Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Uh oh

We'll, I'm looking at my scripts and the ones that are closest to being done are mice-heavy ones. I love the mice as much as the next fellow, but I don't want to overload you, the dear listener, with their chirpy voices.

I wish I had a writing team to force to do my bidding. You know, scripts or ideas are always welcome. I can promise you attribution and exposure to an audience of at least, oh, four or five. Pretty tempting, no?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Soundcloud blows.

Huh. Well, I've already hit the time limit for free users of Soundcloud. I will be railed in the rump if I pay for anything in this day and age. I'll have to do some snipping and clipping of songs that don't make the cut.

In other news, I have three songs and a script. Alls I need is time to record dialog and edit it all up, and you sons of beeswaxes will have yet another new MitE.

Jesus, has it really been seven years I've been doing this nonsense? Get a life, huh?

Soundcloud Singles

Hello MitEketeers,

I'm going to be putting Music in the Evening singles up on my Soundcloud. If you actually like one of my nonsensical bits of nonsense, you can now keep it and stick it in your phone or iPud or whatever. I have to go through manually and enable downloads on the old stuff, so give me a while. Please note that for this next episode at least, this means you can cheat and listen to the songs early. Don't abuse such power!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Recurring Minor Characters

Here are some RECURRING MINOR CHARACTERS:

FIONA HARDWICKE: Snobberson's sister, Fiona has done extremely well for herself, marrying into a fabulously wealthy family. She is a busybody, and has tried to impose moral rectitude onto the filthy show (see episode 18, "BANNED!") Fiona has a son, Trevor, whom I'll tell you about right now.

TREVOR HARDWICKE: Having grown up in immense privilege, Trevor's worldview is decidedly skewed. Which can make you feel superior until you remember that the top one percent of America's wealthy control more money than the bottom HALF. Yeah. It's not really that funny anymore. Your kids will never go to college, any medical crisis will leave you bankrupt, and the entire economy is giving up on the middle class. Still like Trevor? Personally, I think he should be killed and his wealth redistributed.

THE GHOSTS OF MARLON BRANDO AND JIMMY STEWART: These residents of Actors' Heaven not infrequently make excursions back to Earth to visit the show. The Ghost of Marlon Brando is id unfettered, a force of nature forever seeking food and women. He's probably my favorite character to write and voice. The Ghost of Jimmy Stewart is Brando's semi-willing companion, foil, and only remaining friend. The Ghost of Marlon Brando first showed up in episode 5, "The Storybook Plug."

SQUENTES: Latin lover and signing sensation Squentes is mysterious, alluring, and exotic. He appears when he is needed and disappears shortly after (shortly after orgasm, that is). Squentes first showed up in episode 6, and made a return appearance in the comeback special, episode 19.

STREETFELD, THE OBSERVATIONAL COMEDY RAPPER: Streetfeld's reach exceeds his grasp. He aspires to be a mega-popular rapper/comedian, but can neither rap well nor write original jokes. Streetfeld's offensive blacky accent is second only to my early use of the word "retarded" in embarrassment and shame. Sorry, folks. But I still intend to have him return in a future episode.

A Refresher on Music in the Evening

Because it's been a few years since Music in the Evening tore up the charts, and because there's an outside chance I have new people in the audience, I think a little primer on my main characters is in order so you can skip to later episodes which are better than the weird, slapdash, excessively offensive early ones:

WILLIAM Q. SNOBBERSON: Exasperated, put-upon, and irascible, Snobberson is the MC of fantastically popular (pathetically struggling) musical variety show Music in the Evening. Dig into the early episodes and you can hear his voice develop from a weird drawl into the fairly stable form it's in now. Something to know? Despite his wandering affected accent, Snobberson is actually a Russian immigrant, as you can hear in the revamped first episode. Nothing has come of this ... yet.

SADIE GOLDMAN: "The only competent one among us" -- William Q. Snobberson. Sadie is a young woman in her late twenties who majored in theater in college and has been paying for it ever since. The stage manager of Music in the Evening, Sadie is the glue that holds the show together and a real mensch.

JERRY: Perpetually a teenager, Jerry is the production assistant at Music in the Evening, which puts him at the bottom of the show's hierarchy. Jerry's adventures include coming of age and experiencing the mating frenzy, the Poon Forr, and being taught to gamble by the others and losing his shirt.

MACK: Coarse and brutish, chief grip Mack manhandles the sets and does other things, I suppose, around the show. Mack made his appearance, as did basically all the characters, in episode 3, Labor Problems, as the ringleader of the job action against Snobberson. Although of course he's been retro-added into the revamped first episode.

JACK: Jack, a quiet and powerful lummox with greatly reduced brain function, does the heavy lifting at the show, mostly without comment. (Another way to say this is that I can't think of any lines for him). Jack also displays a surprising intelligence at times, with a vast knowledge of etymology and philosophy.

QUIMQUAFF: Introduced in episode 6, Quimquaff is a Native American who has been expelled from his tribe for too literally "merging" with the Spirit of Buffalo. If you know what I mean. Episode 6 is the one where pirates hijack the show, so Quimquaff is a play on similar noble savage Queequeg from Moby Dick, except of course that "quim" is an archaic word for vagina, which amuses me greatly; I don't know about you. Nowadays, Quimquaff serves as the Secretary of Indian Affairs at the show, which means essentially he sits around.

THE MICE: Nigel, Ludlow, and Rufus are the charming vermin who infest the theater and perturb Snobberson constantly. Nigel has a penchant for pretend Cockney slang, Ludlow has a Beatle haircut, and Rufus ... well, Rufus is dumb. I wonder how these mice learned to speak? Maybe a future episode will shed some light on the situation, hint hint.

That about wraps it up for the main cast. Next up, brief sketches of the recurring guest characters.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

And we're back. Again. Again.

You may have noticed that Music in the Evening is back in a big way, namely the five (as of this writing) new episodes you may check out at my folder here.

This is great news! Don't ask why Jerry is still 17. But the whole gang is back: Snobberson, Sadie, Mack, Jack, Jerry, Quimquaff, the Mice, Trevor, Fiona, the Ghost of Marlon Brando, Squentes ... it feels great to be back in the saddle again.

In this run of new episodes, I'm trying to raise the bar on both the stories and the music. You may have noticed the new theme, and the general better-ness of the songs. I program the drums rather than playing them live, for example. This means tempos don't wander all over the goddamn map. I've been working on my production techniques too, EQ and compression and saturation plugins and what have you. And the scripts are developed from ideas I've had in place since back in 2008 or 2011. I fleshed them out and spat them upon the earth, spreading my seed like Onan.

Sometimes I like to pretend that lots of people listen to the show, that I'm a small-time legitimate comedy show writer/creator. But that would be delusional. But you know what? I don't care. They make me laugh every time, and when I'm old and senile I hope they're playing on a loop in my modest cell at the retirement home.