The late great Hoopshank and I had a bunch of unfinished collaborations, and what better time to take them on than FAWM? I'm starting with the continuation of a really fun series. A bit of explanation is in order if you're just joining us; otherwise feel free to skip the liner notes.
“Derek” is a musical farcical soap opera co-written by Hoopshank and Nancy Rost. We wrote the first episodes in 2008, and they’re posted below. I’m working on finishing later ones that we started over the years.
Derek aka Derek 1. Lyrics by Hoops, music by Nancy Rost.
Nancy on piano and voice as Amber, Hoops on bass.
Amber revels in her erotic feelings for Derek, a strange, mean man and bad architect who owns a cafe and has a nice nephew named Yves.
Yves aka Derek 2. Lyrics by Nancy Rost, music by Hoops.
Hoops on rhythm guitar, slide guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and voice as Yves and Derek. Nancy as Amber.
Derek’s 18-year-old nephew Yves observes Amber and Derek’s relationship with a combination of indignation and voyeurism.
Derek 3. Lyrics by Nancy Rost, music by Hoops.
Hoops on keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, samples and voice as Derek; Nancy as Derek’s admirers.
Derek brags about using his architecture, cafe and red car in service of womanizing. On the way to see Amber, he becomes suspicious of her relationship with Yves, finds them in flagrante delicto, and crashes his car into his own cafe. To make matters worse, he has no insurance.
Watching Amber Smoke. Music by Hoops and Nancy Rost, words by Nancy Rost.
Hoops on keyboards, guitar, bass and drums; Nancy on vocals.
A tangential song, sort of like those red-button extras on the BBC. A dreamy sequence of Amber going out for a cigarette break. Sung by an unspecified female narrator.
Lydia. Music by Hoops and Nancy Rost, words by Nancy Rost.
Hoops on keyboards, guitar, bass and drums; Nancy on vocals as narrator and Lydia.
This song introduces Amber’s eccentric, accomplished and ornery 13-year-old daughter Lydia.
This episode, Derek 4, finds Derek in the aftermath of the cafe car crash, alone and despondent. Meanwhile, Lydia walks in on Amber and Yves in the midst of a dubious French lesson.
Music by Hoops, words by Nancy Rost.
Hoops: voices of Derek and Yves, string arrangements, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums.
Nancy: voices of Amber and Lydia.
It's hard to talk about what I've been through
Since I lost the only Sally I ever loved
And I lost the cafe, and my beautiful car
What was I thinking of?
I didn't buy insurance
How could I have been so naive?
I need Sally to console me
But she's with my nephew, Yves
Yves: Mademoiselle Amber, je t'aime!!
Amber: Oh Yves, Yves!
Yves: Ca va?
Amber: Oui, ca va bien!
Yves: Qu'est-ce que ...?
Amber : La plume de ma tante .... Oh, hi, Lydia, you're back from school early! Yves here was just helping me brush up on my French!
Lydia: Enchantee, Monsieur Yves
Amber: Oh yes, Yves, this is my daughter Lydia
Lydia: Maman, il scent du potage aux tetes de poisson!
Amber: Oh yes, Yves works ... worked ... at the cafe with me - he's Derek's nephew
Lydia: Oh, mom, remember we were going to hire me a French tutor? Can we hire Yves?