Final mixdown for the EP wrapped up in early August. Putting all the last pieces together and eyeing venues for a CD release. There will be five songs.
This song about a clandestine tryst started life as another song shortly before a move to New Orleans in 1997. The riff, progression and basic idea stayed the same but it was refined into a tighter story with a better groove. Recorded at Clockright Studio.
In 2005 I self-published a book called Soul Blurts, which had some metaphysical essays and poems I’d written. I had intended to take some of the poems and make them into songs. The original poem of Truth appeared there. I used several lines from the poem to make the song and wrote some new lyrics to punch it up a little. Shelly Knight sings with me. Jorge De Armas of The Latin Dukes lends percussion on cajon and congas. We started recording this at Buda Tree House and finished up at Clockright Studio.
Love Don’t Pass Me By
This is another song that came from a poem in my book Soul Blurts. Again I added some lines and omitted others. It captures the essence of feeling down and out but still clinging to the hope of redemption. Kyle plays a rare Fender Telecaster resonator guitar courtesy of Lito James. Sharon Bourbonnais plays a haunting organ and sings beautiful background along with Kyle. We recorded basic tracks at Will Dunlap’s. We did the rest at Clockright Studio.
She Loves You
The music was written by my longtime friend and co-conspirator Kyle Judd. He doesn’t write that many songs. One day he presented me with this tune, saying he was trying to write it like he thought I would. I don’t think I would have written quite like he did but nevertheless it was very good. The lyrics reflect a time when my marriage was dissolving. We had kicked this song around but never quite found a place for it until now. Will Dunlap recorded basic tracks. Additional recording was done at Clockright Studio including Sharon Bourbonnais’ tasty piano.
A departure from the other songs, this song is a humorous celebration of the ubiquitous truck, how it’s marketed to us and how we as a people embrace it. I love Kyle’s guitar solo in this song. Recorded at Clockright Studio. Thanks to the talented voiceover artists Shelly Knight, Jimbo Powers, Todd Jeffries and Paul Christy. (BTW: Paul, who was known as Eric Chase on Los Angeles radio in the 70s, appears as a DJ on the Cheap Trick song “On The Radio”; which is on the Heaven Tonight album.)