DeanMail - May, 2011 - Pesky Woodpeckers and a Duck

plus, coming up: Turning Point gig Piermont, NY, Sunday, May 22nd 4:00pm




Hi Folks,

A few people on Facebook and Twitter have been asking me for a more detailed account of my recent confrontation with a pesky red-bellied woodpecker, that's been demolishing the side of our house and making an awful racket. So...

Most of the following is 100% true...

There's a catchy song that folk-singer, David Bromberg, performs entitled, 'I Like to Sleep Late in the Morning'.

Like most musicians, I wholeheartedly adhere to this ethos.

The inconsiderate wood-pecker that's been waking me up at the crack of dawn, perforating the side of our house, unfortunately, does not.

I like to think of myself as a more-or-less peaceable type, but when it comes to the incessant rat-a-tat-tat pecking of this early riser, if I owned a shotgun, I'd reach for it.

If you think I'm over-reacting to this seemingly trivial insult, then you've never had your dreams rudely interrupted by the avian equivalent of a semi-automatic weapon in full assault mode or a pneumatic pile-driver turning asphalt into rubble, inches from your ears.  

Then again, if you've never experienced this particular brand of nerve-rattling irritation, you'll never know the sheer, unadulterated delight, relief and satisfaction that comes from once-and-for-all vanquishing that infuriating fine-feathered foe!

So, folks, for all of those reasons, I'm compelled to impart this life-changing message... life-changing, that is, if you happen to have a pesky woodpecker problem like I did, or if you yourself are a perpetually pesky pecker!

The secret?



Giant hairy attack spiders!!!




Now I know many of you are expressing some skepticism at this point, but it's a fact - woodpeckers are terrified of giant hairy attack spiders!

Humans are too. But here's an important fact to know: the giant hairy attack spider is perfectly safe to humans... long as you move v-e-r-r-y s-l-o-o-w-l-y!!!

(It's also a good idea to wear heavy gloves and keep a vial of anti-venom nearby - just in case.)

Giant hairy attack spiders can be trained from an early age to attack at the first sound of a woodpecker's relentless pecking.

Now don't be getting all queasy - woodpeckers are quick and can get away easily, but - here's the beauty of this deterrent - the woodpeckers are so freaked out by the appearance of these giant hairy attack spiders that usually, after their first encounter, and definitely, after their second, they turn tail-feathers and skedaddle, never to return to their destructive (and sleep-disturbing) woodpecking!

And folks, even though I slightly exaggerated the part about the gloves and anti-venom (these are actually batter-operated mechanical attack spiders) I can truly attest to the effectiveness of this remarkable device. Seriously! It worked!

These stealthy mechanical beasts can be suspended under any window or awning - where ever woodpeckers peck. They are 'sound-activated', triggered by any loud percussive noise (like a woodpecker's rat-a-tat-tat), whereupon they drop scarily on a string then wriggle their way - their hairy legs akimbo - back up to their perch, ready to pounce on the next unsuspecting feathered fiend!

No kidding! It's truly amazing!

Our house (and my sleep) is now, thankfully, woodpecker free!

My neighbors, on the other hand (yes, those neighbors!), are pulling their hair out! ;-) (ha, ha, ha)

And why? Because they're not as well informed as you all are now - they don't have their very own (battery-operated) giant hairy attack spiders!!!

Don't be the last person on your block to take advantage of this miraculous invention. If you've suffered from pernicious peckers, suffer no more! Arm yourself with your very own giant hairy attack spiders!

They also come in handy for scaring the daylights out of the local kids trick-or-treating on Halloween.

I realize some of you will remain skeptical of my enthusiastic claims. Don't be. I was only joking about the anti-venom - the rest is absolutely true. These amazing mechanical arachnids really do work!!! You can learn more at

Convinced? I hope so. I wish I'd invented it!

Click on the 'spider' link below, to order yours.

Oh, and speaking of feathered fowl,  I've added another gig to my UK tour itinerary on Tuesday, 23rd August at a venue called, Ducks, (at Kilspindie House) in Aberlady, Scotland. You can order tickets to the Ducks gig and all the other tour dates in the GIG section at

Anyway, I guess that's all for now.

Everybody, enjoy your weekend. Hope to see you at one of the upcoming gigs.

Be well and catch you later!


No woodpeckers or spiders were harmed in the making of this newsletter!



PS: Tickets to Dean's 2011 Tour On Sale Now at

PPS: If you live in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area come join me at the Turning Point, Piermont, NY on Sunday, May 22nd 4:00pm (early show). It's a great li'l venue and always a fun gig! See you there! (or I'll sic one of my GIANT HAIRY ATTACK SPIDERS on you!!! ;-) DF

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PPPPPS: Just wondering if anyone actually reads this far, past the end of the newsletter. If you do, just email me at the following link and I'll send you a free mp3 of an obscure Dean Friedman track! ;-) mp3-link

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