Mr Max’s Message May 2008

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – May 2008                                               PEACE CHORUS BENEFITS STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET Straight from the outrageous Lolita’s Lovefest, Sgt. Maxwell’s Peace Chorus takes a long shower, brushes its teeth, and irons its costumes to get ready to help out the Students for a Free Tibet. Come on down to the Middle East Corner on Friday, … Read More >>

Mr Max Message April 2008

MR. MAX'S MESSAGE – April 2008 LORD I WAS BORN A RAMBLIN' MAN When I was in high school there was this guy, Charlie, who was in my circle of friends. He was a visual artist. He also played piano, clarinet, drew comic strips, and was a great cook. I learned something very basic from him— artists can wear all types of hats. So I've never hesitated to dive into any area of art. Most people know me as the … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message March 2008

VETERANS AGAINST WAR Most people are aware of my musical efforts against the war, but this month something is happening much larger than my group’s performances. On March 13-16, Iraq Veterans Against the War are gathering in Washington, D.C. to tell the nation what is actually going on in Iraq—and it won’t sound like the censored evening news. In relating this event to the past, a similar action took place during three days in January 1971, when over 100 Vietnam … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: February 2008

THE PEACE SHOW What I call the peace show is coming together. Currently we’re recording “Military Men,” a song/skit that reminds me of something Monty Python would do. It’s a military hymn with rap and beat poetry mixed in. It’s a song that always gets a reaction when we play it out. We’ll be performing excerpts from the show again when the temperature starts rising (March 22 at Perks, April 11 at the Cantab, and May 9 at Middle East … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: December 2007

T MAX MUSICAL OUTINGS The rehearsals with the Peace Chorus sound excellent. The Peace Chorus Band consists of Shawn Marquis on minimal drums, Susanna Porte on cello, and me, T Max, on guitar. But this group is really about the voice, and message that the voice delivers. Picture a gospel choir more than a rock band. The chorus members are Michael Bloom, Diana Casado, Mick Maldonado, Ruby Bird, Billy Mancini, John Hess, Mr. Curt, Eleanor Ramsay, Emily Grogan, and new … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: November 2007

  NOVEMBER 30 Girl On Top invited me to play a couple of songs from Why Do We Go To War? during their set at the Cantab on Friday, November 30.  I wrote a medley of three songs from the show, but maybe it will be better to play one of the gospel numbers, or the military hymn that mixes rap with Monty Python antics.  What ever we decide to play, I hope to see you there. DECEMBER 8 “END … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: October 2007

BLEU’S CHOIR I recently sang in Bleu’s choir at the Bank America Pavilion. Pictured above are four of the handsome male members of the choir. It was a WFNX Distorientation event and Bleu made the most of it with 50 people on the stage at one point (all decked out in tuxes and evening dresses). Besides the vocal choir, he had a 15-piece guitar choir! Most people know that Bleu has moved out to L.A.—he still gets coverage from The … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: September 2007

  PARIS Ahhh—a real vacation. I spent 10 days in August exploring Paris and, wow, was it beautiful. I kept a journal and took a lot of photos. Anyone interested in Paris should come over and check out the little slide show I’ve put together.  Besides the regular highlights, the Catacombs were a place that I won’t forget. My photos of the thousand of artfully placed skulls and bones came out quite good because I had a little battery-powered blue … Read More >>