Here are some recordings from my albums.
Pink Thunder (Black Ocean Books / The Kora Records, 2012)
Pennsylvania - Song made from the collaborative poem by Joshua Beckman, Anthony McCann, Travis Nichols, and Matthew Zapruder.
Florida – Song made from the poem “Florida” by Travis Nichols. The text was not changed at all. A father, a son, the stars, ocean, spider eggs.
Civics – Song made from the poem “Civics” by David Berman.
Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope (SideCho Records, 2009)
Happy New Year – This is a musical portrait and vignette of a guy who’s not where he should be. It has a hemiola in it, which, if used properly, is not a disease even though it sounds like it is.
Ads for Feelings – This is not about advertising. It’s about a Kelly Clarkson song and tech companies. Musically inspired by Neu! and Tropicalia.
Harbor Saints – They say that behind every fortune is a little larceny (something like that). Behind every life is a little death, and everyone can use a little forgiveness.
New Ways of Letting Go (Howells Transmitter 2006)
The Alchemist – The song of the local obsessive who collects debris and detritus around town, to use in his experiments. With cornet, trombone, and strings.
Butterfield’s and Baker’s – He is obsessed with a store.
This is a Beautiful Town (Ex/Or Records, 2002)
Little Ship Bluebell - The children mutiny and take over the ship, like Lord of the Flies at sea. Db major. Trivia: recorded on Neil Young’s piano.
This is a Beautiful Town - Walking around town just after it rains, and shortly after realizing that life may not go on forever. The old days start to seem like a noteworthy history.