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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hand in the Machine (Oh Why Oh Why Oh Why?)

My hand is deep in the machine on this one, not caught there, but flapping around like a fish, and with each wiggle to try to get off the hook, I feel like I might break free!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fixing the Faucet

This is the latest taste of my peculiar illness. This is live, solo Theremin therapy. I hope you find some relief in this as well.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Electrolysis of Hairy Fodder

"Electrolysis of Hairy Fodder" is the latest bit of insanity from the Mojo Medicine Show and is yours for the taking. The magic of Mad Dog's aleatory Theremin and the Mojo Man's iPad Synthesizer blends seamlessly in this hair raising sound scape.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

I Forgot What I Was Saying

Vintage, Analog, Improvisational, Experimental, Aleatory 'Lectronica Featuring Mad Dog Friedman on Theremin created, recorded and uploaded on July 1, 2013.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chewing the Cud on Blueberry Hill

Full electronica improvisational set on June 24th, 2013 in Dragon Studios composed and performed in the moment by Mojo Medicine Show. Featuring Dan "The Mojo Man" Crecco on percussion, electric washboard and iPad synth and Mad Dog Friedman on aleatory Theremin. No midis or loops were used in the production of this experimental sound-scape. The moment knows not how to make mistakes.

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Please let me know what you think.  We were trying out some new effects today!

The Mojo Medicine Show is an unique blues duo that blends the jug juice of 1930's juke band music with the electric kool-aid jams of the 1960's.

The original Mojo Medicine Show toured the western slopes of Colorado in the summer of 1976. This ragged and hairy troupe of musicians, Gypsy fortune tellers and belly dancers performed their way into the hearts of many a mountain town. It is in this tradition of Colorado’s own home grown, psychedelic, back porch blues that the Mojo Medicine founder, Mad Dog Friedman, decided to create a unique blues duo that captures the spirit of those amazing times. This new incarnation of the Mojo Medicine Show features Mad Dog Friedman on harp, vocals and Theremin and Dan Crecco on washboard, percussion and iPad synth. The modern Mojo Medicine Show puts down the real deal, hippy trippy blues seldom heard in this day and age. From their contemporary, simple, heartfelt, rural-rooted blues to their vintage, analog, improvisational, experimental, aleatory 'lectronica, the Mojo Medicine Show offers a unique alternative to today's throwback, retro-folk and refracted root music scene.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Strange Fruit Villanelle

(April 5, 1968, Alton Senior High School)

America needed to watch its back.
When ignorance swelled like fruit on hatred’s tree,
My best friend in high school was black.

America feasted on this loathsome crap,
When hopeful King was gunned down from his dream,
America needed to watch its back.

I’ll recall how whites that day in school talked smack,
How bigots blindly hurled hateful obscenities.
My best friend in high school was black.

Blacks marched out, whites threw rocks to pelt the pack,
Cops beat back blacks blue and red; white kids cheered in glee.
America needed to watch its back.

Alton broke me on its racist rack,
Tortured me with its bloody irony.
My best friend in high school was black.

That things now have changed is mostly fact,
Yet so many still yearn to be free.
Those scars and stripes that welt my back,
Sting like the cuts lashed on my friend's back.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Walking Upside Down

"Walking Upside Down" is the final track off of Mad Dog & Headman's Walking on the Sky album released in May 19, 2013 (featuring: Mad Dog Friedman on Theremin & improvisational spoken word and Stephen Hartman on NS/Stick with MIDI, bass pedals & keyboards).  Stephen is pure genius and a true in the moment astral plane pirate. This album is the result of an electrostatic collaboration between Mad Dog Friedman and Stephen Hartman. It was recorded at the Freak Show in Littleton, Colorado, on May 3, 2013, at the end of what seemed to be an endless winter. This historical session represents the first musical meeting of these two vastly diverse recording artists. The full improvisational session is heard at its best here. It was recorded in one take and is rich in fortunate accidents. Walking on the Sky is the first full length project featuring M. D.'s Friedman's aleatory Theremin work. The spoken word on this track was an intrepid indulgence of the moment. For more of M. Friedman's poetry see

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Crossing the Bridge Parts 1 & 2

Spoken word with improvised soundtrack. These are Tracks 2 & 3 off of Mad Dog & Headman's Walking on the Sky album released in May 19, 2013 (featuring: Mad Dog Friedman on Theremin & Spoken Word and Stephen Hartman on NS/Stick with MIDI, Bass Pedals & Keyboards).  Stephen is pure genius and a true in the moment astral plane pirate. It is the first full length project featuring Mad Dog's aleatory Theremin work.  Featuring M. D. Friedman's poem, "The Great Clock" as published in his chapbook, Leaning Toward Whole (Liquid Light Press 2011).

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Monday, April 29, 2013

wings of haiku

lonely wasted heart
seek your ancient home inside
uncover your joy
marble-fisted doubt
open to the shards of glass
diamonds in the light

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Price You Pay

"The Price You Pay," a tribute to those still trying to overcome the personal devastation resulting from Katrina.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

That Girl of Mine

Hope you enjoy this simple soulful, love song...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Quote of Note

"If it was not for open mics, I' d be dead." - God

Monday, February 4, 2013

Love Poem

Think those thoughts not encased in
language even angry dogs understand.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Broken Haiku


the shade of

the moon

is full

of itself

the joy

of empty

Monday, January 14, 2013

At the Double Bar L (Ass Squeezing Time)

Been wanting to write this country song for some time now.  Thanks again to Band in the Box for making it doable for this old blues dog. If you dig this listen, please consider supporting my efforts by downloading your own personal copy at
© 2013 by Mark D. Friedman

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Secret Scars of Brotherhood

This piece is rather graphic, highly personal and contains material that might trigger issues for people sensitive to violence, incest and abuse. I would appreciate your thoughts and comments if you also find that healing is fostered by honest sharing. I offer this piece to anyone that might be in need of healing. To help others as others have helped me is my only intention. Please feel free to share it for this intention only. Please click the link below to view: