Below -- Cast members in L.A. from a work-in-progress 
The Music Medicine Show
 
Roxanne Mayweather, Marianne Lewis, Natalie Fryman, Kerry Carnahan.  (R) Marianne Lewis

Kerry Carnahan . Tony Gonzales . Cade Parenti (and almost invisible, Marianne Lewis, TR Krupa and Chris Acuff

 

The inimitable Don Preston (from  Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention), who played synthesizer for Mimi's piece,   WAZ0 WAZO.

Walking To Work - choral Wazo Wazo and BC
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WALKING TO WORK (R) vocalists on this version of a song from the non-verbal concert piece WAZO WAZO:  Kathryn Skatula, (RIP, darling woman!) Ali Olmo, Chuck Bergman, Robert Yacko, B.J. Ward and others.  (Please contact me if your name is not here - apologies!) 

Seulement Lui - solo piano improvisation on Mimi's album,
N A K E D - available on www.cdbaby.com
She's Pretty - lead vox Susan Krebs by Mimi
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She's Pretty  (lead vocal: Susan Krebs

Men still stop and stare at her

Heads turn everywhere for her

But she won't believe it -  NO

She can't conceive it

She's pretty

In an unusual way

Very pretty, uh-huh

In an unconventional kind of way

This is the kind of case of feminine insecurity

I know you've seen this kind of case before

You might even be kinda' bored

Kind of out of your mind

Kinda ready to scream if you hear it one more time

This is a case where the inner

Doesn't match up with the outer person

I know you know this kind of case

You've seen it once or twice

Or had a friend who

Or maybe even you suspect that: this is YOU!

You, you, you've got

Those out of step

and out of style

and out of sync Blues (2x)

Girlfriends tell her she looks nice

Her shrink says so at twice the price

But she won't believe it

She can't conceive of it

She's pretty, very pretty Uh huh

In an unconventional kind of way

This is a tale 'oft told in feminine history

Big hips, small tits, no lips - fanatic anxiety

And too many women play the dog

When we should play the Queen

You can't get cast if Bow-Wow's how you're seen!

Maybe ya' think your hair is dull

your eyes are small

Maybe you don't believe you've got any style at all

But FAKE IT

in an unusual way

That's how you'll MAKE it, oh yeah, 

In an unconventional kind of way

You've got those out of step 

and out of style

and out of sync Blues . (2x)

Just pretend you're already who you want to be

And that is the person the whole world will see!

The Desert of Tien Shan

Vocal:  June Angela (Tony nominee for SHOGUN)

from Mimi's 3-ACT play-with-music:

 

THE ABDUCTION OF

LADY WEN CHI

I see cloud after cloud appear

One more mountain to cross draws near

How could I find my way -- even if I could escape?

How could I navigate the desert of Tien Shan?

I see cloud after cloud pass overhead

And they shroud my stormy heart in dread

How would I dare escape / How could I find my way

How could I navigate the desert of Tien Shan?

Weary, even the sky looks weary from here

Dreary, oh how my path is so unclear

Bitter, the dagger of wind that sharpens my tears -- 

endless tears, endless tears! 

I am weak, resentful and soft,  softer than water

With a face that may please men but make me suffer

And the only way I know that I'm still alive

Is to hear my cries echo back from the terrible skies

I see clouds like ghosts wordless and grey

There's no change in this terrain from day to day

Where is my Great North Star to tell me where we are

It's swallowed up by the desert

Swallowed up by the desert

Swallowed up by the desert of Tien Shan

 

The Desert Of Tien Shan - June Angela - vocal
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Matthew Gonder

vocal on LADY MOON

and   TUMBLE IN STARS (with mimi)

Lyrics and music by Mimi Seton

c. Mimi Seton 2004

musicians -- 

The LOUIS DURRA TRIO

LOUIS DURRA piano

Dominic Genova, bass

Jerry Kalef, drums

LADY MOON - Vocal: Matthew Gonder
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LADY MOON   

Lady Moon, come back to me

It's so dark here I can't see

And I'm alone with nobody

To light the night for me

Lady Moon, my only friend,

Come to me and tell me when

You'll light my path back home again

And right my destiny

Even the sky looks tired from here

Even the stars don't shine as clear

My guiding light -- the Great North Light --

Has virtually disappeared...

Lady Moon, come back to me

I'm so cold, please pity me

I have no special family

To light the night for me

Even the stars look weary from here

Pour wounded Mars has lost his shine

Venus herself weeps bitter tears

Her shattered heart hears mine

Lady Moon, won't you appear?

Let me whisper in your ear

I'll be alright if you come near

To wipe away my tears

Lady Moon,  please hear my prayer, 

You may be hiding but I know you're there

behind the darkest clouds way up somewhere...

Oh, won't you light the night to show you care?

Hold me closely, slip your heart inside mine

Roll me easy, over the valleys of night. 

And kiss me, angel Lift me up through the tumblin' stars. 

I say YEAH!  Rock me under and over -- let me feel who you really are. 

Press me like flowers between the pages of night. 

Dress me in nothing, and take me with you through Time.   

And kiss me, angel, lift me up through the tumblin' stars. 

say YEAH rock me under and over, let me feel who you really are...who you really are!  

