When I was a kid, my older brother Jon wanted to play outside more than I did. I’d be watching TV, or reading a book, and he’d want to kick around the soccer ball or ride skateboards. He’d talk me into joining him.Continue reading “Song: C’mon Let’s Play”
I feel uneasy posting this song this week. In “Solomon Crane,” a song I wrote years ago, I express the thoughts of a man who feels fed up by the way he and his people have been treated by the distant powers that be. He’s had enough. It’s time to take a stand.Continue reading “Song: Solomon Crane”
Happy New Year.
If you feel stuck, I’ve got a song for that.Continue reading “Song: Lonely Highway”
This is one of his most rousing speeches, from King Henry V.Continue reading “Reading: St. Crispian Speech”
You know when there’s that guy you like, and you get something started, but you can tell he’s got his eye on the door?Continue reading “Song: Best Laid Plans”
The End of It
In which Scrooge wakes to a brand new day.
As I recorded this story, I could hear the echoes of performances from my childhood, at the Anacortes Community Theater: Grant Lorentzen as Charles Dickens the narrator; K. Nous Martin and my dad as Scrooge, each in their turn; my mom as Mrs. Cratchit; and the various roles I played. I remember the glowing feeling of going on stage; the excitement of dressing in period costume and finding blocky dress shoes that fit; and singing, at the end of the show, during curtain call, with the whole cast, the song “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day.”
One of my darker songs. Trying not to see what’s in the mirror, but the truth will out. Or is it true, or is it just another voice?Continue reading “Song: Lies I Tell Myself”
The Last of the Three Spirits
Wherein Scrooge sees the end of his road.
Wherein Scrooge revives a good dose of the Christmas spirit from the Ghost of Christmas Present.
The First of the Three Spirits
Here’s part two of the tale of Scrooge, wherein he takes a trip down memory lane and discovers what made him.