Don Rosler


Songwriter

    Lyricist

Producer

True story. Born in a blackout in NYC. Up at Mount Sinai. Didn’t look so great when the doctor shone a flashlight under my face. My mom screamed & begged for tranquillizers....In any case, let’s jump ahead, past that rocky start...to this third-person bio....

Don Rosler is the writer and producer of the internationally acclaimed concept CD, Rosler’s Recording Booth featuring an eclectic group of fantastical artists (in order of appearance):  Don Rosler, Spottiswoode, Tam Lin, Terry Radigan, Jeremy Sisto, John Margolis, Jon Albrink, Isabel Keating, Tamara Hey and Kathena Bryant. One of the songs from this CD, “Doris From Rego Park” prior to the official release of the CD, hit the airwaves and press-waves, from WNYC (Jonathan Schwartz) to WFAN (Steve Somers) to The New York Times (“Doris From Rego Park Lives On in Song” by Ken Plutnicki).  Ken Plutnicki, The New York Times wrote, “The song is a valentine to baseball and [Doris] Bauer, for sure,  but also about connection: the way all those lonely voices reach out....” 

As a lyricist, Rosler collaborated with Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin and co-producers Roger Treece and Linda Goldstein on VOCAbuLarieS, which garnered three 2010 Grammy nominations.  The album features McFerrin, Treece and over 50 singers, including Lisa Fischer, Brazilian jazz innovator Luciana Souza, Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer, and the stellar ensemble singers of New York Voices. VOCAbuLarieS was internationally performed and hailed as a “masterpiece” (Jazz Times), and Rosler was honored with a SESAC award for his contributions to VOCAbuLarieS. Christopher Loudon/Jazz Times Magazine raved: ”But 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 for the 2009 Grammy Award-winning Kings  Singers, and a composition for the Chicago Children’s Choir.  

Described by Singer Magazine as “a must add to any music connoisseur's collection,” John Margolis: Christine's Refrigerator was co-written and co-produced by Don Rosler. The remarkable renowned singer-songwriter Christine Lavin recently created a labor of love video for the title track. Watch here. Pulitizer prize winning journalist, Jim Dwyer then wrote about the song and video in The New York Times for his “About New York column”. Read here.

The title track “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 the HBO/Showtime film, “The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt.” 

Rosler recently arranged and recorded a version of The Beatles’ “Julia” with the young singer, Emily O’Reilly, for The Beatles Complete on Ukulele project. Click here to stream/buy. Don co-wrote with Jay Ward for a bunch of songs on Jay’s “dogbrain: nest” CD;  E-Street 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. 

“There's a ballad I love called “Christine’s Refrigerator,” which is the most stunning song and is written by John Margolis and Don Rosler. It is a great study on writing and just so beautiful. Check out that song because it’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.” Nashville singer-songwriter Georgia Middleman/interview from The Daily Country


Photograph of Don Rosler by Krista Samoles; cover art of Rosler’s Recording Booth by Patrick Bucklew