Voyuer Album cover

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ACCOUNTABILITY   I’m proud of the recording. All about workers passing the buck. I used mandolin and odd drum sounds.
ALL MINE
ANOTHER DAY (IN MY DREAMS)  Reading the paper every day is helpful for inspiring songs, but usually not happy cheerful ones. I love the beat and feel of this song, but it is depressing. Oh, well. It’s how I felt about the San Fernando Valley I was held prisoner and my own lack of ambition.
ANOTHER TRAIN SONG
APATHY AND IGNORANCE This is an old joke set to music and works well as an instrumental. I like the major/minor shifts.
ASHTRAY Another recording I like. My favorite pet peeve set to kickass rock.
AMERICA LOST THE WAR  Mixed metaphors are many in this unfair diatribe about the Japanese. Mari and I used a koto and recorder to approximate the cultural sound. I’m sure real Japanese would cringe at our attempt.
BEAT THE METER  This whole song was written from the title. Many times
a title is enough, be it a dirty joke or a bumper sticker. This one also offered me the opportunity to slam the Post Office. I was going to write another song from a title, “I’m P.O.’d at the P. O.”But I never got around to it.
BEAUTIFUL DAY  This was the first song inspired by Mari. We talked about the how overcast
days are supposed to be “gloomy” while big bright sunshine is supposed to be a good thing. It was one of many views of the world we shared, and I made sure it had good music because I wanted to impress her. I’m fond of the fact it ends a half step lower than it  begins; yet the melody builds.
BEN GAY   This is basically a country song but Mari gave it a rollicking piano that takes it into Dixieland. Obviously a classic because  it’s on our album. Originally, I sang it, but we decided it was funnier if she did it.
BIG ASS  I love the joke in this, even if people see it coming.
BLIND TEDDY  The recording featured toy instruments and Irene Brennick sang it on the album I did for her. I think it’s a great sad children’s song, just waiting for a film to tag it.
BORIS THE SPIDER
BULGE I used the auto harp and ukes in this. The message beyond the joke is that
women are materialistic. Someone walked up to me and said. “Is that how you feel about us? It’s a joke, lady. I can write from points of views I don’t agree with. Sheesh!
BUNDLING BOARD  I had a high school history teacher who told me what a “bundling board” was, and I remember thinking then it was a pretty hilarious concept It’s amazing how a bit of trivia from years past can become a whole song.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
BY ITSELF Written as a kid’s song for kids by a big kid. I’d like to write a whole collection and put it out under the name Arco Copperstein with the title “A Light In the Attic But  Nobody’s Home”

CELTIC LAMENT
CHEAP ROCK AND ROLL
CHILDHOOD’S END
CLUMSY
COMING FROM BEHIND
CONTROL IS ONLY AN ILLUSION
CRITIC’S CHOICE
CUDDLEPUDDLE (July 2015)
CUSTOM MADE GOD
CYNICAL
DAMN GOOD THING   
DARK CLOUD
DEATH IS THE ANSWER
DEPRESSED Yes, in my murky past I experimented with drugs. Big, mean anti-depressant drugs.
DIE HARD
DIET
DOGDOO!
DOWN AT THE OLD SALOON
DOWNERS BRING ME UP

ELVIS AT THE DINER*  After reading in the Enquirer and other rags about all the Elvis sightings, I decided that most of these people are neither deluded nor crazy. They see what they want to see like everybody does, and so what? I felt ashamed of having to invent a diner named “Bip’s”, just so I could rhyme the word “hips”, but for some reason, it always gets as laugh. Must be Mari’s performance, because nobody found it at all funny when I sang it.
EVERYTHING NEW! march 2017
EZRA’S ROUND
FAT GIRLS
FEAR OF GOD
FEEL LIKE A NEW MAN
FLASHER
FLEABAG HOTEL
FIFTIES SONG
FORTUNATE FLATULENCE
FOUL WEATHER FRIEND
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
FOURTH OF JULY
FRIENDS WITH YOU
FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE HARMONY
FUTUREHOOD
GOIN’ HOMELY  Paul Simon once said that every songwriter has written a song called “Goin’ Home”. He of course wrote “Homeward Bound” and one he changed the title of to “Kodachrome”. So this is my twist on that title.

GOT MY JOB BACK
GRAVEYARD
GRIDLOCK
HAIRPIE 
HARD TO GET ME
HATS OFF!
HAWAII
HE WAS MY DAD
HIGHER AND HIGHER
HIT SONGWRITER
HOLE IN THE OZONE
HYMN FOR HIM
I CAN’T GO THERE NOW

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
I WISH I HAD A VOICE
I’LL SAVE YOU A SEAT BY THE FIRE
I’M IN LOVE
I’M SO HAPPY
IF IT AINT BROKE
INSOMNIA
INTO THE RED
IT ALWAYS HURTS TO LOVE YOU
IT’S GETTING’ HARD
IT’S GOOD FOR YOU
IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY
JOHN LENNON
JUST BE FRIENDS
JUST TALKED TO MY EX
JUST THE WAY I PRAY
L.A. RIVER Mari, Danny, Shauna and I were walking home from Balboa Park along a big gully. I think we were kidding around by telling them some people like divorced dads live in places like that. So we started singing in “answersong” about life in the old wash. After we came home I wrote the rest.*
LABORATORY WIDOW
LADY OF THE EVENING
LAST SUPPER
LATE AGAIN
LEAVING THE BAD TIMES BEHIND REVISED! March 2017
LEFT HANDED AUTOGRAPH

