My first non-children’s book was Chocolate: The Consuming Passion (retired from print in 2002, after 20 years of noble service) for the quirky and creative independent publishing house, Workman Publishing. The book was largely motivated by the allure of having all my chocolate expenses be tax-deductible for a year. The fabulous editor, Suzanne Rafer, has been my lone and loyal Workman editor and buddy for lo these many years and books since. I have worked also with one of the Big Guys, Simon and Schuster , with the irrepressible Robin Corey as my spirited editor, friend and guide. In 2007, Robin was given her own imprint, Robin Corey Books, at Random House , and to celebrate her new adventure, I have created the Pookie books.
By 1995, my secret ambition of being a rock star was still unrealized due to the fact that, in all the excitement, I forgot to do that. And also due to the appalling indifference of a fickle music-buying public. And also perhaps because I don’t really sing and can’t really play any instrument. So I decided to write and produce music instead because hey, how hard can THAT be? I wrote the words for “Rhinoceros Tap,” which fell into the hands of the brilliant yet provocatively humble Michael Ford, a composer and pianist. Mike sent me a demo of his composition for that song, and the rest is History, except that there aren’t any Assignment Questions that begin with “Compare and contrast.” Together, Mike and I have now written more than sixty songs (and several more unreleased songs that still need A LOT of work) recorded by various singerssome famous, all noteworthycollected in four albums sold as book/recording sets: Rhinoceros Tap (Workman 1996, a spiffier version was released in May 2004,) Philadelphia Chickens (2002), Dog Train (2005) and Blue Moo:17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never (2007.) Rounder Records has also released the albums as stand-alone CDs.
The first three albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and Philadelphia Chickens was nimonated fro a Grammy. That’s a typo, yet I feel that “nimonated” is too fine a word to correct.
Between the first two recording projects, giddy with my new-found calling, I wrote and composed a most unlikely non-children’s album (with illuminated book) Grunt: Pigorian Chant. It’s plainchant and polyphony written in Latin and Pig Latin. I like to think of Grunt as the culmination of a lifetime of joyfully squandering an expensive education on producing works of no apparent usefulness. To prepare and conduct the recording sessions, I asked Fenno Heath, director emeritus of the Yale Glee Club, who never says no; and he called up twenty singers, and no one ever says no to the chance to sing with Fenno. It became ’s best-selling title in its category in 1999, which is true but don’t think about it too closely.
Subsequently, I had the unexpected privilege to write the text for three serious pieces of choral music by Fenno. One of these, “Invocation”, was performed at Avery Fisher Hall in 2002. Really.
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I work happily amidst glorious vintage clutter in a converted barn, which sports perhaps the only hippo weathervane in New England.
I choose the projects I do and products I design somewhat at whim, and only if there’s a company that looks interesting to work with. I only “license” what I can develop and design myself, rather than letting companies adapt my characters according to their own sense and sensibility. I have no agent, no business manager, no contracts attorney. This is a rather haphazard way to do things, but it’s more fun than an actual plan. Since I’m not sufficiently committed to Optimizing Market Potential, I seem to be a bewilderment and, one hopes, a minor annoyance to many.
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Four poets sit together. Each takes a turn spontaneously reciting an improvised poem after someone has "thrown" them a first line. The "poet" speaks the first line and leaps into improvisation at the end of the sentence. The poem does not need to rhyme. The poem must have a vivid image somewhere in it and a sense of finality, or closure, when it is done.