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The notion of using field-recordings as backing tracks comes from the recognition that folk a-capella -- which predated all recorded music -- was sung in all manner of real-world environments. A quiet room recording, then, doesn't map up with how it was traditionally enjoyed.

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released January 6, 2019

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Mr. Beany's Bitty Band

We're a one-person band fronted by a human who self-describes as a mad artist. We invented the "crapcapella" genre, and remain a proponent, though we now support the term "folk acapella" as well. We love improvised music as well as sheet music.

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Track Name: The Cusp
The cusp of the situation!
The cusp of the situation!
The situation will change!
The situation will change!

We are on the cusp of it!
We are on the cusp!

When we started,
we were not sure.
We were not sure
if there would be a prompt.

So we thought and talked among ourselves.
And then we found the cusp of it!
We thought and talked among ourselves,
and then we found the cusp.

It changed! It changed!
And now we can be strange!
We know just what to sing about!

It changed! It changed!
And now we can be strange!
We know just what to sing about!

The cusp! The cusp!
It changes things!
We see what's on the other side!

The cusp! The cusp!
It changes things!

And we will be changed on the inside!

The cusp of the situation is
that we have a theme for the skirmish!
The cusp of the situation is
I've changed some settings in my software!

I think the cusp will bring more things.
More wonderful things to sing about!
I think the cusp brings many things!
Glorious things to sing about!

What will you sing?
What will you sing?
What will you sing today?

What will you sing?
What will you sing?
What kind of song will blow me away?

The Cusp!
The Cusp!
The Cusp!
Track Name: Cusp of a Better Song
I would like to find something that might blow my mind.
I think I might like to find
a really lovely song!
But, this is not that song.

No, this is the cusp of it.
This is not a lovely song.
But, maybe the next one will be better?
This is the cusp of a better song.

A better song might follow it.

How could I change this song today?
To make a better song from it.
I might see a better song
if I look over the edge.

How would you like to sing this song?
How would you like to sing it today?

I think I might change it up!
I think I might change it up!
I will sing a different, different song!

I think I will change it up!
I think I will change it up!
I will sing it very different and long!

So, you see, I've sung it differently.
I hope it pleases me, me, me!
I don't care so much for you,
because I made this just for me.

And so I see, at the cusp
a different, different song as well!
And so I see, at this song
the cusp it brings me never well.

Wait! I wanted a better song!
A song that I could sing very long.
Wait! I wanted a better song!
But this is not it today.

This is not it today.
Track Name: I am Experimenting
I am experimenting with something.
I thought it could be kind of cool.
But, it's still experimental!

It's kind of wobbly.
It's kind of strange.
It's still a little experimental.

But, I'm getting better.
Yes, I'm learning more, more, more.
Yes, it's getting better!

I passed the cusp!
I'm out the door!

I'm learning and growing and becoming much more
than I used to be, long before.
I'm learning and growing and becoming much more.
I'm passed the cusp!

I'm out the door!
I'm changing and I'm growing and I'm learning many things.
Lovely things to fill my head, head, head.
I'm learning and I'm growing and I'm finding many things.

Sometimes obscene things find themselves in my head.
Sometimes really strange things I find
lying inside my head, head, head.

But I grow and I learn and I sometimes find
lovely things there in, instead.
Sometimes I like to do silly things
like sing a song about a cup of tea.

Sometimes I do really awesome things
like sing a song that's just abbout me.
I'm learning and I'm growing and I'm finding something new.

Sometimes I sing a song about my shoes.
I'm learning and I'm growing and I'm finding many things.
I love to find things to sing, sing, sing.

How do you find so many, many things to
fill your songs and lots of things.
How do you find so many, many things to sing about?

Does it please, please me?
Does it please me or does it please you?
I think we should please each other.

But, not that way.
Not that way.
Track Name: My Elephant Has Found a Sausage
I think my elephant has found a sausage!
My elephant has found a sausage in that cup.
My elephant has found a sausage!

I hope my elephant does not throw up!
I think they misspelled the theme.
The theme of the skirmish today!

I know they said one, one thing,
but I'm pretty sure they meant a cup.
I'm pretty sure that's what they meant!

My elephant found a sausage in his cup.
My elephant found a sausage!

Have you an elephant and a cup,
and where do you keep your sausage?
Have you an elephant and a cup,
and where do you keep your sausage?

Sausage is preserved so it might not be refrigerated all the time.
A well-preserved sausage can last a good long while,
it's much better than fresh meat.
Don't carry meat down the street.

But the elephant, it usually does not eat
sausage that I've seen.
No, not sausage that I've seen.

Somehow that elephant found that cup,
that cup where I put my sausage.

I don't know what it will do with my sausage.
I really don't know.
I don't know what it will do with my sausage.

I really hope it does not
go and toss it down the street.
That sausage was really expensive meat.
That sausage was meant for me.
Track Name: The Elephant Poops Too Much
The cusp of the situation is
that elephant poops too much!
And I've hired a person to
clean that muck all up!

