Steve Chatterton
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All Together in the Altogether

April 17th, 2014 by Steve

While browsing The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms today (I’m a bit of a word geek, for those of you not keeping score at home), I came across this entry:

In the ALTOGETHER: without any clothes on; naked.

Then I remembered what cheeky wordsmiths The Beatles were and wondered if there might be a second meaning to the song All Together Now. Were they encouraging us to sing along or strip down to our birthday suits en masse? I defer to Paul’s request to take his “friend to bed” for my interpretation today.

It also gives me second thoughts about Hammy Hamster’s friend Altogether Morris.

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To the Guy Who Won’t Shut Up

February 12th, 2014 by Steve

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I can’t believe you won’t shut up. Did you happen to notice you’re at a live music venue? Everyone in this room paid for this privilege, but I’m certain the reason they shelled out their money was to see and hear the musician with his name on the marquee. That, my friend, is not you. (Nor are you actually my friend, come to think of it.)

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Know Your Gig & Don’t Write Yourself Out of It

December 19th, 2013 by Steve

Johann Sebastian BachBach’s Brandenburg Concertos “are widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era,” but did you know they were completely ignored during the composer’s lifetime?

It’s true, and it’s all because Bach wrote what he heard in his head without regard for the ensemble that would be asked to play the actual music.

Bach gave the concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721, most likely in hopes of getting a job as his court composer. According to Christoph Wolff, Bach used the “widest spectrum of orchestral instruments … in daring combinations,” but the margrave didn’t have enough musicians in his ensemble to play the pieces as written. So, the score gathered dust in his library, and after a while it was sold off in an estate sale. The concertos were only discovered and recognized for what they were in 1849, 99 years after the gifted composer had taken his last bow.

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Coney Island Sideshow Freak Girl

March 6th, 2011 by Steve

Every once in a while I’ll write & record my own song. This one’s dedicated to all the freaks & geeks out there.

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