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Entries from December 2011

Filthy Song Night

December 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments

On December 17, 2011, I did my bit for the annual “Filthy Song Night,” at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn.  I brought out my baritone horn, which I seldom play in public, and offered a traditional variant of the hymn tune “Old 100th.”  You can listen to it here. Addendum: No, I guess you can’t.  […]

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Music at the White House

December 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments

When I was 13, I played ‘cello in a city-wide youth orchestra in Washington, D.C.  I had forgotten about this performance at the White House until I rediscovered this program.  Simply to amuse myself, I slipped “played ‘cello at the White House” into a couple of bios.  So, if you happen across one of those, […]

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UnConvention 1998

December 26th, 2011 · No Comments

For my first appearance at the UnConvention, the weekend bender organized by the Fortean Times, I gave talks on the Count of Saint-Germain and Richard Shaver.  The nice folks at FT even hired a ‘cellist for me, so that I could sing a couple of the Count’s songs with a proper continuo.

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Dull Comics

December 25th, 2011 · No Comments

A 1979 mini-comic, given to the world under the name of my whilom character, Red Telephone.

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Holiday Recording Party

December 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Every year, Meg Reichardt holds a holiday recording party.  Everyone writes a seasonal song; and records it with whoever and whatever is available.  My contributions for 2011, “Jesus Under the Mistletoe” and “The Easter Bunny’s Noel,” are now online over here. I also participated in 2009, with “Or So I’ve Been Told” and a round […]

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Quoted in “Hustler”

December 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

As far as I know, I’ve only been quoted once in “Hustler” magazine.  The occasion was an article on Forteana by Skylaire Alfvegren, in the November 2006 issue.

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A Tape Cassette

December 19th, 2011 · No Comments

A tape cassette of my songs, from 1991, in the days when people made tape cassettes.  This, of course, is the artwork; which was cut, folded, and inserted into the little plastic box.

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Warburton’s Cook

December 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Warburton’s Cook was a one-act play, based on the melancholy literary anecdote of John Warburton, a collector of rare manuscripts, who discovered that his cook had used many of them to line her pie tins.  The cast was a treat; and I enjoyed tailoring the script to their talents.  

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Invisible Lines

December 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I drew this in my notebook at school, rather than listen to the teacher.  I think it was in middle school — then, of course, called junior high.  

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Cracking Up

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Cracking Up (1996) was a film written and directed by Matt Mitler, who also played the lead, a self-destructive comedian.  I was one of the many downtown performers who appeared.  

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