Monthly Archives: September 2010

C is for cookie…

Yesterday I joined our fearless ensemble Redshift at the New Music Bakesale in Brooklyn. “What is a New Music Bakesale?”, you ask? Well… have a look for yourself The spirit of the event was great. I mean let’s be serious… there were cookies, and beer, and a line-up of great performers playing new works by [...]

a chimp by any other name

Lucy sits in the cart as we shop at the grocery store. Occasionally a manager will say “No pets allowed.” We are indignant. “Lucy is not a pet. She is our daughter.” In most cases, that suffices. Andy was in town this week for a concert with the Five Boroughs Music Festival, which gave him, [...]

first rehearsal

Andy just left after our first rehearsal on the music for the project.  In its present form, the piece we looked at (the final movement from Our Basic Nature, entitled “The Power to Ask Questions”) is scored for five instruments plus voice:  Piano, toy piano, violin, cello and clarinet.  As this was a virgin reading [...]

think small… thoughts about miniatures of all sorts…

Over the weekend I found a perfect excuse to unchain myself from my writing desk. Loyal readers may remember a post I put up a while back about toy pianos and the various merits of using then in this little opera about a man who loves Lucy. Well as luck would have it, the pianist [...]

lucy needs a drink

Lucy is an ideal drinking companion. She makes sounds of great delight when offered a drink. The only liquor I have seen her refuse is straight crème de menthe. She never gets obnoxious, even when smashed to the brink of unconsciousness. Raising a chimp meant lots of extra expenses for the Temerlin family. Not only [...]

news of the day

Trouble in the Monkey House

tough questions

From the New York Times, September 1. ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — Flo the chimpanzee bounds about her enclosure, hurls a rubber ball then stares quizzically at the New Mexico green chili pepper that will be her morning snack. It has been a long time since Flo was on exhibit at the Memphis Zoo, even longer since [...]


Thinking too much about Maurice and Lucy has made me slightly uncomfortable with domesticated animals in general. Yes, Maurice crossed line after line with Lucy, socializing her to enjoy a gin and tonic while she, um, enjoyed the latest issue of Playgirl. But on what side of the line is the dog owner who subjects [...]

more monkey business

I haven’t made an entry in awhile, but I couldn’t resist this…. Top Ten signs your monkey has a drinking problem.