Well, things change quickly. Such as
When Funzalo asked me to write a short 'bio' for my new album my initial reaction was one of abject
befuddlement. How exactly does one go about writing about one's self without coming off as a self-
aggrandizing twit? Once I was assured that it would be reviewed for 'twittyness' and self indulgence,
and revised by saner minds, I became more comfortable with the idea. And this is what came of it.
All of the songs on “Carry Your Own Water” (except for “This Girl's Got Murder on Her Mind”) were
recorded, along with approximately 20 other songs, in my home studio during an 18 month period starting
in early 2010. Thirteen of the songs were included on my first Funzalo release “Lemme Outa Here”.
Again risking any semblance of humility, I played all the instruments and did all the vocals myself. This
was a decision born out of a combination of pragmatism and a sense of self reliance. Basically it was just
easier to do everything myself, and I just didn't trust anyone else to interpret the parts the way I
heard them. The lone exception to this is the aforementioned “This Girl's Got Murder on Her Mind”. It
was recorded at my friend Bob McCarrol's studio as a late substitution for a song I'd decided didn't fit
the new album. All the mixing was done on my humble software.
As for the songs themselves, I very, very rarely write from personal experience. It's not that my life is
uneventful. I just find it difficult to relate the events in a context that doesn't come off as
metaphorically cumbersome. So instead, I work from the viewpoint of an observer … Inspiration comes
more readily from books (thank you Elmore Leonard), television and movies (pop culture rules), snippets
of overhead conversations (barroom intellectuals), and observational reconnaissance (the deaf couple on
the beach watching the fireworks display). In the end this may smack of cultural copyright infringement.
But as a great man may possibly have once said, “You take your inspiration where you can get it, stick it
in your pocket, and take it to your grave”.
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