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Last season Onus Playhouse presented All Is Forgiven? a musical soap opera written by Serene Dominic. This season, Serene and co-host Steve Asetta give a track by track analysis of the eight RPM Challenge albums Serene recorded from start to finish for seven consecutive Februarys.
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Here Serene and Steve run down side 3 of Serene's figurative double album, the  24 Originals Happening Now album, which was modeled after a 1967 TV record album offer called  24 Original Happening Hits. This miracle of science crammed 24 songs onto two sides of vinyl by severely editing and prematurely fading out all your favorites. Musical genres covered on this baker's half dozen  include bubblegum, Philly Soul, goodtime music, grunge, countrypolitan and psychedelia.  Edited out for your protection, the pair wasted a lot of time looking up minutia on the internet about such subjects as  "did Ian Whitcomb write 'This Sporting Life" and "did Tom Waits ever cover a Buck Owens record." Existential questions posed by this podcast  include the meaning of "wolf tickets," how did Cole Summers get his first DUI in Marin County and should Ethel Merman's disco album be designated as a weapon of war.Songs include "Your Heart Ain't Saying," "I've Got So Much To Forgive,"  "If Tallulah Were Mine," "Tight Wad," "Scranton"  and "Yellow Shampoo."Click here to watch all 24 Original Happening Now Videos and subscribe to the Serene Dominic YouTube channel!Click here to stream the entire 24 Originals Happening Now! album.Click here to  stream a Spotify playlist of the 24 Original Happening Hits! collection that inspired this album (only one song had to be substituted).Catch Serene Dominic's weekly livecast "The Human Torch Floor Show" every Thursday at 8:30 MST on facebook.com/serenedominic 
Here Serene and Steve run down side 2 of Serene's figurative double album, the  24 Originals Happening Now album, which was modeled after a 1967 TV record album offer called  24 Original Happening Hits. This miracle of science crammed 24 songs onto two sides of vinyl by severely editing and prematurely fading out all your favorites (at least Australians saw the sense in deleting four tracks to accommodate 20 Original Happening Hits with the proper song lengths in future reiterations). Musical genres covered on side 2  include Motown ("My Secret Life" is presented here for the first time in its 2020 supermix), Bakersfield country, disco, Merseybeat, electro clash and charity records. Conversational tangents include Cyndi Lauper's jewelry, the danceability of Brook Benton records, Yankees bat day swag and the 1964 World's Fair.Songs include "My Secret Life," "What Are You In For?"  "Mutha Earth," "Agony," "Maintenance"  and "Let's See Other People."Click here to watch all 24 Original Happening Now Videos and subscribe to the Serene Dominic YouTube channel!Click here to stream the entire 24 Originals Happening Now! album.Click here to  stream a Spotify playlist of the 24 Original Happening Hits! collection that inspired this album (only one song had to be substituted).Catch Serene Dominic's weekly livecast "The Human Torch Floor Show" every Thursday at 8:30 MST on facebook.com/serenedominic
Here Serene and Steve run down the first six songs of what would figuratively be  a double album on vinyl, the  24 Originals Happening Now album, which was modeled after a 1967 TV record album offer called  24 Original Happening Hits. This miracle of science crammed 24 songs onto two sides of vinyl by severely editing and prematurely fading out all your favorites, which K-Tel also did later on. Serene has a back history for each of the 24 made up groups he concocted for each selection.  Musical genres covered on Side 1  include jangle-pop (Serene actually tried getting  "Unfriend Me" to the Gin Blossoms with no success), Britrock, indie rock, glitter, lounge and white-boy reggae. Other topics of discussion include Esteban, the merits of the  Kia Spectra EX,  the question of whether  Phil Spector is allowed  to wear wigs in jail and how a movie might have killed off friends with benefits for everyone.Songs include "Unfriend Me," "The Lights Go Down and Out" "Independent Thought," "Sarsaparilla Lillian," "That Lounging"  and "FWB (Friends With Benefits)."Click here to watch all 24 Original Happening Now Videos and subscribe to the Serene Dominic YouTube channel!Click here to stream the entire 24 Originals Happening Now! album.Click here to  stream a Spotify playlist of the 24 Original Happening Hits! collection that inspired this album (only one song had to be substituted).Catch Serene Dominic's weekly livecast "The Human Torch Floor Show" every Thursday at 8:30 MST on facebook.com/serenedominic
For seven consecutive years, Serene Dominic took the RPM Challenge and wrote and recorded an entire album in the month of February. Now in this talk-and-music analysis series, Serene and co-host Steve Asetta musical director of All Is Forgiven? and the upcoming Dark Lullaby podcast (coming in season 3) give track by track running commentary through these eight home-recorded albums.Our discussion continues on the rest of the Unnatural Blonde album, which was written to be a song by song companion to Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic Vertigo. Serene And Steve banter a lot about the movie and decide their Jimmy Stewart impersonations needs work. Other topics of discussion include unwitting percussion instruments and dangerous projectiles given for free at Yankees games, Kim Novak's Groucho eyebrows, that season of Dallas that was all a dream and of course, death.Songs include "Pinch Me," "This Means No," "It Is What It Is," "Dress You, Paint You," "Can't Unring a Bell," "Up! Up! Up1 (In three movements!)" and "Overwhelming Dream."Click here to watch Serene Dominic condense the entire Vertigo movie into a ten-minute musical.Click here to stream the entire Unnatural Blonde album.Catch Serene Dominic's weekly livecast "The Human Torch Floor Show" every Thursday at 8:30 MST on facebook.com/serenedominicClick here to read Serene's review  of Jackie Gleason's The NOW Sound ... For Today’s Lovers album in Detroit Metro Times.
