When this album appeared in fall of 1995, I finally felt that I had put some distance between myself¬†and the Violent Femmes experience. I was performing as an actor once again, and I had control over¬†what I wanted to do with my future. Freedom was a new suit to wear.
This collection of songs looks at a time in my life when I was having¬†the time of my life.¬†Ideas were easy to come by, and I was very lucky to have many people around me who would¬†help me dream in sight, sound and thought.
My hometown of Racine supplied me with the many memories that live just below the¬†surface in the lyric world of this album. Ghosts and visions of spirit fugitives.
Pancake Day was a big event for me when I was a small boy with big eyes and no world view.¬†This once a year pancake breakfast¬†took place at Memorial Hall, and as a child, I remember thinking that¬†it was really something that so many people could be in one room together eating. I liked seeing people¬†I knew, and I loved seeing strangers. It was all new for me. Early thoughts in a young mind without the¬†repeats that color one's memory. The beautiful in late '50s America before the rustle of the '60s.¬†
For more information about this record, please listen to this record. Thank you.
Above is the front cover of the bFrecordings version of "Pancake Day." The Almo Sounds¬†version of the album had a purple background behind the cover image. The Almo version also featured label boss Herb Alpert playing trumpet on the album track, "Rainwater."