One of our favorite local music writers Peter Aaron has written a wonderful, in-depth profile of Greenwich’s David Greenberger, who just happens to be one of our very all-time favorite artist/musician/writer/conceptualist/magazine publisher-editor/album-cover-designer/Renaissance man/all-around-good-guy buddies.
Ernest Noyes Brookings (photo by David Greenberger)
by Ernest Noyes Brookings
December twelfth month of the year
Date my eighty-fifth birthday will be the twelfth
Either twentieth or twenty-first start winter clear
Normally unless detrimental have excellent health
At a local residential family home
Dad to mother — enough gifts for the tree?
She — yes, but the kids like to roam
During when God’s natural beauty is visibly free
Dad — let’s go purchase lights and trimmings
After return they were applied to the tree
After when the tree was filled with trimmings
The gifts were visible to all free
Gifts distributed as per name
A large variety — clothes, cards and toys
All perfect, some were the same
In addition to parents, girls and boys
After receipt all happy and gay
Joined mutually in Christmas songs
In addition Dad did pray
Dear God bless our gifts with no tongs.
This poem was first published in Duplex Planet #54, 1984. More on Brookings can be found at Duplex Planet. This month, all Duplex Planet orders come with a free Brookings book of matches (with his poem “Fire” printed on it). And if you order any Duplex Planet CD, you will also receive a free copy of “Outstandingly Ignited: Lyrics by Ernest Noyes Brookings, Volume 4.” Tell ’em Nippertown sent ya.
Maybe you know David Greenberger as a music writer for Metroland magazine.
Maybe you know him from his National Public Radio commentaries.
Maybe you know him as the creator and editor of Duplex Planet, one of the most wonderful magazines in the whole universe.
And maybe you don’t know him at all.
But now you can get to know him better. One of our favorite Nippertown artists-in-residence, Greenberger is the subject of a 30-minute documentary film, “A King in Milwaukee,” co-directed by Brad Lichtenstein and Nicole Brown for 371 Productions. The film will have its broadcast premiere on Wednesday (November 18) – but unfortunately, only in Milwaukee, on Milwaukee Public Television.
“Look at me! I’m a king! I have a red shirt! I live in Milwaukee!”
– from “A King in Milwaukee, Part 1”
(Pel Pel Recordings, 2009):
David Greenberger is a masterful artist who knows how to get to the heart of matter of getting older. It seems like such an easy thing – I mean, we all get older every day, don’t we? But you can’t see it in a mirror on a daily basis. It’s an elusive topic, and like water through your hand, it’s difficult to get a grasp on.
Greenberger has got hold of it by the neck, and thankfully he won’t let go. He’s been doing it for three decades now as the writer, editor and all-around office boy at the Duplex Planet, a little homemade magazine that’s grown into something of an empire over the years.
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