For seven consecutive years, Serene Dominic took the RPM Challenge and wrote and recorded an entire album in the month of February. Now in this talk and music analysis series, Serene and co-host Steve Asetta musical director of All Is Forgiven? and the upcoming Dark Lullaby podcast (coming in season 3) give track by track running commentary through these eight home-recorded albums. In this episode the pair analyze the Unnatural Blonde album which was written to be a song by song companion to Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic Vertigo. Other conversational tangents left unanswered I can filed here including when helicopters were first invented (1936),  Nino Roto's disqualified Best Original Score Oscar nomination for The Godfather (the recycled score was withdrawn, ineligible and replaced by a nomination for Sleuth ), and where else do we know the actor who played Gavin Elster in Vertigo (he played Sir Halsey Hopewell in Flipper's New Adventure). No, thank you!Songs include "Swimming in the Head," "You'll Never Let Me Go," "Drop of a Hat," "I Stalk Around," "Dream Along with Me Darkly," "In Bed By Nine" and "All That Love Has Worn Away." Click here to watch Serene Dominic condense the entire Vertigo movie into a ten-minute musical.Click here to stream the entire Unnatural Blonde album.Catch Serene Dominic's weekly livecast "The Human Torch Floor Show" every Thursday at 8:30 MST on facebook.com/serenedominicClick here to read Serene's review  of Jackie Gleason's The NOW Sound ... For Today’s Lovers album in Detroit Metro Times.
Part 2 of the conversation between All Is Forgiven? creator Serene Dominic and Musical Director Steve Asetta giving background and insight on all the songs from the show. Conversational tangents include Serene Dominic's lost rap album, French Provincial furniture, skipping vinyl vs. skipping compact discs, the Sunnyslope Historical Society, The Clash and growing up watching The Wizard of Oz on a black and white television set. 
All Is Forgiven? creator Serene Dominic and Musical Director Steve Asetta go through all of the songs from the show and go off on tangents that include the fine art of ball and jacks, Godzilla, Stella Dora breadsticks, stripper songs and other antiquated cultural references. Our gin and tonic talk has been separated into two parts so you can imagine listening to side one of the cast album with lots of chat in between.
As a bonus to those who've completed the seven episode meal of All Is Forgiven?, the world's first episodic musical podcast, we bring you this episode of Phoenix Tonight? where hosts Russ Kazmierczak and Emily Estril interview  Serene Dominic. You can see a video of the whole Phoenix Tonight? installment here on YouTube but in case you want to continue in the same theatre of the mind territory we mined with All Is Forgiven?, it is presented here without visuals. Among the topics of discussion are the pandemic's effects on the arts, All Is Forgiven?,  the upcoming season of Onus Playhouse, the joys of sound effects and The Beatles versus The Monkees.
