This album is dedicated to … drum roll please… Everyone Who Buys It!
That’s right; with every purchase of Wall Street Big Shot you get a sincere and lasting dedication from me. Let’s face it, if I want to join the 1%, make lots of money, and pay no taxes, I will have to sell a hell of a lot of CD’s. Oh sure, some of you, who are my friends will get a CD for free, but that doesn’t count. You don’t get the dedication. What can I tell you? The world is a hard place.
About the Album
Some people say that my view of the world is rather different. Well all I can tell you is that I learned music can be the message from Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, The Mitchell Trio, and Woody Guthrie. I learned music can be funny from Tom Lehrer, Alan Sherman, Mark Russell, the Mitchell Trio, and Arlo Guthrie. Too bad I completely forgot all of that when I wrote these songs. Even so, when you hear them, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll understand the meaning of life. On the other hand, maybe you’ll just scratch your behind, pour a stiff drink and turn on reruns of your favorite reality show, Survivor Pompeii.
Acknowledgement #1: The Musicians on this album.
Bo Veaner… lead guitarist, Dobro player and singer. I’ve watched Bo grow musically over the last few years. Sadly, he’s become addicted to bending notes. The other day I caught him playing a blues riff in the 1812 Overture.
Bill Okerman … guitarist and singer. He’s been a member of the band from the very beginning. While Bo is bending, Bill is playing classical guitar and singing show tunes. What a strange group.
Faith and Dan Senie … Faith sings and plays a bass guitar bigger than she is. Dan plays a blues harp smaller than Faith. When not playing music, they’re cooking tasty stuff and torturing us with pictures on Face Book.
Carolyn Waters … guest artist. The lady sings the blues, really well. When you make it big Carolyn, take me with you! Please? If you do, I’ll dedicate this CD to you!
Bob Littman … guest artist who plays violin and mandolin. He joined us a week before the concert and did a great job. Don’t tell him I said that because then he’ll want to get paid.
Jerry Wasserman … Hey that’s me! I sing and play guitar, mandolin, and 6 string banjo. I also like walks in the park, sitting by the ocean and getting in touch with my feminine side.
Acknowledgement #2: People who encouraged, inspired and/or supported me
My wife Joan … Ok, so sometimes she doesn’t get the humor cause she was born without a punch line gene, but she still encouraged me. “Honey people like it, you should keep doing it. But why is that funny?”
My son Mike … He likes it, hey Mikey! Note to self: Get Mike to sing on next album, and co-write some songs.
My new daughter in law, Rachel … She laughed in all the right places. If that’s not encouragement, what is?
Martin Grosswendt … He’s the miracle dude who taught me how to pick like he does. Well, all right, not even close to what he does, but a heck of a lot better than I used to.
Adam Veaner (Adam Veaner Audio) … He recorded, mixed and mastered the CD. The guy is really good. Adam was one of two sound engineers at the famous Burning Man Festival then he came home and worked on my CD. I told him that doing my album was a promotion. I don’t think he bought it.
Bruce Jones (Bruce Jones Design) ... Graphics and photos, nicely done. The song, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” was written about Bruce. How else can you explain that he enjoyed his work when taking pictures of a grown man in a tux and top hat stuffed with play money?
WUMB’s SAMW (Summer Acoustic Music Week) … Without the encouragement of my SAMW friends, this CD wouldn’t exist. Come to think of it, I guess I don’t have to take responsibility for the CD. What a relief! Hey, if you don’t like it, don’t come running to me. Blame the people who encouraged me.
My Needham and other Non SAMW Friends … You know who you are. You may not know each other, but I can’t solve all your problems! Oh and many of you also encouraged me. So, you get part of the blame, too.
All songs are written by me, Jerry Wasserman. All rights are reserved by the artist, that’s me too. All songs © (P) 2012, Jerry Wasserman. See? It is all about me!