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2008-03-14
Harry Warren

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I borrowed the movie Goldiggers of 1933 from the library and this tune is the centerpiece, complete with a Busby Berkley choreographic extravaganza. I thought the whole setup resembles our current socio-politico-economic crisis. I love the visionary speech the producer character does when the song is introduced in a rehearsal scene.

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Remember my forgotten man You put a rifle in his hand- you sent him far away, you shouted hip-horay!, but where is he today? Remember my forgotten man. He used to cultivate the land, he walked behind a plow, the sweat fell from his brow, but look at him right now! But once he used to love me I was happy then He used to take care of me, oh won't you bring him back again? Cause ever since the world began a woman's got to have a man- forgetting him, you see, means you're forgetting me, like my forgotten man!
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Sheena Ringo

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I have traveled to Japan many times and greatly admire many Japanese artists and performers. Sheena Ringo is one of my all-time favorites in any genre, anywhere!

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This is an instrumental version of Okonomide ( roughly translated: "as you like it" ) by Sheena Ringo, a popular songwriter from Tokyo who has recorded various versions of this song, some of which I have seen on video. To me, she combines qualities of the Beatles, jazz and European cabaret singers in her performances and writing. In addition to rocking out with her quintet, Tokyo Jihen, she also incorporates traditional Japanese instruments into some of her tunes and pays homage to great singers of the past such as the late Misora Hibari, who emerged from post-WWII Yokohama to become a national treasure of Japan. She sings in several languages other than Japanese and covers Manha de Carnaval, among other jazz standards. In addition to electric guitar she plays a mean melodica! http://www.shiinaringo.com
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2008-03-14
Michael Shoehorn Conley

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This is one of two vocaI selections on Cafe Cirque. I recorded a solo version of this song on my first CD, World Beat Ragtime, in 1994. I wanted to give it the full band treatment and it really turned out well. I recorded the vocal, sax and tap dance all in one take, live with the band, and later added clarinet, e-tap, fife and harmonica.

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Raptapsody in Blue copyright 1991 Michael “ Shoehorn” Conley I got a Rock city Rhapsody, Raptapsody in Blue I got a world music tap ditty I want to tap it out for you I want to map out out the melody and throw in something new Raptapsody, Raptapsody, Raptapsody in Blue Of course the source is recognized- the blues has been so synthesized into R&B, rock and roll, opera showbiz, classic soul The effect has been fantastic,the music so elastic dignified or spastic, real heart or plastic The beat of the street, solid as granite, people moving their feet all over the planet , the orbit of Earth gave rhythm it’s birth, you hear what I say? It’s the night and the day Gershwin up in Harlem, he was checkin’ out the blues- He tells me “I got Rhythm”, and its something I should use. but I’m talkin’ ‘bout the Rhapsody,the Rhapsody in Blue- It’s part of the fusion that breaks the illusion of a world divided Let’s get excited and be united The dignity of human life surely must prevail-it can’t just be the suffering that makes our trumpets wail- The global groove of Earth our mother will make us care for one another - free the slaves, free our minds, get along with every kind- of man and creature that we meet-the rhapsody will sound so sweet. I’m just a musician - but this is my mission- I hope that some of you share in my vision. (instrumental break) We’ll be cooking the beat with some African heat breakin’ the ice with Carribean spice Old violins tucked under our chins, skins of the drums up under our thumbs, slide trombones blowin’ some tones, guitars, sitars, and saxophones. A Bulgarian choir with a Japanese wire, Andean flutes and a renaissance lute -we’ll be burnin’ a tune with the man with the spoons, we’re all in a trance that’s making us dance -we got a Rock City Rhapsody, Raptapsody in Blue, we’re learning from each other and creating something new, It’s based on ancient stirrings, the boundaries are blurring, here we come, 21st century human race - face to face, in this space! It’s a sign of the times that the messenger rhymes but I’ m not unaware of history’s crimes- Failure to communicate has been the cause of so much hate- we just can’t wait to get it straight and find out that it’s just too late! (solo version released on 1994’s World Beat Ragtime CD)
Shoehorn
2008-03-14
Michael Shoehorn Conley

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I was sitting at my partner Rhys's kitchen table on a winter afternoon with his little Casio when I wrote this one. I have recently played it live for a contortionist's act at the Hippodrome.
Shoehorn
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When I lived in Yokohama, Japan, i used to play on Isezaki-cho on my free nights. Isezaki-cho was once the center of a bustling postwar jazz scene, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, among other notables, performed in the area. There was a shirtless, drunken transient dude who used to mumble the chorus of this to me as an incoherent request (my favorite kind!) and I finally determined what song it was. Grover Washington,Jr. also recorded this for a Japanese label in the early nineties.
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Isabel Sakura Conley

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This song was written by my oldest daughter in 2007 when she was eleven. The character is a composite of two friends, one with strawberry blond hair and the other who actually grew up on a strawberry farm!

