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Buy Annie's music and benefit the ACLU - February 2, 2017

This Friday, February 3, 2017, buy Annie's music online at Bandcamp, and 100% of Bandcamp's share of the proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working to oppose last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States.

A quick click here will take you to my Bandcamp page, where you'll see my winsome face, while you listen to songs from my EP, CD, and my lullabye project (a nice baby shower gift). You can support a songwriter and, more important, you can support the ACLU.

Two new reviews at Elmore Magazine - November 22, 2016

You  may already know that I cover new recordings and reissues of Soul and R&B music, plus live shows, DVDs, and books on music.  Recently, two of my reviews were posted at Elmore Magazine.

Most recently, I covered "Sea Of Noise," the second full album from Birmingham, Alabama band St. Paul and The Broken Bones, plus the 2‑disc Deluxe Edition of  “The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul”.  Here's a link to my freelance writing site where you'll see some of  my favorites and my most recent articles.  CLICK HERE to see more.

Supreme Queens perform Annie's music on TV - November 10, 2016

The Supreme Queens are a really fun Brooklyn band I've been following for several years. They perform every Friday night at the Fat Cat in Greenwich Village and they often sing my music.  Their show is a rhythmic, danceable mix of Soul, R&B and old school Gospel, with a four piece band and four female singers. They're going to be on a Brooklyn TV show on November 18th.  CLICK HERE to get all the info!

Oh, no!  You missed the November 18th show?  That's OK.  CLICK HERE to watch the Supreme Queens singing my song, "No Testimony Without A Test."

Meet me at the Fat Cat in Greenwich Village to hear The Supreme Queens on Friday nights at 9:00pm New York time.  Arrive by 8:30pm if you want to sit.  Arrive before 9:00pm if you want to dance!  CLICK HERE for the details.  See you there!

Annie's review of new Roland Johnson CD - August 30, 2016

Hi!  I just reviewed singer Roland Johnson's new CD of original R&B tunes in classic styles.  At 68, he's made his record label debut with solid performances of a his fun, original tunes.  You can read the review right now.  Just click the link below.  If you enjoy it, please feel free to email me and let me know.  Thanks!

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/08/reviews/albums/roland-johnson

Read Annie's Magazine Articles - August 27, 2015

I'm inviting you to visit a new page I've just created for my freelance writing clips.  Along with my songwriting, I'm also a music critic, reviewing CDs, live concerts, and books and DVDs about music and musicians.  I'm focusing mainly on R&B, Soul and Gospel, but have written about other genres, too.  My favorite piece so far is about a compilation CD of early recordings by Little Richard.  Current clips also include writings on Naomi Shelton, The Bo-Keys, and The Lucky Losers.  Most articles will open or download as a PDF file.  Have a look.  It'll only take a minute to click the link.  Thanks!

CLICK HERE to read more

Annie's Review of Lucky Losers CD - July 28, 2015

My latest CD review is online now at Elmore Magazine's website. This time, I covered The Lucky Losers, two strong San Francisco Bay area blues artists who have teamed up to bring back the male/female blues duet. This CD, entitled "A Winning Hand," has strong songwriting and studio performances by the featured duo, Phil Berkowitz and Cathy Lemons, plus some excellent side musicians and appealing production.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW.

Annie's review of new Beatles book - February 27, 2015

My review of Hunter Davies's new book, "The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind The Music," has just been posted at Elmore Magazine's website.  Davies was the official biographer of the band in their early days.  He'd go to the recording studio with them, and that's how he started his collection of original, handwritten Beatle lyrics.  The book contains over 100 lyrics, mostly by Lennon and McCartney, some with words crossed out.  It's fun, especially if you know lots of Beatle lyrics by heart (and who doesn't).

CLICK HERE to read my review at Elmore Magazine online.

New song demo "Last Night's Mascara" - March 28, 2014

This is my first news in a while. Since December 2013, I've been fighting ovarian cancer. After surgery and before I started chemotherapy, I went into the studio with a fine singer and three solid musicians to record a demo of my newest song. To listen to it right now, please Click LISTEN in the menu on the right. The song is called "Last Night's Mascara," and it's grouped with my Songwriter Demos. Click the song title to read about the writing of my song, and about the recording session.

I've already entered this song in a contest.  I hope you enjoy "Last Night's Mascara."

Thanks, again, Russell Hill! - February 10, 2014

Russell Hill, critic for Maverick Magazine (UK), played Annie's music again on his show the week of 2/2/14.  "My Ex-Boyfriend" and "Talking With Absent Friends" are the songs he's played in the past and continues to play.  Thanks, Russell.

