“Nice To You “ is the first record I’ve made whose title actually refers to something in the set, in this case the title track. My 2009 “Under Water” was named after the economy went off a cliff as I was finishing the project; 2011 “Face Time” was a reference to the cover art painting by Werner Hebels.
Maybe the common thread through these songs is relationships. Not to judge a book by its cover but as a songwriter I often take ideas from people I see out and about and while I don’t know their circumstances, I draw myself a picture of what their lives might be like and try to give that character a voice through the song.
The title track, “Nice To You”, ponders whether women should be automatically suspicious of polite gestures and comments a man might make. Check out the video!
“Hombre” is a guy on the rebound who doesn’t want to mess this one up. Video forthcoming.
“Runaway Truck Lane” came to me while driving from LA to SF going through the Grapevine just outside of LA. To me, the runaway truck was a metaphor for another metaphor, getting hit by a ton of bricks. Or how quickly the right person can get you to spin out of control. I was singing it all through the Grapevine so as not to forget it and finally pulled over somewhere around Bakersfield to jot it down on the back of an envelope. Glad I did.
“Part of Me” is a slow waltzy lament of one’s own stupidity, and the one that got away.
One day while practicing, I broke one of my own rules and answered the phone. It was a robo call on the other end and it made me think about the voice-over actor. “Sorry” is a tale of some remorse, but not much.
Hope you enjoy them and don’t be shy about sharing with other folks weird enough to like this kind of stuff. Thanks for coming out to the shows and buying a song or two.
All songs available for licensing for film/TV projects or recording. I can also write a song for your project. You tell me.