This CD offers a large helping of celebrity satire,
with forays into both the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Love.
The title comes from the English hymn “All Things Bright And
Beautiful” (words written in 1848 by Cecil F. Alexander).
The first verse goes like this:
“All things bright and beautiful / All creatures great and
All things wise and wonderful / The Lord God made them all.”
The phrase “All creatures great and small”
has additionally been used as the title of a book by James Herriot
(1972), a film with Anthony Hopkins (1974), and a British TV series
(1978). It’s also the name of an animal sanctuary in Wales,
an animal hospital in Massachusetts, and a center for wildlife rehabilitation
in Maryland. And as if that wasn’t enough, the line “All
creatures great and small” is included in one of my songs
Although half the songs on this album were written
in the five month period from September, 2006 to February, 2007,
the foundation of the CD began thirty years ago (1977). Back in
the old days I had a weekly one-hour show at a hippie hangout called
Stone Soup Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. The store-front space
was a combination art gallery and poetry center that catered to
working class locals who scorned mainstream society. I performed
songs and satire, writing a new show on a new topic at least once
a month. Subjects ranged from Politics to Religion to Economics.
By far my most popular show was “Animals”, which included
the tune ‘Mouse Song’.
As a result, I could hardly do a gig without somebody
calling out “Do the Mouse Song”, “Do the Mouse
Song”. I complied for awhile, yet in order to avoid being
typecast as a singer of sentimental rodent material, I quit singing
it. But now ‘Mouse Song’ is back, surrounded by a variety
of creatures, critters, and show-business folderol.
Last but not least, I especially want to thank the
following for their contributions:
Becca Leathers... Harmony on ‘Oprah’.
Katy Hays ……. Harmony and obligato on ‘Hymn To
Dennis Curley … Harmony on ‘Hymn To Jesus’, as
well as help with the
song’s vocal arrangements.
Matthew Zimmerman ….. Percussion. Sound Engineer (Wild Sound
Gerard Boissy ………… Graphic design. Guitar
on ‘Randy Jackson’.
I also wish to thank Leon Ross and Madora Minor for being my friend.
Leon was the inspiration for the song 'Black Sheep' (#9). Madora
was the inspiration for the song 'Rhododendron Poppy' (#20). Check
out the SONG LIST for more information.
All of the songs were written, sung, arranged, and
accompanied by Eskit (me!). I mostly play piano on the album, but
there’s also some synthesizer and kazoo. People have told
me I’m really great on kazoo, but word is they were just being
sarcastic. Thanks for listening!