SIMON – I’m the third oldest of ten kids; the oldest of seven boys. That gave me a lot of experience with facing the indignity of having a new baby brother. Suddenly, everybody is so in love with the new baby, that they hardly pay attention to me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love my brothers, but is that fair? Oh, and none of them are named Simon. I changed the name to protect the guilty.
HOT DAY IN THE CITY – For my long-term life-partner and wife. I wrote it for her 50th birthday. I asked myself what I could say about her, and this is what I got. The most difficult writing assignment I have ever taken on.
I THINK OF YOU – a break-up song. It can take a while to adjust, when that person is no longer there. The title was inspired by Johnny Mercer’s lyrics to the song “I Thought About You.”
GEESE – I wrote this walking to and from work, by a lake along the way. The seasons go around. Children grow up into old folks, someday the old folks leave. For inspiration many thanks go to Joni Mitchell, Mary Oliver and Chuck Berry.
WHEN I GET OLD – I grew up around old men who smoked cigars and laughed out loud. What keeps us from completely letting go and indulging our worst habits? In my case, I still want the affection of those I love.
I WISH MOM WOULD COME – at the YMCA in our decaying old mill town my brothers and I took swimming lessons. Our mom was not always on time picking us up…
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS – Do you ever wish you could go back to your childhood home?
KNUCKLEHEADS – Seriously, what you gonna do about them?
PANCAKES, BACON AND EGGS – On a cross-country road trip I noticed one morning that I’d been having the same breakfast each day; but each day in a different town. That interested me.
ABOUT YOU – another break-up song. Boy, it can take a while sometimes.
THE DEAD – Growing up, I heard about life after death. What if it’s the other way around?
YOU WERE THE MOUNTAINS – Sometimes living gets overwhelming.