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Unruly Mix

Tales of Music, Artists, Posers and Misfits

The characters in An Unruly Mix don’t fit in, anywhere. The only entity that brings them together is the setting of Burnham, CT. Some are natives, others from nearby and a few passing through. Burnham is a peaceful town on a little mountain with residents that keep a firm but loosening grip on the values nurtured by generations past.

Patience is a virtue, and the instinctive urge to resist change is bypassed by the strength of their faith, and confidence in knowledge of history: Do the right thing and be confident everything will be alright.

In this first of three volumes of short story humor by author Bob Deakin, we meet the characters and see the redeeming qualities in some, the destructive tendencies in others, and the unseen and unexpected circumstances that form the foundations of future conflicts.

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Late on Side B you made the awkward decision to include Ronnie Milsap’s “It Was Almost Like a Song” followed by Barbara Mandrell’s “(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Want to be Right.” Emotional confusion anyone? 

-from Unruly Mix

Also in The Year Without a Santa Claus, the Snow Miser was voiced by Dick Shawn, who played LSD (Lorenzo St. DuBois) in the original The Producers film in 1968. As the Snow Miser, he sang one half of the Snow Miser/Heat Miser ragtime-style showstoppers. Yep. Same guy. 

-from Straw Hat Weirdo

Otherwise happy, comfortable people scramble to look away, walk in other directions, draw attention to something else or strike up conversations about anything but Mr. Skinny Mini and his wares. The prettiest girls cringe, the toughest guys recoil and rambunctious children sit quietly by their parents. Even smoke from a distant fire drifts in another direction.

-from Skinny Mini Clears the Beach