Welcome to my music blog - The Soundtrack of My Life!

Many of you have asked me “What’s with all the music, Dr. Weiss?” Well, as I’ve told some of you:

I personally call every surgery patient on the evening of surgery just to make sure they are doing well and have no questions that need answering. Occasionally, I would be at the piano and play a song that we had listened to that day. I gradually realized that I wanted to go through all the music that I had played during my life and at least start making a list of the songs that I had recently played.

Well, there are now about 600 songs on the list and I realized that it in a way it represented the ‘soundtrack of my life’! And that’s how I got the idea to record these songs and share them with my patients, friends and family. After I record them they will reside here, for easy access.

Music is truth. It’s honest. It’s really the first social media, where in a way, people could share their souls directly. And isn’t that what the purpose of social media is and why it’s so popular - trying to share who you really are, as completely and directly as possible?

Finally, it has been (and will continue to be) a genuine pleasure sharing these different songs with you and I really appreciate all of your positive feedback!!

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Rosemary Clooney in 1953

Tenderly

June 4, 2020

Stars like Rosemary Clooney (yes, she *is* related to George Clooney - he's her nephew!), Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong have given us great versions of this classic jazz tune!  Here's my cover - I hope you enjoy! Dr. Weiss Weiss Cosmetic LIVE Interactive Webcast! Is it now safe to see your doctor in Orange County? Saturday, June 6 @ 5:00 PM Join us for our first ever live interactive webcast presentation!  Tune in using your computer or mobile device at https://www.drweiss.com/weiss-cosmetic-livestream/ at 5:00 PM PST as we discuss the following: Safety issues in medical offices as they start to open up in Orange County and have a chance to ask your questions! What is a sty and how do I treat it at home? PLUS! World premiere of original, pandemic-inspired new song by Dr. Weiss: Footprints in the Sands of Time Requirements: All you need is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection! Bosendorfer piano sound - For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. [...]
A Whole New World - from the Disney's Aladdin soundtrack.

A Whole New World

June 3, 2020

As far as the lyrics as are concerned, when I was single, I wish I was a tenth as smooth as this guy is trying to romance Jasmine! In these times, we need a minute to smile. As a matter of fact, as many minutes as possible. Here’s one. :) Bosendorfer piano sound - For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I've ever played!!
Illustrated image of a young Stevie Wonder with short hair.

I Believe

May 13, 2020

Since it's Stevie's birthday today (May 13), I wanted to share one more cover I did - this time of "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)". This song is off the album "Talking Book", often considered to be the beginning of Wonder's "classic" period and his transition from child star to maturing artist. I hope you enjoy! Dr. Weiss Bosendorfer piano sound - For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I've ever owned!! Be among the first to know when we re-open! Fill out our COVID-19 Re-Opening Notification List (password: healthy2020) COVID-19 Re-Opening List
Stevie Wonder at the Grammys, with Dr. Weiss on the right hand side, looking excitedly.

My Cherie Amour

May 13, 2020

One of my favorite musical artists turns 70 years old today, and as the tributes roll in from celebrities and others all around the world, I thought I'd add my voice to the chorus. I was lucky enough to meet Stevie again at the Grammys years ago.  I don't remember what we were discussing in the photo or if he won that night, but he's won 25 Grammy awards so the odds were definitely in his favor 😉. Stevie's music inspires people all across the world, and inspiration is something we could all use right now.  I recorded a piano cover of his classic, "My Cherie Amour", believed to be written about his girlfriend while attending the Michigan School for the Blind! Happy 70th Birthday to the legend, and we wish you many more! Enjoy, Dr. Weiss Bosendorfer piano sound - For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I've ever owned!!
John Prine

Angel from Montgomery

April 8, 2020

"Angel from Montgomery" is a song written by John Prine, who passed away yesterday from COVID-19 at age 73. He was a unique and singular talent and will be missed. Prine wrote "Angel from Montgomery" after a friend suggested writing "another song about old people", referring to Prine's song"Hello In There". Although Prine had "said everything I wanted to[about seniors] in 'Hello In There'" he was intrigued by the idea of"a song about a middle-aged woman who feels older than she is...[Eventually] I had this really vivid picture of this woman standing over the dishwater with soap in her hands....She wanted to get out of her house and her marriage and everything. She just wanted an angel to come to take her away from all this". [from Wikipedia] In memory of this gentle soul, who is ‘gonna get a cocktail, vodka and ginger ale’ up there right now. [from his song ‘When I Get to Heaven.] Dr. Weiss Bosendorfer piano sound - For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert [...]

