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Friday, December 19, 2003

Dear Friends,

I received a year-end newsletter-in-a-holiday card and, rather than just copy from it, I'll attempt one here.

Almanac, 2004:
Earth's northern hemisphere's shortest day approaches, suggesting a sun birth, something along the lines of, "For unto us a sun is born..."
The days enlarge through the winter, but December is named for the 10th month (sept, oct, nov, dec)? So 11 is Jan and 12 is Feb, and this year's 12th is a leap year. Happy upcoming birthday, leap year babes! It is also our real New Year's Eve!

As for now, Happy Kwanikamas! (tm

Cinema VII has a handy review of year 2003 at
May I here highlight the wedding of Diana and Peter? Remember, to those who think it will never happen, stay alive!

This year's Jean Cocteau offshoot, the ballet with dialogue, "The Marriage at The Statue of Liberty," is now available to help fundraise the statue's reopening. Post production of four colorful performances has resulted in a watchable video/dvd!

Olive Juice Music released "Songs of The Golf Wars," which has received favorable year-end attention by The Yale Herald and London based TrakMARX.

Now, when shall we see each other? -- perhaps at one of the following events appearing in the near sunrise event horizon:

Yes, there's a reading at the Lambs Club, and I'm sure Don Flynn, the author, will benefit from your feedback. It's an out of the bag secret... it's at 7, it's called Cleopatra's Eyes, the readers include Diana Dizozza and Peter Dizozza... 3 West 51st, 5th floor...

Friday, December 19th, the first night of the 8 days of candle light and
"I feel like a spinning top or a dreidel. The spinning don't stop when you LEAVE the cradle, you just slow down..." (Don MacLean)
I'm the collie at the Lambs, 3 West, 2m. 5th floor. 8pm

SATURDAY at midnight at SideWalk, 94AveA I'm playing Sinatra songs with Eric LaCaine, and You are Singing so bring your sinatra songs.... "you keep saying you got something for me, something you call love but confess...."

and Earlier that Saturday Evening:
Olive Juice Music and Boog City Holiday Party
Sat. December 20, 9:00 p.m., $7
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
13 NYC musical acts reinterpret the classic holiday album
A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector
One more show: I'm doing a set before Jon Berger on Tuesday, December 23rd at SideWalk, 94AveA, see you there at 9!
here's the rest of the Phil Spector Show Info:
White Christmas Derek Richmond
Frosty The Snowman Bad Teenage Moustache
The Bells Of St. Mary Knot Pinebox
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Aaron Seven
Sleigh Ride Peter Dizozza
Marshmallow World The Leader
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Phoebe Kreutz
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Schwervon!
Winter Wonderland Trouble Dolls
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers Recording Angels
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) The Domestics
Here Comes Santa Claus Brer Brian
Silent Night Huggabroomstick
With readings of Jewish-themed work by Jewish poets
Nada Gordon, Bob Holman, Erica Kaufman, and Ian Wilder
We'll also be lighting the menorah for the second night of Chanukah
A portion of the proceeds will go to a charity helping to prevent domestic violence.
Hosted by Olive Juice Music head Matt Roth and
Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum
For further information call 212-842-BOOG (2664) or
Directions: F train to Second Avenue, or 6 train to Bleecker Street. Venue
is at foot of 1st Street, between Houston and Bleecker streets, across from

Yours truly,
Peter Dizozza

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

I went to Orin Buck’s new residence on East 49th Street tonight to dub his video of "The Marriage at the Statue of Liberty" (TMATSOL) the latest addition to the Cinema VII Catalogue of projects. For the past three days I've enjoyed editing the different tapes. There are three, two are of the last performance, the other, Orin's, from the performance the night prior. Both nights contained and lacked different elements of music, movement, dialogue and song. By editing the two performances, there was the possibility of assembling a complete version of the play.

The digital formats copy, full length, into the computer, and the VHS dub of Orin's rather professionally shot tape copy into the computer 3 minutes at a time, which made the assembling process somewhat primitive, like editing in 35mm with 400 foot reels of film.

