Bubil: A Sarasota 'construction comic' and a rockin' laugh track


It's not Lennon and McCartney, but the lyrics are funnier.

Sarasota's Carmen Ciricillo, "the Construction Comic," has teamed up with his friend, musician/sound engineer Sean Daniel, to produce an album of construction-themed music called "Real Construction Rock."

This lyric sticks out like a 15-amp circuit breaker labeled OVEN:


"In the Book of OSHA,

I read what it said.

In the Book of OSHA,

I won't end up dead.

In the Book of OSHA,

I'll play ball with my kid.

In the Book of OSHA,

I'll never be the lowest bid."


Well, I am betting that the pocket protector-wearing rule makers at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are just going to love that. "Hey, Harold, they wrote a song about us!"

Ciricillo is calling the collection of songs (realconstructionrock.com) "the most unique rock album in construction-industry history," which is like saying the Kansas City Chiefs are "one of the National Football League's teams."

Guesses the comedian-turned-rocker, "I am the only one to come up with this idea. Until there is competition, I am claiming No. 1."

Ciricillo, whose softer vocals sound a bit like a raspy version of Neil Young, wrote the lyrics to such soon-to-be-hits as "The Real Plumber," "You've Met the Framer" ("the fastest stud you've ever seen"), "Construction Lady" ("my blue-collar soul mate"), "Red Tag Fever" (about a county inspector who is itching to shut jobs down), and "Measure Twice, Cut Once," in which the subcontractor is always getting it wrong. ("Do it again! Do it again! Do it again!")

In "The Roofer," the protagonist starts hallucinating in the heat. "All part of personal experience," said Ciricillo, who has a stand-up comedy routine of construction-related humor, and also teaches courses on contracting.

"The music is not just for contractors," said Ciricillo. "All the songs have a construction element but are written and produced for anyone to enjoy."

Except, perhaps, framers who can't read a measuring tape.


Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
Last modified: January 12, 2013
All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be published without permissions. Links are encouraged.