Hill also gave Annie's "Broken Cookies" CD 4 out of 5 stars in Maverick Magazine.

To LISTEN ONLINE, CLICK HERE

I was in Irving Berlin's penthouse today...! - July 19, 2013

Today, I went just to take a look at the building on West 46th Street that was built by Irving Berlin in 1921 to house his music publishing company, writing studio and penthouse apartment. I didn't see a plaque on the street anywhere. There was a sign saying the penthouse was available to rent, but no plaque.  A man walked out of the building but I was busy Facebooking a photo of the front door.  By the time I saw him, he was gone and it was too late to talk with him.  After a few moments, he returned.  I quickly followed him to the door and asked him if I could see the building.  He wanted to know if I was hoping to rent the penthouse. I said, "No, I'm a songwriter and I want to see the building." He said, "Follow me," and we went into the small lobby.  He told me to take the elevator to the 4th floor and to tell the staff that he'd said to show me around. When I got to the 4th floor, everyone was glad that I wanted to see the place. They know there's history in the building.

The place was designed in the Arts and Crafts style, so there was a lot of dark walnut and leaded glass. The guest coat closet door had leaded glass!  I was shown the 4th and 5th floors--the rooms where the music publishing offices were and also where Irving wrote on his "Buick" piano.  They said they didn't have access to the penthouse.  I thanked them and got into the elevator.  As it got near the lobby, I realized that standing behind me was the real estate agent who had been showing the penthouse. I asked him if I could see it.

He asked if I wanted to rent it.  I said, "No, I'm a songwriter and I'd like to see it."  He said OK and took me up to the penthouse.   Somehow, it was pretty much as I'd imagined it, yet I don't believe I've ever seen a photo of the place.  There was a sunken living room, down about 10 steps from the entrance.  A big fireplace with slate tiles on the back wall. One ceiling fixture that was ugly and new, and another ceiling fixture that was definitely original, probably Tiffany.  It was intricately decorated with flowers, leaves, and a spider web.  Another guest closet on the landing with a leaded glass door.  Up another staircase from the center landing was the bedroom, with more walnut trim and a walnut fireplace mantel with a ceramic border showing two faces of peasants, also in the Arts and Crafts style.

Both the living room and bedroom had a sort of chimney in the ceiling surrounded by vertical windows, allowing light to come in but with privacy.  The real estate agent wondered why the bedroom door and bedroom closet door were two inches thick.  Later, I remember that Berlin used to sleep late and stay up all night to write.  That's why the bedroom door was two inches thick--so his wife could sleep while he wrote songs on the floor below.  The sunken living room and the raised bedroom probably allow for several feet of sound insulation below the bedroom.

So this penthouse is for rent for about $6,500.  The real estate agent wasn't finding any takers.  I told him which music organizations would be good for networking.  Some very successful songwriter would probably love to live right in midtown (when they're actually in town).  Or maybe a music publisher would love to have an office where Irving Berlin lived.  Seeing this building was on my bucket list.  It feels great to know I was there.  Having just returned from Memphis, where I visited Graceland and the Stax Museum, it would be a crime if I didn't do some of the same right here where I live in NYC. And Irving was a childhood hero of mine.  There's something satisfying about having stood in the rooms where he lived.  As the old Yiddish proverb says, "A cat can look at a king."  Or, at least, at his penthouse apartment.

So I went just to look at the building built by Irving Berlin in 1921 to house his music publishing company, writing studio and penthouse apartment. I didn't see a plaque on the street anywhere. There was a sign saying the penthouse was available to rent, but no plaque.  A man walked out of the building but I was busy Facebooking a photo of the front door.  By the time I saw him, he was gone and it was too late to talk with him.  After a few moments, he returned.  I quickly followed him to the door and asked him if I could see the building.  He wanted to know if I was hoping to rent the penthouse. I said, "No, I'm a songwriter and I want to see the building." He said, "Follow me," and we went into the small lobby.  He told me to take the elevator to the 4th floor and to tell the staff that he'd said to show me around. When I got to the 4th floor, everyone was glad that I wanted to see the place. They know there's history in the building.

 

The place was designed in the Arts and Crafts style, so there was a lot of dark walnut and leaded glass. The guest coat closet door had leaded glass!  I was shown the 4th and 5th floors--the rooms where the music publishing offices were and also where Irving wrote on his "Buick" piano.  They said they didn't have access to the penthouse.  I thanked them and got into the elevator.  As it got near the lobby, I realized that standing behind me was the real estate agent who had been showing the penthouse. I asked him if I could see it.