I was editing in my old fashioned way with the modern computer system. Before computers, I edited film that had sound already printed on it, recorded on a magnetic stripe, or, preferably, visible to the eye on an optical stripe. Film sound is ahead of its image. In digital video the sound is married to the image. I don’t think it has to be. A program, proprietary in that it must create its own files, called Final Cut, has separable sound/video capabilities. I've chosen, instead, to edit a big "avi" file, perhaps the product of Avid, that familiar word in film production over the past 20 years, and I'm using a program called Videowave. I use the program, maybe, because it came with the purchase of my videocard, and maybe I like it because its video graphics have film sprockets.

As to why bother, two reasons, the first being that I wrote to our Mayor suggesting that the show, A Modern Ballet with Dialogue, could be used to assist in fundraising for the reopening of the Statue of Liberty. The second is a phenomenon created by the dance troupe involved. They performed the last of their three dances in blacklight, assembling the statue with different pieces in white.

Being a "hands on" videographer, if I am also the subject of the video I tend to make horrible mistakes that result in faulty preservation, the best example being forgetting to press a record button.

The last night was the best night, of course, and there are two videos of the last night, both incomplete. About 40 minutes before the performance I pressed record on the one-hour tape in the camera used by my wife, Diana, giving me the first 20 minutes to work with. Roy's fiancée, Linda, has a public access cable show so I got her tape at first off the TV, and eventually from her video camera. She chose random moments to video but got about half the show, perfect to splice in with Orin's complete tape, with Diana's adding additional angles. Orin, however, although not already familiar with the show, did a good job. He laid mikes on the floor, and he even taped the whole show! I needed his original to match the originals of the more arbitrarily taped versions.

This essay is called Incidental Terrorism...

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Ah, what part of myself shall I choose to reveal today? ?

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Finally, something of more than purely personal news, a box of art with a stray piece by Rockwell Kent went from 20 to 16000 at the public administrator auction yesterday. Thanks to Diana, I got the signed music by Richard Strauss. No one knew who Dwight Frye was. The direct prints from the complete alice woodcuts were a pleasure to behold. The Knabe piano was a great one. Furniture, chandeliers,
all the ghosts were there.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Anything can happen on the message board.

Send it to why don't you...
Posted by zzzzzzzzz -- is he sleeping? on 8/19/2003, 5:01 pm

Record labels and musicians, want to get your releases reviewed here? We need review copies of your CDs and LPs for our reviews section. Please contact us at

Pro-choice on mental health by Peter Dizozza is a weird CD. In fact, we don't know what to think of it. Is this guy serious? According to his website "he devotes his working life to creating innovative and stimulating entertainment and helping his audience develop confidence, enlightenment and serenity through self-expression". He can't really sing and the 'mini-plays' on this CD ramble on without making much sense. So check it out if you're into really weird stuff, but don't blame us if you fall asleep! (added august 2003)

Link: weirdweirdweirdweirdweirdweirdweirdweirdweird

Re: Send it to why don't you...
Posted by Wide Awake Producer on 8/19/2003, 5:47 pm, in reply to "Send it to why don't you..."

That's not very nice. Peter doesn't deserve to be dissed like that. That cd is what it is. To call yourself Weidomusic and knock that cd for being weird is a weird in itself. Working on that thing was hard. Things are much more complex than meets the eye. The music itself somehow combines Sondheim with early New Wave. It all seems a little confusing until you hear Peter's off the cuff monologue about his friend.
I'm proud of the work that went into that & the results. If you want to sleep to it, well good luck, but I know one thing: A critic is a critic is a critic is a critic (repeat & fade).

Link: M M Musica

Re: Send it to why don't you...
Posted by Oblivious on 8/19/2003, 9:34 pm, in reply to "Re: Send it to why don't you..."

