I have a hard time talking, let alone writing about music; but that's the beauty of it. It is at best a futile task to make the words into notes. But I would quickly add some words of encouragement, since the liner notes on 'Demo Man' serve this purpose. They communicate not only the lyrics to the songs, but also an 852 word sentence that reflects, come to think of it, what the whole thing might be about anyway. And besides, you can hear the songs that the words even futilely refer to, while you are reading them, and thinking maybe of me, writing these words. But in the meantime I'll try my best to let you know here what to expect musically. 'Demo Man' is my first 'solo' project. It's not entirely accurate to say 'solo', since the parts occur necessarily simultaneously, whereas a 'solo' is someone playing an instrument, or singing. And I know from experience that there's a lot of beauty in that. But I needed to do something different on this album. The tracks were created as 'solo takes' and mixed/mastered at Hype Schwartz Studios here in Seattle. See the liner notes for details, & thanks, Brin. Anyway, having served principally as violinist with Tyger, along with Bill Carpenter & Steve Hastie (circa 1970-1977), and Old Youth, with Bill (1987-2001), I decided, at long last, and after Bill's untimely death in 2001, to produce and record, with what I conceived to be appropriate instrumentation, some of the songs that have occurred to me since that time. The result is 'Demo Man'. And so, I invite you to both rock-out and kick-back, or even better,'kick-forward' with me, Blue Tarp the 'Demo Man', and listen to what for me has turned out to be a very happy project. I remember the day that song appeared; I was demo-ing sheet rock off 2x4 studs with a Stanley 'wonder-bar', which is, incidentally available at any Home Depot and many other houses-of-demolition and/or construction, for your demo-man needs. Anyway, turning to my journeyman friend while laying down the wonder bar and requisite hammer on a conveniently located pile of construction debris, I said to him, 'Whoa, man, I gotta' write this one down...' As for the other cuts, 'Down the Road' and 'Down on the Ave. With my Girl' are road-songs, but they're from both the same and different perspectives. Read the liner notes. 'Cowboy in the Whitehouse', as it turns out, has even 'better legs' than it did before the 2004 election. And that, as it turns out, is the only thing about the whole situation that I wish had turned out otherwise...
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