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.
One of the first plays I every acted in was A Christmas Carol at the Anacortes Community Theater. I played Tiny Tim and I loved it. I was in the show several more times throughout the next six years, playing different roles as I grew up. (The last was playing Fred’s friend Topper.)
So I figured I’d read the book for Christmas time. Part one is below.
This is an old song with a new melody.Continue reading “SONG: A Father’s Lulluby”
This is my newest song.
I started it a few months ago — just fiddling with some chords and wordless melodies — and finished it a few weeks back.
I hadn’t written a song in at least five years. I was worried that I wouldn’t have any ideas. But I’m pleased how this came together.
The kernel of the song came to me when …Continue reading “SONG: The Golden Past”
This is a story about high school. About a boy obsessed with a girl, and the time he finally got to dance with her.
It’s has a few autobiographical bits sprinkled into it. There was this one girl in high school, a grade ahead of me, whom I had a thing for. I obsessed about her, put her on a pedestal — but never spoke to her. She had some enormous boyfriend who was in college. Then, during homecoming dance I think ….Continue reading “STORY: A Dance With Levina”