A Penguin in Kentucky

from Irrelevant (2009) by Mailbox

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I got my first MIDI sequencer in 1991 and this song is one of the first I wrote and recorded with it. The original version used very simplistic xylophones and electronic drums but I was always pleased with the composition. With my new gear, I've arranged "Penguin" for orchestra ... and drums.

This is one of the tunes I was working on during the brief tenure of Magpie. I was putting many of Greg Skillman's lyrics to music for the band. I was never happy with how these lyrics felt though I really liked Greg's words. So these are the lyrics for the song though they are never sung. Make sense?

Imagine the oboe singing:

I stood inside a penguin and scratched the end of my beak
I waddled through the snow and made it look oblique
She said, "Why do they do this to me? I have got to find out why
I know we're not the Wright Brothers, but we should be able to fly!"


from Irrelevant (2009), released April 20, 2009
written by Adam Rabin


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Adam Rabin Burlington

Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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