Category Archives: Music

Performance, recording, composition, folk, educated, jazz, rock, traditional

Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater on-line!


Thanks to my friend Eric Lindberg, I can report that the 45 rpm “The Ballad of Ronald McDonald“, can be found at “https://beta.prx.org/stories/14394“, from 16:00 to 19:15 or so.

and Dr. Science: 20:33 to 21:40 – the Human Brain compared to the Computer.

Also found “Household Appliances“!  https://beta.prx.org/stories/14399 = #2 Behind the Comedy, from 32:50. Sounds like the lp version from “Out of Season“, with acoustic intro, then studio, rock and roll, contents.

Here’s the complete set of Behind the Comedy:

#1  https://beta.prx.org/stories/14394

#2  https://beta.prx.org/stories/14399

#3  https://beta.prx.org/stories/14403

#4  https://beta.prx.org/stories/14405

#5  https://beta.prx.org/stories/14492

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The Ballad of Ronald McDonald – Merle Kessler / Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater


Thanks to my friend Eric Lindberg, I can report that the content of the 45 rpm “The Ballad of Ronald McDonald“, can be found at “https://beta.prx.org/stories/14394“, from 16:00 to 19:15 or so.

The Ballad of Ronald McDonald – Merle Kessler

His face painted gayly, young Ronald did ride

All with his soldiers, 2 Shakes and Large Fries

Big Mac he rode with him, and Mayor McCheese

To fight Colonel Sanders, his worst enemy

 

While in the White Castle fair Wendy did stay

She watched all a-tremble her lord ride away

She loved not Lord Ronald, though she was his McBride

Another clown had the franchise on her pride

 

All in the moonlight Jack’s onion rings shone 

To court this fair damsel he’d come all alone

The Taco Bell struck the young lover’s McDoom

As Ronald McDonald stepped into the room.

 

“My burgers are bitter!” young Ronald he cried

as he wiped a McTear from his orange McEye

“I blew-up your boxes, Jack, outsold you too”

“And Wendy, oh Wendy, I did it all for you!”

 

It was not Colonel Mustard in the hall with a knife

That parted the lovers away from their lives

But Ronald McDonald killed them and himself

Crying, “No need to go-o-o anywhere else!”

 

The Burger King found them on the sanitized floor

The blood thick as catsup, it grieved him full sore

He said, “Millions consumed your fast food while they roamed!”

“Now your arches have fallen, we’ll eat burgers at home”

 

This was a single put out by Mr. Kessler but also performed as part of Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre shows. He was a member of that comedy troupe. I have the 45 rpm disc, autographed, somewhere, I hope. I meant to keep it.

This song was written and performed by Merle Kessler, and he holds the copyright to it. This publication of the lyrics is intended to keep knowledge of the song alive, and provide a reference for discussion. I assert that this is “fair use” under current law.

The rhythm is 10 syllables, 1,2,3; 12, 3; 12, 3; 1; : da da da, da-da  da, da-da  da,  da

It looks like 4 bars, or  6 groups of notes, per line, repeated 4 times per verse.

 

11/9/18 – add *what* struck the McDoom, then follow Eric’s note and get the rest! Thank you!

11/8/18  – add McDoom line & one after

Lego Album Cover Art: More questions than answers!


First, have a look. If you are in the cultural group that recognizes these symbols, you may get a giggle:

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Second, remember (or remember hearing about) all the tiresome discussions of

whether song lyrics were poetry, or could be;

whether album covers were art, or could be;

whether representations of real things were art, or could be;

whether non-representational collections of colors, textures, objects and lighting effects were art, or could be?

blah blah, blah blah blah, (Don’t forget gender, gender-role, ethnicity, class and other forms of differentiation…)

Well, faghedaboutit, ok? This is fun, not work!

And my hearty thanks to the makers of this work. And what it represents, imperfectly.

Cheers!
Bill

These two are different, they’re NOT relaxing! (To me)


I assembled a play-list on iTunes that might be useful during a massage. Relaxing. Not exactly the new-age-y blur that seems to be favored, but trying to find that calming, smooth, let it all go vibe. Curiously (the rest the list is below) these songs don’t make the cut, because they’re NOT relaxing, calming, smooth, let it all go, in the middle of a bunch that are.

How Deep Is The Ocean 4:46 Diana Krall Love Scenes 80 8 6/11/10 2:32 PM 1997 Jazz
When I Fall In Love 4:54 Bill Evans Trio Portrait In Jazz 60 5 3/24/10 10:42 AM 1959 Jazz

And I’m still deciding about:
Anouman 5:07 David Grisman Mondo Mando 60 3 3/24/10 9:39 AM 1982 Country

I think the issue is thay there’s some emotional content that’s not simply playing music for the joy of it and that comes through, waking one up!

Curious, compared to the ones that work just fine.

