The Corndoggers: Acoustic Lunch at Ohio University’s Baker Center, Second Floor — 29 September 2021

Joe Burdock
The CornDoggers
The CornDoggers
Tessa Evanosky
Bruce Dalzell (MC) left, Tessa Evanosky (middle), Joe Burdock (right)

Music Recommendation: Peopleperson — “Coochie!”


Music: “Coochie!” from the album COOCHIE!

Artist: Peopleperson

Artist Location: Dayton, Ohio

Info: “Mysterious surf explorer Peopleperson is back. This time it’s for real because last time he was just kidding. Welcome to Coochie!, four tracks of slightly unstable surf nerdery.”

Price: $1 (USD) for four-track album.

D Robbins – Everything 
Produced by D Robbins 

Genre: Surf Music.


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Music Recommendation: Trabants — “Highwire Surfing”


Music: “Highwire Surfing” from the album HIGHWIRE SURFING

Artist: Trabants

Artist Location: Los Angeles, California

Info: “Named after the diminutive and once ubiquitous Eastern European automobile, Trabants is a rotating line-up of musicians who find their muse in the dusty bins of 60’s beat records.

“Fronted by composer Eric Penna, they play an all-instrumental mix of surf, garage, psych and soundtrack music from around the world.”

Written by Eric Penna.


Mora Precarious — drums

Bryan Murphy — trumpet

Kevin Corzett — sax

Alec Spiegelman — flute

Joe Marrett — percussion

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $7 (USD) For 14-track album

Genre: Surf. Instrumental.




Music Recommendation: The Manakooras — “Congo Glide”


Music: “Congo Glide” from The Manakooras’ self-titled debut EP

Artist: The Manakooras

Artist Location: The publishing company, Hi-Tide Recordings, is located in New Jersey.

Info: “‘Surfxotica’ from members of Satan’s Pilgrims, ex-Aqualads & The Intoxicators.”

Kane Manakoora / Steel Guitar 
Tiki Mo / Bass VI 
The Grand Foobah / Guitar/Ukulele 
Zombie Dave / Bass 
Sticks Stechakoora / Percussion/Kit 
Fez Manakoora / Percussion/Kit 
Trader Ted / Percussion 

Kahuna Cole, a fan, wrote, “Smooth Island Exotica!!! Nicely done!!Favorite track: Congo Glide.

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $3 (USD) for three-track EP

Genre: Hawaiian. Steel Guitar. Exotica.


The Manakooras’ EP

Hi-Tide Recordings

Music Recommendation: The Organ Beats — “When We Were Young”


Music: “When We Were Young”

Artist: The Organ Beats

Artist Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Info: “Written for the short film ‘The Baseball Card’ by Michael Boylan.”

“The Organ Beats are from Waltham; formed in 2008. Danny and Noelle are siblings who started making music as preteens and were tour veterans before they were able to buy cigarettes. They are joined by Mikey (bass) and Alex (lead guitar).”



Price: $1 (USD) for track

Genre: Power Pop. Rock.


The Organ Beats on Bandcamp

“When We Were Young”

Music Recommendation: The Hula Girls — “Jungle Girls”


Music: “Jungle Girl” from the album THE HULA GIRLS

Artist: The Hula Girls

Artist Location: Costa Mesa, California

Info: “The Hula Girls formed in 2008 and have been busy playing their self-described ‘hulabilly’ music all over Southern California. It’s up-tempo hapa haole, tiki, and surf-themed music, all filtered through the late 1950’s and early 60’s rockabilly and rock n’ roll sound!”

Spike Marble / Vocals, Guitar 
Shorty Poole / Upright & Electric Bass 
Gary Brandin / Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar 
Doug Sanborn / Drums, Percussion 

One track has vocals.

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $4 (USD) for four-track album

Genre: Instrumental. Surf. Rockabilly.


The Hula Girls on Bandcamp


Music Recommendation: Bobby “Blue” Bland — “Turn On Your Lovelight”



Artist: Bobby “Blue” Bland

Location: The record label Fidelity Masters is located in the UK.”

Info: “Fidelity Masters is a record label devoted to highlighting and cataloguing the music that shaped the 20th century, expertly curated.”

This album consists of 100 tracks by various artists.

Price: £1 (GBP) for track; £7 (GBP) for 100-track album.

Genre: Blues. Soul.



