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Indian Summer - YouTube Video Trailer including song Back To The Top, plus Director's Special Discount


Click here to see a YouTube video trailer for Indian Summer:

In October Indian Summer played to packed houses and standing ovations. Now it's back for another run from February 6 to March 1 at The Exit Theater in San Francisco. And opening weekend, which includes a Saturday matinee, tickets are half price. To reveal this discount, while purchasing your tickets at, use the password "wehavemet."

It's worth it.

NSAI Ones To Watch List - December, 2013


A shout out to awesome songwriters Maurice Byrne, Phil Nudleman and Nomi Yah, with each of whom I have had the pleasure of co-writing new songs that have resulted in my (our) making Nashville Songwriters Association International's "Ones To Watch" list for songs that NSAI evaluators reviewed in December, 2013. To quote NSAI, "These writers are being recognized by our evaluators as writers who are on the rise! These members have gotten the attention of our evaluators for their unique and promising writing skills. Keep an eye on these folks. . . they just keep getting better." Thanks NSAI!

Charles Johnson’s Indian Summer - Review by Jack Foley of KPFA-FM and online at The Alsop Review


Click here to read Jack Foley's review of Indian Summer:

It includes the following excerpt about the song I wrote for the play: "And there is Denis Loiseau’s poignant song, “Back to the Top” written especially for Indian Summer. It is the composition of Charlie Ray (that finally makes it to the radio.  It encapsulates the mood of the entire piece.)"

Click here to hear and read the lyric to "Back To The Top":

"Back To The Top" Selected As Only Song In New Play, "Indian Summer"


"Back To The Top" was licensed as the only song to be used in a new Charles Johnson play entitled "Indian Summer" which will open at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco on October 4, having been selected over several other songs that were under consideration. For ticket information, click here:

I was referred to playwright and actor, Charles Johnson, by my friends, Wilson and Emily Lyles. I met him at their 2010 Christmas Party at which he gave me a copy of the script.  I was inspired by the story to figuratively crawl into the head of a shady character in an effort to portray his state of mind in a song, without giving away details of the play.

"Unfinished Business" Wins Best Song in Marin Songwriters' Competition


"Unfinished Business," co-written with Jeff Wessman, won Best Song in the November, 2012 Marin West Coast Songwriters (WCS) Songwriters' Competition held at the Belrose in San Rafael, CA.

I wasn't planning to play, but did so when the host/MC offered to let me play his guitar, and I'm glad I did!


Every Child's Eyes Music Video written with Maurice Byrne, and produced for California CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program


Back To The Top from the play, Indian Summer


Stomping Grounds Lyric Video


Summertime Kiss - Live at The Freight And Salvage, Berkeley, CA, August 21, 2015 - Denis Loiseau and Mike Lounibos


Stomping Grounds live at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA - Denis Loiseau and Steve Meckfessel 


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