Songs prove writer's ability

Musician: Annapolis High Assistant Principal Sam Salamy has released his first compact disc, which shows his flair for songwriting.

April 29, 1999|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

By day, Sam Salamy is the kind of administrator parents hope is assigned to their child's part of the alphabet. The popular assistant principal has been one of Annapolis High School's greatest assets over the past decade.

But Salamy has another side.

A guitarist and prolific songwriter, he has become a fixture on the local club circuit, performing with his band, Destiny, and as a duo with singer-bassist Ed Brown.

Salamy and Brown have released their first compact disc, which is sold at Tower Records of Annapolis and Borders Books in Bowie.

Salamy's work on the "Opposites Attract" disc suggests that he writes songs with the facility of one who gave his first concert to fellow fifth-graders in the 1960s.

"I put myself through the University of Maryland playing other people's music," Salamy says. "Now, I'm working to be a successful songwriter, but only on my own terms."

Salamy strives for a sound that might best be called baby boomer rock, a mellow, lyrical style that recalls the soft-rock groups of the late 1960s and 1970s. His up-tempo "Who Am I To Say," with its catchy progression and juicy guitar riffs, might be the ticket for listeners wishing to peek down memory lane.

Brown's smoky voice, with its tenor range and dark baritone timbre, flatters Salamy's every intention in "We Must," a sensuous ballad with a beat.

The fellows also can turn up the funk on occasion, as in Salamy's bright, brassy "Everytime."

Like any enterprising songwriter, Salamy looks for a hook to reel in an audience. His ballad "Kimberley," while dedicated to his wife, Kim, was also conceived in an entrepreneurial vein. "I read that there are nearly 2 million Kims in the USA," Salamy says, laughing, "so I thought if I wrote them a song, I could sell most of them a copy."

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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