"I Want To Run Away" on the AZ Daily Mix television show:
A shortened solo version of the first song on the new album - I had to trim it down to less than three minutes! It was a challenge getting the performing juices going at 9 AM but I got it done! The lovely host is Sandy Moss.
Clip from a commercial shoot:
Pardon the crappy wind blown phone audio - it is a phone clip of the actual video shoot - a European insurance commercial (Zwitserleven) for the Dutch market. Here we are in Page, Arizona where I'm serenading the lovely, Emmy award winning Dutch actress Maryam Hassouni with Dave Alvin's "King Of California". Only a fraction of me made it to the final cut of the commercial which you can see if you scroll down to the very bottom of all these other videos along with a nice "making of" of this fun California, Arizona and Utah location shoot - there's a little more of me in that.
The Elks Theater Videos
The story on the videos is that we were attempting an audio recording session in the classic Elks Theater in downtown Prescott, Arizona, and I asked my good friend Carlos, of ArcSolStudios, to document it on video. Well, we didn't get the results from the recording session we were going for so I just set it aside. However, a few months later when Carlos showed me the video it gave me the idea to blend the audio from the two sources; the audio he recorded in the camera, and what was salvaged from the aborted audio recording session to make it at least sound as good as we possibly could with what we had. That's what you have here, just cinéma vérité of some of what we did that night, recorded live in real time, with all the imperfections in tact.
The videos where I'm wearin' the "T"shirt and am singing cover songs are from the soundcheck of this session and the audio is only from the camera, which is why it's of lesser sound quality.
This is a song I wrote about my own "wonder years" when my Grandad and Grandma took me all around the country in their Buick, showing me everything they could, from the swamps of Florida to the great Rocky Mountains. They came from the central Illinois prairie, near Springfield, so many of our trips included excursions visiting Abraham Lincoln's historical sights as well as a lot of trips up and down the mighty Mississippi River exploring Mark Twain territory.
I Don't Care What You Say
I wrote this song about the bittersweet and painful process of breaking away from someone; sort of a honked-up "Don't Think Twice" (Bob Dylan) in spirit; or as my good friend Rick Shea would, and has said; "If Leavin' Was a Fast Train..."