Push me softly.  Slip your heart inside mine. 

Bend me like a willow tree.  Let me swallow the rivers of night. 

And kiss me, angel,  lift me up through the tumblin' stars. 

I say YEAH, rock me under and over...let me feel who you really are!  

Make me complete; blend your soul inside mine. 

Drown me in the sweet salt sea, let me follow the visions of night. 

And kiss me, angel, lift me up through the tumblin' stars.  

I say YEAH! Rock me under and over! Let me feel who you really are. 

Who are you really when you are trying to be so brave?

Who are you really when you admit that you feel afraid?

Who are you really -- after you say who you are...?

Who are you really when you sail, when you sail, when you sail through the tumblin' stars?

TUMBLE IN STARS

C. Mimi Seton 1992

lyrics, music, piano

(not arrangements) 

Vocals: 

mimi and matthew gonder

TUMBLE IN STARS - Mimi With Matthew Gonder
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ccollage with paint by Mimi Seton c. 2008

Michele Danker Arkin

soprano, recording the demo for

BODY WITHOUT BONES.

Mimi's satire on cosmetic surgery

lyrics by Mimi Seton

Music by Matthew Goldsby

Actor-singer-songwriter,
John Allee,
playing Male Mother
in the reading of
BODY WITHOUT BONES
Ali Olmo (above R)
in BODY WITHOUT BONES
Angie Jarre, Cortez Alexander  and a snip of Ali Olmo (above)
Ali Olmo with 
Matthew Goldsby, Mimi Seton
and Angie Jarre  (left)
Caucasian and Pretty - Matthew Goldsby & Mimi Seton
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Caucasian and Pretty

Lyrics and melody lines c. Mimi Seton 2015

Music and arrangements c. Matthew Goldsby 2015

 

 

 

 

We're Caucasian through and through,

White from head to toe

Part of the 87 per cent

How we love the surgeons! Go, man, go!

He'll reshape your basic shell

Then you'll hide out in a fine hotel.

We're of European stock

White and pink and proud

Part of the 87 per cent

How we love the surgeons - Say it loud!

When they're done you're slim and smooth --

Young and fun -- and in the groove!

Boogie woogie boogie snip snip snipetty

Scaba Daba Dee dah - that's what I say

Snip nipetty ooh - la!  Take it away!

Boogie Woogie Be bop / Be bop be bop be bop

Snip snippety daylight - Do me today

Diddle-y-da Diddle-y-da Diddle-y-da  Do me

"                    "                   "

"                    "                   " 

Dee Dee Diddl-y Dee, Diddle-y-dee  DO ME!

"                                     "

Do me today, Do me today, (scat)  Do me today.

We're Caucasian, don't age well

Skin is thin and frail

But we're part of the seven or eight per cent

Livin' on the interest -- too big to fail

Take six months off,  I won't tell 

Go 'round the world, don't say Farewell.

 

Boogie woogie boogie snip snip snipetty

Scaba Daba Dee dah - Boogie all day!

I got a little snippy  -- I like it that way

I look like I did before...

Caucasian and pretty

Caucasian and pretty

Caucasian and pretty

Before...

The....

WAR!!!

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Right:
Mimi with actress Angela Paton (RIP)
Director - actor, Darrell Larsen,  
Actress-composer, O-lan Jones
Actress, Jessica Rao
 
At a reading at Skylight Theatre of
Mimi and Matthew Goldsby's
play-with-music:
BODY WITHOUT BONES
 
Far R: 
Tony Abatemarco (Art. Dir. Skylight Theatre LA)
Director,  Julianne Just 
Take Us Back
lyrics & music Mimi Seton
from THE TROJAN WOMEN
produced on the CBS-TV lot by Insite Productions
Dir:  Michael Arabian
Starring: Angela Paton 
Mimi was nominated for a 
"Best Adaptation" award
for her lyric writing, working with Jean-Paul
Sartre's translation of the Greek classic
The assignment was to write i pop-gospel
style -- an obvious quandry when working with the words of Sartre!
This lyric is her idea of 
"an existentialist's Gospel number"  ....

TAKE US BACK

lyrics and music c. Mimi Seton 1995

Don't turn your back

Don't turn your back

Don't turn your back on your child

On your child...

I am praying to the Heavens

And I pray you hear me call

You're my Mother and my Father

You're the Force behind it all

Can You see us down below You 

In the nest that we have soiled

All the grace that You had granted

Has been sacrificed and spoiled

Can You count us one by one

For the virtue in our souls,

Or is each of us to answer

For the violence of the whole?

All our rivers run with blood

All our temples have been sacked

But we pray for your forgiveness:

Can you take your children back?

Take us back!  Take us back! Take us BACK!!!

Answer our prayers

Show You are there

For we know only horror and sorrow

We drown in our despair

Answer this time

Send us a sign

Without You we butcher, we slaughter,

We bathe in the blood of our own kind!

Look --  See us fall !

Answer our call !

Without You we're crueler than beasts in the wild

Without You we're nothing at all

Look!  See us fall !

Answer our call !

Without You we know we are nothing

Without You we know we are nothing

Without You we know we are nothing at all...

Contact Mimi for voice coaching, choral arranging -or consulting on words or music:
 
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