He Do the Police in Different Voices
He Do the Police in Different Voices is a new rock opera based on Eliot’s classic 1922 poem, The Waste Land, that explores the polyphony of voices in the work in a contemporary pop music context. The piece was to be performed live as an Acme Corporation production, but because of COVID, I am now in the process of creating an album of the material. I have been doing long-distance collaborations with vocalists/actors over the last six months, and am continuing to work on the piece at this time.
He Do the Police in Different Voices follows a day in the life a poet named Tom who, over the course of an evening, encounters a variety of characters including a drunken cockney woman, a blind seer, a fortune teller and a young disillusioned office typist. Along the way, he is haunted by the ghosts of his ex-wife (who was committed to an asylum) and a lover who died in World War I.
All of the lyrics are re-arranged and adapted from Eliot's poem. I composed and performed all of the music. The vocalists on the samples below are Molly Cohen and Ruben Del Valle.