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.
I don't remember life before music. My mother, trained as a concert pianist, had a piano and I started learning somewhere around four
or five years of age; by the time I was six years old I was taking private lessons at the USC Preparatory School of Music; I studied there
for six or seven years at which time my pleasure in the piano was displaced by the love of guitar. I started playing guitar and writing
songs at the age of twelve. I've written hundreds of songs, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. My first album, a collection of
ten songs, was recorded from 1984 to 1986 and privately released in 1987. Called
At Long Last Lynn
, it was too Christian for the regular market and too secular for the Christian labels. Rock and a hard
It contains the following original material:
Can You Imagine That Night?
an uptempo Christmas song. The African Children's Choir used my tracks and put their own charming vocals on top of it on several
of their albums, circa 1990. Perry Nunley says it makes him miss his balloon pants.
all that sensitive singer-songwriter stuff. I played acoustic guitar; Dave Coy played fretless bass.
A Little Something To Go
a little rock'n'roll with a quick trip to New York thrown in for good measure; joined on background vocals by Marcia Coy.
If You Can't Live Without Me Then Why Aren't You Dead?
that timeless question... I thought it was going to be a country song when I conceived it but turns out I was wrong (boy, was I
wrong!). I just learned that Dr. Joseph Bentz of Azusa Pacific University used this in teaching a Shakespeare course... go
Walk On By
no, not the 60s classic; this one was inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd's "What's Your Name?" - I thought, "you don't want to know my
name--" and it went on from there. Background vocals by gospel greats Howard McCrary, Debbie McClendon, and Priscilla Navarro.
Made Too Young A Mother
I've been told it's too autobiographical for comfort; I've also been told it's "perfect" - hard to know: eye of the beholder; ear
of the listener.
free love and the painful consequences thereof....
my car broke down and I spent the night in a cheap motel, next door to the ladies that were living this one; Dr. Diana Glyer, also
at APU, uses it as an example of persona,
assuring her students that I have never been a whore. I appreciate the confidence of my
friends! Fabulous bottleneck guitar by John Goux.
The Wages of Sin
the Gospel in a nutshell, with saxophones and a genuine reverse cymbal crash (by Dave Crigger). Wow. Marcia Coy and moi
again on background vocals.
The Maker of the Universe
my ex- on bass flutes (which look like plumbing, really) and swimmy snyths and layered Lynn vocals, oh my.
"A f*ing sensitive singer!"
or so I was told by a VP of A&R at a major label (such a compliment! hmmmm... - he didn't sign
me but I suspect he just didn't know what to do with a large blonde - so few do - *sigh*). It's a long story, the recording of
this project, and a long time coming - which is why we called the collection At Long Last Lynn.
I've promised to record Emotional Junkie
for a psychiatrist friend of mine (!!) and there's a collection of songs which beg to be
assembled in the light of the blitzkrieg divorce... We'll see.
Other music that's rich and rewarding to me at this point in my life (and, boy, it took a long time to get here!) is what the contemporary
Christian music commonly referred to as "worship music" and I'm blessed to participate in a couple of worship teams on a regular
basis, primarily at St. Jude's. It's very different from performance.
I did some recording in preparation for House of Bread
and we recorded the premier performances;
I remixed them with Jeremy Oldson (blogged about it
I'm not sure that I want to release it beyond the immediate circle of church and participants - it's more a record of the performance
than a representation of the project, if you know what I mean. But I expect we will record the project "properly" before too much time
goes by; the other singers have also requested that I record the project myself. Maybe. As I know more, I'll share it here.
We did record a whole bunch of worship music (including one of mine,
, loosely based on the well-loved 23rd Psalm) for a friend's wedding in Spring of 2005. We recorded 14 songs live
to CD in a single evening, so I've got issues with production and "perfection" (--sigh--
) but it ministers to lots of people,
so perhaps our humble little team, small but genuinely worshipful, will do some more work which I'll feel more comfortable knowing
it's out there, being listened to... I'm working on the concept of "good enough." And, as mentioned up top, you can watch
Take Down The Tree
God bless you, thanks for visiting, come back any time.
email: Lynn AT lynnmaudlin DOT com