NEW YORK, NY: Veteran indie musician Eytan Mirsky, who Kermit and Friends viewers may remember from a string of appearances last Spring, continues to his brand of tuneful anti-folk apace, recently retooling his recent song “You Got It Made” as an entry into NPR’s Tiny Desk radio program and posting it YouTube.
Mirsky has been actively writing and recording music since the early 90’s while moonlighting in the film industry. He has released five independent albums, beginning with Songs About Girls (& Other Painful Subjects) (1996). His most recent album release was Year of the Mouse (2012). His music can best be defined as tuneful singer/songwriter music with a folkie quality, but a levity to the lyrics seldom seen among the usual solemn folkie. He is also capable of producing very catchy power pop when working with a band. He has contributed songs to five motion pictures, and made a splash with his covers of Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” and the Beatles’ “Don’t Bother Me” for tribute albums. His most famous son has to be “(I Just Wanna Be) Your Steve McQueen” from the movie, The Tao of Steve (2000)
“You Got It Made”, which was also the name of Mirsky’s short-lived but fondly-remembered show with Sheila Bush on Spreecast, is typical Mirsky: self-deprecating and instantly hummable, with a likable underdog quality to it. NPR’s Tiny Desk, which often bills itself as the world’s smallest concert venue, features live video performances played beside the desk of host Bob Boilen. An episode from just last week featured Natalie Merchant, formerly of 10,000 Maniacs.
Mirsky is modest about his chances of getting on the program, “Don’t think I have much chance, but I was sitting around bored and figured what the hell” he said in a tweet earlier today, although he did say past submitters were invited to resubmit new entries. DNN wishes Mirsky luck in landing the prestigious gig, and encourage people to check out his albums and YouTube Channel.