Daytime Viewing

1983 to 2013

Song stories for voice, electronic orchestrations, auxiliary percussion written with Jacqueline Humbert; includes: Talk 1, Bareback, Domestic Violence, Distant Space, Talk 2, Wishes, Chez Hum-Boom Publishing, Santa Clarita, CA, 1983, second edition, 1988, [cassette]; re-mastered for digital release on Unseen Worlds, New York, 2013, UW10, [LP, CD, digital download]

Daytime Viewing (1979-80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against loneliness, illustrating the human compulsion to inflate the mundane to mythological proportions. A central female character weaves tales, using threads of personal experience and the idea of TV as friend, as mantra, and as transformational window between imagined spectacle and the pedestrian plane.