The first song that I would like to share with you today comes from my latest album, Embers (2021). Welcome Back, Jack Kerouac is basically about the role of improvisation and experimentation in art. (Also, I teach college-level English and Film Studies, so there's a little bit of textual analysis thrown in there, just for fun.) The chorus goes like this:
Welcome Back, Jack Kerouac
Where have you been?
Were you on the road again?
Say hello to Carlo, Moriarty and Old Bull Lee
We're still looking for the beat
In Keruoac's 1957 book, On the Road, Carlo, Moriarty and Old Bull Lee were the stand-ins for Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs, respectively, all of whom were key figures in the Beat movement. In my song, I also reference the narrator, who is essentially Kerouac himself. In the book, he goes by the name is Sal Paradise.
All looking for something nice
The other song for today is one of my yet unreleased tracks, all of which are works-in-progress. The Regular is pretty self-explanatory. It's about that guy at the end of the bar. You know the one.
So basically, one of today's songs is about a drunk who wrote a severely overrated book. The other is about the same guy, minus the literary career. Yeah, that pretty well sums it up.
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