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Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret Out Now! (Also, Let’s Speak About The Future)

Once again, the Weird West Cabaret is out now. Take a listen. If you like it buy it. Buy it as a Xmas gift for your friends. Buy it and send it to your frenemies. Buy it send it to random people . Leave it in peoples’ mailboxes. Just send the composer envelopes full of cash. Many options await you.

Available here!

Miss Helen's Weird West Cabaret

Okay my little sweets. Let’s talk. First of all i thank each and every one of you once again. There is a mountainous response to this album and i weep with joy and relief. Every time you share it online, post about it, blog about it, an angel visits you in the night and gives you a backrub. Platonic, yes, but i mean a REALLY good massage.

Seriously, i am indebted to you.

Now, let us talk of the next one. Much like this one, after a make an announcement about the next one there is very little i can or will say about for the next X many months until it is released. I despise spoilers. I will take a short break, and really, in that time the big thing i must do is figure out how to plot the next one. I know how it begins, how it ends and some nice moments in the middle there, but there’s a whole lot i need to work out structure wise.

The Cabaret was actually quite difficult to plot out. The plot is.. simple in a sense, but how to get from point A to point Z smoothly was a real conundrum. The next one too is tough in different ways. I don’t have the character background songs to fall back on. (I LOVE character background songs. That was the thing that attracted me to the cabaret  idea, i could split the plot between a long form plot and short song by song plots.) A cabaret is nice and easy to frame. The performance will begin, everyone has a reason to be singing, even a reason to be singing odd, dialoguey stuff, and at the end of the album the performance will end. SO nice and neat.

Moving forward, as with any second act, things get more complicated. They cannot be quite as… well bookended. More stuff gets brought into play. I wish to avoid the Atompunk opera’s one sore spot of being a bit tough to follow. But things must get a little more complicated. There’s some weird shit going on.

I must also introduce 2 more characters. One of whom… oh god you do not know the pleasure it will be to write. OH i cannot wait to write shit for this one character. I squeal with delight. Literally. Squeal. I’m doing it now. You just can’t hear me.

I cannot tell you anything more. I am sorry. I can tell you the working title of the next Act, but that’s it. A long time will pass while i write and record this. It took about 7 months to make the Cabaret. Expect the same. At least. I will not rush. Never again.

But in about 7 months or so will come Act 2 of The Ballad Of Lost Hollow, whose working title, which could TOTALLY change, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW COULD TOTALLY CHANGE, but for now, just right now, the working title is Mr. Raven’s Super Big Tent Happy Funtime Carnival Show.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Once Again, Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret Is Now Available! Also: SO?!?

Once Again, Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret Is Now Available! Also: SO?!?

Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret is out now!

This album is a pulp opera: that is, a musical story taking place in a specific pop culture genre, in this case, the weird west. Think the old west meets werewolves, lovecraftian monsters, sinister carnivals, and of course, flying, face eating zombie babies. A small group of performers appear onstage every Saturday night at the town saloon to perform an ongoing cabaret led by Miss Helen. This particular week focuses on the tragedies of their existence with sweeping songs.

Miss Helen's Weird West Cabaret

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, for all those you already listening to it: SO????!!!!??? WHADAYA THINK? I’m dying to know. I just…. sit here in my far off foreign land, making my little… cabaret for… who knows who. I wonder if the thing that i really hoped would work on someone’s heart and psyche actually works. Is anyone even out there i wonder sometimes? Am i alone in here? If anyone’s out there to trust….

On another note: My exTREME thanks to all of you for buying this album. I cannot thank you all enough. I am grateful for each and every single purchase and it is through your overwhelming kindness that i am able to continue making albums. Seriously, i read each name of each person who pops on my notifications from Bandcamp and sometimes i even whisper to your name that you are awesome which i assure you looks very, very creepy on this end especially if you were to just walk in on me talking to my email.

