I have played in Blues Bands, Rock Bands, Country Bands, Latin Bands, Jazz Bands, Cajun bands, Folk Groups and Big Bands. Therefore, the music I write sort of absorbs all these flavors. I keep wanting to get into a studio to do my stuff but have never found the family.
I was listening to the news one day and sat down and wrote Other People’s Money. I am extremely proud of the bridge–I think Imentioned almost all movers.
Chuck Jones, David Everson and I we sitting around while the housing market was collapsing. Having bought my house with no money down I told them I was a Sub-Prime Survivor. David used to work in the mortgage industry and knew all the terms. So while David and Chuck drank Tequila and smoking and fed me lines, I put in the rhymes and the music. It was good time.
Rich Man’s War is a folk song. I wanted it to sound ageless and old timey. I wanted it to sound real and in the moment–sort of hard to do when you are playing all the parts. I played this on my Tacoma Acoustic Bass and added a recorder and tambourine. I wanted a raw sound because that’s what war is.
Daddy’s Home is a pure country tune. I was in a doctors office and got to talking with a gentleman from Sicily. These were his words and sentiments. I just went home and put them to music. The band I was in at the time played this often. One day, the gentleman who had told me the story came into our club. After getting his permission, I introduced him as the man I wrote the song about. The audience gave him a standing ovation and he held court for the rest of the evening. It was powerful.
Another country tune. I was driving down the highway in the middle of the night Just Sort of Wonderin’ about the boy I should have married a long time ago and this song came to me. With advent of computer and after my divorce, I looked him up. I found him. He’s married so I’ll never know whether he thinks of me or not because I never did give him a call.