18 December 2008

Ode to Peng-Li

A few years ago Dan and I lived with two other fellers, Dan Papa and Steve Teare, in a big house right on the corner of 30th & Poplar. We had the dirty expanse that is Fairmount Park at the end of our block where we would play many games of 40 oz. induced basketball, plain sit in the grass, or ride bikes. We were playing in a band called "Bamshire" at the time, and there we recorded an album which I'll put up for sentimental reasons sometime in the near future.

Parker and our other good friend Phil Dahl (graphic artist and zen master) lived about a block away on Cambridge St. This house was the site of many Soul Caliber 3 tournaments and hosted the very first rehearsals of what would become the live-act that is the Neighborhood Choir.

Right around the corner from Parker's was the venerable Lee's Kitchen Chinese Restaurant. Forgoing the invisible language barrier and the quite visible bullet proof glass, we became relatively close with the owners and their little daughter Peng-Li. She had just started kindergarten and would show us her class drawings and squeak out an occasional little word of English. Below is a song for her.

Also included is a track called "She's Got a Friend". This was recorded at Bill Moriarty & Dr. Dog's studio about a year ago, with the 24-track board manned by Marc Snyder. He also did some background vocals.

Bringing in the rear is "Whale Song (Sky Beach)", the number one summertime hit of 2088.

The Neighborhood Choir - Ode to Peng-Li
The Neighborhood Choir - She's Got a Friend
The Neighborhood Choir - Whale Song (Sky Beach)