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Entries from August 2012

Flookem

August 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Some contrapuntal piano music, from 1993.

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Stint

August 28th, 2012 · No Comments

According to the dictionary, a “stint” is a “a period of time spent in a particular activity.”  That certainly fits this piece for viola and piano, built up of repeated riffs.

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Index Cards (23)

August 27th, 2012 · No Comments

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Radio Valentine

August 24th, 2012 · No Comments

Following the Thanksgiving show, KPFA invited me back for Valentine’s Day in 1978.  I sang some songs, played piano, and played 78s.

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The Thanksgiving Radio Special

August 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Somehow, back in San Francisco in 1977, I did a “Thanksgiving Radio Special” on KPFA.  I read some pseudo-Americana, sang some songs, and brought my colleague Bill Irwin to demonstrate hat tricks and to chat with me.  I had recorded 78s from my collection on a portable tape recorder; and kept that fading in and […]

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Flying Saucer Wooden Nickels

August 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

At the last Ullage Group event, I handed out party favors.  Since we were showing films by John Keel, that noted ufologist, I made some flying saucer wooden nickels, using rubber stamps he had once owned.  

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Monthly Calendars

August 21st, 2012 · No Comments

From 1992 to 1994, I mailed out a monthly calendar to promote my performances.  I seem to have been very busy.  Here are a few of them.

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All Aboard for Dreamland

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 […]

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The Devil

August 13th, 2012 · No Comments

In 2003, Danny Hellman invited me to contribute a story to his anthology Legal Action Comics.  I replied with a story about two men who outwit the devil. There was a publication party at CB’s Gallery, at CBGB’s, which included a show of cartoon art.  I came up with this large rendition of the devil, […]

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A Harmonic Database

August 10th, 2012 · No Comments

There are 840 diatonic four-pitch chords.  A number of years ago, I randomized them; and have often used them as a basis for composition.  I don’t use them straight; but re-order, transpose, and add to them in various ways.

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