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there's a girl with strawberry blond hair and she lives on a strawberry farm She has strawberry this, and strawberry that, and strawberry everything else, oh, la lala la lalalala, lala la lalala, la lala la lalala, la la - la lala la lalalala, lala la lalala, la lala la lalala, la la
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Michael Shoehorn Conley

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This is a bass clarinet feature which I use often in variety shows for puppet characters or stilt walkers or for comic effect. In this version the break passes from one player to the next creating suspense.
Shoehorn
2008-03-14
Michael Shoehorn Conley

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This is a novelty number born at the Portland Saturday Market where I occasionally perform Need I say? It was raining that day. It seemed like my feet were wet for three weeks straight. I recorded the vocal, sax and tap dance all in one take, live with the band, and later added harmonica.

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I'm not complaining, as long as it's raining, I will have the Wet Foot Blues I'm singing in the rain and it's driving me insane - I guess I got the Wet Foot Blues I'm singing in the rain and it's driving me insane - I guess I got the Wet Foot Blues That's how it goes when you soak your toes- you probably got the Wet Foot Blues I'm a hardy fella I don't carry an umbrella, a hat is good enough for me Such a hardy fella I don't need an umbrella, a hat is good enough for me I pass the test of life in the Northwest, 'cause I endure the Wet Foot Blues
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Liberty

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Shoehorn
2003-10-15
Michael Shoehorn Conley

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This is just me on tap and alto sax done simultaneously in a theater in Southern Wahington in 2003.
Shoehorn & VonTap Family
2007-01-16
Michael Conley

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( This tune is not part of my act usually, because I don't like to think about the wars when I perform. I do it as a singalong at selected events or by request.) The name of the Secretary of State is very melodious and reminds me of something steamed with saffron. However, her words and acts on behalf of GWB contrast awfully with this enticing sound. I wish she would calm down from all the tough talk and work honestly for peace.

Lyrics

copyright 2006, Michael Conley Calm Down, Condoleeza
Shoehorn-Shoes of the Blues featuring Marilyn Keller
2007-09-19
Elinor Sharita Friedberg, Michael Shoehorn Conley, Marilyn Keller, Norman Sylvester, Dan Gaynor

Story

Sharita is a belly dancer who approached me about being in my show one time. We rehearsed a few times and she came to my show at Main Street Theatre and danced a couple numbers. It was cool. Then one day she called and told me she suddenly was diagnosed with cancer. A few months after that she wrote these lyrics and asked me to record it, so I got the people together, her manager Karl booked a studio, and we recorded the song, each of us contributing a part.

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Sharitas Chemo Blues My Soul is Screaming! I really got the blues! 1) When you're on chemo, you can't do the things you want to do. When you're on chemo, you can't do the things you want to do. When your head and eyes hurt so bad It turns your heart black and blue. 2) When you're on chemo, nothin' you eat feels right. When you're on chemo, nothin' you eat feels right. You flash hot & cold, oh, You're shakin' and cryin' all night. 3) People tell you be strong (!) think positive (!) you're tough Sharita, you're brave But that's 'cause they're scared (!) they ain't been there (!) and they don't know what else to say They see you hurtin', but they canÕt take your pain away. 4) When you're on chemo, maybe less and not more is what to do. When you're on chemo, maybe More and not Less is what to do. Time's runnin' short(!) but it's too long--------- for you to get through. 5) When you're on chemo, you can't do the things you want to do. When you're on chemo, you can't do the things you want to do. You can cry Lord, Lord, Lord PLEASE (cadenza) get me through.
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UMEBOSHI
2007-01-16
copyright 2006, Isabel S., Michael, Eileen Conley

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Isabel wrote the piano part one day and I recorded the girls after I made the backing tracks on Garage Band. Later I dubbed in the bass clarinet.
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Eastrum

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Yosaku

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