by Keith Foster
© SP Music 2015 - all rights reserved
What the critics have been saying:
"I dunno, I think it's some kind of weird web-based multi-media concept-EP type of thing. Do I get the money now?"
"A triumph! An idiosyncratic and endearing smorgasbord of intertwining emotional strands. A multi-sensory delectation!"
"A complete waste of time"
Jerkchickenburg, Arkansas, world renowned as the birthplace of the eponymous sandwich*
... Jerkchickenburg has none of these.
* The Jerkchickenburger is enjoyed around the world, particularly with a large glass of Montepulciano at airport cafes, having missed flights to Stockholm
On summer nights, every second Tuesday, except when the moon is in the seventh house, people from miles around descend on the town's English-themed pub "The Queen's Left Nipple" to hear locals (such as resident Penguin Herder, Keith Foster, 108) singing songs of winter in their old homeland of Hastings East Sussex.
Rock a Nore Morning is one such song
Jerkchickenburg has a ritual in which, as each new generation enters the world, a number of songs are written and recorded to mark the occasion. Don't be afraid is one such song. As our resident philosopher once said:
Sing if you want to
Visitors come, visitors go. A friendly Texan by the name of Andrea C. Renfree* dropped into town a few years ago - actually really quite a lot of years ago, but even though it really was a very, very long time ago now, time flies so fast in Jerkchickenburg that it seems like yesterday. Why, I was talking just the other day ... (Ed: Okay, okay, get on with it) ... sorry, I digress, where was I? Oh right, yes, Andi - took an idea for a song from Allison Lancaster (about a girl Alli once knew) and wrote a wonderfully poignant and moving lyric. Keith put a tune to it but couldn't create an arrangement he liked until now. It's called Living in a Crowd.
* These days Andi is a member of 2-Bit Palomino, a trio of singer-songwriters based in Houston, Texas. Check out their website here
Some say that money makes the world go round. In Jerkchickenburg it's widely believed that it's hamsters.
"Blue Marble" photograph by NASA/ GSFC/ NOAA/ USGS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
On an unrelated note, here's the Jerkchickenburg town anthem, which - strangely, purely coincidentally - is also named Jerkchickenburg. Odd but untrue*
As you'll notice, it's an instrumental. There once were words but they were in the long defunct and painfully difficult to speak ancient language of Jerkchickenburgian. No-one could pronounce them and no-one knew what they meant. This was very embarrassing for all concerned.
* Odd but untrue is - again, strangely and again, coincidentally - the town's motto. You couldn't make this stuff up. (Well not if you expect to get paid for it anyway).
Legend has it that Byron once visited Jerkchickenburg. Any sensible person would dismiss that as myth and nonsense, though it might explain how a couple of lines alluding to one of his poems found their way into the Jerkchickenburg song Blue
Jazzy guitar chords, bongos and a walking bass line overlaid with smoky tenor sax riffs; these are exactly unlike the sorts of things for which Jerkchickenburg is renowned.
Hence it's very strange indeed to hear a song like Once We Were Just Happy emanating from the back room of the pub.
A short non-musical interlude follows:
Every five years Jerkchickenburg hosts its "Annual Short Film Festival". (Hey, don't ask me. We'll just have to assume that they don't know what the word "annual" means). The winner last time wasn't this one:
Back to the music - sorry but it has to be done. It's no use complaining. You shouldn't have come if you didn't want to listen. It really gets my goat. I've just about had it with ... (Ed: Okay, okay, quit haranguing the nice people and get on with it)
I'm reliably informed that this track was originally written and recorded in about 30 minutes after a couple of bottles of Malbec late on a Friday night. It's been tidied up a little since. It's called Walking Down the Road Again
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