Check out "Home on the Range" in Yiddish. Discover how "Chopsticks" sounds on the guitar. Find out where "40th and Plum" really is. Go down to "Repo Depot," home of cheap vehicles, where another man's misfortune might be your ticket out of town.
Toss in traditional and quasi-traditional favorites like "Candy Man," "Freight Train'' and "Under the Double Eagle.'' Add "Mauna Loa'' from Hawaii, "Guabi Guabi" from South Africa, "Castle on a Cloud'' from Paris by way of Broadway (singable only by waifs, this is a guitar solo). Unearth a surprise or two. Find yourself smiling.
And yes, those are real five-dollar bills on the cover. Two years of collecting fives, instead of raiding the kids' college fund, went into making this CD.
Marty Kohn has been playing guitar since high school, singing since he can't remember when and making up songs since some point in between. This is his real life. For a living he's the theater critic for a large daily newspaper.