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Monday, November 20, 2006

Acoustic Songs

So you missed my recent acoustic gig at the coffee house. I don't want to hear your excuses! How much can a ticket from Israel or California possibly cost?? Wouldn't it have been worth every penny spent to put back cup after cup of strong coffee while listening to the soothing sounds of Psychotoddler and his buddy? So what if I happened to block off the Men's bathroom with my equipment? There's no shame in going to the Lady's room if it's a real emergency.

But anyway, I digress.

I guess I could be like all the other stars out there and tell you "too bad, go buy my album." Or "you'll have to wait till the next time I'm playing in your town (which is never)." Or "just in time for Chanukah, Psychotoddler's LIVE ALBUM!"

But I am nothing if not magnanimous. So I lugged a video camera and tripod and forced a member of the audience to stay till the end of the show (even though I'm sure he really needed to use that blocked-off bathroom after the 3rd cup of coffee) so that I could bring you these great video recordings.

So here are a few songs. Picking between them is like picking between children for me, so if you want to see more, go to the archive.

Adon Olam (compare to the Summerfest version if you like)


And if you live near Chicago, you'll have another chance to see me perform with Shlock Rock on December 3rd in Northbrook. Check MosheSkier.com for details.

(OK, I really like how this one came out)


Anonymous said...

PT! *sigh* I really have the worst excuse of all (I responded to your comment on my blog but I'll say it again here). So, Chicago seems to have this great grand and wonderful Christmas parade. It just so happened that said parade was to be held on the 18th and would just so conveniently happen to block any imagineable path to obtain my motor vehicle that would thus enable me to get to Milwaukee to see your show. I was highly peeved, believe you me! But I am trying to make arrangements to come see you December 3rd. It'll be my birthday present to myself ;-) hahahah. But seriously, the 3rd is my birthday, and I'm gonna be old (22 is ancient, ya know) Ok ok, just kidding, I just said that to be a pain in the tuchus. Thank you for the music

And yes, I am am too young to remember the song/group I just referred to above, but I love them anyway!

Anonymous said...

Oops--I meant to say "So I say thank you for the music" even though I wasn't there to hear it!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I love videos of your gigs. Toda and please be sure to thank the audience videographer for us.

I still think you need to come to Miami. It's FREEZING here today (I think in the 60's) but much warmer than it is in your part of the world!

Aishwarya Rai said...

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kasamba said...

That was brilliant!

RR said...

That was an absolutely gorgeous rendition of Adon Olam- I've never heard it done to that particular tune before. Fantastic!

Stacey said...

Oooh, very nice. Wouldja come to Dallas already?

Anonymous said...

I really liked Adon Olam! All three were very lovely!!

PsychoToddler said...

Thanks, Adon Olam was one of the first songs I ever wrote and has always been my favorite.

Stacey: If you have an offer you know where to reach me.

Shira Salamone said...

RR, since you think Adon Olam is "absolutely gorgeous," I strongly recommend that you click on that huge "photo hyperlink" that says "Moshe Skier Band" at the top right of this blog and go catch some more of the good Dr. PT's good stuff over at his music website. There's some really nice listening there from the Jewish blogosphere's own singer/songwriter.

Mark, RR will get no disagreement from me on the "gorgeous" part. I've never heard you play "Adon Olam" acoustic before. Wow!

~ Sarah ~ said...

i've just listened to a bunch of your songs (catching up)... very enjoyable and fun! i've been singing along while i work :)

~ Sarah ~ said...

btw... the hashkivenu song is good!

Anonymous said...

a) Great music, as always. Thanks for making breakfast time over here rockin'!

b) Where did you grow up?! Because you must be a major accent chameleon! When you're describing trying to go for an 'Eagles style,' it sounded quite Midwestern to me. Hast thou forsaken thy Queens roots?! :)

PsychoToddler said...

I AM a major accent chameleon. I don't even realize I'm doing it.

I was on the phone once with a doctor in Boston. I could tell instantly that he was from the Bronx. He had no idea that I was from Queens.

Then again, I didn't know my mother had a Polish accent until I was 20.

m in mke said...

PT -

I expect some good turkey stories. I know it is only 10:30pm, but come one - bring on the goods!

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PsychoToddler said...

M: I didn't get a Toikey this year. So you'll have to settle for an older rant.

BTW I have now updated my website to include some of the new videos:

Chana said...


You are going to laugh, but please bear with me.

I want to put my college bassoon recitals on my blog. :) Yeah, they are from 15+ years ago, but most of my family never got to hear them! I just saw radio.blog and signed up - would you mind hopping over to my blog and giving me some pointers??


Chana said...

Whoa!! Psycho.Radio is sweet!! I am loving this!! What is this... Horeini!

PsychoToddler said...

Bassoon recitals, eh? Well I guess a guy who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones...

While there are some very simple new ways to post video, surprisingly (or not), there are fewer convienient ways to post audio. My guess would be because most people posting audio would be posting stuff they stole (as opposed to you and me who are posting stuff we performed).

So, you can can search around for a place to host and stream audio (like castpost.com, where I am hosting my "theme song," or I think orieyenta has a place where she puts her daughter's songs), or you can pay for a server somewhere like I do but it may not be worthwhile for just a few tunes.

Or you could get creative...get a movie making program like windows movie maker (free from microsoft.com) and make a movie with either no video or just a still picture and use your songs as soundtrack. Then you can have them stream for free!

PsychoToddler said...

Oh, and Horeini was a song that I patterned after the Pretender's "Back to Ohio" with a walking bassline. I also used it as a showcase for the other band members, at the time guitar, violin and keyboards.

(and I wrote out the violin solo myself!)

Shira Salamone said...

Those "walking basslines" are a trip!