 

He asked if I wanted to rent it.  I said, "No, I'm a songwriter and I'd like to see it."  He said OK and took me up to the penthouse.   Somehow, it was pretty much as I'd imagined it, yet I don't believe I've ever seen a photo of the place.  There was a sunken living room, down about 10 steps from the entrance.  A big fireplace with slate tiles on the back wall. One ceiling fixture that was ugly and new, and another ceiling fixture that was definitely original, probably Tiffany.  It was intricately decorated with flowers, leaves, and a spider web.  Another guest closet on the landing with a leaded glass door.  Up another staircase from the center landing was the bedroom, with more walnut trim and a walnut fireplace mantel with a ceramic border showing two faces of peasants, also in the Arts and Crafts style.

 

Both the living room and bedroom had a sort of chimney in the ceiling surrounded by vertical windows, allowing light to come in but with privacy.  The real estate agent wondered why the bedroom door and bedroom closet door were two inches thick.  Later, I remember that Berlin used to sleep late and stay up all night to write.  That's why the bedroom door was two inches thick--so his wife could sleep while he wrote songs on the floor below.  The sunken living room and the raised bedroom probably allow for several feet of sound insulation below the bedroom.

 

So this penthouse is for rent for about $6,500.  The real estate agent wasn't finding any takers.  I told him which music organizations would be good for networking.  Some very successful songwriter would probably love to live right in midtown (when they're actually in town).  Or maybe a music publisher would love to have an office where Irving Berlin lived.  Seeing this building was on my bucket list.  It feels great to know I was there.  Having just returned from Memphis, where I visited Graceland and the Stax Museum, it would be a crime if I didn't do some of the same right here where I live in NYC. And Irving was a childhood hero of mine.  There's something satisfying about having stood in the rooms where he lived.  As the old Yiddish proverb says, "A cat can look at a king."  Or, at least, at his penthouse apartment.

 

 

So I went just to look at the building built by Irving Berlin in 1921 to house his music publishing company, writing studio and penthouse apartment. I didn't see a plaque on the street anywhere. There was a sign saying the penthouse was available to rent, but no plaque.  A man walked out of the building but I was busy Facebooking a photo of the front door.  By the time I saw him, he was gone and it was too late to talk with him.  After a few moments, he returned.  I quickly followed him to the door and asked him if I could see the building.  He wanted to know if I was hoping to rent the penthouse. I said, "No, I'm a songwriter and I want to see the building." He said, "Follow me," and we went into the small lobby.  He told me to take the elevator to the 4th floor and to tell the staff that he'd said to show me around. When I got to the 4th floor, everyone was glad that I wanted to see the place. They know there's history in the building.

The place was designed in the Arts and Crafts style, so there was a lot of dark walnut and leaded glass. The guest coat closet door had leaded glass!  I was shown the 4th and 5th floors--the rooms where the music publishing offices were and also where Irving wrote on his "Buick" piano.  They said they didn't have access to the penthouse.  I thanked them and got into the elevator.  As it got near the lobby, I realized that standing behind me was the real estate agent who had been showing the penthouse. I asked him if I could see it.

He asked if I wanted to rent it.  I said, "No, I'm a songwriter and I'd like to see it."  He said OK and took me up to the penthouse.   Somehow, it was pretty much as I'd imagined it, yet I don't believe I've ever seen a photo of the place.  There was a sunken living room, down about 10 steps from the entrance.  A big fireplace with slate tiles on the back wall. One ceiling fixture that was ugly and new, and another ceiling fixture that was definitely original, probably Tiffany.  It was intricately decorated with flowers, leaves, and a spider web.  Another guest closet on the landing with a leaded glass door.  Up another staircase from the center landing was the bedroom, with more walnut trim and a walnut fireplace mantel with a ceramic border showing two faces of peasants, also in the Arts and Crafts style.

Both the living room and bedroom had a sort of chimney in the ceiling surrounded by vertical windows, allowing light to come in but with privacy.  The real estate agent wondered why the bedroom door and bedroom closet door were two inches thick.  Later, I remember that Berlin used to sleep late and stay up all night to write.  That's why the bedroom door was two inches thick--so his wife could sleep while he wrote songs on the floor below.  The sunken living room and the raised bedroom probably allow for several feet of sound insulation below the bedroom.

So this penthouse is for rent for about $6,500.  The real estate agent wasn't finding any takers.  I told him which music organizations would be good for networking.  Some very successful songwriter would probably love to live right in midtown (when they're actually in town).  Or maybe a music publisher would love to have an office where Irving Berlin lived.  Seeing this building was on my bucket list.  It feels great to know I was there.  Having just returned from Memphis, where I visited Graceland and the Stax Museum, it would be a crime if I didn't do some of the same right here where I live in NYC. And Irving was a childhood hero of mine.  There's something satisfying about having stood in the rooms where he lived.  As the old Yiddish proverb says, "A cat can look at a king."  Or, at least, at his penthouse apartment.

