This song is from "Play the Piano Drunk...", a setting of texts by American poet Charles Bukowski. It sits in the middle of the 12-song cycle, and is the only one recited by the composer, rather than sung by Paul Amrod. For more details, go to www.PlayThePianoDrunk.com.
A composer has set some of Bukowski's poems to music, and sent him a recording. Buk gives it a fair hearing, and then sends him a withering reply, ridiculing his efforts to translate poetry into music. Some of his fans reacted much the same way when they learned I was doing the same thing, so the song provides an ironic commentary. The music, for 18 players**, is intentionally complicated and cartoonish, and is followed in the cycle by "Beer", an over-the-too "doo-wop" song.
**Flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, 2 harps, synthesizer, electric guitar, electric bass, marimba, percussion ~3 players (5 woodblocks, ratchet, claves, snare drum, cymbals) violin, viola, cello