Don’t Bug Me performed by Cheryl Coons & Beckie Menzie

An original song, commissioned by the Chicago Humanities Festival, for their concert “Birds Do It…” The overall theme of the CHF this year was “Animal.” Four songwriters were commissioned to write songs about mating behavior in the animal world. (You…

Don't Bug Me performed by Cheryl Coons & Beckie Menzie

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An original song, commissioned by the Chicago Humanities Festival, for their concert “Birds Do It…”
The overall theme of the CHF this year was “Animal.” Four songwriters were commissioned to write songs about mating behavior in the animal world. (You got to choose your own animal…)

From the Chicago Tribune’s review of the performance, by music critic Howard Reich:

“The tour de force came early in the evening, with Cheryl Coons and Beckie Menzie’s ‘Don’t Bug Me,’ the wittiest, funniest, wickedest song of the night, new or old. The lyrics alone, which include sound effects one previously hadn’t thought either insects or people could produce, deserve a place in an audio library somewhere. But musically, too, “Don’t Bug Me” caught human ears by surprise, this ode to primordial lovemaking unfolding on something close to an operatic scale. Perhaps only the songwriters themselves could possibly have delivered such an eccentric piece, which is not likely to enter the standard repertory any time soon. But with Coons squeaking and squawking the lyrics and Manzie egging her on from the piano, there was no doubt that this evening had reached an odd but appealing artistic high point. We must hear this song again.”

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