A story of semi-required love, urgent yet
This ballad was written from the point of view
that sometimes the way to "fix" someone is to
love them a whole lot.
Missing the Best of a Bad Situation
A friend was telling me about how she got
together with her husband. At one point during
their first few months, he got a call from his
abusive ex, went to see her, and didn't show up
again until the next morning. She wondered out
loud how he could have done that, and my
response was this song's title.
One evening while in college, I was serenaded by
one of my dear friends, who played her flute for
me outside my dorm window. It's a great way to
start a song.
Great Homebrewing Disaster
This is an honest-to-Goddess true story; I swear
it. Nobody can make stuff like this up.
Homebrewing is not just a hobby; it's an
Rise and Fall
My intention, the day this song grabbed me by
the throat, was to write something gentle and
laid-back, Buffett-style, about someone sitting
on a beach in Fiji, sipping on a parasol drink
and watching space station Mir reenter
atmosphere in flaming chunks. What came out was
haunting, mystical...and a whole lot better.
By the Bay
I grew up with the music of Pete Seeger, who
wrote many songs celebrating the Hudson River
area in upstate New York. This song pays tribute
to that genre, with the beautiful San Francisco
Bay as the subject.
Sorry About Last Night
On the morning after a night before, sometimes
apologies are required. There's almost a Jim
Croce feel to this song.
Have you ever had the sense that you were
watching a train wreck in slow motion and could
do nothing to stop it? A ballad of love about to
Slowly Roll By
This song has a strong Jimmy Buffett feel. I
used to work in a building that overlooked the
Emeryville train station, and each day I watched
the California Zephyr leave for Chicago, and
wished that on my own trip to Chicago I could
have taken the extra couple of days.
Real As It Seems
Lively, celebratory, a song of fresh love and
lust in all its juicy glory.
Lady of the Sea
This lyrical ballad tells the story of a man, a
mermaid, and their meeting by the sea.