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Truly Maudlin Music
"You're my Rock and my Redeemer; You're the reason that I sing;
I desire to be a blessing in Your eyes..."
excerpt from Terry Butler's Psalm 19
Truly Maudlin Music means general musical nattering, current and historic.
I confess 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 Moonbird Music, my publishing site, or go direct to my music page on Soundclick or Soundcloud. 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, Lucifer's Song (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 YouTube.

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*

Ronn's B-day jam 2011 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 Moss and Dave Storrs and Arturo Garcia, 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.

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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, Condor, 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 songs 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 LASFS 75th Anniversary banquet
75th Anniversary of LASFS (Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society), so I enjoyed a wonderful banquet at The Castaway 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 High Frontier, 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 Ringos - 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.
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