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“The Dinner in the Dark” story

By , 20 November, 2012, 2 Comments

In which Sherwin is invited to dine aboard the Flying Yankee, which invitation includes a rather mysterious request.

Music by: Sherwin Sleeves, The Ink Spots, The Eels, Johann Johannsson, British Sea Power, David Byrne, Mark Kozelek & Elizabeth Cotten

“The Dinner in the Dark” was produced for Thanksgiving Day broadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio. I am very grateful for the “Dinner in the Dark” Art, done by Kevin Kobasic.

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AMV#33 – The Accidental Apparition

By , 1 November, 2012, No Comment

This Halloween Special originally aired on NHPR.

Every year the town of Lemon, New Hampshire celebrates Halloween with its annual “Demon of Lemon Festival” down in the Maccaw Meadows. Tents are set up in the fairground fields and there are hayrides, games, food vendors, spooky music, etc.

In preparation for the Festival, Sherwin has set out for a late night stroll to test his so-called parade outfit, an ancient black wool suit and pair of shoes that he wears to all such community gatherings.

But when one of his shoes falls to pieces, Sherwin begins to wonder whether he’s suffering from one of his hypnopompic episodes. An inveterate sleepwalker, he often finds himself in the confusing and illusory world of semi-consciousness.

And when the citizens of Lemon begin to report sightings of a ghost, Sherwin questions whether they may be seeing a late night version of his wandering, sleepwalking self.

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New AMV episodes on the way and a change

By , 6 March, 2012, 4 Comments

After writing the last two AMV episodes (AMV46 and AMV47) I found myself in the right place to continue on with more stories. A number of new AMV episodes are thus in the works.
But it also occurred to me, after 6 years of generally giving away episodes of AMV for free, that I would like to start selling them for a small price – I’m thinking $2 per episode. You can also name your own price if that suits your financial circumstance – even a single penny is fine. I want to get a sense of how many people are willing to pay a small amount for the stories and additionally I am curious what that value is. Maybe 2 dollars is too much, maybe it’s too little.
Supporting me in this way will permit me to continue to focus as much of my attention as possible on recording the curious events from my life here in Lemon. I absolutely understand that some listeners can’t afford to pay – some don’t like to – and that’s fine. I have no judgement or further thought at all about that. So from now on you may see the little Donate button, like the one that follows:





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Song for Fez

By , 1 March, 2012, 1 Comment

Mr. Fez Whatley has finally emerged from one of the world’s great closets…he did so happily and with a spring in his step.

This song is more about life in the closet than out, but that’s what struck me I guess.
The lyrics to “Sweetest Daydream” follow below:
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Well a fella don’t say it
Go rocking the boat of the regular scene
On the rocky old seas
All them boys in the bowery
Drown in the sea cause they did it that way
You don’t do it that way
But eyes closed, fast and slow
Sweetest daydream that I know
Hand in hand, a boy or man
All good people understand
But a fella can’t say it
He’ll get treated for rabies or mental disease
Some new thought therapy
All the girls in the graveyard
Never wake from their sleep cause they did it that way
You can’t do it that way
But eyes closed, fast and slow
Sweetest daydream that I know
Hand in hand, a boy, a man
All good people understand

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The Lost AMV episodes

By , 18 February, 2012, 1 Comment

In 2009, Sherwin and I were developing a show for Public Radio. The 3 part “Orwell Storyteller” story was never submitted as a potential expression of the sort of show Sherwin (and Sean) might do, but Sherwin did write out the stories and recorded the first 2. When we were told that a pure story format was not something the local public radio station was interested in, we moved on.

Part one is a typical AMV story, but as we began to hear inklings that a “pure story” style show wasn’t going to fly, we decided to add a new element. So AMV37 features Sean doing an introduction as well as an interview at the end with the cowboy musician Skip Gorman who provided the music for the episode.

Part 3 has been written, but not yet produced. Sherwin is at the moment fumbling through his papers trying to locate his drafts. I feel confident that he will find it soon.

AMV39 is a standalone story that was written but not produced.

But here, at long last, are two of the four “lost” AMV episodes…(and my great thanks to Bob Sgandurra for sending me the only remaining copy of AMV37!) Photo of Sherwin at the Santa Ana Train Station by Stephanie Gould.

