Back in February of 2006, Jefferson Pitcher, J. Matthew Gerken, and I set about writing and recording the original demos for these Presidents songs as part of the February Album Writing Month challenge (www.fawm.org). We wrote and did demo recordings of 42 songs (all but G.W. Bush) in Februrary–28 days and 42 songs. Sheesh.
In any case, as part of that, we wrote little texts to accompany each new song as we got them up on the FAWM website. I like looking through them now as they seem part of a crazy, crazy time.
Burr Settles, a fine songwriter in his own right and the FAWM-lord, was kind enough to get me an html backup of all the original texts we wrote, and it includes the comments other songwriters wrote on the demos as we got them up. I’m including those as well.
05 Monroe (The Last Cocked Hat)
The subtitle is really his nickname. The chorus summarizes the gist of the Monroe doctrine.
- jeff pitcher | 2006-02-13 @ 10:31pm (EST)this song is really beautiful to me…perhaps it’s just that it seems to fit the springlike weather here in california quite well, but i REALLY like it nonetheless. rain or shine that is. just damn good.
- friendof | 2006-03-13 @ 11:25pm (EST)I feel bad because I actually downloaded all your songs, but haven’t commented on them all. But I love this one, as I do all of them. I love how you make it about the U.S.’s “position” as if the song is about the U.S. more than just Monroe or his statements alone. Nice work with this one. And kudos to makig words that don’t rhyme totally work and sound great. Oh and your voice, as always, sound great.