Efunnies! Great Jokes from the Internet! 2
************************************************8 Volume #2 'Does a Freudian slip have one strap, or two?...' The e-funnies Eclectric Humor Water Cooler Band is back! The Band is back-a motley group of friends-with only a few coincidental, professional 'voices' in the group, with more of the jokes that made us laugh out loud when they came to us via e-mail from hither and yon. No, 'e-funnies' was never intended to be a slick, professional production. In fact, it's meant to be just the opposite-to sound as though we're all standing around the water cooler where you work, sharing a few laughs and good camaraderie with you. The fundamental principle of 'e-funnies' is not to seek or claim ownership of the material itself, nor to attempt to copyright any of it. As far as we were able to tell, ALL of this material resides in the public domain. By recording it in the way we have, though, we have put our unique, personal stamp on it, and we DO claim ownership of the 'e-funnies' series and of the material as the Band has recorded it. ============*=========== Members of the 'efunnies! Eclectric Humor Watercooler Band heard on this album: Eliot Freeman Gale E. B. Freeman Steve Hanlon Karen Hetes Susan Klie Dave Morgan Mitchel Nord Anthony Toscano ============*=========== AND THANKS TO THE REAL PROFESSIONALS WHO TRIED THEIR BEST TO HELP US: Mitchell Nord - technical advisor, recording, mixing and editing - Nordscape Studios, Manchester, New Hampshire Carl Layton - mastering - Liquid Sun Studio, Pepperell, Massachusetts Roger LaVallee - recording and mixing -Tremolo Studios, West Boylston, Massachusetts Joani Ellis - graphic design and illustration - Bullfrog Studio - Andover, Massachusetts Elizabeth ('Ellie') Dahlin - insert composition & editing (text and graphics), generally pulling it all together! - Howe Communications - West Boylston, Massachusetts ===========*============ © (Copyright) 2003, 2005 and 2006 by the e-funnies Eclectric Humor Water Cooler Band and Scriveners, LLC (Publishers). All rights reserved. Copyright refers to name, concept, verbal delivery, artwork, the 'laughing geek' logo, and cover design. ===========*============ Dedication to Gale Ellen Bock Freeman With the success of Volume #1, and as we so happily and excitedly prepared for 'efunnies!' to become a series rather than a single 'one-shot trial album,' we were dealt a blow by the sudden, wholly unexpected, tragic passing of the most talented and professional member of the original 'Eclectric Humor Watercooler Band.' Gale Ellen Bock Freeman left this plane of existence (as she would say) on New Years' Eve, 2004/5... and moved on to (one hopes) far more reasonably and lovingly-managed stages. Hell of a way to start a new year, kiddo... Half a dozen or so of the tracks on this new album are from Gale's last recording session with us. Her artistic talents were enormous. She was an accomplished pianist, and could-and did-write wonderful music in any genre, from fully orchestral, to Shakespearean, to folk, to 'pop' as easily and spontaneously as though literally plucking it from the air. She just heard it, she said, and played what was, to her, already 'there.' Amazing. Her imagination and creative ability to play 'characters' and the range of 'voices' she had for them was so broad and varied as to make the only possible description of her abilities be beyond 'incredible.' Having known her and been one of her closest friends for literally all of our lives, even I couldn't tell that most of them were Gale if I didn't know, never mind be able to tell that they all came from the same person even after BEING told, and listening carefully for even the most subtle hint of identifying similarity! Teacher (of children and of us all - of me more, perhaps, than anyone else) - superb story-teller (those of you in Chicago might have heard her PBS radio segments), musician, composer, exquisitely able 'voice' (few will ever know unless they learn it here that Gale was a dozen or so of the ORIGINAL characters - several of them at a time! - who brought the first half-dozen or so 'VeggieTales' animated videos to life... without due credit (OR fair pay... STILL!) in this sadly greedy, callous, and too-union-ruled-and-dominated industry,) actress, drama coach and director (in a wide range of stage productions from Boston to Chicago), comedienne, cousin, and much, much beloved, valued, and needed friend and spiritual companion... ...you left too, too, too soon. We have so much more to do! And yes, dearest Gale - the best WAS yet to come. With so much love... from me... and 'The Band'... This one's JUST for you! Eliot Freeman Worcester, Massachusetts Spring, 2006 ********** July 12, 2006 - Digital download availability: Now that Volume #2 is finally 'online' here on cdbaby, we know many of you will be looking for it on the digitial download websites. So here's the schedule for that, as best as we understand it: cdbaby is hard at work getting the new tracks out to almost 60 digital sites. The way the process goes, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to two or more months for those sites to get a new album up and running, and a lot of that timing depends on sheer dumb luck - like whether the big hard drives from the downloaders have just come in to be re-filled by cdbaby (a few days or more, depending on how many new albums there are), or have just gone out FROM cdbaby to the websites to be uploaded (a few weeks to a month or more), in which case it'll have to wait until they come back again (more days and weeks). So all we can do is wait. It's an imperfect system... though what MIGHT help is if you request your favorite digitial site to hurry up and get Volume #2 on their play list... In the meantime, of course... you... could... buy one... ! ******** New 'efunnies!' for tee-shirts, mugs, bumpersnickers, etc., at cafepress.com: As we're selecting snippets from these new album tracks to go on 'stuff' at cafepress.com - NOW's the time to suggest any that you'd really like to see made available! Let us know!