Debbie Miller Queen of Hearts

Debbie Miller Performs “Queen of Hearts” — an Original Song Inspired by Alice In Wonderland

Few people can own the Bushwick stage the way Debbie Miller can. Sometimes her songs are funny, sometimes they are sad, and sometimes they are both. It doesn’t matter, she brings it every time and it is a joy to watch.

Here she is playing a song she wrote inspired by Lewis  Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland — performed live at the Fremont Abbey back in 2012.

As she explains in the video, it turns out that the character she most identified with from the book was The Queen of Hearts. (GASP!) That’s probably why this song is called Queen of  Hearts.


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Five facts about Douglas Adams

5 Facts About Douglas Adams

Bushwick’s big The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy event is but a few short hours away. Before picking up the book to read before the show, I was very unfamiliar with Douglas Adams and his writing. Shame on me! And I consider myself to be a nerd. So to better prepare myself for the show, I read up a bit on him. Here are some things I learned.

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The Official Poster for Our Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Event

Nothing arouses the senses and gets people excited about a show the way a good old fashioned poster does. And here is the official poster for our upcoming event: Original Music Inspired by Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.

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Douglas Adams Quotes

10 Quotes From Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

When rounding up quotes for this month’s Bushwick Book Club Selection, Douglas Adams’ The Hitcherhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I was immediately struck by the many passages which our timely in this election year. With each passing debate and candidate’s statement or press conference, I wonder if Adams had some sort of window into 2016 when he was writing the book. My first five picks all remind me of our currently political climate.

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Tekla Waterfield Dream Chaser — Music Video

Bushwick artist Tekla Waterfield just released this music video for her song Dream Chaser.  It is the first single off her debut album “This Nightlife Is Wearing On Me” — available now on her Bandcamp page.

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wes weddell performance rules

Four Performance Rules I’m Happy to Bend (and the One I Won’t)

The music business, like the human condition, is complex, ambiguous, and frequently arbitrary – curiously-suited to a risk-averse individual like me.  Yet here I am, fifteen years into what at this point can only be called a career.

In the beginning, I brandished a stringent list of performance absolutes in the hopes that adhering to them would assure success. I’d also read so many musicians’ biographies in high school and college that I had language ready for my own narrative, overlooking the fact that such a straight-to-Behind-the-Music (or American Idol, if you prefer) approach would deprive one of the experiences of creating, interacting, and growing in real time. We all learn things along the way.

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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

Like all teachers and students, The Bushwick Book Club Seattle also takes the summer off. We love summer vacation! And now that summer is over, and our 6th season is in full swing (our next show is on Halloween night, original music inspired by Stephen Kings’ Carrie) we checked in with some of our Bushwick artists to see what they were up to this summer. We asked them what they read, listened to and what projects they worked on or having coming up.

Here is what they had to say.

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junot diaz science fiction

Junot Díaz and His Relationship to Science Fiction

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is written in three languages: English, Spanish and Science Fiction. From the opening epigraph, a quote from Galactus, to the final pages, the entire text is shot through with genre references, both well-known and obscure. Most folk are familiar with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but likely not M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel series. Read more

5 facts about junot diaz

5 Facts About Author Junot Díaz

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle kicks off its sixth season with music inspired by Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  I wanted to learn more about both the author and the book in preparation for the show. I took to the Internet to find out some additional facts.

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6 Quotes From Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a coming of age story that uses magical realism to illustrate how main character Oscar navigates adolescence, finding love and an ancient family curse. Author Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel and the Pulitzer Board described the book as “a dazzling, richly layered novel about an overweight, nerdy Dominican-American teenager who comes of age in a multi-generational immigrant family, devouring comic books, spinning fantasies and searching for love.”

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