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Lawrence Savell

New York-based indie music label LawTunes ( pioneered the unique genre of original lawyer holiday humor albums, in 1998. Over the ensuing two decades, it issued a total of six CDs chock full of the finest legalese: “The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album,” “Legal Holidaze,” “Merry Lexmas From The LawTunes,” “The LawTunes: Live At Blackacre” (an imaginary concert at an imaginary place that exists only in law school exams and scholarly legal articles), “Season's Briefings From The LawTunes,” and “Yule Hear From Our Lawyers.” Among the most popular songs were “All I Want For Christmas Is A Stomach Lining,” “You Don’t Wanna Cross Santa,” “I Got A Footnote In My Stocking,” “Rainmaker Reindeer,” and “It’s Gonna Be A Billable Christmas.” The tongue-in-cheek tunes covered the gamut from bar exams, ridiculous hours/all-nighters and the other sacrifices lawyers (and their families) make, client relations, the adversarial system, negotiating, time records and legal bills, impossible deadlines, legal reasoning and argument, cross-examination, business travel, lawyer marketing/business development, headhunters and lateral movement, continuing legal education, mountainous document review and production, and onerous legal citation style. The reaction to The LawTunes' efforts from both lawyers and law students -- and those who buy them gifts -- and the legal and popular media literally around the world has been great from Day One, and, we believe have helped soften the image of lawyers a bit and make them seem more approachable when needed.

A change in direction was reflected in the release of “The SurfChords: Sea Sun Greetings” ( a holiday surf-style album with no lawyers or legalese anywhere to be found. Harmonizing an endless summer with a winter wonderland, "The SurfChords: Sea Sun Greetings" delivers a sleigh-full of unique original holiday rock-and-roll tunes. In power anthems and reflective ballads, it creates musical castles of both snow and sand celebrating the joy and wonder of the seasons. The tracks include: "In The St. Nick Of Time," "SurfChord Christmas," "Cruisin' Christmas Eve," "When You Put On A Santa Suit," "Snowball's Chance," "Headin' Home On A Holiday Night ," "Sea Sun Greetings ," "Snowman On The Beach," "Clothes In The Hamper, Tushies In The Tub," "Snow Justice ," "Ridin' On A Red-Eye With Santa On Christmas Eve," "You Better Be Good For Santa," "In A Holidaze," "Yuletide Riptide," "Christmas Girl," and "Because It's Christmas."

In yet another change in direction, Savell leaves the holidays behind completely, with the release of “Dream World,” a collection of 15 introspective rock, pop, and country tracks revisiting and reinterpreting some of the of non-lawyer/non-holiday/non-humor songs he wrote over the past 40 years, but never released. In addition to the "dream" theme which runs throughout the album, the common element of these songs, either directly or symbolically, is relationships, with life partners, family, friends, colleagues -- and ourselves. In a sense, he connected with the person he was back when he wrote them, adding the perspective of subsequent life experiences, and somewhat more developed musical ability.

Guitars include a Rickenbacker 360 semi-hollow electric and a Yamaha FG-160 acoustic, the latter upgraded with a Roland GK-2A midi pickup to a GR-30 guitar synthesizer; the primary keyboard is an old Yamaha; the basic drum set is from Pulse; also employed is a set of sleigh bells of unknown origin. On the hardware side, Savell's PC is a Rain Computers ION 4 low-noise system optimized for recording, running Windows 10 Pro, with a Gateway LP2424/FHD2401 24" widescreen/HD display, and an AKAI EIE Pro Electromusic Interface Expander, outputting to M-Audio Studiophile BX5 D2 Bi-Amplified Studio Reference Monitors and BXS Subwoofer (except when others are asleep or watching TV, at which point he switches in the interest of all to Bose QC3 noise-cancelling headphones). Chief among peripherals are an M-Audio Midiman MIDISPORT 4x4 MIDI interface, a Ketron SD2 Sound Module/Orchestral Wizard, a TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX, a DigiTech Vocalist VR harmonizer, a Roland Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-550, and a Mackie Control Universal surface mixer and Extender . Primary microphones are a TC-Helicon MP-75, a RØDE NT2, and an AKG C 1000 S, used with an sE Electronics Reflexion Filter (plus two acoustic blankets) for room ambience reduction. On the software side, Savell incorporates PG Music Band-in-a-Box and RealBand, the DAW/sequencer Cakewalk Sonar Platinum (including Dimension Pro, Native Instruments Guitar Rig, and Roland HyperCanvas/TTS-1), Realivox - The Ladies, Realivox - Blue, Soundprovocation Vocalotheque, Soundiron Questionably Barbershop, Mercury Boys' Choir Micro, and Olympus Mike-Ro Solo Tenor; Roland Super Quartet, Native Instruments Kontakt and Bandstand, IK Multimedia SampleTank, and several vocal/audio processing packages/plugins, including Izotope Nectar 2. He has used the Microsoft Songsmith program, which allows preliminary voiced song ideas to be captured in both audio and MIDI formats. Savell composes his lyrics in MasterWriter songwriting tools software, and, when blocked, uses an Executive Machines EPS-1501X shredder. He edits audio in Audacity and burns his masters with Nero Platinum. Savell designs his album covers, CD faces, and promotional materials using CorelDraw Graphics Suite, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and other graphics/layout software. Except for live performance tracks, all songs are performed, recorded, and produced in Savell's home studio. The CDs are then mastered and manufactured by Disc Makers or National Media Services.