When I work on cartoons some of the best stuff comes from accidents.  Working with Lorraine has brought that kind of unpredictable charge into the writing.  I just gawp, astonished, as the fireworks explode and shine.

It’s funny that this album kicks off with Rudely Interrupted.  Mostly these songs began as rhymed stories, what once upon a time might have been called ballads, but this one began as a cartoon. Lorraine Leckie liked the title though. And it was my cartoon. So then that hauled in a freight train of story too.

Other people’s stories, that is. But the beginnings of Bad Shoes Blues were pure bio. I did buy those shoes, got them home, took a second look and ... Yikes! But I kept ‘em  as a rcecord of folly.  As Little Miss X is an aggregate of many, many follies. Keep your trap shut, Memory! As for Happy City, well, everybody should do a drug song. Right? True, my drug of choice used to come in a bottle but I’ve got eyes in my head. And the same for Bliss. I’ve watched that couple tons of times. So have you.

Formerly Fairly Famous and The Everywhere Man were also born of observation, but observation plus. LA, where  I have spent formative time is as much hometown of the formerly famous as it is of the future famous. And anybody who has put in hard time zigging and sagging through Manhattan’s urban circuitry has to be aware of that hardy types, the professional gatecrasher.  And noticed that it doesn’t seem to be much fun.

So to Like Camelot, a song of praise of the decade that marked the zenith of our life on earth (But I would say that, wouldn’t I?). And Some Things I Know, a title borrowed from a different song but then the words and music just came blowing in from somewhere else, somewhere absolutely else.

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