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That Devil’s Music

Satanic jazz artifacts
Dug out of Hell’s Kitchen basements.
A dank and spongy beat,
Endless and incomplete
Thuds out of cold kettle cocktail kit,
Burrows through breast plate and pleura.

At the El Diablo,
They clamor for “Gloomy Sunday”
And the turgid trumpet bleat
That hangs heavy on 49th Street
Like a sopping wet rug
Slung over an icy aura.

And the bone man, low and stoned,
Trades fours with Kali Ma
Who bounces on the piano seat
And hunts for elephant meat
Between the ivory towers
Of New York and Gomorrah.

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Film Music Cue – “The Sport of War”

This theme was composed for 3IPC’s “Fairy Fight,” a short film submitted to the Five Day Film Fest in 2016. It’s a classic battle theme that might whip the troops into a frenzy.

Film Music Cue – “Pirates Lurking/Love Theme”

Here is a cue that would fit as the credits music to an adventure movie like “Pirates of the Caribbean.” It’s dark and mysterious, but transitions to a love theme in the middle before returning to the main theme.

New Single – The Shart, by The Little Lettuce Heads

This horn-heavy funk track is the first single from The Little Lettuce Heads. The Little Lettuce Heads are the latest addition to the Sophisticated Ape roster. Lettuces unwittingly provided by liz west, green.thumbs, Farmanac


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