AMV#36 – The Orwell Storyteller, Part 1:
“In which Sherwin boards a train bound for a plain type of elsewhere and finds himself in a special sort of nowhere.”
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AMV#37
“In which Sherwin finds himself stranded in the badlands and then in an even tighter spot.”
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AMV#46: Flip Hackery & The Goose Hollow Girls

By , 9 February, 2012, 1 Comment

“In which Sherwin tells the stories of two very different sorts of local celebrity – Flip Hackery, who is most well known for standing in the middle of the street – and the mysterious Goose Hollow Girls, who still live in their closed down campground with only their guns, a zipline, dogfood, and a bonfire to keep them company.”
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“Ask For You” song

By , 6 February, 2012, 1 Comment

“Ask For You” is the fifth song Roy and I have collaborated on. After this one, I think we’re going into double secret stealth mode and will finish out a full album and do a big fancy release that involves hats and crying doves.
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“Ask For You” lyrics:
All they ever do is ask for you
all they ever do is ask for you
you were hanging from the wire
put your hand into the fire
lift yourself a little higher
not a lotta good a lot that do etc
and not a lotta good a lot that do
when you’re hanging from a wire
with your hand inside the fire

I thought of something else that we could do
thought of something else that we could do
Instead of hanging from the wire
Instead of looking for a fire

I thought of something else that we could do
I thought of something else that we could do
Instead of hanging from the wire
Instead of looking for a fire

“The Fingerprints of the Fallen Down” song

By , 2 February, 2012, No Comment

It’s been deeply rewarding to collaborate on this new series of songs with Roy Harter of Skinnyman Studios. As with the others, I sent Roy a demo for “The Fingerprints of the Fallen Down” and he built a song around it, adding verses, writing new lines, creating its shape and movement.
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The Fingerprints of the Fallen Down lyrics:
The softened steel girder finally bends.
A backbone of this city till the end.
Like bluebells on mountainsides
Smoke on the sea
The sidewalks and diaries
Won’t set you free
These are the fingerprints of the fallen down
How your shadow turns you upside down.
Gaze at this crooked photo frame
Glass cracked and hung in broken shame.
So come take me home again
We’ll soon regret
The sidewalks and diaries
Dance and forget
These are the fingerprints of the fallen down
How your shadow turns you upside down
What’s all of it, but failure crowned?
Glory am I, I’m starting to see the sky
Glory am I, I’m starting to see the sky
Glory am I, I’m starting to see the sky
Glory am I, I’m starting to see the sky
Glory am I, I’m starting to see the sky

“Bonesetter” song

By , 20 January, 2012, No Comment

Here’s the 3rd song from my collaboration between Roy Harter and Sean Barry of Skinnyman Studios, and it’s easily my favorite so far.

The lyrics were written entirely by Roy.

This song came out of a 20 second demo I sent to Roy and Sean. Roy worked out the lyrics and then he and Sean put the song together and sent it back to me to sing. While they were hard at work, I was laying out in the field under a blanket with a pot of ever-warm tea. The music and lyrics are fantastic and I feel very lucky to be working with such fine young men.

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BONESETTER

Half of the day spent wandering the wind
The monks abolish every soldier’s sins.

Bonesetter,
Tie your stone belt around their wings.
Bonesetter,
Bring your plunder back become the King.

All of the salt is crystal on the shore.
The skin of the drums are cracked from all the wars.

Bonesetter,
Tie your stone belt around their wings.
Bonesetter,
Bring your plunder back become the King.

The Percheron leave hoof-marks in the blood.
Their iron-ore left rusted in the mud.

Bonesetter,
Tie your stone belt around their wings.
Bonesetter,
Bring your plunder back become the King.

The Moonshot Man song for Bobo

By , 26 December, 2011, 3 Comments

This is a song for Bobo, who has sadly passed away. This is a tribute to the innermost longings of his heart. #ripBobo

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The Moonshot Man lyrics:
These city boys wrap their arms around every girl that was meant for me
Don’t cross me out, cause I’m working for the higher ups and the powers that be
I’ll show you my hands on the wheel and all the photographs
Of famous people, look right beside them that’s me

Oh now come my sweet, stroll over the moonshot land
I know my sweet, I’m half of a moonshot man
When you fall asleep, hold tight to my moonlit hand

I’ll tie your hair up in the wind
A broken waterfall a stranded manatee
I said I’ll try to set em free
Upon the radio without a single friend
I said I’m trying to be me
So if you stroll with me, across the moonshot night
We can see what we can see.

Oh come now sweet, stroll over the moonshot land
I know my sweet, I’m half of a moonshot man
When you fall asleep, hold tight to my moonlit hand
When you fall asleep, hold tight to my moonshot hand