War Chickens

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I’m enjoying playing around with ideas that remind me of the great Gary Larson. I can’t even approach his level of funny, but trying to do this (it’s hard!) makes me appreciate him even more.

With thanks to Cal Souza for a fantastic art job!

This Little World

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I’m late posting this song, written and produced several months ago, but it’s the culmination of a lot of years of thinking about starting a song with the cautionary line from Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet, where Friar Laurence says to Romeo, “Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

Somehow, that got mixed in with a bit from Act 2 of King Richard II: “This happy breed of men, this little world.” Toss in a Lewis Carroll reference, and you end up with … a song? A wish? A prayer? I’m not sure, but I loved creating this with the talented folks below.

This Little World
Written by John Carter and Andre’ Maquera
Produced by Andre’ Maquera and John Carter
Arrangement by John Carter and Andre’ Maquera
Bass: Will Patton
Guitar: Andre’ Macquera
Piano: Peter Engisch
Vocals: Shane Murley

Recorded at West Street Digital in St. Albans, Vermont.

This Little World

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.
We move through this darkness bearing ghosts from our past.
Praying for traces of love. Yes, we’re praying for traces of love.

I’ve been looking for answers from angels.
And searching for faces in fables.
Praying for traces of love. Yes, I’m praying for traces of love.

This little world spins around and around. Lives are unfurled as we fly.
This little world spins around and around and around.
And it carries us all where it will. To the destinies that we fulfill … in this little world.

Who are these shadows that fill up my nights?
How can I bring them out into the light?
Where I’m praying for traces of love. Yes, I’m praying for traces of love.

The Red King is dreaming of all that we see.
If he wakes up, where will we be?
Praying for traces of love. We’ll be praying for traces of love.

And it carries us all where it will. To the destinies that we fulfill … in this little world.

General Cornflake

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 I’ve always been a HUGE Gary Larson fan, so here’s my first attempt at writing a cartoon (with thanks to my friend, Chuck Hamby, for feedback on the concept, and to Callan Souza for a fantastic art job).