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Two New Songs

By , 29 July, 2018, No Comment

After Sherwin’s piano broke into pieces due to an unfortunate mishap with a teapot and a hat, I suggested that we begin to experiment with some more modern techniques, using midi etc. He did not like this one bit, of course – but has gone along with my “fake fancy modern idea” for now, while he roams the country attempting to locate a piano in the woods (which he spotted once and now plans to bring home like a wild animal).

This first song “Run Jane Run” is one of the new songs for AMV#54, which story is written and set to be released later this week. Lyrics can be found below the fake fancy modern song box. You will notice that Sherwin had me sing a little fragment on this – unfortunately I was sick during the singing – and he took no pity on this and in fact liked that I sounded poorly.

Lyrics:
I need something easy to sing
And a song I can sing all the time
I don’t need words or to know all the notes
But I’d like it if everything rhymed

Heigh Ho where did you go?
With that song you can sing all the time?
Dib daddley do – we’d all sing it with you
Without words without notes biddley bime

Did you ever see over the land?
Did you ever lift up any part of the sea?
Did you ever repaint that sign, to be not to be?
Have you ever been home?
My home let my home! My home let me home!
Have you ever looked up to the sun, felt like you been paid?
Have you ever filled up someone and then walked away?
Well I ain’t been living that way
My whole life afraid
No I ain’t been living that way
My whole life afraid

The town’s elation
To see how Jane runs
The town’s celebration
Run Jane Run

Now I made the simplest painting
As I fell from the top of the wire
A picture of everything fading
Of the world as the dream of a liar
I need something easy to sing
And a song I can sing all the time
I don’t need words or to know all the notes
But I’d like if everything rhymed

This second song, The Life of Riley, you may have heard in AMV#53.

Lyrics:
The old man’s coming
With his life of Riley life
Ain’t got no job
Just makes shadows in the light
I’ve got my eye on the ground
Got my feet in the air
I’m not fooling around
Every moment’s erased
But the sun on my face
Means I’m not underground
I ain’t nothing but clouds
In the sky of this town
I make all of the sound
Got my eye on the ground
Got my feet in the air
I’m just fooling around

And the morning that he woke up
And realized the way
He’d been living in the gutter
How he’d fallen down the drain
There’s no warning to remember
That it’s a dream and not a game
As a dream it has no ending
As a game it doesn’t play
But if you put away the pieces
And skip your turn today
And go walking through the morning
In a life of Riley way
Then your dream would be your living
And your living would be fair
And that fairness like a weather
And that weather like a prayer
And that prayer would last forever
In the wind as a refrain
That goes walking through the morning
Asking all to do the same
Riley’s life seemed far too simple
And he never would explain
How he had to take it easy
To bear the universal pain

AMV#51 – The Girl in the Sack Cloth

By , 23 April, 2018, No Comment

In which it is revealed that the Great Achievement is so-called because it was achieved alongside a witness. The Achievement itself is finally described – and a new mysterious character arrives, both in dreams and reality.

Thus continues this series of “Night Stories” – to be listened to at night before bed – or in the dark – or in the dark of the castle of your very self.


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AMV#49: The Moxley Box

By , 19 January, 2015, 5 Comments

“In which Sherwin falls back on an old bad habit and comes face to face with the odious Redmond Moxley and his mysterious boxes.”

Music by Sherwin Sleeves and Roy Harter.

This is Part Two of “The Fingerprints of the Fallen Down – A Metaphysical Murder Mystery.” You may listen to Part One via the post just below or you can just read the following: In the first episode, Sherwin traveled to Paradox Mountain in search of the otherworldly maker of a peculiar “whippoorwill” clock. There, he not only found Avis Hearne dead with a bullet in her head, but also found himself the victim of the long-missing Helen Eleanor’s magical smoke.

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Whippoorwill & Moxley Art by Nuola (thank you Nuola!)

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AMV#42 – The Numbers Station

By , 11 November, 2013, 1 Comment

Part 3 of the 6 part series, “The Numbers Station”, in which Sherwin finds a curiously familiar cabin in a curiously unfamiliar spot. With lovely art by Kevin Kobasic

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AMV#41 – On the Winning of a Wild Bed

By , 4 November, 2013, 1 Comment

Part 2 of the 6 part series, “On the Winning of the Wild Bed”, in which Sherwin boards an unusual craft and goes to an unusual place. With lovely art by Kevin Kobasic

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AMV#40 – The Three Benches

By , 1 November, 2013, 1 Comment

The First Part of the Stalwarts 6 part series. In which one bench leads Sherwin to another – and another. With lovely art by Kevin Kobasic

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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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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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