...is my favorite month,
because my parents worked it so I'd have a birthday
with a little bit of summer left before school, and now I still have the birthday
(often with pineapple upside-down cake) but I don't have to go to school anymore.
When I was a kid I'd think: when you're a grownup you don't have to go to school,
and I could hardly imagine what that kind of freedom might feel like. And now it's
an everyday thing: I get to have my birthday cake with a little bit of summer left
every year, AND I don't have to go to school afterward. The kid inside me still
has no problem summoning up this big gratitude for noschoolness. He loves being
a grownup, and plans on remaining one for the rest of his life.
Much easier than
being a kid, especially a kid at Our Lady Of The Valley Grammar School. And of
course there's that beautiful and perfect song by Anderson/Weill: and the days
dwindle down, to a precious few... Oh yeah, I do love September.
I've been working on a couple of CDs simultaneously, as grownups will, and neither
of these are the songwriting CD I wrote about last entry. I had a girlfriend in
college who used to say that I was "fickled". I tried to tell her it was not
"fickled", but "fickle" but she never believed me, though if you look up "fickle"
in your Webster's, there's my SPJC yearbook photo. After I wrote the last misleading
entry an order poured in, from my friend Howard Grodman in Flagstaff, AZ, bless his
trusting heart. But this summer I got distracted.
What distracted me was this CD
of fifteen songs from Moby Dick, which I'm
almost finished with. The lyrics are all culled from Mr. Melville, who's pretty good,
and I'm really proud of this one. (I'll send it to Howard first, if you don't mind.)
The other CD I'm working on is with some legit musicians of the first order, settings
of texts I've found from John Steinbeck, Bertholdt Brecht, Anne Carson, Edgar Lee
Masters and some other literary folks.
Then, I promise, the songwriting CD.
Which will be really felicitous timing,
because in October my friend Paul Zollo is coming out with a sequel to his famous
and best-selling Songwriters on Songwriting, a sequel in which I am the only
songwriter I've never heard of. It's been a while since our interview, and so I can't
wait to see what I have to say.
Love to you all, and especially to my dear brother Peter Matthew Smith.
Songs. Done. Write.
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