of my favorite things about solo acoustic shows is the interplay
that takes place between me and the audience. People shout out
requests for their favorites, a mix of songs from the albums
and unrecorded tunes. I enjoy not knowing what song will come
next, and playing songs I otherwise might not have thought about
that night. It transforms a show into more of a conversation.
Series CDs are based on the idea of expanding this kind of dialogue
and applying it to recordings. At a show in July 1999, I circulated
a piece of paper around the crowd, and asked folks to write
down songs they'd like to own acoustic versions of. These are
the songs they chose. Just like the shows themselves, the songs
are a mix of new and old, fast and slow, happy and sad. It's
quite an eclectic grouping - even to me.
were recorded in one sitting just like a show, with the songs
following the order of the requests. Engineer Mark Schwartz
approached the recording with a simple, unadorned sound.
to all of you for the requests at this "show" and
all the others like it. Hopefully you'll find some of your favorites