Truly Maudlin Music means general musical nattering, current and historic.
I have not yet baked (yes, they really get baked in an oven!) my master tapes, necessary for producing good
digital copies BUT I have put a number of .mp3 files that you can hear via
, my publishing site, or go direct to
my music page on Soundclick
Back in early 1994, I recorded some live piano demos, a few of which aren't bad. I recently created a video for one of them,
(think C.S. Lewis'
The Screwtape Letters
), so now you can see and hear it on
YouTube; lyrics at Moonbird Music
. Back in Epiphany of 2010,
I recorded Take Down The Tree
(live room sound) at St Judes and put
together a collection of appropriate images and uploaded the whole works to
I occasionally mention this gorgeous guitar
I got to play,
built by luthiers Tom Ribbecke and Linda Manzer, called appropriately enough "Duet" and now you can see it. A truly lovely
instrument, wanted a better guitarist than I am (but may have been purchased by a non-player collector... *whimper*
Sometimes I have the joy of playing music with old friends - not as often as any of us would like - but life is complex and pulls
in many directions, so I'm just delighted to hang out and play guitars with Ronn
and Dave Storrs
, singing with fabulous Nancy O'Rourke (his wife), any time we can
manage it-- really good fun! Of course, Ronn married in 2009 and spent spring 2010 competing in the Italian version of Dancing
With the Stars
(see the link on his last name), so it was with great delight we got together early in 2011.
I spent nearly twenty years serving on worship teams at St Jude's in Burbank
(10 songs, every week) and I am also honored to do the occasional 'filk concert' at science fiction conventions, usually regional
events, like Loscon
and Conjecture, when it was happening,
and occasionally Westercon
But in 2006 I was asked to perform two concerts, in two different settings, at WorldCon (L.A.conIV
the World Science Fiction Convention. These performances give me the opportunity to sing some really important
like I Gotta Kill My Clone
... in fact, filkers and the filk audience are
wonderfully open and I've been able to bounce songs off them that I wouldn't be willing to risk in a more typical concert setting.
I started writing songs which used science fictional and fantastic elements long before I knew that other folks were doing anything
similar. I blame my brother: he gave me a subscription to Analog
in my early teens. It was a great gift.
I am being nagged (and rightly so, I admit it) by Barney Evans and various folk within the filk community for a CD (or two, three?)
of unrecorded material. I do some live recording but actually sitting down and recording alone, well... I'm working on it.
Speaking of the science fiction community
, I was given the amazing opportunity to play a couple of songs for the
75th Anniversary of LASFS
(Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society), so I enjoyed a wonderful banquet at
and watched the moon set over the city, lights sparkling
below us, while the rich history of science fiction and fandom in Los Angeles was poured out. Ray Bradbury didn't come as he'd
already celebrated LASFS' 75th anniversary the week before
with friends at Clifton's Cafeteria
where they often met, in decades past. I didn't know that the brilliant special effects artist Ray Harryhausen was also part of early
days at the LASFS; he sent a letter from London apologizing for his absence and begged off due to the rigors of intercontinental
flights at his age (I dunno, I bet he'd still accept a flight into space!). Perhaps the most poignant moment came when Jerry
Pournelle said, "As a young man I hoped to see the first man walk on the moon; I never dreamt I would live to see the last man
walk on the moon." So it was appropriate that one the songs I sang, a few minutes earlier, was
written after the Columbia shuttle tragedy; my attempt to honor the men and women who know full well the risks and embrace them
with fierce joy.
Some years at Mythcon
I do music, ranging from solo concerts to the madness of Lord of
- the twisted brainchild of Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith
and retired Tolkien professor
Mike Foster with late additions by yours truly - basically Tolkien filk'd to Beatles songs. In 2009 at Mythcon 40, Mike and I did a mostly spontaneous
performance of "Like A Rolling Ring" - or classic Dylan slammed into Tolkien... you get the idea.