Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The $1-million price of a New York City dog run


From the wonderful (and very useful)  "New York Today" column in the NYTimes:   “Residents in Queens want a new dog run, but not if it costs $1 million.”

Here's a parody-tribute:  you can sing it to tune of “Da Doo Ron Ron”

Read it on a Wednesday that they’ll pass a bill
The new run, run, run, the new run, run
Somebody told me it would cost a mill
The new run, run, run, the new run, run

Yeah, they’ll pass a bill
Yeah, it costs a mill
And as I walked my dog
The new run, run, run, the new run, run?

Told me the whole fight had taken many years
The new run, run, run, the new run, run
But when I heard the price I didn’t trust my ears
The new run, run, run, the new run, run

Yeah, it took some years
Yeah, can’t trust my ears
And when I walked my dog
The new run, run, run, the new run, run

When I asked them why they started “well, because”
The new run, run, run, the new run, run!!!
Then I heard the reasons and they gave me pause
The new run, run, run, the new run, run???

Yeah, said well because
Yeah, they gave me paws
Still when I walked my dog
The new run, run, run, the new run, run!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The new, more democratic NY Fashion Week - a parody-tribute lyric

This seemed to go over a bit when I posted it in the NYT comments, my parody-tribute to the new apps for Fashion Week making it available to the whole city rather than the elite few.
The actual NYT article, for Fashion Week followers,  is at
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/nyregion/new-york-today-the-city-as-runway.html

Nice that there’ll be apps and other ways to make the Fashion Week experience more democratic.

Tune of “Always True To You in My Fashion”

In the past a Fashion Week
Was exclusive to the chic
Now this Week it’s us they seek, so shout hooray
There are always apps to use when they’re talking fashion
There are always apps to use to hear what they say

So we’ve never gotten snaps
For our jackets or our wraps
Grab their apps and stylish chaps will look our way
There are always apps to use when they’re talking fashion
There are always apps to use to hear what they say

I’m a fashion-challenged mess
Who just can’t dress for success
Now this mess 
Can nonetheless 
Make out okay 

There are always apps to use when they’re talking fashion
There are always apps to use - to hear what they say



Monday, September 7, 2015

In parody-tribute to the London GYPSY


I'd put this parody lyric in the readers' comments under Mr. Brantley's review of 
the London GYPSY, "London Theater Journal:  A Scorching Momma Rose"
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/london-theater-journal-a-scorching-momma-rose/
relating to the review & some of the reader discussion there of the even darker take on the show..

Tune of “Some People”

Some Roses can rule the boards
Grabbing love as they grab awards
That’s okay for some Roses
And that’s perfectly great

Some Roses can own the stage
Showing heart as they’ve shown their rage
That’s perfect for some Roses
You’d ask out on a date

But no -
When you see this show
You’ll think about every nut case you live in fear of
Every monster you’ve grown to hate
Every salesman you stay real clear of
Fly to London, no need to wait

Some Roses have passed the torch
Got the flame, yeah, but not the scorch
That’s triumphed for some Roses
Some wham, bam, glam Roses that were
Well, they all want your love
But not her!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To help cheer the Supreme Court's Democrat-friendly decisions this past week

To help cheer the Supreme Court's past week of decisions for this term

With advancement of gay equal rights -  brief reprise of "I'm Still Queer"
(based on the classic "I'm Still Here" from FOLLIES)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt40nQGc1I4

With the resolution of ObamaCare - "Bye Bye Birthers"
(2009 parody of the classic title song to "Bye Bye Birdie")
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xjopFriYZg


And just because it's the July 4 weekend:

Once again, our John and Abigail Adams Family theme
(parodying and mashing up "The Addams Family" and "1776")
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bUcJKIYFyw



Saturday, April 18, 2015

The updated version of "Fly Me in the Nude" TSA scandal parody of "Fly Me to the Moon"



With a few updates musing on the current TSA "groping scandal" - here's:

the updated G-rated video of our "Fly Me in the Nude"  (Sinatra parody)


And if you want to see the original version, which got over 45,000 views in its day, it's still at



Friday, April 10, 2015

Re-linking to "At the Chuppah" (parody of Copacabana)

In congratulatory parody-tribute (mainly tribute here) to Barry Manilow announcing his wedding, a re-link to:

"At the Chuppah" (parody of At the Copa)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V6cPuTuRDE



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Remembering the brilliant, gifted Ellen Schwartz with a link to the site her family put up


Linking to a site celebrating the lyrics of our dear late friend Ellen Schwartz:  http://www.ellenschwartzandfriends.com/

Direct link to six of her shows

and also at that site, some highlights from the show TANGLED WEBS which Ellen co-wrote based on a story of mine called WEBCAST:

Ellen Schwartz was (along with so many other talents and abilities) a gifted and dedicated dramatist and so attentive to characters in her writing. It was so great to see the characters and story that I had brought in way back when get such wonderful life by Ellen Schwartz, Skip Kennon and Bill Connington, and as loud and freewheeling as the meetings sometimes got, I think we all enjoyed the back-and-forth over which characters would do, say and sing what they did.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Goodspeed photos, also: since Tax work is keeping me from doing a timely HOLLYWOOD GOWN video this year



SOME PHOTOS TAKEN BY OUR FRIEND BILL 
OF A TRIP TO GOODSPEED IN EAST HADDAM:








(trip with Bill, Maureen and Janie)




Also, since tax work is keeping me from doing a proper and timely HOLLYWOOD GOWN video this year, I'm respectfully reprising the "Angelina Jolie's Leg" parody-tribute from a few years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMe-0U24tw4

and the extended version at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0QN41XBp1g


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Reprising our Megan Hilty tribute

In honor of Megan Hilty's tremendous success at American Songbook:

Reprising our "Chatting is a Show's Best Friend" parody-tribute to her Gentlemen Prefer Blondes triumph:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUa5GGeLdH8



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Update on some of Skip's shows


Amazon listing for Skip Kennon's (and Ellen Fitzhugh's and Tom Cone's) show HERRINGBONE - starring BD Wong and directed by Roger Rees - released by Yellow Sound Label on December 2, 2014.



And HERRINGBONE was named one of 2014's Top Ten Cast Albums by Talkin Broadway in its Sound Advice column.



Information on the musical VIVA MAX! (based on the novel by Jim Lehrer, book by Julie Miller & Fred Landau, music & lyrics by Skip Kennon) is here:

Info on TANGLED WEBS (book by Bill Connington, music by Skip Kennon, lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz, adapted from the short story "WebCast" by Fred Landau) - including links to synopsis and sound clips - is at: