Media Watch: Chronogram Does Greenberger

March 9th, 2010, 2:02 pm by Greg

David Greenberger Interview in Chronogram

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.

If you don’t already know Mr. Greenberger, you will after reading Aaron’s feature story in this month’s issue of Chronogram.

And if you missed’s review of Greenberger’s latest album, “Cherry Picking Apple Blossom Time,” from last August, you can just go here…


POEM: “December” by Ernest Noyes Brookings

December 1st, 2009, 12:01 pm by Greg

Ernest Noyes Brookings (photo by David Greenberger)

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.

David Greenberger is “A King in Milwaukee”

November 17th, 2009, 1:30 pm by Greg

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.

Here’s a too-short clip:

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OCTOBER by Ernest Noyes Brookings

October 1st, 2009, 4:14 pm by Sara

by Ernest Noyes Brookings

October the tenth month thirty-one days
Frequently trips to view autumn leaves
Occasionally a light fog or a dark haze
But not a detrimental cough or sneeze

In a large several room family home
Dad — would you like to view nature’s grandeur?
Mutually yes, lead us to the place to roam
The foliage was beautiful not manufactured

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September by Ernest Noyes Brookings

September 1st, 2009, 8:28 pm by Sara

by Ernest Noyes Brookings

September only once a year ninth month
Has thirty consecutive long days
Frequently an incompetence contains mumps
Thought — where there’s a will there’s a way

In a several room large family home
Mother to children — did you attend and study at school?
Mutually yes to which quite long from here roam
In addition in entirety obeyed old golden rule

At a quite large military training camp
Sergeant — attention line up and salute Old Glory
With us is not a single ragged tramp
But the bugle revile and taps another story

While in a long military parade
Leader with baton — follow my cadence in time with band
This is not an inside-store bar aid
But an exhibition to those on both sides and in stand

From headquarters trip to pleasure resort
By boat full speed, train or plane or bus
From where there are no verbal retorts
And none are private, all are open to us

From New Hampshire trip to beach or foliage
In prechartered local MTA buses
Many trees have beautiful colored foliage
Verbally the private group never cusses

In the town manager’s office
Conduct all construction with special care
Because one wrong stick would be obvious
And leave one section bare

The twenty-first start autumn
The beginning of three month season
Maritime bats — ever caught ’em?
Thought — for everything there is a reason.


Ernest Noyes Brookings

Ernest Noyes Brookings

More about Ernest Noyes Brookings.
Sent to us by our friends at The Duplex Planet. You might want to visit since they’re having a whopper of a sale on back issues.
This poem was first published in Duplex Planet #52, 1983.

DAVID GREENBERGER and PAUL CEBAR’s “Cherry Picking Apple Blossom Time”

August 25th, 2009, 10:00 am by Greg

“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):

CherryPickingCoverDavid 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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