Thursday, November 1, 2007

Daddy Mack'll Make Ya...

Dear Friends,

  The Hard Taco's 10th full length CD, "There There," is here and it is ready for public consumption, misuse, and general soaking up.

  A colleague recently asked me why I still release CD's every year, despite the fact that most contemporary music aficionados get all of their music online in MP3 form. Well, you can't use the reflective surface of an MP3 to signal a passing plane or temporarily blind a would-be rapist, can you? You can’t tie a piece of string to an MP3 covered with two-sided tape, and use it to go fishing for cash/money while hovering over a bank vault that has no ceiling, can you? And you most definitely cannot cut off your hand and serve it on an MP3 to a jilted lover with a note that says, "You already ate my heart for breakfast. Why not have my hand for lunch? Also, I really dig track 4. Check it out if you have a chance (after you’re done eating my hand)."

  To coincide with the release of this album, the Hard Taco song for November is called, "There There There." I encourage you to listen to it!

  "There" is one of a a few words in the English language that assumes alternate connotations when you say it twice in a row. For instance, your grandmother may use phrases such as, My My, Now Now, and of course, There There. If your grandmother is a member of Kris Kross, she may also say Jump Jump, which just means that she wants you to jump twice.

  Sometimes, it's not enough just to say a word twice. Each of these phrases requires the consecutive use of a single word three or more times to impart the appropriate nuance...

When you want to convey:
1. Shame on you, Pharaoh!
2. I request that you, the patrons of this New York state prison, join me in chorus.
3. Dang, that large piece of soft bubble gum is sexy!
4. The scientific name for the Western Lowland Gorilla
5. Hurry up and cleave this combination chemotherapy that contains cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, Oncovin and prednisone.
6. I am surprised, perhaps ironically, to discover that Orson's water hole is no longer ill.
7. I am your grandmother, and it would really mean a lot to me if you would jump twice, preferably on the second and fourth beats of the measure.

1. Tut, tut, Tut!
2. Sing, Sing-Sing.
3. Hubba-hubba, Hubba Bubba!
4. Gorilla gorilla gorilla
5. Chop CHOP. Chop, chop!
6. Well, well, well... Welles' well's well.
7. Miggety miggety miggety mack! Jump, Jump!

With warmest regards,