Humor

Humor in music is nothing new. Whether it's Beethoven raging over a lost penny or Debussy poking fun at Wagner, composers have found opportunities to explore the fullness of human experience.

 

In American music, particularly music that might be considered experimental or cutting edge, there is a particular lineage that I find extremely influential:

Charles Ives

Frank Zappa

Other influences that are part of my creative DNA are

Mark Twain

The Marx Brothers

Jean Shepherd

Mystery Science Theater 3000

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