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11/19/21

Before there was the web there were these places called libraries. I haunted them as a kid, randomly selecting these things called books from shelves, just "surfing the stacks" for whatever caught my fancy. It was great!

If you know me, you may well believe that one book that I repeatedly checked out was an illustrated guide to the New York City sewerage system. Not only was this my introduction to the wonders of Gotham, the look and feel of the hand-drawn technical illustrations greatly inspired my eventual "career path".

Totally in line with that book (for me, at least) was a translation of the tale of Faust, published, I believe, sometime early in the 20th century, and darkly illustrated like this:

Faust

By the time I found this one, a copying machine had been installed in the basement of the library, and I invested some coin in making copies of 20 of these illustrations.

Over the years I managed to scan those copies into the .tif format, and when I created this video in the early 2000's, elements of those illustrations got panned and scanned into it the old fashioned way- by pointing a camera at the computer screen. Big fun!

So here's my song and video about the "hazards of love". Filmed using a Panasonic 3 megapixel point-and-shoot and some carefully arranged lighting in the basement on Maple Avenue.

Mad Romance

Mad Romance (video)


Mad Romance

Mad Romance
In love's trance
Take your part
Dance the dance
On your way
While the angels say
They don't stand a chance.

Jump right in
Sink or swim
Bet the world
On a whim
Stand or fall
You might win it all
Although the odds are slim

All it takes is a gesture
All it takes is a word
All it needs are two believers
Haven't you heard?
Haven't you heard?

Mad Romance
In love's trance
Take your part
Dance the dance
On your way
While the angels say
They don't stand a chance.