Target Grant - Press Release - September 4, 2012

Annie and Rex’s Garbage Percussion Workshop will visit music classes at New York City’s High School for Environmental Studies in the Fall of 2012.  Target Corporation has awarded a grant to Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies to make this possible. CLICK HERE TO READ OUR PRESS RELEASE.

Do you know a New York City student or teacher who'd enjoy our workshop on music and the environment?  Please visit Annie's Contact page and let us know how to reach them.  Thanks!

2012 Target Grant! - August 15, 2012

Target Corporation has awarded a $2,000 Arts + Culture Grant to Friends of HSES, a volunteer organization that raises funds to bring enrichment programs to New York's High School for Environmental Studies.  The grant was awarded to bring Annie and Rex's Garbage Percussion Workshop to HSES music classes this Fall.

High School for Environmental Studies is a public high school in midtown Manhattan with a college prep curriculum that includes environmental education in all courses.

We'll post a press release with more information very soon.

Grant Application! Wish Us Luck! - April 30, 2012

The folks at the High School for Environmental Studies have applied for a Target grant to bring Annie and Rex's Garbage Percussion Workshop to their music classes.  The grant winners will be announced in late August.

High School for Environmental Studies is a public high school, in midtown Manhattan on the west side.  The college prep curriculum is infused with environmental education, in an effort to make caring for our planet part of each student's values.  We toured the school, and especially enjoyed seeing the beehives and greenhouse on the rooftop, as well as the auditorium (the former 20th Century Fox screening room).

Won't you please sign the Guestbook page and leave us a good luck wish? Thank you!

, in midtown Manhattan on the west side,

Annie by Request at UK music site - January 22, 2012

Today, Russell Hill, who gave me 4.5 of 5 stars in Maverick Magazine (UK), messaged me at Facebook to say he'd recommended my music to Charles Haskell's site, Tell Them Country.

Request my songs by selecting "Choose A Song" and typing in my name.  Select your player (iTunes or other) to hear the music streaming for free.  It's easy!

Thanks, Gentlemen!  CLICK HERE TO VISIT

Dartmouth Video on Elmore Magazine Homepage - January 5, 2012

Today, I received a surprise email from the staff of Elmore Magazine.  They've posted the video of Rex and me at Dartmouth College--on the homepage of ElmoreMagazine.com!  Many thanks to Suzanne Cadgene, the publisher, and to Emma, the Reviews Editor.

NEW! Video of Dartmouth Workshop - November 29, 2011

Here's the new video from this summer's fun workshop on music and our environment, which I presented at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with percussionist Rex Benincasa.  Rex taught students to play real percussion parts on items from the recycle bin.  We discussed recycling and repurposing.  Later, they joined us in a concert on campus.

Do you know someone who can help us bring this workshop and concert to a college? CLICK HERE and drop us a line.

THANKS to everyone who made this workshop and video possible:  Gabrielle Lucke of Dartmouth College; Chris Diego and the Media Production Group at Dartmouth; and The Public Domain Foundation: Liz Sunde and Noel Stookey, and Program Coordinator Chris Kelly.

More Airplay in The Netherlands - October 10, 2011

Thursday, October 20th, Gerrit Caspers will again play Annie's music on his Good Noise radio programme, broadcasting from Hoofddorp, Netherlands. This time, he's featuring "Magdalena, No," from the "1,001 American Nights" EP.

The show streams live on Ethernet at 105.5 or 106.6, on Thursday nights from 9pm to 10pm (six hours later than New York time).  Gerrit favors artists like Leonard Cohen and Diana Jones.  CLICK HERE to read about the programme.  THANKS, GERRIT!

Song Of The Year Semi-Finalist - August 22, 2011

"No Time Like The Present," a Christmas duet with music and words by Annie Dinerman and Adam Levy, was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Song Of The Year Contest.  CLICK HERE to see the official contest page.

CLICK HERE to listen to the Nashville demo, produced by Steve Cooper.  On this page, you can also read the lyrics and find out about how the song was written.  Enjoy!!!

07-16-11 Annie and Rex at Dartmouth College - July 20, 2011

Photo Credit:  Sally Farr

On July 16, 2011, Annie Dinerman and percussionist Rex Benincasa led a workshop on music and the environment at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  Using items from the recycle bin, students and townspeople learned how to play real percussion parts to Annie's song about our environment, "One Planet At A Time".  Recycling was discussed, along with some fun suggestions for repurposing.  Did you know that the average American creates 4.5 pounds of garbage every day?