I like Pro Choice... its inventive, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. I love the wit and humour engendered in it. I think that dude has not a clue and instead of admitting he isnt smart enough to understand what is an essential antifolk album they cut it down in their snide little way. Weird is a way of saying "I dont understand".

A Champion!
Posted by fenton lawless on 8/20/2003, 12:35 am, in reply to "Re: Send it to why don't you..."

Peter Dizozza is a champion. A first rate guy and a wonderful musician.

(no subject)
Posted by peter on 8/20/2003, 10:40 am, in reply to "A Champion!"

Thank you for the kind words.
I prefer that the CD get reviewed.

What people say is up to them.

I sent it to weirdo cause they include raymond scott, daniel johnston, henry mancini and frank zappa on their short artist list.

Link: review page

Re: Nothing wrong with being weird!
Posted by MMM on 8/20/2003, 11:17 am, in reply to "(no subject)"

Looking forward to your show during the fest Peter!!!!
Wed. Aug. 27-7:30-Lippe
8- Breck Alan
8:30- Peter Dizozza CD Release Party
9- Patsy Grace
9:30-Randi Russo
10-Danny Kelly
11- Toby Goodshank
12-Phoebe Kreutz

Re: Nothing wrong with being weird!
Posted by Meow on 8/21/2003, 12:56 am, in reply to "Re: Nothing wrong with being weird!"

Peter has a hot wife
Have your wife reviewed at my site

Link: Wife swap

Posted by Peter Dizozza on 8/21/2003, 6:54 pm, in reply to "Re: Nothing wrong with being weird!"

Thanks. There's really no comparison.
I can't help but find the generic meow link (it was for funny since, aside from meowing in the Polar Bear Song, I did send my PConMHCD to be reviewed by a site with the generic name (and I love the music they list there.).

Anyway, I take exception to the suggestion that spouses could just send each other, like CDs or other possessions, somewhere to be reviewed.

I wonder if there's a site,, to send… oh, of course, for images of sodomy. Forget it.

This post provides a forum, thank you very much, for a current event issue worthy of comment,

That poster for a porn site currently up at Times Square, did you see it? with the slogan, “who said they cleaned up Times Square,” plastered across the body of a menstruating woman. It means what, that she’s dirty?

Actually, the poster woman is dressed in that slightly stupid shade more suggestive than the “Guilty Pleasures” style of haute couture.

Having been alerted to the conclusion suggested by that ad poster, I take exception to it.

As for the other stuff, I don’t know how to define it but I KNOW it when I see it, why, because I ate from
The Tree of Knowledge!

Re: hi
Posted by Oblivious on 8/21/2003, 9:56 pm, in reply to "hi"

yeah so did I then I drank from the River of Forgetfulness to wash it down and hence my nick
There are no responses to this message.

Re: Send it to why don't you...
Posted by Weirdomusic on 8/26/2003, 10:13 am, in reply to "Re: Send it to why don't you..."

Yup, I admit it: I don't understand what Peter's CD is all about. Has nothing to do with me being a smartass or whatever. Maybe the language barrier is a problem here (English is not my native tongue). I honestly tried to make sense of what is going on - but this is just not my cup of tea. Peter seems a very nice guy (hi Peter!) but for now I'll stick to my conclusion.

Re: Send it to why don't you...
Posted by peter on 8/26/2003, 5:00 pm, in reply to "Re: Send it to why don't you..."

Hi, Marco, wow, you're writing from the Netherlands...
Well, if you know about this message board you probably know about the music info-sites connected with it but here goes,,,
this site's
also, I first heard some of the music your site highlights through

Thanks for writing back.


Re: Send it to why don't you...
Posted by Weirdomusic on 8/27/2003, 4:15 am, in reply to "Re: Send it to why don't you..."
Hey Peter, it was pure coincidence that I ended up on this site - I was checking which sites link to me.
Anyway, I'll take a look at some of the links you suggest.. and yes, maybe I must pop your CD into my player again for another listen...
best wishes,

Re: Send it to why don't you...
Posted by Peter on 8/27/2003, 3:21 pm, in reply to "Re: Send it to why don't you..."

