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Things are popping here at Banana Productions! In addition to all the library shows I’ve got this spring (check out my calendar), My Summer Tour 16 bookings have been going swimmingly. I’ll be performing in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton OH before heading to Indianapolis and on to Kansas City. I’ll be in Austin, Texas over July 4 weekend and into the following week, and am working on some very cool performances there. Can’t wait to spring my 4 of July song on a Texas crowd!

Then it’s on to San Angelo and all the way to Vegas before turning around and heading home. My busiest tour yet. Check my calendar for details. And if you have any place you’d like to see me play along this route–  let me know ASAP!

Also, I’m working up a show based on my recent purchase of Ableton Live 9 software and a Push 2 interface. If that makes no sense to you, you’re not alone! I think half the reason I started writing this show is to force me to learn this technology. Having said that, it’s a lot of fun (once you learn it. So they assure me. The legendary they), and a way that I can appear cool, if only momentarily, to older kids. Take the sounds of their voices, play with them, make them high, low, weird, chop them up and create beats using nothing but the voices in the room. That sort of thing.

Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted. And how’s by you? We haven’t talked in a while. I’d love to hear from you. I’m all ears.



March 22, 2016 / danna banana

It’s a new year, and I have a new album almost done!

It has a bunch of songs you haven’t heard, along with a bunch that I play a lot in live shows but haven’t put on an album yet, like I’M WITH THEM and BLA BLA BLA, a great Toots and the Maytals song. It also has SPRING MORNING, a kind of slow, meandering kind of a dance number where one must SPRINg UP like a flower or ball when the chorus comes round which it does regularly. The beginning drifts in ephemerally over a soft rolling New Orleans sort of beat and is my poor homage and an attempt to echo the opening of  the B52s Planet Clare that starts their second album. I came up with it one morning as I was walking Rosie. Sunlight thru trees, just enough warmth that you feel the jacket you’re wearing is a little too much.

Have you ever thought your Dad was taking soooo long and you were really impatient and frustrated? That’s what SLOWPOKE is all about. Dads, take heart. I fight back. I tell them I think their brain is broken. I’m recording more at home with a Push 2. Never had much luck recording at home but my niece is here for two weeks, and she’s an excellent singer. And her sister.


I just got a new piece of equipment for recording songs that has a LOT of sounds on it– drums, and bass, and horns, and strings, and all kinds of weird computer sounds. I’m not very good with computers, but I’m really going to try to learn how to use this one, because if I really learn how to use it, I can make some really cool songs that I could share with you. So…stay tuned!
Yr Pal,
Danna Banana

*the chorus is the part of a song that comes back with the same exact music and the same exact words.

January 30, 2016 / danna banana

So excited about my new album Prepare To Be Scared. Despite it’s title, there’s nothing to be afraid of. ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself’, I crib from FDR on my song I Frighten Myself from the album.

Recorded by the estimable Larry Alexander in his studio in Valley Cottage, NY, it reflects a lot of what you’ve come to expect from a danna banana album- solid songwriting, great musicianship (thanks Joel Newton/Peter Moffitt/Ethan Linden (Cohen)/Takashi Otsuka/Bill Ruyle and everyone else!), danceable tunes, but also some weird, unexpected twists and turns you’d never hear anywhere else. Last House On The Left and Evil Awful Cheez Monkeez fit that category labelled ‘uncategorizable’which is probably why they’re my favorite songs. Where did they come from? Your guess is as good as mine. Well, maybe not quite as good. I remember when I got at least the germ of the idea for Evil Awful Cheez Monkeez. My son’s best friend Jonathan lived across the street, and he was in our kitchen eating cheese. And eating and eating and eating it. I’d just been to the doctor, my cholesterol was high. I couldn’t eat cheese. He was focussed, deliberate, like a dog. I’d heard that dogs don’t have a switch to turn off hunger, that if there’s food around a dog will just eat and eat and eat until his stomach bursts. I imagined Jonathan keeling over in my kitchen from an overdose of Polly-O string cheese. Nine years old, with the sclerotic build-up in his arteries of a 45-year-old. And it would be all my fault.


I finally said ‘Hey Jonathan, that’s a lot of cheese’, and he shrugged and looked sidelong at my son and said ‘I guess I’m just a cheese monkey.’ And started laughing. And my son laughed, and I laughed, and we all laughed for…quite a while. And I tucked it away in my memory bank.

Last House on the Left? Well, that’s a tale that will have to wait for another time. You can wait, can’t you?….

October 23, 2014 / danna banana

Why is it that i have a tragic, fundamental inability to get anything done on a recording program. I work in Logic. I use the term advisedly. I worked with pal Peter Moffitt, incredible pianist and all around good guy, to create a track yesterday. Piano vocals. He left and I was to bounce our session and send him an mp3. First thing I did was, I somehow managed to eliminate my vocals. I hit something, I don’t even know what, and I discarded my vocals. It keeps asking me to search for the vocal tracks, but I don’t know where they are. There’s no folder in my file called ‘Ether’…so now I’m trying to re-record the vocals over the existing piano track he laid down yesterday. And I’m getting nothing in the program. I can’t hear piano. I can’t hear myself. And I can’t believe I’m so bad at this! And it’s a cute song! Has potential!

September 18, 2013 / danna banana

Hey people-

It’s taken me four days just to get to a working computer that has access to the internet! Everything is fine, my family is okay, we had one tree that almost fell on the house, and broke the windshield of our car, but other than that, no real damage. We have no power, however. We’ve been having people over every night, cooking meat from the freezer before it goes bad, drinking wine and singing songs by candle light. I could get used to this!

Thanks for all the notes of concern. I’ll be back in touch soon about the releaswe of my NEW ALBUM, i am NOT silly, very soon. It’s already gone to the printers, and I should be receiving delivery of actual cds in a few days. This hurricane may have delayed IANS world takeover release, but not by much! Have no fear!

November 1, 2012 / danna banana