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(See also:  PHOTO SLIDESHOW ON ANNIE'S PHOTOS PAGE)

Annie and Rex played an outdoor concert of Annie's songs on the Dartmouth Green, including four environmental songs, two of which were written especially for this event.  If you'd like Annie and Rex to bring this workshop and concert to your school or organization, please ask someone in charge to contact us at mail [at] anniedinerman.com and invite us.

Many thanks to Gabrielle Lucke of Dartmouth College and her staff, and to Lis Sunde of The Public Domain Foundation for support in planning and for Sally Farr's services as photographer.

Plans Are Moving Ahead for Dartmouth Eco Concert on July 16, 2011 - July 2, 2011

Plans are really coming together for my concert at Dartmouth College on July 16th. I just now signed the contract and got my travel and hotel information! It's really happening!

Joining me will be percussionist Rex Benincasa, who played the "garbage" percussion in the studio when we recorded my song, "One Planet At A Time."


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If you'd like to join us at the Dartmouth Organic Farm, please check my Shows page for more info. We'd love to see you there.

HEAR ANNIE'S ECO SONGS NOW! Just click Listen at the right side of your screen. I've written some new songs especially for the Dartmouth concert. I promise, I'll upload them for you to hear as soon as they're recorded. Thanks for listening!

06-24-11 Ali Hoffman Record Launch at Rockwood, NYC - June 25, 2011

Annie Dinerman and Arlon Bennett heard Ali Hoffman sing their song, "My Goodness!," live for the first time--with a 7 piece soul band.  Great horn charts, you guys!  (L-R) Annie Dinerman, Ali Hoffman, Arlon Bennett outside Rockwood Music Hall on New York City's Lower East Side

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Ali Hoffman's CD - Available Now with song by Dinerman and Bennett - June 21, 2011

Ali Hoffman's new recording, "Not Gonna Beg," is available now!  Featuring a new song, "My Goodness!", written by Annie Dinerman and Arlon Bennett especially for Ali.  You can hear/order right now at the links below:

CLICK HERE FOR iTunes

CLICK HERE FOR Amazon (MP3)

CLICK HERE FOR Amazon (CD)

Also on Rhapsody and Mog.  Soon at eMusic!

Record Launch with Annie's Song - June 2, 2011

On June 23, 2011, blue-eyed soul artist Ali Hoffman (Wing Court Records) will have her Record Release to celebrate her new EP, "Not Gonna Beg." 

Ali Hoffman EP Cover Art

The EP includes "My Goodness!", a new song by Annie Dinerman and Arlon Bennett.  Ali's band will feature a horn section.  Annie and Arlon are very excited about the launch.  Please join us there!

Ali Hoffman
Record Launch "Not Gonna Beg"
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY

Thursday, June 23 at 9PM
NO COVER

Folk on Foul Rift - House Concert - May 15, 2011

Brian McCloskey took this photo of me on Sunday when I opened  a house concert for David Mallet at Folk on Foul Rift in Belvidere, NJ, in the beautiful Delaware Water Gap area. What a nice bunch of people--great audience and a lovely afternoon. Thanks, Brian.

Annie Dinerman at Folk on Foul Rift

I opened for David Mallett ("The Garden Song") who's a fine songwriter with a warm voice and a performing style that just draws you in.  The audience was really appreciative, and I had a wonderful time.  I've already been asked to return in 2012 and I hope I will!

Brian McCloskey took this photo of me on Sunday when I opened for David Mallet at Folk on Foul Rift in Belvidere, NJ. What a nice bunch of people--great audience and a lovely afternoon. Thanks, Brian.

May 8th - Hear Annie's songs on KZUM - May 6, 2011

This Sunday, May 8th at 11am, Annie's music will be featured on The Wimmin’s Show on KZUM 89.3FM Radio out of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Host Deb Andersen will start off the program with two tracks from Annie's "Broken Cookies" CD, "Talking With Absent Friends" and "If It Ain't True."  The show will end with Carole King's "You've Got A Friend".  (Sounds like some pretty high-concept planning.)  Deb feels that Annie's voice and writing remind her of Carole King.  (We've heard it before and it's always a great compliment.) 

The Wimmin's Show airs from 11am-1pm every Sunday on KZUM 89.3FM.  CLICK HERE to listen to a streaming live broadcast.  You'll find the broadcast player on the right side of your screen.

THANKS, DEB!  And thanks to you, too--we adore you for listening!

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