the wall

Richie: Re-listening to, "When you come Around", after several years. . .and got a whole other experience and feeling from this song. The instrumentals on this song may continue to transform us even if we were just standing still. Peace, Joanie

January 3, 2018 | Registered CommenterJoan Baxter

I’ve followed you since the early 80’s when musicians gigged and actually made money. I’ve also purchased ‘albums’, black plastic things called records simply because you were listed as a background vocalist. You have inspired me as much as Michael McDonald (contacting him has been futile even with my Joe Cocker contacts). I simply want to thank you for your voice, music and ultimate coolness. You rock ‘cool’ imho.
I’m also a David Foster freak. Big surprise there. Found you on many things he’s been associated with.
Thanks for the music, the inspiration and for ‘Come on home, babe’. TScott rocked the horn arrangement.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.


December 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterMichael M

Prayer for RP
Shine down on us and our tiny enterprises.
Allow us to see your rays piercing the darkness of the night,
So when he always cries at Christmas for what might have been,
The peace that never came,
And the fear of loss of innocence of those dear,
That he can feel and hear You say:
“I’m here, I’m here,”
As a loving parent,
Like Mary in “The Passion,”
Like a mother’s vigil keeping.
Help us all to unwind the dichotomy of paths,
One predicated on those we scaffold upon,
On their trepidations, grasping at survival,
As they travailed through wars, Great Depressions and great depressions,
Frantically trying to provide,
Advising to fight, as they did, for “what is yours,”
Until the trail opens to the highway in the light,
That less travelled by,
Navigated by that still small Voice.
And in those desperate times of unabating despair,
Surround him with more than just the power over him,
But with the peace, reassurance and joy that surpasses all understanding,
And in the certainty that the real quality of life lies not only in those things that are for free,
But in the simple revelation that adversity forges.
Not rendered helpless after all, but rendered as a fine song or visual feast.
Lord, I cannot preach from a great height here.
I have failed to hear you and heed you.
I do not have all the answers,
I know that we speak, act and prophesy only in part,
Until the Perfect comes.
Yet give we must.
High church choirs ring out “Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison.”
We ordinary folk sing our simple praises
And do the best we can.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who leant on their own understanding, struggles, imperceptions and needs to be heard as will ever be the circumstance.
Help him to know that when he is calling you, that You ever listen,
That You indeed shelter him,
And when his wing is broken,
That refuge is found under Yours.

December 13, 2017 | Registered CommenterDesert Pea

Hey Richard. Just wanted to give you shout out from Oklahoma. I've been a high school art teacher for 20 plus years at Lone Grove HS. I'm a traveling musician outside of school with a Christian band called Fullers Field and I've been a huge fan of yours forever. We listen to music continuously in my classroom so don't fear, this generation is getting a heavy dose of Mr Mister and your other activities. A lot of young new fans in the south my friend. Have a Merry Christmas.

December 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterChris Frederick

I note other similar comments. Not everyone is on Facebook, sometimes for good reasons. It would be good if this webpage were updated along with the other sites. I also note that you are not in the line up for the European Tour with the All Starr band next year. I was hoping it might come to Australia. Any exciting news?
Kind regards.

December 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterDesert Pea

My favourite voice/songs of the 80s. When I saw on You Tube that you had performed in Santa Monica 2016 and that I had missed you by a matter of weeks I was pretty disappointed. Seeing you perform would have been the icing on the cake during my honeymoon. My husband still likes to tease me about it! May be next time I am in the US...

November 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterLouise Montgomerie

Mr. Page. This is a bit of a long shot, but here goes. My sons and I were talking about famous people we have met and the following was one story I was happy to share with them. Do you happen to remember the Summer of 1986 tour when Mr Mister played Merriweather Post pavilion in Columbia, MD? My friends and I were at the Columbia mall and we were pulling in to the lot by the Hecht's department store. As we passed by two guys standing on the curb waiting, my friend riding shotgun said "that's Richard Page and Steve George from Mr Mister!" We, of course did not believe him, so we circled the lot and pulled up in front of the two guys to ask. To our amazement, it was you and Steve. You said you were at the mall to buy underwear, as you had been on tour for a while! We offered and you guys accepted a ride back to the Hilton Hotel in Columbia. We were in my black 1972 Cuda. You offered tickets to the concert that evening, but at the time we were all working together at a pizza shop and all had to work that evening. Just wondering if, by any chance, you remember that? Look forward to hearing back. Thank you.

