West Coast Premiere of “Through A Glass, Darkly” Announced

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing the West Coast premiere of Mike’s oratorio “Through A Glass, Darkly” on April 9-10, 2011 in La Jolla at the 500-seat Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre.

The SDGMC production will be the 6th for “Darkly” since the World Premiere by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus in March 2008.

Tickets are $25-$40 and can be purchased online at SDGMC.org.

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Duke Kahanamoku’s Roadsters and Jalopies

Duke who? (Duke ka-HAH-nah-MO-koo.) Here’s a short history and photos of his statue on Waikiki Beach. He’s called by many the “Father of Surfing” and a hero to most any surfer, including Woody, the lead character in our stage musical “Go-Go Beach” (book & lyrics by John Wimbs).

Woody’s big plan for the gang after graduation centers around a Used Car Lot he is about to inherit from his girlfriend’s father. A few scenes later, their flower-child pal Bulldog returns from San Francisco and has a few things to say about the blasphemy of naming a used car lot after the Duke, but until then it’s just the boys having some fun in the 1966 California sun!

Austin Miller as "Woody" in the new musical GO-GO BEACH, book and lyrics by John Wimbs, music by Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006. Photo © BEN BRITTEN SMITH.

So, here is Austin Miller, star of the 2006 NYMF production of Go-Go Beach, and more recently “Hot Danny” from the NBC reality show “Grease: You’re The One That I Want”, singing the song “Duke Kahanamoku’s Roadsters and Jalopies”.

Exclusive stage performing rights are represented by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Hey theatre folks — put Go-Go Beach on your next season!

Duke Kahanamoku's Roadsters and Jalopies
Lead vocal by Austin Miller
Add'l vocals by Mike, Matt Hinkley, and a lot of other folks that helped out on "Surf's Up"
Lyric by John Wimbs
Music by Brent
Produced by Brent
(c) 2001 (p) 2007 John Wimbs, Michael Shaieb, Brent Lord

if you only knew

brina.23 today, good day to post the 6th and final track from brina.21.

Again featuring vocals by the gifted and talented Gavin Creel, currently starring as Burt in the West End production of Mary Poppins. (And really, buy his album “GOODTIMENATION”.)

if you only knew
Words and Music by Mike
Vocals by Gavin Creel
Produced by Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

love on an elastic string

How do you get a kid to potty train?

The actual Heart Bracelet was one of those from about 1987 – chunky plastic interlocking hearts of all colors strung together on some elastic. Quite a prize for a 3-year-old.

This bracelet was an incentive: only “big girls” get heart bracelets and big girls use the “potty chair”. Eventually the allure of jewelry won out, and to top the plastic prize, Dad had a real gold bracelet waiting too.

Featuring vocals by Gavin Creel. (And buy his album “GOODTIMENATION”.)

love on an elastic string
Words by Stephen Tomac
Music by Brent
Vocals by Gavin Creel
Produced by Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

Dogs That Wear Hats

“Dogs That Wear Hats” was originally the opener for a songbook concert I did with our alumni group at NYU. Stephen Tomac and I are now taking a few songs from that night and building a completely new show around it. Four people, concert style, maybe some plot — we’re not sure yet. But we know how it will open, and pretty sure we know how it will close. Gavin Creel dropped in a while back to record this demo of the opener for us.

More details as we’re able to work on the show. Stay tuned.

Dogs That Wear Hats
Music by Mike
Lyric by Stephen Tomac
Produced by Brent
Vocals by Gavin Creel
(c) and (p) 2004 FatLab Music
Sheet Music available upon request

flower girl

Ah, now we get to the fun stuff.

Once upon a time, a little girl decided her bangs had gotten too long and took matters into her own hands… with a scissors. This was about 2 months before she was to be the flower girl in our cousin Anne’s wedding. Wow was it short. Wow was Mom upset.

I should mention this track has been a consistent favorite with the “3 and under” crowd. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

flower girl
Words and Music by Brent
Vocals by Mike and Brent
Produced by Mike and Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

ode to br

This one required homework.

The story goes that naming me with a “br” name was sort-of incidental to the fact that my older brother was already “Bryan”. Mom and Dad just liked the name “Brent”. Then this baby sister shows up, so naturally we had to continue the naming tradition.

In searching for a name, we tried every BR name before agreeing on a shortened version of “Sabrina”. This track is a tribute to that search. But it doesn’t stop there. Brina had to use a worksheet to decode the special message.

ode to br
Words and Music by Mike
Vocals by Mike
Produced by Mike and Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

payback

It’s brina.22 today. A fitting time to post the first two tracks in a series of 6 that comprised our contribution to Mom’s 21st birthday present project for her.

She sent dozens of family and friends a blank scrapbook page, with instructions to personalize that page in a way that was meaningful to Brina’s first 21 years in their life. Poems, photo collage, whatever…and send it back in time for her to assemble and present on her big day.

So, our page had a CD sleeve attached. In it, a personalized collection of 6 rather eclectic songs inspired by memories growing up with my little sister. Enjoy.

payback
Words by Brina
Vocals and Music by Brent
Produced by Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

Bill or Pill

This might only make us laugh, but here is a long distance gift for our friend Billy’s surprise 40th birthday party that we couldn’t attend.

Bill or Pill
Vocals by Mike and Brent
Music by Mike
Produced by Mike and Brent
(c) and (p) 2006 FatLab Music