The Beat of the Blues
This one comes from way back. I had the music for it and the first 2 lines just seemed to attach to it. It took me a long time to come up with an idea for how to develop it. I think once I read The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas, I started wondering why such a tragic story could be something I would even want to read. In fact, how could it be something that energized me? I guess I was meditating on the cathartic quality and the common experience of tragedy. I saw a glowing sign downtown – “Happy Hour”. That found its way into the song too.