Wow, the internet. A great communication resource!
and for another listen, this time pop the PConMH cd in the computer for the hidden MPEG files...

although the film they're from remains unfinished...

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

I dreamt Nicole Kidman and Mick Jagger were married and lived in an apartment we visited, nicely laid out; she had her own room. I wanted to respectfully acknowledge her film career but she suddenly dismissed me for a moment of privacy. I rejoined Diana who was walking (through a hall along an indoor pool) with Julia, another woman friend of Mr. Jagger. They were commenting on the ugliness of the art. I liked it. Peter

Say, those high fallutin' Sparks are back with a new album and a concert in the park!

Thursday, July 03, 2003

"Thank you mama for the nine months you carried me through."

I lost a particularly detailed blogger here. Remember to save your work. I cannot recreate it. Why must my brain be so parsimonious about expressing details?

We're back from our Honeymoon on the independent island of St. Kitts where we stayed at Ottley's Plantation Inn and had a wonderful amazing time.

Eric Lippe called back this morning. I asked him to photograph our wedding (Thank you Julia Schell, Bob Strain, Kathleen Sweeney, Tyr Throne and Orin Buck).

Eric was in Tennessee documenting the showtoppling performances of the Trachtenburgs, Langhorn Slim and James Brown.

He also said that Aaron Wilkenson passed away. I remember Aaron as a songwriting, guitarplaying singer with a uniquely south western US style, he also ran lights and sound at SideWalk for many sets including a few of my own. He was always a welcome presence and his youthful condition in no way prepared one for its organic demise.

(I spoke with Jon Berger since then, who reminded me that Aaron was also once part of the band, The Moldy Peaches. )

A substance abuse doctor is visiting St. Kitts to further research of that pro-choice spiral with assistance from monkeys drafted from the rain forest.

Tourists plied with rum also assist.

Gleeful paranoics agree, the island's veterinary school and the animal testing facility do whatever they can to keep funded. Help stamp out substance abuse!

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Fibrillations synchronize into a pulse pounding steadily as the story progresses.

Saturday, June 14, 2003

The rain pounded down harder than I'd ever heard seen or felt it, and it was, after all, the day of the shower.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

I know I don't have much to add. I do have some innovative new material in the form of songs I've been performing live. The need to watch television for the news was quite time-consuming. Other activities involve getting married, soon. I've also completed post production for Songs of The Golf Wars, my new CD.

It's great to hear Kenny Davidsen's CD, Goodnight Baby, which is production perfect. I hope you like Queen. I hope you like songs getting stuck in your head. He's phenomenal, and rather personal.

Filmmakers can be powerful. I saw Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger (1986) and saw sown in it the seeds of war for 2003.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

The Last Two Jews in Kabul by the man who wrote Harry and Tonto directed by George Ferencz at La MaMaETC is sure fire entertainment with a spectacular set.

Monday, March 10, 2003

Matthew Barney presents, "Find the Orgasm," the cycle of genitals rising in beaded tapioca and petrojel vomit.
with Norman Mailer, Richard Serra, Ursula Andress and the footless paraplegic.
Running through the spiral path, white with pink and green pale colors mostly, with the satanic black and red satin flags reserved for the black plumaged pigeons decorating the back room with their droppings.

The leopard woman, the dropped gonads, the silliniess. Where's the orgasm?
The shimmer of video images white based against a white background.
Alarmingly plain.

