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The song is an apology to someone I knew briefly long, long ago. The video was shot on 1/4/2019 at my regular Friday night show at the Caffeina Roasting Company in Boise, ID. Click the image below to watch it.
Unlike most of my songs, this one is pure fiction. It came to me out of a dream. In the dream I was standing in the harsh light of a bare bulb hanging in the center of the empty living room of a weathered two-story house. The house teetered precariously on a sandbar eroding in the midst of a river swollen with a driving rain. On the floor before me was the only thing of color: a blue suitcase. In my imagination I had just killed two men over a hand of cards. Their vengeful families were riding down on me from the bluff above. I shouted to my companion to pack the blue[s] suitcase. The song was recorded at Caffeina Roasting Company in Boise, ID on 2/1/2019.
Santa Fe County
This song is three letters written by a man who leaves his young girlfriend behind in Texas to become what he calls “The Poet of Santa Fe County.” Though his ambition costs him a happy life with her, it is a price he is ultimately willing to pay.
Bueno, the Roan
The song is in the voice of a man trying to guide his lifelong friend back to the humanity they experienced as boys riding among the forested hills of New Mexico on Pablo the Paint and Bueno the Roan.
A partial reading of my screenplay Texas Dick
Before turning back to writing novels and songs, I wrote six film scripts which include Texas Dick, Stealing Apollo, and Hello in There. All were represented. Two were optioned. None were produced. That’s show biz. But as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Below is the script and video of a cold read of a portion of my Texas Dick script. In the scenario two men in floppy hats and tights have been found unconscious in the darkness along a remote West Texas highway. The men awake at 1:00 AM believing that they are the Shakespearean characters the villainous Richard III and the pompous clown Sir John Falstaff from Henry IV.
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To watch the video click the image below: