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Track 13 – If You Say
Once again, I got this idea while taking a walk. As I was walking, I said aloud to myself, “I’m gonna walk my legs off.” The image of someone walking so much that their legs fall off, like in Looney Tunes or something, was very funny to me. I start spinning out the consequences of walking my legs off. Suddenly the song was writing itself.
I used a lot of the same end rhyme in each verse, which is very fun. I made a lot of jokes and references. The lines move pretty quick, so it has a…Read more
Track 12 – Good Morning, Mourning Dove
This is another bird song from a time when bird-kitschy stuff was at its apex. I was walking down the street once and I heard a mourning dove. Out loud I said, “Good morning, mourning dove.” This may sound like a fib, but I immediately thought, “Great. I have to write a song about that now.” So, here it is.
At this time in my life, I was listening to BBC news to fall asleep. I realized after a while that it was all bad news about war and violence. I also realized…Read more
Track 11 – Ghosts and Plastic Bags
Once I saw a plastic bag moving in the wind. I always get worried people are going to think of American Beauty when I say that, but it wasn’t caught in an updraft and beautiful to my artistically enlightened mind. No indeed. It was upside down and moving horizontally down the sidewalk. It looked like a Pac-Man ghost. It made me think, “What if ghosts lived in plastic bags?” After some thought I decided, “No, plastic bags, in fact, ARE ghosts!” I immediately started…Read more
Track 10 – Every Trick in the Book
While I often fabricate song origins at performances, I usually tell the truth about this one. The thing is that this one started in many different places. I read the book The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton and loved it. I loved the goofy slang and the crazy plot. And they got away with it! Is this book great literature? No. But it is a decent read. That is one point of origin for this song. Also, once I was driving in Arizona and I encountered the most…Read more
Track 9 – A Song About Birds
Here is a song that is not actually very good. I made a lot of jokes at the time about writing bird songs because it was fashionable. I didn’t realize how true that was.
The song began because I was visiting my parent on a snowy weekend. Late one evening we took a walk in the park across the street. There was a lot of new snow and it was very quiet. Then we heard again and again Great Horned Owl calls. As we walked we saw many of these owls calling to each other from the tops…Read more
Track 8 – A New List
Here is another song, like “Baseball Diamond” that went through many titles. I don't remember them in this case, perhaps because I ended up finding the right one.
“A New List” has a little more personal experience closer to the surface than many of my songs. I won't tell you which part, and I won't tell you how I disguised it, but it is certainly there. I will tell you that I really did know a cat named Lola. While this song isn't the top shelf material that “An Estimation Song” is to…Read more
Track 7 – An Estimation Song
There is a lot of pithy, quotable stuff about creative work and stealing ideas. It is all pretty much true, as far as I can tell. With this song, my goal was to write a love song without any of the typical love language. I did this by imagining that the speaker lived, more or less, inside of Orwell's 1984. All the normal language for emotional love is eradicated, and so the speaker struggles to express the feeling in the language available. I think the song began with the…Read more
Track 6 – Baseball Diamond
Picking good titles is hard, right? I'm not just imagining that, am I? This song went through several titles. The one's I remember are anti-titles, like “Ode to Whatever” and “Long, Stupid Song About Nothing”. The latter was the official title for this song for quite a while. A friend told me this was a bad title. He was right, that is a bad title. So, as I was editing tracks for this album, I was trying to come up with a better one. I did come up with a better one. It was a…Read more