Drunk at the Funeral

by Chris Black

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    I've illustrated very song from the album in charcoal, and you will receive 15 very nice prints with the lyrics or other text on the back, and a title card with the liner notes, all wrapped in butcher paper and secured with twine, and stamped with the album logo. (Each print measures about 6 & 3/4 inches by 5 inches, with a full bleed.) CD included!

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    This is a hand-bound booklet of the piano sheet music from the album, full of mysterious performance instructions. This music is not simplified! They are actual transcriptions of the pieces as performed, except for the improvisations, and the songs with words have been provided in reduced instrumental arrangements. 52 pages with one color illustration, and measuring about 6.75 by 5.25 inches. CD included!

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  • The CD, the illustrations, and the sheet music of "Drunk at the Funeral" in an incredible hand-made wooden box, bound with a cloth spine, with silk-screened cover art and letter-pressed liner notes, and the contents secured by a black ribbon. This is a marvelous object, hand-made by Spork Press in Tucson, Arizona, and is absolutely unique. I'm very proud of this, and I know you'll love it. The box measures 6.25" wide, 8" tall, and 1.5" deep.

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Crashing, swooning music for piano, drums and percussion, illustrated in charcoal.

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released February 12, 2012

All music and illustrations by Chris Black.
Chris Black: Piano, voice, drums, vibraphone, percussion, and guitar.
Jeremy Bruch: Drums.
Graham Reynolds: Drums.
Recorded by Graham Reynolds in the fall of 2011.
Funded through Kickstarter, by people like you.

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Chris Black Tucson, Arizona

Chris Black is a multi-instrumental composer and performer living in Tucson, Arizona. He has been a member of such groups as Shoulders (Austin, TX), Les Wampas (Paris, FR), Golden Arm Trio (Austin, TX), The Wedding's Off (L.A., CA), and the Taraf de Tucson (Tucson, AZ). He is the founder of the alt-classical, D.I.Y. chamber music concert series ChamberLab, currently in its seventh year. ... more

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Track Name: Suddenly Everything
Church bells ringing hysterically. Everyone's glad to see me. I am the Sheriff, I'm running for mayor, I'm deluded now ... and yet somehow everything suddenly everything's okay.
Track Name: 1, 2 & 3
A dip, a spin, a fifth of gin: I'm dancing with a ghost again. The mirror on the closet door spills the moon across the floor, and yeah I'm sure the neighbors yell and ring the bell, but I say they can go to hell. I'm too far gone for company, so pour it strong and dance with me. Dance with me!

1, 2 & 3.

A twist, a turn, a scrape, a burn: I've never danced, but I can learn. The mirror on the closet door tells me I'm not responsible enough to worry how it ends, how far it bends before it breaks, disintegrates. The moon has gone and lied to me. The angle's wrong inside of me. I feel so free!
1, 2 & 3.

(Pound the floorboards into splinters, abandon sorrow ye who enter.)

A crash, a bump, and now the sun is cutting in on all the fun. The mirror on the closet door burns a hole right through the floor, clean and pure! This night must end, I'm out of gin, I'm out of tune, I'm in a spin. A man I've never seen before is in the mirror on the closet door, watching me.

1, 2 & 3!
Track Name: The Cat
The cat runs! He is the king of the neighborhood! He is muscular and awesome! He gets into everythng!

The world is an explosion of sunshine!

STOP! Be still ...

There is a bird in the sky ... it flies higher ... higher ... The cat watches it vanish, following with his soul. The cat sleeps

... and dreams ...

The cat is weightless, exploring the sky in a cloud of birds. All is forgiven! He is a hero! He is crowned and covered in flowers! The birds cheer, the world watches in wonder! In awe! He is carried in a sedan chair ... the sun is warm ... there is a sound. He wakes!

And the cat runs! He is king of the neighborhood again!
Track Name: Improvisation No. 1: March
Be relentless.
Track Name: Improvisation No. 2: The Hammer
The wall is ruined.
Track Name: Buster Keaton
Don't forget the one who loves you.
Track Name: Theme
Light shuffle w/ broken legs. Attempt.
Track Name: Floating Up the Hill
In the morning I'm floating up the hill. Time unravels, I'm floating up the hill. Birds surrender, I'm floating up the hill.

And it's okay. I feel no pain. I just feel drained.

I'm floating.
Track Name: Chase Scene
Pound pound pound pound pound pound pound pound.
Track Name: Drunk at the Funeral
Very regrettable. Very sorry.
Track Name: Walk With Me
Walk with me, baby. We'll have a drink, we'll have a laugh or two, and come the dawn, baby, we'll sort out what's right from what's wrong. But until then, baby walk with me.

Hold my hand. Hold me closer. Let's get careless, let's get reckless, let's get drunk. Take off your clothes, naked, just like God made us 'til He had second thoughts. There's ain't no moon ... baby walk with me.

Everything falls apart. Letting it go is hard.

Walk with me, baby, and I'll hold your hand like contraband up the street. You look so nice in the sunlight; just like I remember from last night. Let's find your car, while the drums are pounding.
Track Name: Elevator
Taking a ride on the elevator, punching the number 13, with devils and sinners and fornicators trapped on the floors in between. I play the banjo and you the tuba. We'll make a hell of a noise, baby! Taking a ride on the elevator, and the walls are thundering thundering BOOM.
Track Name: Will My Ghost Miss You?
When you die does your shame die too? And if your shame dies with you, does it follow? Will it find you in the next world, wrap it's fingers 'round your neck, and squeeze like it did when you were alive? Will it make you cry? Does your shame follow when you die?

When you expire, do your regrets expire too? Or are they endlessly renewed in the Hereafter? Will they slip past the pearly gates? Will they recognize your face? Will they knock upon your door on some heavenly day? Don't they get tired? Do your regrets follow when you die?

Oh what's the use of passing on if it's only gonna be the same old song? "I should have done this, oh Lord, I never should have done that." I was wrong.

Baby, I was wrong.

When I give up the ghost will my ghost fly free? Or will it, itself, be haunted by the ghost of you and me? Will it cry itself to ribbons? Sob itself to tatters? Will it lie awake each night remembering the only thing that mattered in its life?

Will my ghost miss you when I die? Will my ghost still miss you when I die?