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“New” Song Alert!! “Houston Texans Number 1”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by 30daysout

The Houston Texans are 2-0 for the first time in the team’s history, and heading for 3-0 against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. I figured now was as good a time as any to pull out my Texans fight song. My musical partner (see Orange Is In), Jeff Balke, and I wrote and recorded, “Houston Texans Number 1,”  in 2000 before they even had the name “Texans.”

We had hopes that the team would adopt it as its fight song and we would all live happily ever after. However, they chose to go the route of popular country music star, Clay Walker (check out a sample). You win some, you lose some. Anyway, check out the tune and let us know what you think.

New Song Alert! “Someone Came To Help Me” by Orange Is In

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 3, 2010 by 30daysout

Click here to listen to “Someone Came To Help Me”

Houston rockers Orange Is In are back with “Someone Came to Help Me,” a single that tells the tale of a transplant patient and organ donor. It was inspired by the patients, donor families and caregivers at The Methodist Hospital Transplant Center in Houston.

Bassist Jeff Balke and vocalist George Kovacik played at a “Donate Life” event at the hospital two years in a row and the third year we thought it would be good to write a song for the event, and this is the result. Guitarist Chris Rogers added his special touch on guitar, banjo and behind the boards, both as engineer and mixer. The song will be available for download on a variety of services, including iTunes, in mid-March.

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Lost Classic! – “In My Life,” The Beatles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 13, 2008 by 30daysout


This Beatles tune is not really “lost,” but it is a “classic.” The song was born out of a conversation between John Lennon and an English journalist who told Lennon he should write about his childhood. Lennon did it, and hated it. It wasn’t until he and Paul McCartney changed specific childhood memories to meditations of his past that they came up this gem. The line “some are dead and some are living. I loved them all” actually refers to Stuart Sutcliffe, the original Beatles bassist who died in 1962. In my other life as a singer, I have only performed this song one time, at my father’s wake.

It was nine years ago today that my dad, George Kovacik, lost his battle with heart disease at the age of 66. When he told me the day before how tired he was, I knew he wasn’t going to makefb_kovacik_george_1954_2_4 it home from the hospital. He had never said that to me before. Not after driving all night from Pittsburgh, PA to Bloomington, IL to watch one of my games, not when I would ask him to play catch after a hard days work and not after the golf company he helped build into a powerhouse stripped him of his dignity and self esteem by letting him go because he was too old. If you’ve ever seen Jackie Gleason in the movie “Nothing in Common,” you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

He was decent, humble man. He attended West Point, and played for Vince Lombardi, but unless someone else told you, you wouldn’t hear it from him. He always told me “nobody likes a hot dog.”

A couple of weeks after he died I saw one of his former clients and told him what had happened. He said he had heard and that “they don’t make them like your father anymore.” Amen, brother.

MP3: “In My Life” – The Beatles