October 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterDaniel Chiacchio

October 14th 2017

Dear Richard Page

Hello how are you, I truly enjoy the great music of Mr Mister! I am a gay writer of poetry and I have three books of my poems published. I am sending you four of my poems in hopes that they will become songs. Is it possible to get an autographed photo of you… I wish you all of my very best!

God Bless
Gary Edward Allen
504 Duke Street
Nanaimo, BC Canada V9R 1K1

One Final Kiss

I love you, what more can I say
I’ll never be one to stand in your way

A million stars paint the night sky
I wish you didn’t have to say goodbye

We shared a love that burned like a flame
I see no reason to lay blame

We walked hand in hand into the sunset
We made memories that I will never forget

We grew together and somehow grew apart
Once we shared a connection of the heart

These years how quickly they have passed
Always hoped our relationship was built to last

You say your freedom is what you truly desire
Your words are the water on the fire

I’ll surely miss you when you’re gone
I am no good at living alone

So many things I’m going to miss so much
Including the magic of your touch

Turn away I have already started to cry
Swore I I’d love you till the day I die

Your bags are packed with no regrets
It is clear you can’t forgive and forget

Faded rose petals lay on the floor
You’ve got your hand upon the door

If you must go spread your wings and fly
One final kiss and then we’ll say goodbye

Gary Edward Allen 2016

You’ve Got Me in Chains

All of your promises lay broken on the floor
Makes me wonder what else you have in store

Are you trying to place me in chains?
So little of my love for you still remains

I’m caught in the cobwebs of your desire
Could swear that even my dreams are on fire

You should really count your blessings
Instead you always keep me second guessing

You want all of me and won’t settle for anything less
While you are at my side I’m far from being my best

You are even stalking me within my dreams
Can this cold reality be as bleak as it can seem

I’ve always been a faithful lover to you
But you own a cold heart that can’t be true

When I have to wake up next to you
I’m often left feeling sad and blue

Your words are so often cruel and unkind
Hope there is still time to change my mind

You’ve got my in chains from head to toe
Will I ever break free, it’s hard to know

This unhappy house no longer feels like my home
Think I would be far better off all on my own

I want to kiss you and your controlling ways goodbye
And reach out and touch the early morning sky

I’ll be gone before tomorrow’s sun sets
I’ll be on the winding road of no regrets

Gary Edward Allen 2017

My Spirit

My spirit so much younger than the sun
Come sunrise a brand new day has begun

I say a holy prayer to our Lord Above
May he shelter me in the arms of his love?

My spirit was lost like a small boat on a stormy sea
My heart was found I just had to learn to believe

I found and lost much love through the seasons
I’m still trying hard to find all love’s reasons

I just want to feel his endlessly loving arms around me
So I can be happy that his sacred heart has found me

Lord I pray please bring me into your everlasting light
Allow the star filled skies to brighten even my darkest night

Let me walk in the footprints you left in the sand
Allow me to live to the fullest of a mortal man

I have so many inspired hopes and dreams
Can you bring their bounty closer than it seems

In the darkness of night I often kneel to pray
Will you answer my prayers in your loving way?

I my life so much bitter rain has fallen
All the while my wild heart was calling

I’ve been an unwitting victim to all of life’s mistakes
But I’m going to battle heart and soul for all it takes

I took a long walk by the river of tears
Remembering all of those bygone years

There are millions upon millions of stars in the midnight sky
Can’t allow another precious moment to simply pass me by

Let my spirit soar through the skies like the white dove
Gathering well wishes on a journey of peace and love

By Gary Edward Allen 2017

A Thousand Stars

The full moon hangs low in the sky
A thousand stars shine in your eyes

You fill me with a want and desire
Take me and set my heart on fire

Your hands are magic to the touch
Never knew I wanted this so much

While lying beside you face to face
I get completely lost in your embrace

Seal my fate with your passionate kiss
Dance with the waves in the mist

Lying here on a moonlit beach
Heavenly stars no longer out of reach

As the waves crash upon the golden beach
My loving hands are outreached

This is no time for crying tears’
Don’t say we wasted all of those years

I have been loving you so long
You give me the sense that I belong

My heart is yours and your heart mine
This feeling of love isn’t hard to define

A thousand stars shining within your eyes
Please don’t allow this true love to ever die

By Gary Edward Allen 2017

October 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterGary Edward

Hey Rich! Just picked up the new Revolution Saints CD and was shocked to see one of my fav songs of yours on there...I Wouldn't Change A Thing. Huge production on the tune in stark contrast to your stripped down original...but still very well done and sung by Dean Castronovo. Have you heard their version yet?

