Debut Album from Simmons and Schuster

My friend Tim Simmons and I recorded an album recently. It’s a collection of instrumental tracks that run the gamut from intense to relaxing. One reviewer described it by saying, “This album could be compared to Dante’s Divine Comedy. A journey between hell, purgatory, and then heaven.” It’s an incredibly flattering and apt description.

One of the more relaxing tracks is called “Tadpoles.”

There’s also one called “Ralph Waldo Steps In.”

If you’re interested, you can listen to the full album on a wide range of streaming services, which are listed on this page: https://simmonsandschuster.hearnow.com/simmons-and-schuster

There’s also some information on how we recorded the album here: https://www.hungryhourmusic.com/simmons-and-schuster

Polly the Glot

A while back, I mentioned that when I was in grade school, I always looked forward to reading Doctor Who Magazine. One of the coolest things about that magazine was the comic strip version of the Doctor’s adventures. As much as I loved the TV show, it had fallen on somewhat hard times by the mid-80’s in terms of production value and writing. But since the comic strip wasn’t beholden to budgetary considerations, it could go anywhere and do anything. So the Doctor got a shape-shifting alien named Frobisher (who usually took the form of a talking penguin) as a companion and his adventures took him to increasingly phantasmagorical settings.

Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 10.03.52 AMOne of my favorite stories from this series was “Once Upon a Time Lord,” which included a pair of frames captioned “Frobisher eats a worm” and “Frobisher wishes he hadn’t.” But it was another story titled “Polly the Glot,” in which the Doctor and Frobisher team up with their friend Ivan Asimoff to free a giant space-faring creature named Polly. The track I recorded, also titled “Polly the Glot,” is an instrumental that’s meant to sound like a giant squid or jellyfish floating through space. I particularly like the electric piano break in the middle.

 

“Unobtrusive Groove” Revisited

I’m working on some new material and the video I wrote about a little while ago should be available soon, but here’s a track I released in 2016 — a jazzy little number called “Unobtrusive Groove.” I’d taken it down for a while, but a student of mine reminded me of its existence, so I re-released it. Should be available on Spotfiy, iTunes, and other online music sources by the end of the week. For now, you can download it for free at BandCamp. Just enter zero as the price you’d like to pay!