Sunday, July 31, 2011

On A Clear Day - some affectionate parody videos

("Alan Jay Lerner" goes from mellow and nervous at 

Vassar tryout to excited at Vineyard)

"CLEAR DAY" song parody- jazz-inflected version to honor the revisal's plot;

Seen & Interred: "Donna K" with ecstatic Alan Jay Lerner & Burton Lane on Vineyard 

Theatre elevator (kidding the beloved NY1 "Scene and Heard" segment just a little bit)

For the earlier WHAT DID I HAVE THAT I DON'T HAVE parody, 
see Youtube link at:

- Alan Jay Lerner's ghost's  reactions to the Vassar tryout last summer

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Trying something unusual on friends' advice: link to my entry on a music submission site

"MusicSubmit" URL - 4 songs that seem to stand outside their contexts (?), two parodies and two non-parody ballads. 

Warning:  The songs start playing automatically when you click above.
HOLLYWOOD GOWN is my parody of Hollywood Town, on award red carpets, featuring Jan Horvath's vocal.
FLY ME IN THE NUDE is my topical Sinatra/airline Tharpian parody, my vocal.
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS & I LOOK INTO THOSE EYES are ballads - with music, lyric, and vocal by me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What are the odds? Getting loads of views because people think I'm a different "Landau" than I am?

Been enjoying getting loads of extra YouTube views because of people looking for YouTubes of Landau Eugene Murphy, who goes by the one-name "Landau" generally, but his FLY ME TO THE MOON vocal just the other night was eerily similar to my FLY ME IN THE NUDE parody.  I know we're both doing Sinatra, but so similar, at least to these ears.  The orchestrations are different, but just compare the sound of the vocals; I'd been wondering why people's emails for him were coming to me - I've just been writing back saying I'm flattered by the comparison but I'm not THAT Landau.

Landau Eugene Murphy doing FLY ME TO THE MOON

Me (now the other Landau - LOL!) doing the FLY ME IN THE NUDE PARODY

The FLY ME IN THE NUDE parody is totally suitable to watch at work, by the way!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 4 tribute: recalling the John & Abigail Adams family theme

In the spirit of 1776, hope it's OK to bring out this oldie, which assumes a working knowledge of the lyrics to "Yours Yours Yours" from "1776"


Thanks if you have time to include this in your July 4 celebration, (it's under 90 seconds)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Some thoughts on Brooklyn vs. Manhattan, and my "Brooklyn Boy" video link

The Times had articles today on what people prefer, noise or quiet.  But interestingly, the articles concentrated on Manhattan, where you really can't get away from the noise.

It occurred to me that in Brooklyn, you can find noise and excitement OR peace and quiet, depending on what you're in the mood for.  I think this was even at the heart of that battle over the noise emanating from the concerts in Brooklyn's Seaside Park near Coney Island, and why people who think like Manhattan residents couldn't quite empathize with the Brooklyn residents.

Brooklyn offers you choices, noise and peace often within minutes of each other.  Manhattan doesn't offer such a wide array of options.  Here's an opinionated musical salute to peace of mind in Brooklyn (note, however, that I've opted not to live in Brooklyn any more, at least for now.)

BROOKLYN BOY video on YouTube