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Michael P.  Smith
February & March
Blog and E-newsletter
  • The NEW CD The Selfish Giant, and show reviews!
  • The Wintry Guest at RhinoFest, new songs, Feb 7
  • Valentine's Concert for Edgar's Place, Feb 14
  • St. Pat's Kick-off, Songs of a Catholic Childhood, Chief O'Neill's Pub, Mar 5
  • Homeward Bound: New Jersey Mar 20-21
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A Note from Michael

  Once upon a time, little children, before doing a show I would say to myself: boy, wait'll this audience gets to hear what I have to offer! Then for a while I'd be like: oh maybe I don't know what I'm doing and maybe it's really showing that I don't, and showing right now! Then I'd go, what do I have to change? Maybe I need to be more like him, or them or whatever. That would lead to: I'm not gonna change a thing, in fact I'm gonna be more off the wall than I've ever been! And finally the circle would complete with, wait'll this audience...etc. Over and over. (And this might all go on in the first song!) Yes, children, in the wrong light, what one does artistically can look really dorky to oneself. "Dorky dorky dorky dorky dorky dorky dorky". (William Kotzwinkle).

    Well, tonight (on Facebook) my friend Al Power sent out this beautiful photo of the shore of a stormy Lake Michigan, and Al quoted a couple of lines from my song Rondi's Birthday. From what I gather Al's quite a bright star in his field, got some books out, and folks, I'd like to tell you that Dr. Al curtailed that mind game for me, this cold and windy evening, pretty good. Simply because: the one made him think of the other. So check it out, It's beautiful. Oh I already said that. Wait'll you see it…

    Meanwhile this month, Selfish Giant rolls on, having a wonderful time, wish you were here.


February and March Concerts

Saturday, Feb 7 at 3 PM

“Epitaphs, Apparitions, and the Wintry Guest”
With original music by Michael Smith
Rhinoceros Theatre Fest at Prop Thr
3502 N Elston Ave
Chicago, I
PH 773.492.1287;


Saturday, Feb 14 at 8:00 pm
Michael’s Valentine’s Concert
Edgar’s Place Coffee House
Unitarian Universalist Community Church
70 Sycamore Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466
PH 708.481.5339

Thursday, Mar 5 at 8 PM
Jamie O’Reilly & Michael Smith
St. Pat's Kick-off: Songs of a Catholic Childhood
Chief O’Neill’s Pub
3471 North Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
PH 773. 583.3066

Friday, Mar 20 at 8:15 PM
De Cafe at Perkins Center for the Arts
395 Kings Highway
Moorestown, NJ 08057
PH 856. 235.6488

Saturday, Mar 21 at 7:00 PM
Rosie’s Cafe
Brick Township, New Jersey

COMING SOON! The Selfish Giant CD album on

Singing and playing a variety of instruments, Michael performs a charming set of original songs, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story.
Pure joy!  Pre-order by email:

"As articles unto themselves, Smith’s songs are of a caliber that certainly warrants a table of CDs for sale perched next to Wilde’s source material." 
Visit Michael's website for information


From The Selfish Giant New City review. 
t may be Michael Smith’s lovely and thoughtfully brilliant songs, developed specifically with Thomas for the play, that return many for a second or third performance. The slightly creaky folk vernacular Smith employs is tonally ideal; quietly advancing the plot, identifiable to the children but capable of rendering fond reminiscences in their parents, these are not the leaden, sentimental cry-cues of some contemporary kid songcraft (Randy Newman, I’m looking at you). I was happily reminded of “Percy”-era Kinks..." (Jonathan Richardson) Read 
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 North Dearborn
PH 872-222-9555

"A ripe, sun-kissed peach blossom of a production..."

Epitaphs poster illustration Maci Greenberg
Selfish Giant cover illustration: Kelly Stribling Sutherland
Selfish Giant CD Design: Nia O'Reilly Amandes Design
Songs: Michael P. Smith, Bird Avenue, ASCAP

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