McGrath Winkler

Righteous Weasel Boho Art Circus Blues


This is another of the Oberlin College-written collaborations between Don Marvel and me. Perhaps the least-celebrated of our collaborations, it was only performed by Mr Ability -- it's not among those college songs I revived for Anomaly in my NYC years. Writing about Mr Ability becomes a minor minefield of namedropping, as a number of our members went on to exciting and notable careers.

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Oily If

Lumberbride  was my final college band. It formed from the embers of Mr. Ability, our band of fall 1990. A significant portion of that band had gone away the following semester: I to  NYC, working for for Philip Glass, our drummer to Vienna to do what composers do, the guitarist I think went to London.. thus there would be no continuation. My close friend Dan and I decided to go different ways musically, so it was unlikely that there would even be a continuation of the McGrath-Kennedy duo that had also propelled our previous band, OCMR. I came back to campus my senior year and I wasn't even sure I would have a band. I did have a couple of recitals to complete, as I was working on a music degree. Dutifully, I despatched my junior recital, the heart of which was comprised of music I had written and arranged while in NYC the previous semester. It was a mix of new songs and older electronic pieces I had written for classwork. I was quite proud of it at the time and it was well-received, but listening to it now, it doesn't hold up so well. A reasonably good effort though.

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Telephone Book

Never has a song written in the bud of youth been so ravaged by the progress of technology. How can I play this for the younger generation? "What's a telephone book?"

But indeed, the song is a plea for stability, order amidst chaos. Ultimately the protagonist is lost in a sea of abstruseness, "London hails me, harbor, too, dispatch rails me kinkajou" it's hard for him even to remember the words. Of course, the only constant in our lives is change.

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  • Live Performance

    I have a fair number of recordings of Anomaly performing. My now wife, Maria, used to bring my portable Steroo Sony recording cassette player to all of ours gigs and got some pretty darn good recordings. A few have some chatter from the people around her, but most are highly listenable.