Aug 22, 1997
The darker side of the art world: petty jealousies, competitiveness, failure. And also what's so great about art.
- Ellery Eskelin never met his father but always heard he was a musical genius. Years after his father's death, Ellery started finding recordings of his musical output: he was the king of "song-poems." These are the songs that result when people answer those ads in the backs of magazines that say, "Send us your lyrics, and we'll write and record your song." Ellery's father's musical output was prodigious — and very odd. An accomplished jazz saxophonist and jazz snob, Ellery listened to his father's tunes, and his own musical taste started to change. (17 minutes)Song: "Green Bermudas", Ellery Eskelin with Andrea Parkins