Music

Folk or filk, you decide. Read about and download tunes.

Overview

"A mischeivious guitarist and vocalist with a gift for the inimitable phrase."
The New York Times

Okay, so the Times review is really talking about the audiotapes included in my hypertext novel. But in the real world, I've been playing acoustic guitar for 40 years, and have written more than 100 songs — some of which I still perform :). Back in the 1980s in NYC, I had the opportunity to play a Sunday Songwriter feature at the legendary Folk City, and opened for Hugh Blumenfeld at the Speakeasy. I've played a bit at a few sf cons, and with co-conspirator Bill Bly, have recorded (and performed at academic conferences) what might be best called "media theory filk."

2017

Had a fantastic time playing a feature slot at the regional filk con Contata in June, where I met some wonderful folks and spent many late nights in the open filk. Then had the opportunity to participate in the New England Songwriters Retreat in August, which was a transformative, kick-in-the-ass experience. I wrote two songs over the weekend, one of which is a campfire call-and-response tune about the financial crisis based on a fortune cookie...

Make an Effort (A fortune-cookie campfire song) (right-click here to download mp3)

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Tthe year started off with open mic feature spots at Church Street Coffeehouse (1/27) and Sandywoods (1/31), followed by a Rhode Island Songwriters Association "Saturday Songwriters" session at Brooklyn Coffee & Tea (2/4). The following week, I did a RISA "Songwriters in the Round" at AS220 (2/8), and a feature spot at Sandywoods on 4/25. There's a ReverbNation page where you can find upcoming gigs.

Here's a couple of videos from the Sandywood gig -- "Nevermore," with Biran Burns sitting in on djembe.

And "Heaven Underground"

Here's a video of me performing "That's Trump" at the Resist Hate RI meeting on Feb 25. Thanks to Steve Ahlquist for the video.

If you've been at any of the open mikes, here are a couple of the songs you probably heard..

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That's Trump (right-click here to download mp3)

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Alger

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Hands of Captain Ludd

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Mother Atlantis

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Wasted in America

2016

In January, I left my day job and began generally getting back to going creative work (minus a bit of a detour where I ran unsuccessfully for Town Council). In November, I started doing some open mikes and getting things up to performance level again. I've got a ReverbNation page where you can find upcoming gigs.

Newport BridgeFest 2015

As part of the Newport Bridgefest week of local musicians, I played a few tunes in the "Busking @ Bowen's Wharf" event on Monday, July 27, 2105. Here's a link to some of the songs I played.
Visit the BridgeFest2015 page »

Media Ecology Unplugged

Bill Bly and I recorded a CD of media-theory-themed tunes, some drawn from his colleagues in a band Left Field. You can e-mail Bill at Infomonger for info on hardcopy, or download MP3s from here.
Visit the Media Ecology Unplugged page »

What the fark is filk? Read more in Wikipedia.

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