Episode Three of the Lion in Tweed: Good Friday Night by the Mighty Chenengo, Waiting for Ken Nordine.



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Peter laughs. And then they begin word jazz in the tradition of Ken Nordine. Only a partial transcript of this section is unavailable at the time of this writing:

  • ``Ten o'clock by the mighty Chenengo, it was a colder evening than most.''
  • ``Everyone agreed that the weather was particularly bad this year, but the Lion had that vague feeling that they agreed on that point every year. Which,'' he supposed, ``was consistent with it simply getting worse every year.''
  • ``The wind played with his mane.''
  • ``Cars drove by occasionally. Occasionally.''
  • ``...twitched his tail.''

Thank you for listening to Episode Three of the Lion in Tweed: Good Friday Night by the Mighty Chenengo, Waiting for Ken Nordine.

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This podcast was made with my friend and colleague Peter DiCola. Pete is the piano player and other voice on this podcast. He is a legal scholar and economist studying intellectual property. This episode was recorded in its entirety on April 22, 2011, in a piano classroom at Binghamton University: special thanks to Marcus Lalli for affording us with this opportunity, and thanks to Pam Walker for being so helpful.

The episode was inspired in part by Ken Nordine's word jazz, which is why he is mentioned in the title of this episode. (Here is a link to Nordine's piece `Yellow' which was sampled in this piece.) In the beat and jazz spirit, the episode was improvised, both on piano and in storytelling. Pete encouraged me to try it and I'm glad he did.

Along with the episode you just heard,

We recorded three songs which are available from the Episode page,

or, if you subscribe to the sister podcast of this one, The Lion in Tweed Music, you will download them automatically. Please feel free to integrate the mp3s into your music collection if you so desire. Conversely, don't feel free to do so if you don't desire to so. I just want to be clear on this point: Feel free to put the mp3s into your music collection if and only if you desire to do so: otherwise I strictly forbid it.

  1. Verdi Cries by 10,000 Maniacs. Pete says: "I would just say it's a song from _In My Tribe_, perhaps the group's best album (it's the first one I heard). The song, which closes the album, is about opera and relationships with people you don't actually know."
  2. Born on a Train, by the Magnetic Fields.
  3. Mtn Goats: John Darnielle, one of my inspirations for the kind of music I do and the spirit with which I play it. Song: ``Jenny'' from the album ``All Hail West Texas", which sounds a bit like this.

If you listen to this podcast regularly, you know as an academic I take citation of sources very seriously. I was curious about norms and legal questions about citation in a sonic format. I had the privilege of asking legal scholar and economist and assistant professor of copyright at the Northwestern University Law School Peter C. DiCola about citation in a sonic format:

Podcast excerpt.

The complete conversation with Peter DiCola, in which he discusses his fascinating and important book with Kembrew McLeod called "Creative License," about the law, culture, and economics of digital music sampling is available as the inaugural podcast of Sounding Out!, available at soundstudiesblog.com. Aaron Trammell says: DiCola addresses the legalities of sampling under the current expansive definitions of copyright and discusses how lawsuits brought an end to the ``Golden Age of Sampling'' in the early 1990s. Arguing that the current music industry practices constrain musical creativity, DiCola suggests reforms that would make clearing samples much more streamlined. Webpage. Direct mp3 link.

The Susquehanna runs east to west.
The Chenengo comes from the North and ends at the Susquehanna.
North of the Susquehanna and east of the Chenego is downtown.
North of the Susquehanna and to the west is The West Side.
And south of the Susquehanna is The South Side.

The title of the episode includes a reference to the Chenengo River, which goes through the center of Binghamton and divides east from west Binghamton. The Susquehanna River flows though town from East to West, separating downtown and "the south side" of Binghamton. The Chenengo comes from Canada to the North to end in downtown Binghamton where it empties into the Susquehanna. I've seen the Susquehanna muddied by a storm while the Chenego was clear, and they maintained a wavy line of clean versus muddy water for a half mile down the Susquehanna. The most significant geographical features of the valley where Binghamton resides here are no doubt the rivers. They are why Binghamton was here. They were once the industrial highway of this place. At one time, state street was a canal. Water was what it was about. And, as the son of a Dane, I tend to orient myself to the nearest bodies of water. Peter says though in Chicago, there is orientation to the lake, it was always to the East, and none of this crossing over it business.

And, listener, I have another personal message to each of you, each of you who have chosen to listen this far in the podcast. I am genuinely curious about what you think of it, and I'm sure Peter is as well. Please send me an email with any thoughts you have to thelionintweed@gmail.com, or thelionintweed on twitter, or Lion Tweed on Facebook. I promise, if you send me a message I will say "hello."

A Tascam Analog Four-track

Thank you all of you for listening. If you live in upstate New York, I will be playing a live music show this Friday, May 6th, at First Friday in downtown Binghamton. I will be playing from six until nine. Come for any part of that. I'll be playing on Gorgeous Washington Street in front of Orion Beauty and Balance, right next to Garland Gallery, where my friend Steve Palmer will be. At least one audience member who expresses interest will have the opportunity to appear on the next episode of the podcast, which will include live recordings of the songs played at the event. Friday, May 6, Gorgeous Washington Street, 118 S. Washington Street. By the courtyard behind Java Joe's, just walk straight through. If you come, please introduce yourself, I don't bite.

I would like to close this podcast with Pete's sound collage.

The Lion in Tweed and Peter DiCola

Postscript: In fact, an excerpt from the aforementioned Sound Studies podcast Sounding Out!, Episode 1 ends this section. Bill Huston mentions the piece ``Copying is not Theft'' by Nina Paley. Do not miss her ``Sita Sings the Blues." The animated song appears below:

I think that song provides an excellent explanation about why information is a public good, or, as Jeff Tweedy says: ``Music is not bread.''

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