But they didn't do it,
and the city's filed charges!
The person left my high and dry!
The person didn't do it,
and the city's filing charges!

How do you avoid charges from the city
when your elephant poops all around?
How do you avoid charges from the city
when there's no dung beetles to be found?

Those dung beetles would have helped me, I know.
Those dung beetles are so helpful!
But when I bought the elephant,
I did not buy dung beetles.

I should've also bought dung beetles.
I should've bought the beetles.
Now the city is filing charges.

The city does not like the waste.
The city does not like the waste.
I have to admit the elephant,
it poops all over the place.

I think I might hire another
person to help me out.
I need to make sure that they're really handy
when the elephant spouts.

That elephant poops just all over.
I really need a hand.
I don't care if it is a man or
a woman with a hand.

Because I just need someone to
help me clean the ground.
Track Name: I've Sold my Elephant
I think I've successfully sold my elephant!
I successfully sold my elephant!
I've successfully sold my elephant
to the Cusp Company!
The Cusp Company!
They like to buy elephants!

I like my Cusp Company!
They picking up my elephant today.
I hope they clean the street while they're here.
I hope they clean the street!

They are some shady company,
but I really don't see
what the problem is for me.
What the problem is for me.

They're picking up my elephant,
and it's going to be
really super fine, really, really super fine!
And you will surely see.
It's really super! Super fine!
And it's just right for me!

I think that elephant will be happy!
I think it will enjoy whereever they take him.
I really hope it's swell.
I don't know where they'll take him,
but, at least, that's just as well.

They will have to clean after him!
They will have to clean the mess!
And I hope they take him soon,
so that I can get some rest!

How do they do it?
How do they do it?
Will they use a brush?

How do they do it?
How do they do it?
Will they bring a broom?

I don't know! I don't know!
And I don't know what they'll do
with that elephant when they have him.
What will they do?

Will they do some experiments on him?
Will he be through?
That poor elephant!
That poor, poor dear!

But, I will be done with him!
I should not fear.
Yes, that elephant will be away from me.
That elephant will be gone.

And I will be much happier
and I'll miss his song!
I'll miss my elephant
because he will be gone.
Track Name: Cusp of Being
The cusp! The cusp
is destroying all of us!
I don't know what to do!
It's really destroying me!

It's the cusp! The cusp!
It's really dangerous,
don't you see?
It's really dangerous!

How would you like to do something
really awesome and really funny?
How would you like to do something
like become in a chrysalis?

It's the cusp! It's the cusp!
A cusp of being! A cusp of being!
It's the cusp! It's the cusp!
You'll be changing! You'll be changing!

How would you like to be
something quite extraordinary?
How would you like to be
something truly extraordinary?

It's the cusp! Can't you see?
It's the cusp of you and me!
Behind it. Around it. Becoming more free!
What will you do? What will you say?
What will you eventually be?

Will you scream and will you plead as you
break on free?
Will you scream and will you plead as you
change from what you see?

It's the cusp!
It's the cusp
of your being!
Track Name: Transfixed and Transformed
Transformed! Transformed!
I was once transformed!
Transfixed! Transfixed!
It's you I adore!

I'm stuck here by your gaze!
Stuck here forever more.
Stuck here! It's's all the rage.
Stuck here forever more.

Transformed! Transformed
by your beauty.
Transformed! Transformed
into the stone you see.

It's what I got for gazing
and not politely.
Now I'm stuck in your garden,
stuck here forevermore.

Transformed!
Transformed!
Like this forevermore.

Will you walk in the garden today?
Will I see your beauty?
Will you walk in the garden today?
Will I see your beauty?

Please walk by me!
I want to see.
I'm happy here.
I'm happy here.
I want for naught.

I'm transformed! Transformed!
I'm now stone.
Transformed! Transformed!
And you I adore!

And you forevermore!
Track Name: The Cusp of this Song is Thumping
The cusp of the situation is
turning around again.

The cusp of this song is
thumping, my dear friend.
They're banging somewhere.
They're smashing things today.

They bang and smash and bang and smash
and somehow I wonder.
They bang and smash. They bang and smash
and somehow I wonder.

Is it for me?
Is that why they make that noise?
Bang and smash. Bang and smash.
Am I why they make that noise?

Have I been too loud? Been too loud?
Is that why they make that noise?
Have I been, been too loud?
Am I why they make that noise?

It's thumpy-thumpy-thump, thump, thumpy-thumpy-thump, thump.
That is the noise.
It's thumpy-thump, thump, thump-thumpy-thump, thump.
That is the noise.

Am I why they're making that noise today?
Am I why they're making that noise?
Thump, thumpy-thump-thump! Thump, thumpy-thump-thump!
Am I why they're making that noise?

I do not know, and I will not ask.
I do not really care.
As long as long as they're not banging on my door,
I do not really care.

But I don't want them calling the cops.
I do not want that you know.
Thump, thumpy-thump-thump. Thump, thumpy-thump-thump.
Am I why they're making the noise.

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