Monday, February 10, 2003

I received this correspondence over the weekend:

Subj: To Michael Douglas esq
Date: 2/9/2003 8:31:42 AM Eastern Standard Time
Received from Internet

To Michael Douglas esquire
Dear Mr Douglas,or should I say Michael Danielovich Demsky ?I am writing to you in earnest as a fellow Russian- Jewish - origin film maker for help !
You apparently have been involved in the putting together of a film about John Drewe .
John Drewe was charged and served a prison sentence in England for defrauding the Tate Gallery as you well know !
Before he was caught I had been assisting his ex partner Batsheva Goudschmidt to let out their house at Rotherwick Road,London NW11.
I stumbled on his fake paintings whilst organising the rooms in their house as I had been left keys to the whole house and one had the paintings in it !
I had moved the paintings to the garage in the house to protect them as there were to be tenants afterwards.
Whilst sorting out and organising the property I also stumbled on M16 top secret papers whoch showed dealings over the sales of weapons to China.
It seems as if Drewe was involved in spy-type activities as well as fake painting production !
Soon after my discovery of the fake paintings and the spy papers my own house was burnt and Drewe is still suspect in regards to this !
The police put him in a line -up but according to the New York Times article on him he had shaven off his moustache and beard and could not be identified !
For eight years since the fire at my house at 49 Lowfield Road,London NW6 I have not been paid out any monies by Zurich insurance company and I have never been given a letter as to why this has been the case !
This has placed my and my children ,now in Israel :Amir 25,Yaron 21,Tali 15 in a continuous state of homelessness and they have not been able to come and stay with me !
Yaron is a paratrooper and teaches hand- to -hand combat and Amir has been in two wars and they need a break !
Kindly help me please .
Yours sincerely,
David Konigsberg Perry C/O 17 Heathcroft,Welgarth Road,London NW117HW & email and mobile tel 078903 44970

Subj: Re: To Michael Douglas esq
Date: 2/9/2003 1:58:11 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Dizozza600
Dear Mr. Perry, I will post your letter on my journal if you'd like but I have no direct communication with the celebrated and talented actor/director/producer Michael Douglas. I was friends with his step brother, Eric but I have not seen Eric in about 10 years. Yours truly, Peter Dizozza

Subj: Re: To Michael Douglas esq
Date: 2/9/2003 2:46:25 PM Eastern Standard Time
Received from Internet
Thanks...very kind of you..!!!..David

Subj: Re: To Michael Douglas esq
Date: 2/9/2003 3:03:18 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Dizozza600
Oh, is it all right with you to publicly post the entire email as it was sent to me? See below for the content. Peter

Subj: Re: To Michael Douglas esq
Date: 2/10/2003 5:03:57 AM Eastern Standard Time
Received from Internet: click here for more information

Sure thing ! Have a nice day and you're doin' a very good deed !.David in the UK

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Ah, I heard a good song, and why have I never heard it before? I don't know. It's how old?

This is a comment about Queen, one of the few music bands with connections to Zoroastrianism. They sing, "Leave it in the lap of the Gods," a statement both funny and emotionally resonant. Kenny Davidsen said, the great Queen album is called Sheer Heart Attack. The song I always listened to, coming in at under three minutes, is Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy. They wrote performed and recorded so well that one's imagination can't help but go wild from listening to them. They are a testiment to excellence. The good song, the companion piece to GOFLB, is called, "Killer Queen."

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's films return to the film forum. He's another dead overproducer. One of my favorite films is the Marriage of Maria Braun. Many of his films have great titles like, "The Year of Thirteen Moons" and "Ali, Fear Eats the Soul."

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Amy Philips' writing about the antifolk compilations is at The Dufus song she mentions is noticably exceptional. She draws worthwhile attention to Schwervon. Hooray for innovative songwriting!

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

I heard the Jazz Band, Mr. Kite, cover Lennon & MaCartney's Mother Nature's Son at DUMBO's Redhouse. Cheryl Crow also covered it for a film called I Am Sam. It's a pretty song.

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

I don't resent Catch Me If You Can.

I resent About Schmidt and I'm beginning to question the futility in Election. The director is also responsible for Citizen Ruth.

Mr. Nicholson is playing a former Treblinka Commandant masquerading as a Nebraskan husband/father and retired insurance actuary, hence the title. -- oh, did we cut that scene?

The memorable musical moment is by Satie.

In generating an audience for this noble effort, which is a matter of perfect timing, congratulations to the marketing people.