Audio Recording, Readings

A Christmas Carol STAVE FIVE

The End of It

In which Scrooge wakes to a brand new day.

The End of It

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.”

Audio Recording, Readings

Reading: A Christmas Carol STAVE ONE

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.

Marley’s Ghost

Reading: A Christmas, STAVE TWO

Songs, Video Recording

SONG: The Golden Past

“The Golden Past”

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 …

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Audio Recording, Stories

STORY: A Dance With Levina

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 ….

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