Thanks and have a great weekend! How about some more new tunes?? All the best...

October 13, 2017 | Registered CommenterKirk Willis

Hi Richard,

In 1987 you gave a song writers clinic at Musician's Institute. I was there that evening (I was attending PIT). I wasn't sure what I was going to do with what you were going to tell/show us but I have had my hand in a few tunes that have had some success since.

But that's not why I am writing you.

During the clinic you told us the story about your second born Daughter's birth and the uncertain weeks that followed as she was born gravely ill. After telling the story you played, "Power Over Me"., just you and the piano. There wasn't a dry eye in the room, in case you didn't know.

Fast forward to 2003 and the birth of my Daughter, Sarah, born seven weeks premature. She spent the next two months in the hospital and every day I thought of that song and the night you shared with us your own story. It got me through those days and nights when we too were not sure what would happen to our baby girl.

I am happy to say Sarah is a healthy and tall (!) 14 year old girl today, Last night she and I sat down to our own listening party of "Go On". I told her your story about "Power Over Me". Again, not a dry eye as we looked at each other.

Thank you for that special moment with my girl. It is a gift to demonstrate the power of a song and one so personal. A great song can stand on it's own with a single voice, one instrument, and change people. It why we do what we do and share it, hoping others can be changed or healed.

In summary, I guess every once in a while a song writer needs to hear that their song still has all the emotional impact that it did the day it was penned and is important to someone they don't know.
That's what you have done and although we are just two of perhaps millions, I thought it important to take a moment to say thank you for the song, the clinic and what happened last night.

September 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterScott Foster

Dear Richard,
beeing a huge fan for a long time I would like to know, if it´s possible to get a sheet of the choir-arrangement from your wonderful version of Lo How A Rose E´re Blooming.
Being a member of a small mixed choir of non-professionels in Germany I would really like to perform this in our next christmas-concert in church. And I have to admit that it takes two month of work for me trying to write it down. And even this would fail... It would be really great if there is a possibility to buy it. I also send an email with this to RPM.
But my biggest wish is that you will come to Germany for some concerts some day so I can listen to your great voice and wonderful music live.
Best regards

August 26, 2017 | Registered CommenterNorbert Bohmeyer

Hi Richard,

I'm posting on behalf of myself and my son Tommy who's 5. We both love listening to your music and Tommy loves watching your videos, singing along and doing your moves. His favourite song is Kyrie as is mine, it's timeless and brilliant. We're going to get a picture to go on his wall amongst the power rangers and super heroes with you being his first real hero! I asked Tommy if he met you and could ask you any question what would it be and he would want to know what your absolute favourite food is and also do you eat cereal for breakfast like he does? He would be more excited than you know if you had the time to answer his questions.

Kind regards
Jim & Tommy Patston.

June 15, 2017 | Registered CommenterJim Patston

Hi Richard!

I've really been enjoying your blog and all the detailed experiences you write about and would love to see more updates there! I know things are recently being posted to the Updates page but I miss reading the more personal blog. Any chance you'll start up again?

Blessings to you!!

June 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterAlicia Rohlfing

Hello Richard,

I have already chatted online with your Admin on your FB page. If you look, you will see why I was trying to get a message to you before tomorrow as I gave more detailed info there. A very dear friend of ours died unexpectedly last Sunday morning. We were all in complete shock. His name was Tod and he was just 53 years old. His memorial service is being held tomorrow morning here in NC and it will be terribly sad but I wanted to somehow make sure your song Kyrie would be heard or mentioned then. March, 2013 when he, his wife and a couple of other close friends of ours were hanging out at our house, Tod was humming your song Kyrie but couldn't remember the name and it was driving him nuts since he LOVED that song. I did some checking on my phone and figured it out. We then played that song over and over, all singing it out loud in our kitchen. I loved that song as well from the 80's as I was in high school back then. Ever since that night, we can't hear that song without thinking of Tod. I posted your Kyrie video on my FB (I'm a very private person and I only created it because of a son in the Army Nat. Guard so it's just for family and close friends) page also along with some crazy photos from that particular night. His wife shared them on hers. We are very saddened and atleast have that memory among others to remember him fondly. Love your band. Bless you all.
In His Love,

March 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterRae

Any idea where I can get copies on Cd of the Live Acoustic CD from way back when and Songs from the Sketchbook CD without having to sell the car?!

