter in an absurdly reckless event manufactured by a callous and callow young man who has since prospered.
My father was an Union Organizer, on the streets of New York, my brother made his bones doing uncivil things for the US Government; between my father’s associates, and my brother’s friends, I am just a phone call away from mustering Avenging Angels. But I don’t, my sister sits like a two ton rock on my vengeance. So I do nothing, and the callow young man prospers.
But I believe this, in a particular juncture of time, the accounts of the universe, and the accounts of people who dwell within that universe will be squared, if not to my satisfaction, then to Someone’s satisfaction.
There is a film in current release, Henry Jaglom’s IRENE IN TIME. I saw it in Santa Monica. It is a keen, honorable and sympathetic crafting of a sad piece of the Millennial mosaic. It is a wonderful work.
In the film’s score, there is Harriet Schock and Ron Troutman’s song, DANCING WITH MY FATHER. I know they did not intend to give me this song as a gift, because we did not know each other. She and her co writer gave the gift to the film, but it is a larger gift than that; it is a gift to all the wounded fathers and all the lost daughters in every dimension, in every world.
Her song is my AMAZING GRACE; for it is because of that song, I know I will see my daughter again, at the time when the accounts of the universe are squared. I will see her and we will dance; how do I know that? I know that because I KNOW what music we will be dancing to, DANCING WITH MY FATHER.
We will dancing to, Harriet Schock - Songwriter/Recording Artist
HARRIET SCHOCK, www.harrietschock.com
Grammy Nomination - Gold Record (RIAA)
“Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”
Platinum Record (RIAA) - “Helen Reddy’s Greatest Hits”
Cashbox Award - Best New Female Artist
L.A. Women In Music 2007 Award for Career Achievement and Industry Contribution
DANCING WITH MY FATHER(Schock and Troutman) is featured on the album AMERICAN ROMANCE
Helen Reddy (“Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”, “Mama”)
Letta Mbulu (”Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”)…….
Vikki Carr (Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”)….
Mireille Mathieu (“Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”)…
Johnny Mathis (”Ooh, What We Do”)….
Manfred Mann(”Hollywood Town”)….
Lee Greenwood….( “Winds of Change”)……
Roberta Flack (”Happiness”)…
Jeannie Kendall( “Worn Around the Edges”, “You Just Don’t Get Me, Do Ya?”)….
TheLittle Mermaid (Jodi Benson)( “Dreaming”)…..
Partridge Family(”That’s The Way It Is With You”)…..
Nancy Wilson(“First Time On A Ferris Wheel”)….
Gloria Loring/Carl Anderson( “First Time On A Ferris Wheel”)….
Smokey Robinson(“First Time On A Ferris Wheel”)….
Rebecca Paris(“First Time On A Ferris Wheel”)….
Supremes(”First Time On A Ferris Wheel”)…
Lisa Jason(Ok, You Win, I Give Up, You’re Right, I’m Gone”)…
Jannel Rap(“Ok, You Win, I Give Up, You’re Right, I’m Gone”)…
David Pomeranz( “Oh, Stephanie”)
Theme Songs for Organizations
Yad B’ Yad - “Hand in Hand”
The National Foundation for Women Legislators - “In It For Good”
Songs for Feature Films and Television
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking(Columbia)….
The Secret Garden (ABC)……
Phantom of the Opera(21st Century)…….
The Last Dragon (Tri-Star)….
Delta Force II (Pathe Films)…..
State Fair (CBS)….
Baby Makes Five (ABC)…..
NBC Saturday Morning Preview (NBC)…
Unsettled Land (Hemdale)…..
Crossing the Mob (NBC)….
Matters of the Heart (Universal)…..
Cave Kids (Hanna Barbera)….
Sing Me A Story with Belle (Disney)……
Fun with Spanish (Disney)….
Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Universal)…..
The GhostClub(Hemisphere Entertainment)…
Loving Alan (Road Kill Productions)……
The Adventures of Piggley Winks (PBS–Theme Song)…
Baby Geniuses II – Superbabies (Columbia)….
Going Shopping—All theMusic (Jagtoria Film Company, Inc.) ….
Hollywood Dreams - Underscore (Rainbow Film Company)…..
The Mirror - End Title Song (Big Screen Entertainment)….
Irene In Time - Songs w. band on camera (Rainbow Film Company)
Missouri Waltz — 5 songs (A Play by Karen Black)
Harriet Schock’s Recordings as an Artist
Hollywood Town ( 20th Century Records);She’s Low Clouds( 20th Century Records);
You Don’t Know What You’re In For ( 20th Century Records);
American Romance (Godsdog Records)
Rosebud (Evening*Star Music Group)
Harriet Schock Live, From Fairfax to Pasadena ( Thunder Digital)
BECOMING REMARKABLE, For Songwriters And Those Who Love Songs
Published by Blue Dolphin Publishing and available in bookstores nationwide
An impressive Curriculum Vitae, and all I can add is my small and humble thanks for her DANCING WITH MY FATHER, which brings me peace.