Life in a Blender (from left): Mark Lerner, Ken Meyer, Al Houghton, Don Rauf, Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, Dave Moody.
All hail Don Rauf!
I met him in the 1980s, after I wrote a PEOPLE magazine review of the first album by his rockin' band Life in a Blender. Decades later, that conclave of musical innovators (above) is still releasing crazy-cool music that compels you to dance, sing along, and forget all the troubles of the world.
Back in 1991, I convinced Don and Life in a Blender to perform nightly after performances of my play The Cool Club at the gallery attached to the nightclub CBGB -- the place that was immortalized in song by The Talking Heads.
Since then, Don could not escape me. When I knew that I Couldn't Throw It Out needed a podcast theme song, he was our Go To Man -- only partly because that's the title of a classic Life in a Blender song.
Outdoing even his own standards of lavish greatness, Don brought in superstar Boots Kamp, who co-wrote the song, played multiple instruments, and produced the track. Then they reeled in Seattle sensation Jen Ayers to sing backup vocals and saxophonist extraordinaire Trevor Ras. And I wrote a few rough lyrics that were edited and expanded for the song.
Want to hear the theme song for I Couldn't Throw It Out without all the blabbering? Listen on...
While you're at it, give your ears an extended burst of irrepressible joy...
And don't miss the latest albums by our other collaborators, also on Apple Music...
-- Michael Small
(Photo by David Barry.)