David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Language, Letters, Media

From Bruce Anecdotes


• In 1921, a Metropolitan Opera production of Modest Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov featured Feodor Chaliapin singing the title role in Russian, while everyone else sang in Italian. This production was a great success.

• Jean Francaix set some bitter satires by Juvenal to music, but his friend Nadia Boulanger joked that the singers ought not to pronounce the words correctly to avoid scandalizing the audience.


• Many people hope to discover geniuses, but geniuses are rare. When cellist Pablo Casals wanted to go to Paris (for a second time) in 1899 to become a famous musician, he asked for a letter of introduction from Count Guillermo de Morphy to famed French conductor Charles Lamoureux. Mr. Lamoureux read the letter, and then he groaned, “Everyone thinks to discover genius.” However, he allowed Mr. Casals to audition for him the following day. After Mr. Casals played, Mr. Lamoureux, with tears in his eyes, told him, “You are one of the elect.”

• Adam Green, who became famous when the Moldy Peaches’ “Anyone Else But You” was featured in the hit movie Juno (which also made the other half of the Moldy Peaches, Kimya Dawson, famous), has something that he is really proud of. He has received a number of fan letters, including one from a French boy who gave him thanks because he wrote “such impersonal music,” but he is really proud of a letter that made its way to him although it was addressed in this way: “ADAM GREEN, U.S.A.”


• Late in 2008, Amanda Palmer’s record company informed her that her latest music video needed to be edited. Why? Because her belly wasn’t flat enough. This shocked Ms. Palmer, who says, “I’m quite sensitive about my ‘fat’ little belly, so if I was overweight, I would have known about it, and I was excited because it looked so hot in the video. I was just amazed. I couldn’t see what in h*ll’s name they were talking about.” She wrote about the incident in her blog, and fans started sending in photographs of their own bellies to protest a culture that overvalues flat bellies. The fans even wrote such slogans as “Love thy belly” on their bellies before taking and sending in the photographs. These acts of activism became known as the Rebellyon.

• Humphrey Doulens, the publicity manager of coloratura soprano Lily Pons, once had what he thought was a great idea for a story. He told a newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina, where Ms. Pons was singing, that she was a great fan of baseball and would be watching the World Series on TV. At first, the newspaper interview went well, with Ms. Pons telling the reporter how greatly she loved baseball. Unfortunately, during a lull in the interview, Ms. Pons asked the reporter about the World Series, “By the way, who is playing?” Nevertheless, Ms. Pons got a favorable front-page story

• In 1981, the Rolling Stones started a world tour. Usually, band members are willing to grant lots of interviews to media representatives in return for lots of publicity. On September 21, 1981, in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, Stones lead singer Mick Jaggar gave his only face-to-face interview of the worldwide tour. He allowed two girls, 12 and 13 years old, to interview him for their school newspaper.

• A reporter once interviewed Sergei Rachmaninoff, then filed a story that the famed pianist/composer was retiring. The next morning, after reading the story in the newspaper, Mr. Rachmaninoff cleared up the misunderstanding: “I merely said that I was going to bed.”


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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Death, Education


• Even after releasing the single “It’s Like That” in March of 1983, the members of the rap group Run-D.M.C. weren’t sure that their music career would continue, so they enrolled in college. Jay “Jam Master Jay” Mizell later explained, “Everyone said rap was a fad. I knew death wasn’t a fad, so I majored in mortuary science.”

• Ludwig van Beethoven died during a tremendous thunderstorm. A lightning bolt flashed across Vienna at 5:45 p.m. on March 26, 1827, and thunder rocked the air. Lying on his deathbed, Beethoven opened his eyes, clenched his fist, shook it at the heavens, and died.


• At age 13, William F. Buckley was sent to an English boarding school, where his piano teacher offered to teach him the first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” However, William’s old piano teacher had warned him that playing the “Moonlight Sonata” before one was ready was simply wrong; therefore, he wrote her for permission to learn to play its first movement. Quickly, he received a letter from her in reply, and she did not give him permission to learn the first movement. She explained that if one was unable to learn the difficult third movement, and then one should not learn the first movement. She also explained that the first movement required a “maturity” that William was too young to have acquired. Mr. Buckley writes that this letter helped teach him that “good music is a very serious business.”

• Trey Reely, the band director of Paragould High School in Paragould, Arkansas, follows a tradition of punishing students by telling them to get a pinecone when they do something wrong. Pine trees line the band practice field, and the naughty student runs to the side of the field, picks up a pinecone, and then brings it back. Once, Mr. Reely told the band that he would not keep them late one practice, but he did keep them late; therefore, after practice his students made him get a pinecone.

