Another pirate song. But a good one! Lead character, let's call him Ishmael, joins a pirate crew only to discover that real treasure is living life to its fullest. Though precious treasure can support a sumptuous life, so not all bad. And, yes, I really dig the accordian.
The Invention of Monsters
The Invention of Monsters takes its cue from the Dali painting. Who/what are the monsters around us? What is their intent? Per Dali, Nostradamus suggests the apparition of monsters presages the outbreak of war. Hmm. Interesting times.
I'm Not an Algorithm
Algorithm is a bit wandering, but the title harkens to the automation and the strange effort to replace humans with robotics. A truly bad idea for workers, with much darker potential for societal disaster.
A Bad Monkey with a Good Haircut
Bad Monkey offers up a social and political commentary of life in the increasingly dystopian globalized village. If it looks too good to be true, it is. The music is bouncy and angular. A fun song with a goofy title and a somber message. And, yes, the bad monkey with a good haircut is a real person.
Release the Kraken!
Kraken is about the traps we live in, and don't even know it. Pirates don't have traps. They set them. I wanna be a pirate, with my pet Kraken to unleash. Arrgh!!
Maybe I'm an Alien
Maybe we're monkeys. Maybe we're angels. Maybe we're an alien AI experiment. We surround ourselves with superstition. In the end, it makes no difference who is wrong or right.
Nothing Left to Say
Sometimes things just don't work out. And sometimes it's a slow motion train wreck. I like the album art, photo taken somewhere in northern California.
A funny song about a topic that confronts most of us. Musically, it has a very neat country swing with some nice chick'n pick'n guitar with that classic tele twang.
Theatre of Light
The Theatre of Light is an allusion to the great play of life. We are all players and playwrights of our own destiny. Find your muse! I like the Mellotron flutes in the intro. What a great sound!
Saturnalia (Rise Up!)
Saturnalia (Rise Up!) is a protest song. Wake up, confront the encroaching police state. Rights are being trampled under the guise of the fake and never ending "War on Terror". Pay attention to what is happening. Think for yourself. Do the Übermensh fandango.
A Delicate Balance
A Delicate Balance is about the balance of life, straddling chaos and calm. The musical foundation of the song is a very cool nylon string guitar, juxtaposed against a bridge of calamity. In the end, the differences between a dream state and reality no longer exist. Do nihilists have souls?
Free is a dreamy, hypnotic escape from the chaos of daily life - "... let the world melt away". The music, sound and lyrics swirl around to create a mental space away from wherever you are ... for about 4 minutes, unless you play it again.
Cult of Personality
Our media culture is driven by a kooky fascination with celebrity. Good guys, bad guys, bad girls, people famous for being famous, and it goes on. "Fame rescues vain from obscurity". I like the groove and guitars on this song.
Bombs Bombs Bombs. Keep dropping them and someone is bound to get hurt. Sadly, mostly the innocent. I hate war.
Thief tells the story about a thief who steals a ceremonial mask in order to discover and exploit its secrets. The song secretly challenges the power of such artifacts, but ends with a message of peace, love and understanding (...sigh).
My Favorite Addiction
My Favorite Addiction is about being human, and our inclination towards dependency, be it drugs, food, social media, gaming, oil, bling, etc. Good or bad, that just seems to be the way we are drawn.
Dream of the Shadow Puppet
Dream of the Shadow Puppet is a bit of a psychedelic trip, reminiscent of Beatles Day in A Life, but edgier, ala Pink Floyd or Bowie. It tells the story of shadow people in a shadow world, and their occassional escape at the moment of quicksilver light.
Jungle Rain is a whimsical song with neither deep nor shallow meaning, not unlike Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. The lyrics were written as a stream of consciousness against a somewhat jazzy musical background. Cool in an avant garde sort of way.
Capitalism is Eating Itself
Capitalism is Eating Itself is a protest and venting song about the financial misdeeds wrought upon us by unscrupulous bankers and market manipulators. The "Gnomes of Wall Street" have made billions while the little people suffer. Grrr!
Watching the Watchers
We live in a surveillance society. Everything you do is being collected and collated, with privacy now a quaint relic of the past. This song is a call for two-way transparency, so we can see what "the watchers" are up to ... and they are watching you!.
Lady of the Lake
The Lady of the Lake is a mysterious and ambiguous character from Arthurian legend. She gave Excalibur to Arthur, raised Launcelot and became Merlin's lover, whom she later magically entombed. She may have been a Celtic water divinity named Vivien, but there is no consensus on who she actually was. This song is about her.
How the Grinch Stole the Drummer's Chestnuts
You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts)
The Little Drummer Boy
Listen to How the Grinch
Stole the Drummer's Chestnuts
Buy the CD