March 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterRobert Tyrrell

HUGE fan since the first MR Mister album, living in Ireland. Top five vocalist of all time in my opinion! I am trying to buy a few cds from the shop but having huge issues. emailed the site twice and top spin media once. no replies. Help?!

March 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterRobert Tyrrell

Hi Richard-

I was at the concert last night at Samohi. So so much fun.

What is the name of the beautiful song you performed? I believe it was the 2nd song in your set.


March 12, 2017 | Registered CommenterLori Nafshun

Hi Richard

I'm am very curious to know who plays the fretless bass on "A Simple Life"...? Is that yourself ?

Thank you for your music! I'm a huge fan! ;-)

February 10, 2017 | Registered CommenterAllan Nagel

Hi Richard,

When can I see you in person. I am wishing to see you. Take care always & God bless..!


January 12, 2017 | Registered Commenterninfa rodas

Hi Richard
My name is Louis. Congratulations for this outstanding performance. I loved Mr. Mister since the album Welcome to the real world. One of my favorite bands. Thank you for this 1st. class music.

January 10, 2017 | Registered CommenterLouis Peers

Dear Richard,

First of all, thanks for the fantastic Music and Inspiration. You are one of my earliest influences.

With everyone and their brother & sister calling themselves "Producers" these days, although not credited, I would wager that you have been involved in the development of some great music that we never realized.

It would be great to know some of the behind the scenes music work you do in addition to your already well known accomplishments as a songwriter and performer.


Richard Hall

January 9, 2017 | Registered Commenter@TheLastRichHall

Dear Richard,
Many years we have been following your music. Your latest album was more than just music for us. We got inspired by it and emotional overwhelmed.

On our new album "Mixed Up!" (Zingga) we took the liberty to record 'Diamonds". During the last stage, the mixing, we sat down with tears in our eyes because of the beauty of your song. Thank you so much for sharing this with us....

Deepest respect and warmest regards from the Netherlands.

John and Nienke

November 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterJohn Nienke

Dear Richard...
Hi, I'm 47 years old and have always loved the song; "Broken Wing". The song has always been a comfort, to me. The song is amazing, and filled with much emotion. I just watched the video, on and it took me back; to my teenage years. I'm so happy, to have found your website. I can only hope, to see you live and in concert someday. Music soothes my soul, and your music definitely does that. :-) Do you and the original band members still tour together?
Wishing you and your family much love, light and peace!!! <3
Hugs from PA.
your new friend,
Kelly :-)

October 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterKelly Ditmars

Hi Richard!
I really dig your music and your playing and singing! Thanks for great songs!!!!!

Do you do vocal tracks for other composers? Is there any chance to get you singing on my album as a special guest, just for one song?

Take care,

September 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterMatti Kärki

Hi Richard,
My name is Vanessa. I'm 17 and I live in Missouri. I love your band Mr Mister! It's my favorite! My favorite song is Broken Wings, but I love all of your other songs, too. I first heard a bit of broken wings while listening to a playlist with a ton of 80's music on it. I instantly loved it. It's such a beautiful and we'll composed song. The music your band made was so perfect for listening in every day life. It's so upbeat and original. My favorite part though is your voice, it gives me chills! I just love it! I have one of your records, "Welcome to the Real World". My dream is to get your autograph on the front. I also have one of your concert t-shirts from 1986-1987. It was impossible to find one of your t shirts from any concert. They are very rare. Luckily, my favorite vintage clothing store on Etsy found one for me! I was so excited! I love it! I just want to personally thank you and Pat, Steve, and Steve for creating such wonderful music for all of us to enjoy.

September 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterVanessa Downen
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