New Curricula

J. Matthew Gerken has developed a couple of new additions to the teaching curricula.  Find them below and, of course, via the “for teachers” link on the right.

Published in: on July 30, 2008 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  


People keep asking and I keep forgetting.  So here it is: there is indeed a myspace page for this project:  Get oiled up and slide around with us and Rupert Murdoch and FOX News.  Hot wrestlin’ action.

Published in: on July 25, 2008 at 12:32 am  Comments (1)  

Orderin’ It!

In response to a nice comment from Stu, you can pre-order the Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies triple CD + 106 page full color book from Standard Recording.  And!  If that’s not enough, it’s only $19.99–about $10 cheaper than we musicians will likely be selling it at shows.  Woo hah for the common man!

Click here to pre-order!

Published in: on July 24, 2008 at 10:23 pm  Comments (1)  

A post about irony, and a review

Another, from Chart Attack way up in that country to the north of us.  Scandia or Canandia or something like that.  I can’t quite remember.  When you have both the money and the guns, you no longer need pay attention to the names of those who do not.  Anyway, we love that country, whatever it’s called and you can read that review here.

Published in: on July 18, 2008 at 4:42 pm  Comments (1)  

Interviews of Note

Interviews this week of us three songwriterly types:

The Saint Louis Riverfront Times also ran a great short interview with my pal and Magnolia Summer dudeman Chris Grabau about his work on the McKinley track.  It’s a good view into what it was like for the guest contributors.  And you can read that one here.

Speaking of McKinley, Grabau sent me a link to this film of the execution of McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz.  It’s real footage and hence disturbing, but the jitter of the ancient film also gives everything a somewhat more disturbing keystone cops flavor.  Eek.

Published in: on July 14, 2008 at 9:53 pm  Comments (1)  

these gentlemen just walked up and there they were, old presidents

Here they are, Jefferson will be here soon with us, in the rose garden, in Philadelphia, and elsewhere…

(photo by Scott Duncan)

Published in: on July 4, 2008 at 9:59 pm  Comments (1)  

Live shows

Looks like we’ll be doing only two live shows for Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies: one in San Francisco and the other in Los Angeles.  That’s all folks!  So keep watching this space for news of those shows as they firm up.  Tentatively I can tell you we’re looking at September 11 at the venerable Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.  How’s that for a fortuitous date to celebrate America.  Hmmm….

Published in: on July 2, 2008 at 12:09 am  Leave a Comment