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Entries from July 2012


July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

A nocebo is a placebo with harmful side effects.  This one is a waltz for viola and piano.

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What It’s Like To Be Dead

July 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“What It’s Like To Be Dead” was a miniature three-act play, enacting the life cycle, performed with a cast of toys on three suitcases.  I included it in some of my shows in the ’80s, like this one.

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Fa La La La La

July 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Life is nasty, it is brutish.  Here’s the first part.

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July 17th, 2012 · No Comments

I do like the rich sound of viola and organ.  Here’s the beginning of a brooding piece for that combination.

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No More

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Every show must come to an end.  I wrote this song for that occasion; here’s the first part of it.

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Mozart Meets Bigfoot

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments

I delivered something like the following at an event called “Bigfoot Night,” curated by Kevin Maher and Meg Sweeney Lawless, at the Sci Fi Screening Room in NYC, November 17, 2008.

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July 10th, 2012 · No Comments

A bilious lullaby, for viola and piano.  It becomes more chromatic in the following pages.

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Don’t Despair

July 9th, 2012 · No Comments

White Knuckle Sandwich used to sing this uplifting number; nowadays, I perform it alone.  Here’s part of it:

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A Hoffman Sketch

July 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Robin Hoffman drew this sketch of me, in performance at the Jalopy Theater.  You can find out more about her at

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Bugs Not Drugs

July 4th, 2012 · No Comments

White Knuckle Sandwich (Jennifer Duffy, Anne Shapiro, and I) recorded this song of mine on our eponymous album.  I also made a semi-animated paper cutout cartoon of it for the old “internet TV station,”, back in 1999.  Anney Bonney was at the camera.  It’s up on YouTube now, and you can watch it if […]

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