Dick is all grown up now. He has a job, security
and a lovely girlfriend. He just can't stand one more day. the Essential Cubicle
Nosepicker questions the value of modern employment, personal gain, and the
discovery that one must love oneself before loving his environment. Dick, not
to find this, abandon's his adult life and runs to the sea.
Don't let the funny
title fool you. This is a serious adult contempory CD that is smart, sophisticated,
challenging and beautiful. This by adults for adults.
It is pretty and chordant with singing and piano, without being sacharine
THE SONGS range from funny and uplifting (although sarcastic and quirky)
to downright sad and pondersome. The lyrics are of adult themes, and by that
we mean self-actualization,
self-worth, love, work, responsibility, goal-attainment, alcoholism and death.
They frame into a story - like a light-wieght opera or a well-connected concept-record.
A couple singing about their love and their intellectual troubles. Its smart
THE MUSIC is sung by Dave Grant, who has a deep, masculine, raspy
baritone (really raspy). He sometimes sounds like Bruce Springsteen or Johnny
Cash or like Neil
Diamond or Tom Waites or like Satchmo - and he sings loud and strong and
with hurt and with humor. Michelle Graf comes in like an angel, a smooth, pretty
voice that lulls and harmonizes and lifts. She brings in a sleepy and gauzy,
almost nicely drunkly pleasurely charm and wit and affection to her part
THE MUSIC is wild hot piano, influenced by classical and punk and
jazz and show music. Its theatrical and grand and hyper and melodic. It has
moments, others are sedate and thoughtful, others are playful like children's
music or a parade. You can still hear Till's maniacal Screwtape and TASM
nuances and humor, just slightly handicapped by the piano's natural chordance
(is this making sense?). The music is punctuated by moments of violin and
fretless bass and classical guitar to sometimes achieve a chamber affect.
to known artists: its like a newer Elvis Costello record (think Painted by
Memory, Juliet Letters, North - both in lyrics, especially lyrics,
Tori Amos (the same intensity measure by pretty music), attitude like
Fiona Apple, Jonny Cash, Frank Sinatra in "Softly" or "The Lady
is a Tramp" and "come
to pappa come to pappa", Niel Diamond, Brian Ferry's "As time
Goes By", Rollinghead with a piano and violin instead of guitars
and drums (because its Dave), Kate Bush in "This Women's Work",
Some drunken sing-alongs, a moment like "hungarian rhapsody",
a melody stolen from Danny Elfman's soundtrack to "Edward Scissorhands",
those pretty parts in "Thing
and Nothing", Elliot Smith, moments like Sting or David Gray. Ben
Folds Five. Harry Connick Jr. Danny Kaye. Dean Martin. Randy Newman.
is portrayed by charismatic singer, David Grant, formally of the rock
River Drag" and "Rolling Head". Ruby, Dick's girlfriend,
is sung by the talented Michelle Graf of "Blue Dahlia" and
TASM Lab's Thing and Nothing. The music was written and performed by
Jeff Till, himself. This
is his quiet little record. Usually he likes to scare people with music,
like when they jab you in the dark at a cheap haunted house.
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