Shakespeare is my co-writer

Many years ago, I worked as a sound designer and sometime composer for professional theatres in San Diego, chiefly the Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Repertory Theatre (and a couple of smaller ones I don’t remember). I also owned a very small recording studio in a warehouse I shared with several painters and visual artists (mine was third from the front door, hence the name below).

Inspired by Bob James compositional work on a recent production of The Tempest at The Globe, as well as my new Ensoniq Mirage Sampler, I decided I’d try putting my own stamp on one of the songs from the play. You can hear the results below.

Sometimes referred to as Ariel’s Song, it’s an incantation sung (invisibly) to the shipwrecked prince Ferdinand as he searches the island for his father, the king, and any fellow survivors. I’ve rarely, if ever, written a song where I didn’t also write the lyrics. I guess if you’re going to do it, you might as well start at the top.

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Ding-dong, bell.

New Music – Soul of a New Machine

Virtual Reality, Social Media, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Sex Robots. I can’t keep up anymore. Here’s a bit of my personal paranoia in musical (and video) form. Available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify, as well as other streaming platforms.

Give us a song, we’ll digitize it
Measure its soul in megabytes
Deconstruction is what’s hip
Robert Johnson on microchip
This is the soul of a new machine
This is the soul of a new machine

Surface tension says it best
The mechanism never rests
It sound so smooth without the hiss
You won’t remember what you don’t miss
This is the soul of a new machine
This is the soul of a new machine

The algorithms get intense
As angry robots climb the fence
In virtual reality
They’re coming soon for you and me
This is the soul of a new machine
This is the soul of a new machine

Listen Up – July 2023

Records I’ve listened to to more than once this month. That’s saying something.

Ian Hunter’s always been one of my favorite rock’n’roll singer/songwriters, both with Mott the Hoople, and on his solo records. Can he still rock at 83? You bet he can, with a little help from his friends, including Ringo, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, Mike Campbell, Taylor Hawkins and a whole host of others. Defiance indeed.

Available on Apple Music, Spotify and on CD/Vinyl.

Staying buoyant above a sea of troubles, this folk-country-pop record highlights Jenny Lewis’ supple voice and bright instrumental arrangements with songs that float along like gin and lemonade on a summer evening. And just try to resist the charm of putting your troubles in proper perspective with “Puppy and a Truck.”

Available on Apple Music, Spotify and on CD/Vinyl.

This one’s a bit different. Recorded at The Tank Center for Sonic Arts in Rangely, CO, this recording takes full advantage of The Tank’s remarkable reverberation effects. It is exactly what it says it is—Beethoven’s String Quartet Number 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 131 played slowly (a 7 minute piece stretched to 45 minutes) by a virtuoso quartet led by Jeffrey Zeigler. The effect is a remarkably rich, contemplative and meditative piece. Available on Apple Music, Spotify, and BandCamp.

Murder She Wrote Giveaway

Audio Book Preview

I’ve got an audio book version of Gillespie Field Groove coming out in a few weeks. This is the first Rolly Waters mystery to get an audio version. Maria McCann has done a great job with the narration. Here’s a preview below. Update: Now available at Amazon, Apple or Audible