Art Song Lab recordings are up!


Photo credit: Daniel O’Shea

This year’s Art Song Lab concert, “Playing with Fire”, took place on June 13 at the Orpheum Annex, and featured a varied program of world premieres. It was a thrill to hear my poems “Selfie” and “Wanted: Your Spare Toe” come alive to music.



SELFIE: noun, informal (also selfy; plural selfies). A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically using a smartphone or webcam, and uploaded to a social media website.  Often accompanied by one’s own extended arm. Origin: early 21st century: from self + ie. Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2013. See also: helfie (a picture of one’s hair) and belfie (a picture of one’s posterior); a particular activity –  welfie  (workout selfie), drelfie (drunken selfie), also with items of furniture – shelfie and bookshelfie. (Definition adapted from Oxford English Dictionary)

Composer: Shelley Marwood
Phoebe MacRae, soprano; Marguerite Witvoet, piano


A man is fined $500 for swallowing a mummified human toe, a Yukon pub’s main attraction. Based on true story.
Composer: Arturo Fernandez
Will George, tenor; Corey Hamm, piano

Art Song Lab 2014 participants and performers (2)

Photo credit: Daniel O’Shea

Click here to listen to the other art songs created during this year’s (and previous years’) Art Song Lab!