Use the embedded player below to hear a sample of “EVIL KIRK” by Kathryn Ladano, featuring yours truly
The initial concept was Kathryn’s. She liked that Star Trek the original series had a lot of audible bass clarinet in the music. Often just before a red shirt was about to die, you’d hear a bass clarinet melody…and then ZAP!
We decided to add a vocal element. I compiled some of my favourite Captain James Tiberius Kirk quotations, and Kathryn had a general direction for the music but otherwise she improvised. We performed it live in four takes at Wildrid Laurier University’s Seminary building. A couple effects were added in mixing and voila — “Evil Kirk”!
A: You know what I want for Christmas? The John A. MacDonald action figure! Yes, it exists. It’s not music-related, but since we’re talking about action figures of our heroes…
M: At some point in the near future I fully intend to work in my Sir Wilfrid Laurier action figure. I haven’t figured out how yet…but I WILL! In fact I was going to throw it in here as a mind-fuck at the end, but it wasn’t working and wasn’t funny so I axed it at the last minute!
Screw it. Not music-related? Wouldn’t be the first time! This figure, 2006 Nafekh, is from “Series 1” of the Canadian Legends. “Series 2” never came to be. (My series 2 would have included Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Terry Fox, and Alexander Graham Bell, if such a thing were ever made.)