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Entries from June 2011

Kangaroos

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

When I was in Perth, playing piano for an IBM industrial, I spent some time drawing kangaroos in my sketchbook. There’s nothing like drawing kangaroos.

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Tags: *Sketchbook · K

Fort in Solrésol

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

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Tags: *Music · *Words · F

Walter & Benny Strike a Deal

June 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Walter & Benny Strike a Deal” appeared in Legal Action Comics #2, an anthology edited and published by Danny Hellman in 2003 to raise funds for his continuing legal troubles with Ted Rall. Benny’s name was originally Danny, but I rechristened him so that readers wouldn’t think he was a puzzlingly inaccurate caricature of Hellman. […]

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Tags: *Cartoons · W

Ventriloquists

June 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Ventriloquists! Thirty of them, here colorized for your enjoyment. Some of them have turned up on postcards for the “Carousel” series.

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Tags: *Sketchbook · V

Songs 1

June 28th, 2011 · No Comments

The photocopied dossier you see here collects 49 pages of my songs, mostly for voice and piano. Do let me know if you would like one. The songs (and the texts) are: Epitaph (Richard Corbett) Greenaway Pictures (Kate Greenaway, Jane and Ann Taylor) We Have No Life Beyond Our Daily Life (Doug Skinner) En Route […]

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Tags: *Music · S

Red Telephone (1)

June 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This slice of life appeared in the sole issue of Carousel Comics and Stories in 2004.

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Tags: *Cartoons · R

Quoz

June 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

These are pinbacks; let me know if you want one.

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Tags: *Words · Q

Oh

June 27th, 2011 · No Comments

“Oh,” for psaltery or keyboard, is brief, diatonic, freely metered. It’s a simple stirring of the strings, often landing on sevenths and sixths; it’s as slight as I could make it. Here’s how it begins.

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Tags: *Music · O

Never Shtup a Nutjob

June 27th, 2011 · No Comments

White Knuckle Sandwich used to perform this lively number. I’ve resurrected it, added a viola part, and am now performing it with David Gold. And it begins in this way.

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Tags: *Music · N

The Passing Clouds Mock the Sky’s Stasis and Purity

June 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This piece is written for the “cloudboard,” a keyboard instrument that generates clouds; naturally, it uses the standard symbols for cloud formations. Since the instrument does not exist, the piece cannot be performed. I regret the inconvenience. You have the first bit of the piece here. And now might be a good time to reread […]

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Tags: *Music · P