LEGACY  Another end of the world song, but this one has some emotion. I liked the feeling of the piano part, so it became the only accompaniment. This had another title, “Greenpeace Blues”, but I decided not to mar the seriousness with a flip title
LISTEN TO YOU
LITTLE BOOKSTORE
LOST YOUR LUST
LOU QUEST THE RUDIST NUDIST
LOVE THIS COUNTRY
LOW SELF ESTEEM
MALLS ARE STARTING TO STINK LIKE XMAS
MALPRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
MAN OR MOUSE?
MEAT MARKET
MISS YOU WHEN YOU’RE GONE
MIXED MESSAGES
MOMMA HATES MUSIC
MOVING DAY
MR CLEAN
MY GOOD SON
MY BEST FRIEND

NEVER TOO LATE  Got this one from a bumper sticker. I like Mari’s alto flute solo. I use a new guitar tuning in a minor key.*

NEW DAWN
NEW LOVE
NEW WORD FOR LOVE
NIGHT ON THE TOWN
NO ONE YOU KNOW
NO PORT IN THE STORM
NOBODY’S FAULT
NOT THE WORST THING 2012
NOW THAT I HAVE YOU
ODE
OFFBEAT
OFFICE GIRL
OLDER BUT NOT UP
ON CHRISTMAS EVE
ONCE A YEAR
ONWARD
ORGAN RECITAL

PEDESTAL
PERFECT XMAS TREE
POLITICALLY INCORRECT
POSTCARD
PUT YOUR JESUS GLASSES ON
REBOUND WOMAN
REDGRASS SONG
REPETITION
ROAD KILL CAFÉ 13
I’LL SAVE YOU A SEAT BY THE FIRE
SHE AIN’T THE WOMAN I DON’T LOVE
SHE CALLS ME
SORRY
STACCATO
SUCKBALL
TALKING TALKING TALKING Every performer has had the experience of a drunken audience ignoring them. This ditty is a favorite of mine, because it’s so true. I played drums on it. The background audience noise is actually the track from “Hollywood Redneck”. Amusing because the alternate title for this one is “The Talk of Tinseltown”.*
TATTOO NEW! march 2017
THAT “L” WORD
THAT’S WHY I GAVE UP DRINKING
THEY TOOK THEM AWAY
THURSDAY NIGHT
TINNITUS TONIGHT
TOMBOY
TOO MANY WORDS

ULTIMATE WEAPON
UP AND LEFT ME
VALENTINE’S DAY 10 

 

 

Voyuer Album cover

THE VOYEUR This one changed my life. It was number 39 of forty in 1979 on the Dr Demento show, and became the first record I ever made. There were two. The first had “Futurehood” after it on the same side. (Because it was cheaper) I still have the pressing plate. The second had “I’m In Love” on the flip side because Dave Chrenko worked in a record store and said that kind of music was selling. It was recorded in four tracks with me playing with a drummer whose name I cannot remember. Somehow I fit nine parts on there, with John Clancy playing the synth solo I wrote out for him. Because of this record, John and Philo did “Gimme Cigarette” and “Oh Oh Oh”. And because they did that one, I did “The Flasher” which they also helped on. Anyway, I did not write “The Voyeur” alone. I overheard Philo singing the up and down melody idea, only his lyrics were about driving down the road masturbating. Later I was in a band with a guy named Mark Albin, a real Peter Frampton type. He and I we jamming with that drummer I can’t remember, and he suggested we play on a three minor chord riff as an intro to the song I had based on Philo’s riff with my new words and chorus. That band went nowhere, but later, when Dr D. was playing “The Voyeur” on his show Mark walked up to me and said “Hey, that’s that song we wrote together!” Such is rock and roll. I also later offered Philo co-writer credit on the single, in case it went anywhere, and he told me, “No, Rick. You wrote it.” But to this day, I’ve always tried to give him credit to anyone who cares for his considerable influence on my music. As an added amusing story, I played this song live just once. Dave and Karen and I went to an open mike where first prize was four hours of free studio time. Besides this song we played “Cigarettes” and “I’m in Love”. Dave was so nervous he didn’t even give me a chance to introduce the song, but yelled out “ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR….” And we were off playing a difficult song to sing way too fast. We were awful. We won.

WAITED FOR SO LONG
WAR TO SPEND ALL WARS
WAY I AM
WAY TOO MANY TIMES
WE’RE COOKIN’ NOW
WHAT A PLUMBER NEEDS TO KNOW
WHAT MANNER OF MAN
WHEN I WAS A KID
WHIZ
WRONG TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME SOMETIMES
XEROX COPY
XMAS CAROL
YOU GET ME
YOUR LOVE

* With Mari McComb
** With Lynne Duncan
***With Karen Peters