Joan Osborne Takes a Look Around Heavenly Angle

OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON’S NEW FILM A hundred or so characters in HEAVENLY ANGLE sing their version of “Look Around,” as part of their audition in the movie within the movie. “Of all the scenes in all the films I’ve directed, this is one of my favorites,” Ernest said. “There’s such a sensation of the joy of performing. The enthusiasm is incredible, in spite of the poignancy of the lyric. The lyric is saying, ‘before

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17 New Songs

ERNEST THOMPSON TO INTRODUCE SONGS SUNG BY RAY PORCELL THIS SATURDAY BRISTOL—Academy Award-winning writer of “On Golden Pond” Ernest Thompson will introduce 17 new songs in the intimate Back Room at The Mill Fudge Factory in Bristol on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm. Composed and performed by his close friend Ray Porcell, a local legend in his own right, the songs will be introduced by Thompson, who will talk about their genesis and about

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The Little Town Tango

NATALIE MACMASTER PLAYS ‘THE LITTLE TOWN TANGO’ Heavenly Angle takes place in a small town in New Hampshire. Easy to find; it’s where Ernest lives. It’s the story of a Hollywood filmmaker who tries to con the locals into believing he’s going to make a movie with them. Easy to cast. But what would the film’s musical style be?  Because of their growing connection to Natalie MacMaster and the great success they’d had with the

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Four New Plays

ERNEST THOMPSON INTRODUCES NEW POLITICAL PLAYS by Adam Coughlin ~   New Hampshire is widely known as a center of presidential politics. But it also has world-class theater. It only makes sense that the two would be joined and the man to do it would be perhaps New Hampshire’s most famous playwright.   Political Suicide is a collection of four new plays written by Ernest Thompson, Academy Award-winning writer of On Golden Pond, that will

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Someone to Care (About)

THE BEEHIVE QUEEN OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMMITS POLITICAL SUICIDE WITH OSCAR WINNER In Welfare Thee Well, one of the four plays comprising Political Suicide, a young woman sings, We all got worries, we all got hurdles, we all got burdens to bear. “I wanted it to sound like a spiritual,” Ernest said. “Whether the character is played by a woman of color or a Caucasian actress or Asian, the song is coming from a

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This Isn’t Your Party But You’re Invited

TO JOIN SAMANTHA FARRELL AND AWARD-WINNING WRITERS ERNEST THOMPSON AND JOE DELEAULT IN COMMITTING POLITICAL SUICIDE   “I love music that makes trouble,” Ernest said. The four plays of POLITICAL SUICIDE do, casting an affectionate but critical eye on, in order, the electoral process (POTATO HEAD FOR PRESIDENT), the protest movement in the 21st Century (OCCUPY NEW LEXINGTON), our society’s widening gap between the haves and have-nots (WELFARE THEE WELL), and the battle between cynicism

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On a Day in the Spring

NATALIE MACMASTER JOINS JOE DELEAULT AND PLAYWRIGHT ERNEST THOMPSON ON GOLDEN POND ‘On a day in the spring,’ this song starts. ‘When the wind blows strong, you might feel it again, that ageless bond that keeps drawing you home where your heart belongs, in the life that you’d known On Golden Pond.’ “Celtic,” Joe Deleault said, and Ernest agreed. It was precisely the tone the lyric, and this very heartfelt, almost primitive play, needed. Ernest

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This Too Will Pass

OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON AND TWO DELEAULTS IN STEREO MAKE MUSIC FOR TIME AND CHARGES FILM This lyric was inspired by the plight of the character Ernest plays in Time And Charges, a man whose integrity has been misplaced among the ruins of fortunes lost, marriages failed, promises unrealized. Because he’d set the scene in a Greenwich Village bar that could just as easily have been in Berlin, Ernest wanted to acknowledge the universality of

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Nashville in New Hampshire

CINDY KAZA’S NOT SUPPOSED TO (BUT SHE DOES, WITH OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON AND JOE DELEAULT) “I love writing love songs,” Ernest said. “And I love Cindy Kaza, nuff said.”  This is the third one Ernest has done with Cindy, but it’s really more like the eighth since a song he wrote with his buddies Mark Sparky Elbaum and Dave Henderson they had Cindy record six different times in six different genres. Ernest used Make

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The Soul of Time and Charges

MIGHTY SAM McCLAIN RECORDS ‘FIND THE SUN’ FOR ERNEST THOMPSON’S NEW MOVIE Because many of the central characters in Time and Charges met and matriculated in the Age of Aquarius, Ernest wanted to create a song that could echo the idealism of the 60s but speak to the 21st Century as well. As the lyrics began to present themselves – When the fires rage, when the skies burn brown, when the buildings shake and come tumbling down

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