In November, 2004, my friend Jon Gilmore and I released an acoustic EP called “Good Times & Pumpkin Pie”. I’m as proud of it as I am of anything creative I’ve ever done. It was catchy and strange, in some ways like a musical version of the John Larroquette Project.
As of last weekend, we’ve officially sold out of physical copies of the disk, which is pretty cool. Rather than spending the time and money to produce another run of them, I figure it’d be more fun to just release the mp3’s online for free. Here are the songs, with my comments and reflections:
1. Here I Go Again : This was written with another old friend of mine, Niles Randolph. It’s the least silly of all the songs on the album, but it was always the most enjoyable for Jon and I to perform. It’s a fun look into the mind of a man wondering whether to approach a woman he’s interested in.
2. The Viscount & the Mistress : This was mostly written by Niles, and I added in the “fly, fly, buttress fly” chorus. If you pay attention to the lyrics, it’s a pretty twisted story of clergical corruption in medieval France. Mostly though, it’s just strange.
3. Ballad of the Sasquatch Waterslide : This was co-written by Jon and I, after we determined that it would be a good idea to write a song about how much Sasquatch loved going to the waterslides. Jon sang lead and added the bit about the SWAT team, and I tossed in the “just some hairy guy” ending. The last 30 seconds of this song is probably my favorite part of this EP.
4. The Bee Song : This song has been available on my blog for a while, and it’s been written about enough already. I’ll just add that it was utterly exhausting to perform live and it completely alienated coffee shop audiences.
5. These the Presidents Be : I don’t know how well this recording really works. We were going for a Country Time lemonade kind of feel, but I don’t know if it was the right direction. My favorite part about this song are Jon’s additions, which sound like a retarded boy sitting on the porch next to the singer.
6. El Matador : This was the first song that Jon and I ever co-wrote, probably back in 2000 or 2001. I like it because it reminds me of how fun it was to just goof around together and toss out strange ideas. Also, it was a blast to record the dissonant breakdown at the end of the song. The song was recorded in one take, as Jon was running out of time before he had to go to work. If you can listen carefully, at the end he says, “All right, I’ve got to go”. Good way to end the EP.
Thanks to our friends Jake McAlpine and Craig Larson for their help with production and vocals, respectively.
Enjoy – and pass them along to your friends!