• A mother once asked George Bernard Shaw what musical instrument her son should learn to play, adding that she hoped that Shaw could specify an instrument which would save her the discomfort of the early learning stage during which her son would not have mastered the instrument. Shaw suggested that her son learn to play the bagpipes, saying they sound exactly the same whether or not the musician knows how to play them.

• As a student, comic singer Anna Russell was so bored with her history lessons that she transformed her notes into jingles, set them to music, and began singing them. When other students found out what she was doing, they also asked for copies of her jingles, and soon the jingles were being sung all over the school. That year’s graduating class was noisy, but it achieved the school’s all-time high scores in history.

• Woody Allen largely taught himself how to play jazz trumpet by listening to and imitating the records of jazz great George Lewis. After Mr. Allen recorded the soundtrack for his movie Sleeperwith the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra, trombonist Jim Robinson said to him, “Did anyone ever tell you that you sound like my friend George Lewis?”

• When she was young, Mariah Carey had an unsupportive teacher. Mariah told her teacher that she wanted to be a singer when she grew up, and the teacher snapped, “There are millions of people out there who can sing. What makes you any different? Don’t get your hopes up.” Fortunately, her mother told her to follow her dreams, and Ms. Carey recorded five Number One hits in a row.


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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Autographs, Awards, Bathrooms, Big Breaks


• Irish tenor John McCormack adored Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, and early in his career he bought a photograph of Mr. Caruso and forged on it an inscription from Mr. Caruso to himself. Later, he met Mr. Caruso and told him about the forgery. Amused, Mr. Caruso produced another photograph of himself and wrote this real inscription on it: “To McCormack, very friendly, Enrico Caruso.”


• As a teenager, Ella Fitzgerald lived on the streets of Harlem. One day, although she was wearing ragged clothing and had gone without a bath for weeks, she entered a talent contest at the Apollo Theater. The audience loved her, and she won first place, but she never received her prize. The prize was the opportunity to sing at the Apollo Theater for a week, but theater management thought that Ella was too physically dirty to be an entertainer. Soon afterward, Ella became recognized as a great jazz vocalist.

• The theme song of the United States Navy is “Anchors Aweigh,” whose music was composed by Navy Academy bandmaster Charles A. Zimmerman. Every year, bandmaster Zimmerman was given a medal by the graduating class in recognition of the excellence of “Anchors Aweigh.” According to the official Annapolis history, because of his many medals bandmaster Zimmerman would have drowned instantly if he had ever fallen overboard.


• Singing at outdoor concerts while wearing fabulous, elegant gowns does have a downside. In 1995, at Radley College, soprano Leslie Garrett discovered that her dress, because of its width, would not permit her to use a portaloo (in America, the term is “portapotty”). For the first half of the concert, she sang with her legs crossed. In the meantime, the concert organizers set up a tent, complete with a bucket, for her use during the interval (in the USA, the term is “intermission”).

• Famous violinist Szymon Goldberg had some unusual talents. Once, he was disturbed during a concert by some background noise, so he stopped playing and requested a wrench. He went backstage, fixed a continuously running toilet, and then resumed playing.

Big Breaks

• Movie clichés sometimes come to life. Opera singer Mary Garden started her career at the top. She was in Paris studying singing, and she attended an Opera-Comique rehearsal of Louiseand fell in love with it. She acquired a copy of the score, and began studying it intensively. She attended performances of the opera, and she took notes on where the singers stood on stage and all the details of acting she could jot down. On Friday, April 13, 1900, she received a note telling her to go to the Opéra-Comique, where she received the news that the woman who regularly sang the title role of Louisewas ill and might not be able to perform, and so she was given a ticket and asked to sit in the audience that night just in case she were needed. Act 1 passed well, as the title character sang little in it, but during the intermission the star singer rushed out of the opera house. Ms. Garden took her place, made a huge hit, and signed a well-paying contract at the Opéra-Comique.

• Buffy Sainte-Marie became a professional folk musician by accident. She had learned to play a second-hand guitar as a child, and in 1963, during a visit to New York City, she sang and played for fun at a coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. A music critic for The New York Timeshappened to be in the audience, and he gave her a glowing review. Soon she was performing concerts and making records. Despite her long-term success, Ms. Sainte-Marie says, “I never expected to last more than a year or two.”


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