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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


So, a couple weeks ago the NY Times had an article which posed the question “Where would Hemingway Go in 2011?” and various writers picked European cities (Bruges? Really?). I forwarded the link to my artist pal Brian Gormley for his response, which was, “We owe it to ourselves to check out Philadelphia.”

Monday, July 25, 2011


Derek Sivers is a very lucky guy. Back when the internet was young and indie musicians were looking for a way to harness the power of the web in favor of their music, Sivers came up with CDBaby – a web site that was set up specifically, and exclusively, for independent musicians to sell their recorded music. A working musician at the time, he taught himself computer code and built a company that he eventually sold for $22 million.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


 Best Dancer Friday Night
Wins a Green or a Pink Wooden Ukulele!!!!!

There Is A Cure For The Summertime Blues!

The Ginseng Roots Band will give away a wooden ukulele to the best spontaneous dancer at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA this Friday night. We will also be introducing our newest member of the band -- Scott Hartley, formerly of Liquid Liquid, on drums -- and a unique new musical element.

Spontaneous dancer?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Broadway Vampire -- Chapter 45 posted

75% of the chapters of Broadway Vampire are now posted for your reading pleasure.This blog serialization is free.

Broadway Vampire is a tale of history and mystery along the street of dreams. Find out why David Belasco

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bong Song

Matt Freeman posted this music video on his Theater and Politics blog. This song is hilarious. The end of the video, not so much. But hey, enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Here's a synopsis of the musical Ukulele Land (f.k.a. Sex! Drugs! & Ukuleles!). Music by Terry Waldo; book and lyrics by yours truly. We're once again very actively seeking a producer for this show, mostly abroad -- where producers seem to be less cowed by, or complicit in, the corporate fascism rampant in America today. If you're a producer and are interested, please contact me. If you know a producer who might be interested, please share this post with them. Thank you!

There are 17 original songs in this romantic musical comedy set in a dystopian future with social and political reflections of today.

Act 1
At the end of the 21st Century, after a period of total economic and environmental collapse, everything everywhere is controlled by the One World Pharmaceutical Corporation. Much of what is considered normal behavior today is considered abnormal in this dystopian future. All abnormalities are treated pharmacologically.
            Sex is illegal. Drug evasion is illegal. People are engineered and raised in groups called “pods”. Making live music is illegal unless one is a member of the corporate Top Ten.
            The story follows three young outlaw ukulele players (Max, Julie, Liz) who meet in secret to play their music. A mysterious stranger (Pete) interrupts one of their secret jam sessions.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Garlic Harvest 2011

Okay. So yesterday my garlic crop was pulled and washed. It looks pretty good. (photos below). Total haul is 109 heads of garlic, not counting the 10 or so heads we've already pulled and used since the scapes were removed from the plants a few weeks ago.

It was all grown in about 60 square feet of garden soil. I hope your garlic crop is as abundant.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Big Viperino -- photos and report

Okay. so last weekend was the Big Viperino. It began Saturday evening and the last guests left Sunday afternoon. About 40 people showed up, including my 170 year old parents who came up from Florida!
The photographer who was supposed to capture the entire event did not show up. The only photos (below) were taken by my sister with her mobile phone. No one took any videos or made any recordings of the music. Oh well. At least everyone had a good time. Special thanks go out to Tom Duncan (Dr. Dubious of Dr Dubious and the Agnostics) who sat in with us all evening, adding his mellifluous clarinet playing.

At the Big Viperino:
(standing) Son of the Unknown Playwright and girlfriend
(seated) 170 year old parents of the Unknown Playwright
(Mom's 80; Dad's 90)

See more photos by clicking the Read More link.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ten Finger Eddie Woods

 Eddie Woods, circa 1984

I first met Eddie Woods in the East village in the early 1980s, when the late poet and watercolorist Irving Stettner introduced us. A short while later, while in Amsterdam, I connected again with the expat underground litterateur at his Ins & Outs building. We stayed in touch for awhile via the mails but that eventually fell by the wayside.

Then recently while reading an obit / tribute to Ira Cohen, I saw Eddie’s name and thought, “Wow! Let me Google Eddie and see what he’s been up to.” And that’s what happened and now we’re back in touch, thanks to the www and a contact form on his website.

Eddie Woods – world traveler, writer, performer, heir to the Beats, confidant and traveling companion to Tennessee Williams – is still going strong. Here are some videos that prove it (some is NSFW):

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Broadway Vampire -- Chapter 43 posted

You can read Chapter 43of the free blog serialization of my novel Broadway Vampire by clicking here.

All of the chapters, including the prologue, are are archived on the blog for your reading pleasure.

You can also buy the complete book now on Kindle by clicking here.

You can purchase the paperback edition of the book now by clicking here.


Saturday, July 2, 2011


The Big Viper-ino starts tonight! The Tiki torches are ready. The bonfire is laid and ready to torch. So far, the line up of musicians for Uke Jackson & the Ginseng Roots Band is reso uke and vocals (guess who), bass sax, alto sax, trombone, clarinet, cornet, drums. There will be others, as well.

For all you not on my e-mail newsletter list or not attending the Big Viper-ino for other reasons -- maybe next year?

Meanwhile, Happy Fourth of July!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Shout out and thanks -- I'm blogged!

A big shout out to Trav SD and his Travalanche blog -- one of the best web sources for show biz/vaudeville anecdotes past and present. Trav is a playwright, author, showman, and yes! a ukulele player!

Today, your humble Unknown Playwright is the subject of his blog profile. (click to read it)

Thanks, Trav!