All Things Must Pass

April 8, 2020

“All Things Must Pass” was a song written 50 years ago by George Harrison. I didn’t previously know this, but the lyrics were originally written by Lao-Tzu (ca. 6th century BC), who is traditionally considered the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of Taoism. Timothy Leary, a Harvard professor and advocate for the use of LSD to expand consciousness, compiled his version of the poem from a collection of English translations. George Harrison then modified Leary’s version and added the music. I’ve slightly modified the lyrics for this global pandemic version and have found that it’s given me inspiration, perspective and optimism in this dark and challenging time.  I hope it does the same for you. Enjoy, Dr. Weiss PS  FYI (and for the more philosophically minded), here is the rest of the poem by Lao-Tzu: What always changes? Earth...sky...thunder...mountain...water...wind...fire...lake... These change And if these do not last Do man's visions last? Do man's illusions? Take things as they come All things pass Bosendorfer piano sound - For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) [...]

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

March 2, 2020

Hank Williams recorded this classic song in 1949. Elvis Presley thought that it was  probably the saddest song he’d ever heard. Bob Dylan wrote: “I didn't have to experience anything that Hank did to know what he was singing about. I'd never heard a robin weep, but could imagine it and it made me sad." Songwriter Harlan Howard coined the phrase “Three chords and the truth” to describe the necessary ingredients for country and western music, alluding to the familiar simplicity of country music and the paramount importance of the truth of the story.  Hank Williams wrote this song with only three chords (I-IV-V) but my arrangement was inspired by Leon Russell’s recording which subtlely reharmonizes the song with some extra chords.  Because of the importance of the lyrics, I’ve decided to sing this one - a rarity because I do not consider myself much of a vocalist. And be sure to listen for the lonely whippoorwill chirping at the end! I’d like to dedicate this performance to Michael and Fred, my friends in Nashville.  Thanks again to Michael for taking me to the church of country music, the Ryman Auditorium for the first time.  Thanks to Fred for requesting [...]
Rock supergroup The Beatles pose for an album cover.

Across The Universe

February 19, 2020

"Across the Universe" is a Beatles song  written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. I’ve always liked this song and playing it feels like meditating to me. In February 1968, (52 years ago!) the Beatles convened at Abbey Road studios to record a single for release during their absence on their forthcoming trip to India. Paul McCartney had written "Lady Madonna", and Lennon had "Across the Universe". Lennon referred to the song as perhaps the best, most poetic lyric he ever wrote: "It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best. It's good poetry, or whatever you call it, without chewin' it. See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don't have to have any melody, like a poem, you can read them." A truly cosmic song! On 4 February 2008, at 00:00 UTC, NASA transmitted the Interstellar Message "Across the Universe" in the direction of the star Polaris, 431 light years from Earth.This was done to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song's recording, the 45th anniversary of the Deep Space Network (DSN), and the 50th anniversary of NASA. The idea was hatched by Beatles [...]
Sting, holding a bass as he sings into a microphone.

Fields of Gold

January 22, 2020

"Fields of Gold" is a song written and recorded by Sting. It first appeared on his 1993 album Ten Summoner's Tales. This is such a beautiful poem that I’ll just show it to you right here. Notice that it works perfectly as a poem. You can get a sense of the rhythm of the lyrics just by saying them to yourself. You can even see the rhythm of the words - you don’t even need to read the words themselves to imagine waving fields of golden grain by seeing the shape of the lines on the page. You'll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we walk in fields of gold So she took her love for to gaze awhile upon the fields of barley In his arms she fell as her hair came down among the fields of gold Will you stay with me, will you be my love among the fields of barley? We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we lie in fields of gold See the west wind move like a lover so upon the fields of barley. Feel her [...]
Yoko Ono and John Lennon

Hold On

January 20, 2020

"Hold On" is a song from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon released in 1970 (my first year in college.) I’ve always liked this song but I don’t know how it came into my head just now, except that I find it very reassuring and especially comforting for these troubling times. The music alone is soothing, but then Lennon adds words like these: Hold on It’s gonna be alright You’re gonna win the fight You’re gonna see the light So hold on Lennon has explained the song as follows: “Hold on now, we might have a cup of tea, we might get a moment's happiness any minute now. So that's what it's about, just moment by moment. That's how we're living now, but really living like that and cherishing each day, and dreading it too. It might be your last.” [1] I’m not even going to try to add any more comments to his. This performance is dedicated to Yoko in memory of John. Enjoy, Dr. Weiss Related posts: Imagine, We Can Work it Out 1. Rogan, J. (1997). The Complete Guide to the Music of John Lennon. Omnibus Press. pp. 38–39. ISBN 0711955999. Bosendorfer piano sound [...]