, Salem, MA


April 10, 2013

The perfect 'promposal'

Danvers musician pens customized songs that do the asking for you


There are other genres, as well. Farley’s band, The Toilet Bowl Cleaners, has not one, but seven family-friendly songs about poop. On one song, he sings “poop” over and over for two minutes. On another, he replaces the words to “Jingle Bells” with the word “poop.”

What hasn’t sold well? Personalized marriage proposals, for one. Farley has sold only about 20 of them.

“I did that,” Farley said. “Flop. The reason being is you can do a silly, fun song to ask a girl to the prom, but to propose, it needs to be a little bit more serious.”

Every few years, using the money from the song sales, Farley will make an old-fashioned horror movie. He’s just coming out with his latest, filmed around the North Shore and New Hampshire, starring his friends, family and co-workers, called “Don’t Let the Riverbeast Get You!”

Making music and movies does not pay all the bills, though. Farley works at a group home for teens called Webster House in Manchester, N.H.

“It’s more than a hobby, for sure,” Farley said of his music. “But it’s good to have a day job, too.”

Farley, who formerly lived in Salem and was married in June, even had his wife, Elizabeth, create a girl version of the prom song, singing the tune to 200 boys names.

As to whether the prom song will get you a date, Farley can’t guarantee that. Every now and then, however, he will stumble upon a comment to a video in which the object of affection says “yes.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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