A spirited song, appropriate for many social situations. Here’s the first verse of six.
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March 26th, 2017 · No Comments
December 11th, 2016 · No Comments
A set of eleven brief piano pieces, from my conservatory days. Here are the first two.
August 19th, 2015 · No Comments
Here’s another excerpt from The Doug Skinner Dossier. Since it’s puzzled a couple of readers, I’ll point out that both the letters and words are complete alphabets, just not in alphabetical order. ALPHABET F is a vapor Z is an elk U is a paper S is a whelk I is a chukka W is […]
May 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments
March 16th, 2015 · No Comments
I will be presenting three programs of “Anomalous Music” at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. They will be in the form of informal talks, with musical examples on keyboard. Wednesday, March 25: Music from the Ultraterrestrials; music attributed to fairies, banshees, trowies, gnomes, ghosts, aliens, and other supposedly nonhuman creatures. Selections include fairy tunes from Norway […]
June 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments
I write musical acronyms by taking the first beat of every measure from a given piece. For the first one, I chose Haydn’s sparkling piano sonata in C major, XVI/35. The result keeps much of the character of Haydn, but is shorter and a bit more abrupt. It’s still surprisingly coherent, though; Haydn’s clarity shines […]
June 8th, 2014 · 8 Comments
Translating verse is difficult enough; it’s harder to try to retain the rhyme and meter. Some paraphrase is always required, but it often comes closer to the original poem than a more literal rendition. It is, at any rate, a challenging writing exercise. Here’s my version of a verse by Jean de la Fontaine, from his […]
November 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments
There have been many hymns to belief, and to disbelief, but not enough to suspension of judgment. Here’s one.
August 14th, 2012 · No Comments
On May 2, 2012, Larry Ratso Sloman and Mark Jacobsen presented a “Live Radio Hour” at Housing Works, in NYC, devoted to Coney Island. They invited me to sing a song about the place; I arranged Harry Von Tilzer’s 1902 tune, “All Aboard for Dreamland,” for viola and baritone uke, and performed it with David […]
June 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments
I drew this cartoonish flyer for a lecture/dem that Bill Irwin gave at Oberlin College, back in 1973 or so. It was so long ago that it was printed in purple ink on a mimeo machine. We later went on to more substantial collaborations.