This beautiful tune was composed by the late great Thomas Chapin during the days of his band Spirits Rebellious in the mid to late 80’s. I was one of the founding members of that group. This song was composed during a transitional phase of Thomas’ life when he made important changes after leaving the Lionel Hampton band and represents a happy and positive time for him. He was a major influence for me as an instrumentalist and composer.
This arrangement and production was finished 11/9/23. I played all the instruments.
I hope you like it.

Why Try To Change Me Now

Saul Rubin Solo Guitar

Cy Coleman /Joseph A. McCarthy

I’m sentimental, so I walk in the rain
I’ve got some habits even I can’t explain
Go to the corner and I end up in Spain
Why try to change me now?

I sit and daydream, I got daydreams galore
Cigarette ashes, there they go on the floor
Go away weekends, leave my keys in the door
Why try to change me now?

Why can’t I be more conventional?
People talk and they stare, so I try
But that can’t be ’cause I can’t see
My strange little world just go passing me by.

Let people wonder, let ’em laugh, let ’em frown
You know I’ll love you till the moon’s upside down
Don’t you remember I was always your clown
Why try to change me now?

Eve Cornelious / Saul Rubin Duo


Eve Cornelious is an extraordinary vocalist. I always wanted to do a duo recording with her so one and a half days in the summer of 2017 we did an eleven tune duo recording with no rehearsal or arrangements. Totally impromptu. I really like these two tracks and I am sharing them for a limited time. The whole album is on applemusic, amazon and all the digital distros if you want to hear the rest of it.

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

My Coloring Book Fred Ebb, John Kander

Star Of Sympathy and Love

Composer – Thomas Chapin
Produced, arranged and played by – Saul Zebulon Rubin

On Dec. 15 my dear friend Terri Castillo Chapin passed away after a battle with cancer. She was the wife and soulmate of the late Thomas Chapin. Her mission since Thomas passed (at age 40 from leukemia over 20 years ago) was to promote his music and share it with the world. Her dedication to this cause was inspiring. He was one of the few musical geniuses I knew in my lifetime and a major influence for me.
During the 80’s Thomas had a group called Spirits Rebellious which I was a member of. His compositions from this period were heavily influenced by Brazilian music and especially the music of Hermeto Pascoal. This piece “Star of Sympathy and Love” is one of my favorites and I recorded it yesterday to honor both of them and the Star in the cosmos that has united them. Rest in Peace Thomas and Terri.