Dennis Whalen has been one of the best-kept musical secrets in America -- at least, up until now! He has been a senior official in various corporate and public-service settings, with important policy-making and operational responsibilities. One can have fascinating conversations with him on those subjects without even getting into music. On the side, however, quietly and without fanfare, Dennis has been carving out for himself a niche in fingerstyle guitar music, with creative arrangements of a wide variety of music. Dennis's expert renditions range from pop to gospel, with some stops in Tin Pan Alley, the mountains of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta along the way!
El McMeen is a big fan of Dennis and his music, because, as El says, "every note has meaning to Dennis. His playing is consummate artistry, has great integrity and reflects great passion for music in many different genres."
We share with you below a home-recorded clip recorded by Dennis in one take, with no editing or really much warning (El McMeen having popped the idea of recording on Dennis about five minutes before the recording machine was turned on!). The arrangement is (c) Dennis P. Whelan.
Dennis can be reached at dpwh AT aol DOT com
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