|1. Long Long Road||8. Adios Mi Pedos|
|2. 89 Dodge Colt||9. Jelly Jar Blues|
|3. Looking For The Boogie||10. The Beat Hotel|
|4. Avocado||11. Bubba Coyote|
|5. I Will Be Your King||12. The Devil And The Dove|
|6. Born To Sing||13. Guinness/The Parting Glass|
|7. Hole In The Ground|
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This all started when my high school friend, Kaye Krebs, suggested that I write a song for our 50th reunion. I eventually did, and asked a bandmate from college, Skip Henry, who lives in North Carolina, if he would play some guitar and mandolin on the song. His son has a home studio, and so with the help of Sonny Yambor, my studio guru, I sent them my vocal and guitar tracks. Skip and his boys, Grant and Adam, who played bass and percussion, laid down their tracks and sent them back. I'm thinking, “This is very cool. Sonny could send my tracks to any number of my old bandmates and I could get to play with them again”. And thus this album began...
|Long Long Road...for the class of '64, the last one to graduate
from Eichelberger High in Hanover, Pa. I love that my classmate, Kaye,
is on this song. We were voted most musical way back when.
'89 Dodge Colt is an homage to a car that served us well for 22 years. The irony is that it conked out just after I recorded this song.
Looking For The Boogie was written in the mid-70's. It walks a fine line twixt tasteless and entertaining. I can tell you it's quite a sight when everyone in the room starts to shake their funky fingers.
Avocado is a true story. Del and I watched that little seed grow into a somewhat mighty tree. Plus we very much enjoyed the guacamole.
I Will Be Your King gave me a chance to get back together with my old partners, The Mighty Echoes. Twenty five years later they are still going strong.
Born To Sing pays tribute to the legendary Terry Reid, a rock hero of mine who by chance became a friend. He was gracious enough to share his magical voice on the outro of this ditty.
Hole In The Ground sprang from the realization that many of the world's power hungry evildoers come to humble and ignominious ends. I thought it'd be fun to dance on their graves a bit.
|Adios Mi Pedos always got me some laughs back in the Berkeley days. I called on my original translator, Nancy Mena Bell, to help with this update.
The song is about the death of a farting matador.
Jelly Jar Blues mashes up a real old drinking song of mine with a chorus about my bluesier alter ego, Jelly Jar. It features a bum wine harp solo supreme by Mark Hodgson.
The Beat Hotel was the theme song from a show we did long ago at the Olio in L.A.. I put new lyrics to a Dizzy ditty. The poem at the end I wrote for my first film role, playing a beatnik poet in 'Heartbeat” with Nick Nolte.
Bubba Coyote tells the story of a swampy small town shamanand the mysterious woman who more than matched his wisdom
with some ancient magic of her own...love.
The Devil & The Dove has enjoyed a few incarnations. Needing it to really rock, I turned to Grant Henry, a.k.a. Stemage, to blow the cobwebs off of it. He did!
Guinness/The Parting Glass starts with a poem I wrote for a contest to win a pub. Roger Steffens gives it a delicious reading and I follow with a gentle rendering of a traditional Scottish/Irish song of farewell.
4'44” twists a kaleidoscope on my favorite quote from Gertrude Stein. Weaving among dozens of creative touchstones in my life,
this collage gives a scary glimpse of what's going on inside my head.
1. Long Long Road (4:41)
2. '89 Dodge Colt (4:54)
3. Looking For The Boogie (3:53)
4. Avocado (1:49)
5. I Will Be Your King (3:03)
6. Born To Sing (5:49)
7. Hole In The Ground (3:22)
8. Adios Mi Pedos (3:48)
9. Jelly Jar Blues (4:16)
10. The Beat Hotel ( 4:12)
11.Bubba Coyote (5:53)
12. The Devil and The Dove (4:43)
13. The Parting Glass (3:37)
14. 4'44” (4:44)