I wrote this a while back, but just rediscovered it. Enjoy!
If I knew how to play my own guitar
I sometimes think that then I’d have arrived
I’d play Stones, Ramones, and Sabbath… be a star!
Be metal-er than anyone alive
These fond delusions last about as long
Well, to be honest, long as it usually takes
To butcher,mutilate one of my songs
I clutch the too-big frets until it aches
Pitifully I flail and quickly tire
Return the beast to dusty hibernation
Were I Jimi I’d just set the thing on fire
I lack such pure demonic inspiration
But I’m no Hendrix, nor was meant to be…
My ukulele’s good enough for me!
No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.-T.S. Eliot
The fifth and final Twisted Christmas song is now up! It’s called “Frosty” the “Snowman” (with apologies to Eric Clapton…).
You can listen to all five of them here:
Have yourselves a twisted little Christmas, everyone!
A jeremiad on consumerism.
A cheerier song than yesterday’s… oh, what fun!
A mopey 20-something’s take on “Merry Little Christmas”. I’ve always found it an oddly bitter/mawkish song… I took that and ran with it. Apologies to Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane, and Judy Garland.
Hey everyone, I’m jumping the shark this year: I’m releasing a Christmas album! It will come out advent-style: I’ll post one new song a day, starting tomorrow, until Christmas Day. They’re Christmas classics, [Jim], but not as you know them – get ready for a twisted Christmas!
I´m gruntled to announce that I will be playing at the Bohemian Festival in Merced this year! Check out the event on Facebook here, and get your tickets ($25 for the weekend) on Eventbrite. More updates soon!
“A Belly-Fusion Merced & Cen-Cal Events Production”
Gaia, El Dia De Los Muertos, Dark of the Moon
A celebration with Dance
Join your fellow Travelers for a weekend of Family Camping, Music, Dance, Workshops, Art, Shopping and ASTRAL Pursuits.
Wizard William Octavius Wholtman: Prestidigitator,
Davey Crockets Revenge: Live ON STAGE “Americana”,
And Belly dancers, Steam punks, Gypsies, and Pirates
from around California. Plus More T.B.A
I will be playing a free show at Coffee Bandits (website and Facebook page) on Wednesday, 9/11. Come for the coffee, stay for ukulele stylings from 8-10 pm! You can find the event on Facebook here.
This is the inaugural show of Nyx at Night, an every-second-Wednesday-of-the-month event featuring one of Nyx Records’ fabulous artists at Coffee Bandits.
See you there!
This is exciting: a piano sonata I wrote a few years ago, based on “Closer”, by Nine Inch Nails (warning: linked original song is not safe for work), is featured on AltoRiot.com!
Check it out here:
This feature of “Classical Cover” is quite a diamond in the rough as we take a listen to Nine Inch Nails’ iconic “banned-from-MTV” hit, “Closer.” Arranged and performed by Alison Rush, the Sonata in D minor is not necessarily a remix of NIN’s seminal masterpiece, but more so a complete rework of the rawness of human nature while maintaining Reznor’s original dark undertones.
The sonata sounds almost unlike anything from the original source and is completely unique onto itself. If there is any testament to the inspiration that Trent Reznor’s has stirred up with his fans, this would be it!
Nine Inch Nails’ new album Hesitation Marks comes out this September on Columbia Records and look to alisonrush.com for additional creative covers performed on the ukulele.
Here’s the sonata on YouTube.
If you’re a fan of genre-bending covers, check out my mandolin-and-uke cover of Special Needs, by Placebo!
AltoRiot, a classical music website devoted to the cooler, edgier side of classical music, is a lot of fun to cruise around, and I’m delighted that they featured my work; be sure to visit them at www.altoriot.com!
Over and out.