L'Kikki pour L'art
The greatest artist you have never heard of. full story
New Year's Wish (1/1/18)
Here's wishing no further irrelevance
for me or elephants
Poached for tusks
coaxed and left for husks
May old acquaintance be forgot
And everything be new again
As if no time flew again
Here's wishing that bells unring
and time and tide wait for me
Here's wishing that soliloquy replaces
so ill is we
Here's wishing that children rhyme
No empathy is crime
Skies are not lined
Forests are not rind
of developer feast
And that the human beast
is humbled, checked, restrained
Before all is remained
Here's wishing that bees buzz freely
And everything is more you-and-mely
And madness and libido are sentenced to
a hundred thousand eons of no ego
All the answers to human ill are easily had
It's no condundrum dum-dum
They're in movie and fable and book and rhyme
A little curse, a little charm, a little potion,
a little recite
erase species purge
The only viable solution:
Sorcerer witch and potion, mystic
This ain't no crazy double-crostic
Politics are for Pollyannas
Wars are for bores
Negotiation for bloviation.
To wave away all the wrangle
poof away all the mangle
Voila alakazambra kadabra
is the only untangle
There is only profit in prophets
No succor just suckers
No reset no default it's all brain fault
So pray for prestidigitate fate
Maybe a 100-foot-tall intergalactic ape
Can set straight the human jackanape
("Watch me pull this rabble outta my hat!")
Just click your heels together three times
And you'll be outta this dump
and black to blackandwhiteville
Boy did they get that backasswards the only
place I want to go is off to see the goddamn Wizard
down the yellow brick road flying monkeys
All blights deserved, copyright 2018 may not be reprojuiced without ripe
persimmons of the awful.
the greatest grateful dead album
the grateful dead never made.
PERSUASIONS OF THE DEAD
20 TRACKS. 2 CDs. 12 GUEST ARTISTS. The Persuasions, Brooklyn-grown
street singers who became the most important
and powerful a cappella group in American
history, interpret the songs of Robert
Hunter and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful
Dead. Songs that still are among the most
engaging in American music.
Sheer poetry, meet sheer melody.
---grateful dead lyricist
produced by Rip Rense
mixed by Marc Doten
cover illustration by Luis Genaro Garcia
SPECIAL GUESTS ARTISTS:
Country Joe McDonald, Mark Karan (Ratdog),
Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones (Jerry
Garcia Band), Grateful Dead keyboardist
Vince Welnick, Dongming Qiao, James King,
Alyn Kelley, Eric Thompson, Peter Rowan,
Pete Grant, Mary Schmary.
"Deadheads, take a hit from
this double disc dose of the real thing.
Persuasions fans, this may be the last time
you'll ever hear a Persuasions line-up with
original lead, and once-in-a-lifetime
talent, Jerry Lawson. . .These tracks are
stories that happen to have been set to
song, not songs that happen to have a
---Jonathan Minkoff, Recorded A Cappella
"Album producer Rip Rense calls the marriage
these two acclaimed artists
"a surprisingly natural fit." He couldn't be
more right. It works because these tracks
are more than just covers; they're tributes.
Each arrangement is designed to draw
something new out of the original. Many of
them include actual instruments, such as
piano, guitar, and baritone saxophone."
---Nicole Maria Milano, Recorded A Cappella
AND RENSART PRODUCTIONS
LISTEN TO SAMPLES AND ORDER
LIVE AT McCABE'S GUITAR SHOP!
Greatest A Cappella Group in American
in its only LIVE NIGHTCLUB ALBUM.
Everyone knows, or should know, that as
great as Persuasions studio albums were, you
did not experience The Persuasions unless
you saw them live. Rip Rense set about
capturing this vocal lightning in a bottle
at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in 1999. Yes, it’s
just like being there.
70 MINUTES OF MUSIC AND JOY.
5 SONGS NEVER ON A PERSUASIONS ALBUM.
PRODUCED BY RIP RENSE
AND MARC DOTEN
FOR RENSART RECORDS.
BY RIP RENSE
"Staggeringly well written. .
.sweet. . .funny. . .sad. . .elegaic. . .not a
thought nor sentence out of place." ---Keith Snider, San
by Barbara Weeks
Daily Breeze column on "The Oaks"
MAN CHAINS SELF
TO OAK TREE, READS 'THE OAKS' AGAIN AND AGAIN!
"I stayed up
to finish the last 100 pages.” ---Dave Allen, Thousand
""This book deserves to
be read by hundreds of thousands of people It is a
gem that talks to a diverse group of people: those
who grew up in dysfunctional families(!); Southern
Californians who will love the suburban anecdotes;
teens and everybody who has ever been a teen with
all the awkwardness those years impart. It's also
quite funny. Readers simultaneously laugh while
groaning over these horribly insensitive 'adults'
raising Charlie, who is much more adult than they
are." ---Susan Christian
columnist for the Daily Breeze, People Mag. Correspondent.
LESS THAN SATISFYING ENCOUNTERS WITH
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. . .
Measured by its attitude.
"The greatest book I've ever read---in the
bathroom."---Mike Ball, Glendale, CA.
"You have more 'less than satisfying encounters'
than any three other people I know. I've
given this some thought and my conclusion is
that it is your unhappy fate to be something of
a "schmuck magnet." Unpleasant-incompetent-self-aggrandising
people enter your close orbit with greater
than the rest of us."
---Bob Ballenger, Encino, CA.
230 pages of LTSEWH's.
LINGO CZAR THE DECLINE
OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION---
Measured by its language.
The long-running column
(L.A. Times, The Rip Post) is now 210 acid-dripping pages exposing rigidly
conformist slang, pin-headed outbursts, 'cool'
patois, abominable cliches, infantile drivel,
smug rejoinders, mandatory peer-enforced
buzzwords and iPhone-speak that Americans are
spewing from their 500-word vocabularies as
their knuckles hang ever closer to the sidewalk.