Robert Shure

After 20+ years of writing song lyrics for jazz ballads in Europe, Robert Shure has now completed his new book, Blue. It has a similar kind of "tragic humor" found in his earlier works, but in a totally different form.

There are segments when the music and words mesh perfectly—most notably during "A Rare Adventure," which contains a marvelously descriptive chase through Boston's Gardner Museum.  Shure's story is about art, love found and lost, the other-worldly aspects of creation, the clash of the artist's vision, and much more.  Best listen to this late at night when your inhibitions are low and your imagination can roam. Smooth as a fine glass of sherry, Man With a Sax is a story worth hearing.

—Richard B. Kamins

(Cadence Jazz Records)

Two of his stage plays have been successfully produced by the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh International Festival. (Oh Gloria and Digby and Marie)


A series called “Five Minute Tragedies” was heard on over 100 National Public Radio Stations — several dozen over a year’s period. Accompanied by relevant music (synthesized by Andy Shapiro with sounds of various instruments), the tales involved any number of misfortunes…a once-shy woman, after an Assertiveness Training course, hijacking a ferry with her husband one of the passengers…an innocent young man becoming obsessed with the pure white six-inch Minoan Snake Goddess in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, until he encounters an employee there whom he believes is a human facsimile, her outrage his emotional undoing…etc. The first twelve tales comprised a Compact Disc made available to program hosts, many of the rest were on cassettes.

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It began with a dialogue about windshield wipers, and how they felt abut each other. Then one followed about orangeade tears, being cried in vain as she wanted champagne. For some strange reason they just kept coming.

City Lights Books
Mercury/Philips Records
Lyrebird Press, London


Twink has been published, recorded, dramatized and broadcast (BBC worldwide radio). It consists of short dialogues between two characters human or otherwise. Example:

I used to cry orangeade tears.
You must have been a beautiful crier.
I must have had delicious tears.
Didn’t you ever taste them?
Of course not.
It’s not dignified to drink your tears.
You mean you let them go to waste?
Oh no.
Where did they go?
I was crying the orangeade for someone else.
Someone special.
Why did you stop?
She wanted champagne.

"...portrays his protagonists through a series of arch interchanges that reveal two people who, though their past forays into romance have failed, are willing to try again. " - Publisher's Weekly

Digby and Marie

St. Martin's Press

Double Take Animation
San Diego

Well, they’ve assigned the stars to new constellations.
Who’s up there now?
More up-to-date heroes. Football greats. Matinee idols.
No poets? No painters?
Oh, there’s one particular poetic soul. That’s him, with the twinkling eye.
I don’t see him.
That curve of stars. It’s a nose you should recognize.
Are you trying to tell me that’s YOU?
They wanted an everyday Man for the Ages. And I happen to have that look.
What you’re telling me is, on all the clear nights till the end of time, there you’ll be, dominating the universe.
Well, it’s a nice way of being remembered.

–from the book and cel