In our finale episode, explanations abound like raisins in Raisin Bran. Things come to a head  as the battle of humans versus Orzonians rages to its unforseeable end. We learn the truth about Vic, Shanabella and the real reason the Orzonians are here. Spoiler alert: the song titles will not give anything away. Songs include “The Territory,” “All is Forgiven “ and “Masters of Woe.”  Deadly Sin of the Week? Don't get mad, get  WRATH!!Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicGemeleye - JoobsShanabella Heisener - Dayna DonovanRotelle - Chris DoyleOfficer Fowler - Matt StrangwayesHector - Ernesto MoncadaNathan - Andrew JemsekYim Lee  - Nick PascoNarrator -  Peter Gilstrap  All music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus ProductionCast Recording Available on Onus Records 
In episode 6 of All Is Forgiven?, The Orzonians manage to blackmail everyone in a three-block radius of Vic’s paint store into working at their crystal meth fulfillment center. After vowing to do nothing, Vic colluded with Shanabella to raise arms against their oppressors and find it’s easy to kill a malevolent extra terrestrial with no street smarts? Or maybe not. Songs include “The Heat is Upon Me Now,” “Take Some Strength From Me” and “Out of the Attic.” Deadly Sin of the Week? Sloth, if anyone asks you...Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicGemeleye - JoobsShanabella Heisener - Dayna DonovanRotelle - Chris DoyleScooter - Matt StrangwayesMrs. Navotney - Andrea EngelsbergHector - Ernesto MoncadaNathan - Andrew JemsekYim Lee  - Nick PascoNarrator -  Peter Gilstrap  All music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus ProductionCast Recording Available on Onus Records 
In episode 5  of All Is Forgiven?, The Orzonians reveal their plan to get Vic back into the crystal meth manufacturing and distribution game which will violate his agreement with the US Marshalls. To strong-arm him, they threaten to disfigure his ex-wife Angie with bad liposuction. Vic mentally retreats to The Bronx to get imagined advice from his old crew. Songs include “Morris Park Boys,” “The Sunnyslope Historic Society” and “Someone For Everyone.” Deadly Sin of the Week? Greed, thanks for asking!Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicShanabella Heisener - Dayna DonovanOld School Sal - Steve AsettaFrankie the Lip - Jim DustanPasquale - Google TranslateGemeleye - JoobsRotelle - Chris DoyleNathan - Andrew JemsekNarrator - Don GladbeeAll music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus ProductionCast Recording Available on Onus Records 
In episode 4  of All Is Forgiven? Vic takes Shanabella to his French Provincial riddled house in Sunnyslope after eating too much at Brusco’s and discovers she has a different slant on things not caused by a busted plastic heel on her stiletto. The newly amorous pair get some unexpected visitors who ensure that this is their first and last-ever date! Songs include “French Provincial Kick,” “Up in Your Attic” and “Testosterone." Deadly Sin of the Week? Gluttony, please pass the Brioski.Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicShanabella Heisener - Dayna DonovanGemeleye - JOOBSRotelle - Chris DoyleNarrator -  Matt StrangwayesAll music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus ProductionCast Recording Available on Onus Records 
In Episode 3 of All Is Forgiven?, Vic gets some bad news about his ex-wife and decides to visit Shanabella at the strip club to get a better view of what she does for a living. Before the night is over, one of them will see a ghost and the other will violate the “no crying on the pole” rule.Songs include “That’s My Ava,” “Nobody Knows Me Like You Do” and “The Night They Knocked Fat Alfonso Off.” Deadly Sin of the Week? Lust, natch!Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicUS Marshall Janine Miranda - JoAnna T LawlessShanabella Heisener - Dayna DonovanScooter - Matt StrangwayesMartina - Annamarie SanchezHector - Ernesto MoncadaFat Alfonso  - Serene DominicNarrator -  Peter Gilstrap  All music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus ProductionCast Recording Available on Onus Records 
In episode 2 of All Is Forgiven?, Nathan, the assistant manager at Vic’s paint store, pays a visit to his boss' home after work hours to persuade him to go out to a country-and -western bar to meet women. Then Vic, still pining for his ex-wife Angie, does the next worst thing to drunk dialing her--he has an imaginary fight with her!  And we’ll meet Shanabella Heisener, a black stripper whose storehouse knowledge of old vaudevillians arouses more than just suspicion.Songs include “Silver Pony Action,” “That’s My Ava” and “(I'm Just An) Old Soul at Heart.” Deadly Sin of the Week? Envy, thanks for asking.Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicNathan - Andrew JemsekAngie Masterone - Kristen SaggauShanabella Heisener - Dayna DonovanNarrator -  Peter Gilstrap  All music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus Production Cast Recording Available on Onus Records 
In episode 1 of All Is Forgiven? Vic Masterone, a convicted low-level mob foot soldier has entered the Witness Protection Program to relocate from Morris Park in the Bronx to Sunnyslope, Arizona. And there are more new adjustments to make than just an unpopular name change, an injured pride and a rejected new chin cleft request to deal with.Songs include “How Did I Become Such a Monster,” “Guess That’s Just the Way She Wants It” and “Ode to a Screaming Jay.” Deadly Sin of the Week? Pride, thanks for asking!Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicUS Marshall Janine Miranda - Andrea EngelsbergUS Marshall Tyler Brown - Mark StinsonNarrator -  Peter Gilstrap  All music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus ProductionCast Recording Available on Onus Records 
Vic Masterone, a convicted low-level mob foot soldier has entered the Witness Protection Program to relocate from Morris Park in the Bronx to Sunnyslope, Arizona. And there are more new adjustments to make than just an unpopular name change, an injured pride and a rejected new chin cleft request to deal with. Songs include “How Did I Become Such a Monster,” “Guess That’s Just the Way She Wants It” and “Ode to a Screaming Jay.” Deadly Sin of the Week? Pride, thanks for asking!Cast:Vic Masterone - Serene DominicUS Marshall Janine Miranda - Andrea EngelsbergUS Marshall Tyler Brown - Mark StinsonNarrator -  Peter Gilstrap  All music performed by Serene Dominic Musical Director - Steve Asetta All Is Forgiven is a Serene Dominic - Onus Production Cast Recording Available on Onus Records 
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