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Entries from January 2012

When In Doubt, Doubt

January 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Words to doubt by.  I make up a batch of these pinbacks from time to time; let me know if you want one.

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The Baptistown Crawl

January 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“The Baptistown Crawl” is a delightful and catchy tune, recorded by “Hitch’s Happy Harmonists” in 1924.  Historians remember the band as the first that Hoagy Carmichael recorded with.  This tune, however, seems to have been written by the leader, Curtis Hitch.  I transcribed it, and arranged it for viola and piano, in which form David […]

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The Hand Without the Fingers Is Just a Spoon

January 24th, 2012 · No Comments

“The Hand Without the Fingers Is Just a Spoon” was one of the pieces I wrote as a student at Oberlin Conservatory.  It was a piano suite, made up of diatonic motifs, repeated and varied within a rhythmic structure.  In keeping with its diatonic foundation, it was structured mostly around the number 7. I have […]

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Starlight

January 20th, 2012 · No Comments

“Starlight” was an elaborate “chamber extravaganza,” which I put together back in San Francisco in 1980.  I had been creating performance pieces by assembling found materials linked in associative structures; this was the most elaborate manifestation.  It used music, props, slides of drawings, and dialogues; all circling around the twin mystics Thomas and Henry Vaughan.  […]

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Secant Records

January 19th, 2012 · 6 Comments

I think this was back in 1972.  At any rate, I was still in high school when I wrote string and flute arrangements for this local 45.  Jan Ince sang two of her songs, and Caltrick Simone (whose real name I’ve forgotten) produced.  I also played ‘cello on it.  An internet search reveals that copies […]

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Listen to the Birds Cry Ouch

January 15th, 2012 · No Comments

A song about aging, always a crowd-pleasing subject.  This is the first verse.

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Them Keener Boys

January 15th, 2012 · No Comments

I joined Them Keener Boys for their debut CD in 1999, contributing trombone to “How’s It Going Mary?”, and backup vocals to “My Booty Cost a Dollah” and “Whores.”  If I recall correctly, I also played uke on “My Booty.”

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Love Me Unconditionally

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments

I think everyone can appreciate the sentiments of this song.  I recorded it for my CD That Regrettable Weekend, then later arranged it for uke, voice, and viola.

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dust/Dream(pisca-)

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments

When I was sixteen, I wrote a piece for string orchestra, which was played by the high school orchestra.  It was not a particularly sophisticated piece, relying heavily on tritones, but I learned a lot doing it.  And I can still remember the thrill of hearing it for the first time.  I apologize for the […]

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Check Mate

January 10th, 2012 · No Comments

For Virginia Matthews’s dance “Check Mate,” I provided piano music (severe, contrapuntal, and diatonic), a spoken text (scrambled chess instructions), and chess pieces with bells in them.  This was all back in 1980, in San Francisco.

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