From the recording Homage 1

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Come Laugh With Me

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Written by Betty Bryant.

Reggie Houston - vocals
Janice Scroggins - keyboards
Reinhardt Melz - drums
Derek Sims - trumpet
Andre St. James - acoustic upright bass

I almost titled this album "Come Laugh with Me," because anyone who knows me will tell you that I'm just a big kid who wants to spread joy and laughter to everyone! The song is written by the beautiful and talented Miss Betty Bryant who is as wonderful a singer and pianist as she is a songwriter. I first met Betty during a gig I used to hold down at Snug Harbor with The Charmaine Neville Band. One night I was playing and I noticed her in the audience. Now I didn't yet know who she was, but I could tell by her body language and the way she listened that she was a musician. Afterward, I was having my last drink at the bar and she sat down, introduced herself and told me that Earl Palmer had sent her to check out the set-- and I was doubly honored that a musician of Earl Palmer's caliber would recommend my music to a musician of Betty Bryant's caliber. So this song is dedicated to both of those musicians, and to all of the other great musicians who have brought laughter and joy to their audiences like Dave Bartholomew and my good friend the late great Lee Allen.