Julian and Heather play songs at their wedding
Years ago, after I had written the first draft and a few of the songs for Dumpster Diver the Musical, I received an email from Julian. He wrote that he’d found the musical online and as a college student, he had dumpster dived frequently in order to forage for food and other items. It enabled him to save money throughout his college years. He said that the music and the story of dumpster diver resonated with him, and that he would send a donation at some point.

I replied to his email and thanked him for reaching out to me, for his story, and for his encouraging words. A few weeks later, he emailed me to say he had made a donation, and to check my PayPal account. I did. He had made a donation of $1,000 (one thousand) dollars. I was happily surprised and thanked him, in a reply email. I also requested his address so I could send him a few CD’s of songs from “Dumpster Diver the Musical, and T-shirts, too.

When he replied with his address, he said he was getting married and asked if he could play a song or two from “Dumpster Diver the Musical” at his wedding. LOL. Sure. 😀 I was very happy. I agreed, and said, that’d be awesome. I sent him the song lyrics/chords, and said I’d love to see pictures.

A few months later, I receive an email, with pictures of him and his lovely wife, and amazing friends, at his wedding in Canada, and them singing and acting out songs to the musical. Seeing the pictures, I had a big smile on my face and tears in my eyes. It was that moving. That was an awesome feeling. Some songs and a story that I’d written about kids who dumpster dive their way across a post-apocalyptic America in a world where dumpster diving is illegal. And this guy and his new bride and his friends are singing them at their wedding. How awesome is that? It’s very awesome! 😀

Here are the photos that Julian sent. The first photo is him and Heather dumpster diving wine from a dumpster. This may have been a “tester” bottle of wine where they let visitors sample a wine, then re-cork it or re-cap it and then toss it, or it could have been an unopened bottle of wine. Either way, it’s wine. The rest of the photos are from their wedding. 😀 😀 😀

Julian dumpsters a bottle of red wine and hands it to Heather.

Julian and Heather just married.

Julian and friends sing “I feel aliver” at his wedding. 😀

At their wedding, Julian and Heather and their friends act out a song from Dumpster Diver the Musical. I love this picture. 😀

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Recording the songs for Dumpster Diver the Musical
Some years ago, I was staying in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in at a friend’s (Terri) place, in her spare room (the art room), where I recorded and mixed the songs for Dumpster Diver the Musical.

Marcus, an acquaintance, suggested by friend Carrie, helped me record and mix the songs to the digital multitrack recorder and on to a Compact Disc (CD). Marcus played keyboard at a nearby church. Thanks Marcus. Thanks Carrie. Thanks Terri. (Terri let me stay at her place rent-free. My “rent” consisted of contributing to food costs and helping to prepare healthy meals.) These are the pictures from the mixing and recording with Marcus.

The Yamaha PSR-540. This is a great keyboard. 700+ sounds. Has ability to record to diskette. Is midi compatible. I literally recorded all of the songs using this one keyboard. For the drum track in the song “Opportunity”, we used an acoustic drum set.

Me, looking up at the camera, with Marcus, mixing tracks, in the background.

The digital mixer.

Marcus, with headphones, listening to the tracks.

Marcus, with headphones, listening to the tracks. The Yamaha PSR-540 keyboard, the Mac computer.

Me, with headphones on, in the foreground, and Marcus, with headphones on, in the background, listening to the mix.

Notes for the songs.

Marcus listening to the mix.

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Real Dumpster Divers in downtown Lake Worth, Florida

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College student wearing Dumpster Diver the musical T-shirt.

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Me, dressed up in the ideal wardrobe look for “Trevor” after his transformation to becoming a dumpster diver. Hippie, homeless, backpacker, with Steampunk accessories like welding goggles.

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by Kris Kemp

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by Kris Kemp

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by Kitty O.

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Dumpster Diver the Musical™
follow your dreams, no matter how unconventional
Kris Kemp (writer – book/score)