As the music itself suggests, Hot Type was inspired by the sound of a typewriter and was originally titled IBM Selectric II Correctable Typewriter, however, IBMs lawyers wouldnt allow Michael to use the name. So he sarcastically changed it to Mood Music for Corporate Lawyers and eventually settled on its final title. In the old days of printing, all type was cast into metal, called hot type, similar to the hammers on a typewriter.
The original titles for the opening suite from Taproot were Angels & Witches (The First Cutting), Jealousy (The Jealous Tunnel), and Triumphant Irish Marsh (About Face).
Aura Müünta from Oracle originally appeared in a different arrangement as Kimberly on the Princess Scargo & the Birthday Pumpkin soundtrack.
Get the meaning behind Michaels symbol.
The original title for A Midwinters Night Dream from The Road to Return was City Scenes.
Eleven Small Roaches from Breakfast in the Field was rerecorded as Eleven Small Cubs on the Santabears First Christmas soundtrack.
Michael wrote the liner notes to Don Ross first CD, Bearing Straight (1989):
What do YOU do when you listen to music?
I make love.
I groove with my head and snap my fingers.
If you do these things, Dons guitar record should be fine. Hes not trying to tell you in the music that hes fast or that hes got great phrasing or that his sense of rhythm is flawless. He just wants to tell you what he felt when he was thinking, driving, making love, dancing, grooving, eating and wondering. I play the guitar because it lets me dream out loud. Dons record is like a good dream. I cant tell you what the dream is about, but I can feel it. Thanks for the music, Don.
The guitar Michael is playing in the Oracle photos is a 1957 Gibson LG 3/4, serial number 89816. Its used on Oracle and Theme from HATARI!.
The original title for Oracle was Copperhead.
Michael is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed.
The original title for the song Oracle was Fusion of the Five Elements", relating to the five energetic elements studied as part of Chi Kung. Michael talks a bit about this in the 4/14/94 interview.
The tune Rikkis Shuffle was originally recorded as a duet with Michael Manring on Manrings first solo album, Unusual Weather, under the title Manthing.
The license plate on Michaels maroon BMW reads TAPROOT. What a ham!
Michaels studio, the Speech & Hearing Clinic, is so named as a dedication to his late father who was a speech therapist and whose clinic had the same name.
Michael once performed Aerial Boundaries while suspended 20 feet over the stage as accompaniment to a performance by the Iso dance company.
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