As far as i can tell, reaction seems to be quite favorable. Everyone already knows Lauren is awesome, but Psyche Chimere as Han-Mi seems to be killing it. Lot of love for Han-Mi. If you have a second, i’m DYING to know what people think. I’ve been down here in this basement working on this thing for months and months and months like some mad old coot. Drop a comment if you’re in the mood.

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Out Now! Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret!

By Paul Shapera. Featuring Lauren Osborn, Psyche Chimere, and Rhys Owen. Only at Bandcamp. Itunes release next week.

Miss Helen's Weird West Cabaret

 

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

3 Days Until Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret

“AHHHH can’t wait to share the latest epic installment from Mr Shapera, this new musical is my favourite i’ve done with him so far I think,” – Lauren Osborn

Miss Helen's Weird West Cabaret

On Tues Dec 6th Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret does indeed come out. I’m uploading the files now and i believe tonight shall be the last listen. From the moment i put a track aside to begin work on the next one, there is a notepad full of notes on what to do to improve each track. This notepad follows the project all the way until the end. Sometimes it is a LONG list. As we near the end it becomes smaller and smaller, often focusing on things like S’s and bumping up some minor instrument a hair. The words “a hair” are used a LOT. And finally we get to the other night where everything had been taken off the list and nothing new added. It was blank. Thus i pause for a day or two, then sit down in about 15 minutes to listen to it one last time to be certain.

The cast is great.I have been fortunate to have almost exclusively worked with wonderful people on these projects. From New Albion to Lost Hollow almost everyone has been not only a joy to work with, but an honor to have onboard.

Of course as always we have Lauren Osborn. We made her the MC this time and the part was very carefully crafted for her exact skill set. Lauren is of course my big gun, my ultimate weapon. I will never tire of her voice and she has elevated my work immeasurably. Before her my work was below a certain line and with her the work is elevated above it.

Psyche Chimere from the Psyche Corporation plays the protagonist/villainess Han-Mi. I am utterly delighted with both her voice and her embodiment of the character, as i hope you will all be too. Working with her has been a joy and she’ll be along for the entire series (probably 3 Acts) You should check her out:  http://psychecorporation.com/dreamportal/

Rhys Owen absolutely SLAYS the big Henry The Alchemist song. I can listen to him sing all day and will be further experimenting with his voice in the next 2 acts.

How much of it is plotted? All of it and none. So, Miss Helen’s WW Cabaret is a simple 1st act. I know the entire larger story arc, the how,  where and whys. All the major big strokes.  I do not have the specifics of the next two acts plotted. There are a number of ways to approach the next bit and i’m still mulling over them.

I took my time with this one. I was careful. I really, really want this one to be good. I want to enthrall you. I want to tell you stories. I want to suck you in. I want to make your heart burst. I want you to end this album felling like you should be covered in emotional sweat from the aural workout.  I want you to sway along with it without even knowing it. I want to sweep you off your feet. I truly tried.

We shall see.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Coming Dec. 6th: Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret by Paul Shapera

Miss Helen's Weird West Cabaret

Featuring Lauren Osborn as Miss Helen, Psyche Chimere as Han-Mi, Rhys Owen as Henry The Alchemist, and Studly McMuffinpants as The Sheriff. Cover and extras art by Sarah DeBuck.

The album is Act 1 of The Ballad Of Lost Hollow.

Length: 1 hour and 2 minutes. Price likely to be 7 dollars, 5 pounds, or 6 euros if purchased from Bandcamp. As usual, it will go on sale at iTunes several days later.

Listen to an early preview track:

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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The Cover To Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret by Sarah DeBuck

The Cover To Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret by Sarah DeBuck

Here it is, folks! By the ever wonderful Sarah DeBuck. So gorgeous i could eat it.

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Coming around Dec 6th. I’ll announce for realsies tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Rabbit Hole Podcast Discusses Dolls.

And Dr. Strange. And plays Disney movie duels. But yes, also has much kindness and nice fuzzy goodness sweet yummy to say about Dolls and the New Albion Trilogy.

Episode 19 – WE’RE BACK!

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2016 in Uncategorized