For x-mas 2009, I was given The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola. Upon reading it, I realized that in many ways the book was about my life; or at least about something that resonated deeply with my heart and spirit. I knew that I would have to do something with it.
I had an upcoming showcase scheduled at the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn, where I would be expected to perform for two hours, and I knew that I did not have two compelling hours of entertainment. So it was clear that this was a perfect opportunity for me to put something special together. I spent the month thinking about what songs I would play, how I would present the story, what I would wear, whether I would don clown make-up, and how I could promote the show to maximize turnout.
The final product was quite the success, if I do say so myself and I think good times were had by all. Some of the footage can be seen below:
1) to promote my upcoming Friday night show
2) a commentary on how, in the face of a violent society, we are expected always to wear a painted-on smile; and thus:
3) a lament on the lack of protestant voices in this violent culture. I invited the crowd to join me in my protest against this violence, to represent peace instead.
My segment starts at 0:35.