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Still waiting for the last two parts on the last song on the new record (next week, maybe), I've been re-mastering a bunch of old stuff for online release. Came across this old nugget from the second album and decided (surprise) to make a video.

The germ was, of course, a funeral for a dear friend and the subsequent wake, catered by the traditional stream of neighbors with roasts and casseroles and the inevitable star of our show.

Written largely as an homage to the great Tom Lehrer, the song could realistically only be produced as a solo piano and vocal number, as was Lehrer's original compilation "Songs by Tom Lehrer." (Recorded in a little over an hour for $15, the collection has sold millions worldwide and is the single most successfully "recouped" record ever). My dear friend and mentor John Autin was kind enough to provide the piano part, regrettably leaving the vocal duties to me.

I tried to defuse the potentially offensive implications of the song in the bridge, but likely failed in the endeavor. I can only comfort myself with Mr. Lehrer's assessment of his own musical and cultural legacy: "If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while."

Enjoy. If you go for that sort of thing.

Direct link to video here

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