Tweak of Nature
This music was created over two marathon weekends in May and June of 2008, when Dwight Loop was in town; over the remainder of the summer Arnold and I collaborated on enhancing and producing it. It is mostly improvised, and stands as a record of our friendship. We hope others can enjoy it as much as we do. Street Cleaner - the orphan boy now lives in the basement of his uncle's house near the outskirts of town. His window is even with the toxic dirt and broken things that make up the soil in this neighborhood. He stares glumly at the ceiling from his poor bed in the early dawn, hearing a distant rattling and clattering as it comes closer. Suddenly curious, he goes to his window as it rounds the far corner of his block - the Street Cleaner! As he watches it approach he forgets he is tired. When it passes the house, compulsively he opens the little window and wriggles out, following the sound. Soon he is dancing in it's wake. Neighbors come out and stare at the boy amazed; soon some are joining in. As the rhythmic machine approaches the bridge leading to the center of the city, it has a hundred dancing followers. All the men and women in blue and gray are just arriving downtown for work, when they see it coming. Astonished at first, some are drawn in, then more, until the procession fills the streets. The streets are clean, though the sidewalks are now littered with cellphones and neckties.The boy doesn't care that his uncle will be angry.