Poe Woes

Hello Trick-or-Treaters…

…or maybe I shall address you as Poe o’ Treaters…


So, what is taking me so long to release my next CD – Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven – you ask? Sigh. My engineer is a busy, busy man, and he gets to my project when he can amidst his long to-do list. It’s like long bouts of limbo while I wait between mixes, but he has fabulous ears, and he’s doing a fabulous job, and it’s almost done.

It’s for this reason that I can’t give an exact release date. Remember, I’m an underdog. (Well, I’m more of a cat person, so I’m an undercat.) As I’ve said before, I don’t have an “I-Want-It-Yesterday!!!!!” budget. Hopefully someday.

But I’d like to give you the track listing so you know what to expect. “The Raven,” being 18 verses long, is a 20-minute song. And I have received many requests to release instrumental versions of my two “Ghost of John” songs. Thus…

1. The Raven (20:38)
2. The Raven – Instrumental (20:38)
3. Ghost of John (Bare Bones Version) (4:38)
4. Ghost of John (Bare Bones Version) – Instrumental (4:38)
5. Ghost of John (Dead Composers Version) – Instrumental (9:06)

In my marketing plans, I’m of course targeting Poe societies, Poe museums, and the generally Poe-obsessed. But I’m also marketing to teachers – elementary to college – who might want a new way for their students to explore Poe.

I’m including the “Ghost of John” tracks because they are also teacher-hot. As I have written four additional verses to the old folk tune, I invite others to do the same to explore poetry and rhythm. One Orange County, California school recently held a competition for students to write their own verse, and I posted the clever, creative winners on my website news feed.

I thought I’d have the CDs in production this week, but alas, alas, alas. Fie! Drat! Poppycock! However, I don’t think it’ll be too much longer.

Tell this soul with sorrow laden, if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a CD made in time before I join Lenore –

Bird, don’t say it.