Brass Trio 2:09 Kamikaze Ground Crew The Scenic Route 1990 Jazz
Subterranean 2:15 Kamikaze Ground Crew The Scenic Route 1990 Jazz
Birds & Bottles 2:17 Kamikaze Ground Crew The Scenic Route 1990 Jazz
Let Me Go 2:21 Eliane Elias A Long Story 1991 Jazz
Sweet Georgia Brown 3:09 Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli The Ultimate Collection 2009 Jazz
Fred and Rick 3:19 Kamikaze Ground Crew The Scenic Route 1990 Jazz
Trail Of Broken Hearts 3:26 k.d. lang Absolute Torch And Twang 1989 Country
Bach: Cantata #208, BWV 208, “Was Mir Behagt (Hunt Cantata)” – Schafe Konnen Sicher Weiden 3:38 Yo-Yo Ma; Ton Koopman: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Simply Baroque 2 2000 Classical
Bach: Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme, BWV 645 3:48 Yo-Yo Ma; Ton Koopman: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Simply Baroque 2 2000 Classical
Boccherini: Cello Concerto In G, G4 82 – 2. Andante Grazioso 4:09 Yo-Yo Ma; Ton Koopman: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Simply Baroque 2 2000 Classical
So Am I 4:19 George Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue 1987 Soundtrack
Elke 4:30 Camel Rain Dances 1977 Rock
Planet Caravan 4:35 Black Sabbath Paranoid 1970 Metal
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – Theme: Aria 4:41 Yo-Yo Ma; Ton Koopman: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Simply Baroque 2 2000 Classical
Latitude 5:04 Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Little Worlds [Disc 1] 2003 Jazz
Anouman 5:07 David Grisman Mondo Mando 1982 Country
Bondage Of The Sea 5:18 The Mermen Food For Other Fish 2001 Rock
Angels On My Mind 5:39 Joe Sample Old Places Old Faces 1996 Jazz
Pony Boy Track 04 5:53 Allman Brothers Band Pony Rock
One Of These Days I’ll Get An Early Night 5:54 Camel Rain Dances 1977 Rock
A Distant Episode 6:02 Jai Uttal 1992-Monkey 1992 World
The Hooded Serpent 6:36 Jai Uttal 1992-Monkey 1992 World
There’s A Planet Here 6:40 Ozric Tentacles Arborescence 1994 Rock
Mandinga 8:29 Rubén González Introducing…Rubén González 1997 Latin
Future Days 9:32 CAN Future Days 1973 Rock
Brazil Track 05 9:44 Antonio Carlos Jobim Stoneflower Jazz
Dvořák: Symphony #9 In E Minor, Op. 95, B 178, “From The New World” – 2. Largo 12:30 Antonín Dvořák Dvořák’s New World Symphony & Other Orchestral Masterworks 1957 Classical
Think 12:58 U Srinivas & Michael Brook Dream World

Saxaphone Soup – Mama Vita plays Silverbells


This absolutely delights me and while it has NOTHING to do with building model airplanes I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Outstanding ability appears in many contexts, and the important lesson is that its not the tools. Its NEVER the tools.

Dada (Dadatheband)’s “Surround” chords & lyrics:


≈ I’ve just figured out the chord for Dada (the band)’s “Surround”!

Intro- “C” pick just A, D and G strings, slide up 2 frets (more or less a “D”), slide back.

The rhythm is  1-2-3-1 2-3-1-2 for 2 bars (its in 4/4)

notes are | C E G C | E G C E | D F# G D | F# G D F# |(4x)

Basic song consists of four differet four-bar fragments in this pattern:
C | C | D* |D* (intro) 4X
G | G | E | E   (Verse 1) 2X – these are not conventionally voiced, or I’m picking them wrong!
A | A | C | D (Chorus) 2X
G | G | E | E   (Verse 2) 2X
A | A | C | D (Chorus) 2X
EE D|CC D|EE D|CC D (2x =middle 8 )
A | A | C | D (Chorus) repeat w vocal, then w/o under guitar solo.

Surround: – I need to get the writing credits off the CD/paper inserts.

C | C | D* |D* (intro)
C | C | D* |D* (intro)
C | C | D* |D* (intro)
C | C | D* |D* (intro)

( G | G | E | E :Verse)
( G | G | E | E :Verse)
[G]There’s a [G]picture on my [E]wall A crack in the [E]ceiling
[G]Cigarette [G]burns in the [E]hall I get the [E]feeling

That [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e
That [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e

( G | G | E | E :Verse)
( G | G | E | E :Verse)
[G]If I die[G]a thousand times[E]my soul walks be[E]side me
[G]I will never be a[G]lone [E]you’re always [E]inside me

And [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e
And [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e

EE D|CC D|EE D|CC D
EE D|CC D|EE D|CC D

And [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e
And [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e
And [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e
And [A]yo[A]u sur[C]round m[D]e
A | A | C | D
A | A | C | D … (repeat under solo, fade)

| <== 1 bar:

|   |   |   | <==  4 bars**