New Song: Never Talk Back

Never Talk Back Cover 3-01

So the mistake I made the last time around was asking you to listen to an entire album. What was I thinking? That it was 1972? Ridiculous! You’re a busy person. I’m a busy person. Busy-ish, anyway. And, really, who among us has forty-some odd minutes to listen to a bunch of songs loosely arranged around the idea that a customer-service robot has learned to play the flute? Not me, and certainly not you. That’s why I’m only asking you to listen to one song this time around. It’s four minutes long, and I guarantee that there are no robots in this one! Just a prostitute who gets killed when she doesn’t earn any money. In other words, it’s wholesome fun for the entire family!

By now, you’re probably wondering, “How can I get my hands on a copy of this song?” Well, the sad fact is that you can’t because, as I hinted earlier, it’s not 1972 anymore. It isn’t even 1992 or even 2012. It’s 2018, and though some artists are still putting songs out on CD and Vinyl (and, yes, even on cassette!), I’m not one of them, so there’s no physical recording of this track that you can actually get your hands on. The best you can do is download or stream it from you favorite music service.

And maybe you just got through that last paragraph and thought, “Wow, that poor schmuck is extremely literal-minded! I obviously didn’t mean that I actually wanted to wrap my hands around the song! Maybe there’s something I can do to help him out.” If that — or something even remotely like it — is the case, here’s how you can help:

  • Buy the song on iTunes. Buy it as a gift for other people on iTunes. Tell people you know to buy the song on iTunes. Tell people you don’t know to buy the song on iTunes. Go on social media and write things like, “Wow! Have you heard ‘Never Talk Back’ by Zapatero? I can’t believe it’s only ninety-nine cents (or at most $1.29) on iTunes! That song’s worth at least $1.75!”
  • Play the song on Spotify. If you’re on Spotify, find the song and put it on constant repeat, then hide your music player in a closet for a month or so. Artists make about $0.006 per play on Spotify, so if you play it 100 times in a row, I’ll make sixty cents! And don’t think for a second that I’ll let all that money go to my head or change the way I record music. I’ll keep making low-fidelity tracks in my basement even if I make a whole six dollars on this song. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a sellout!
  • Go to ReverbNation and play the song there. And while you’re at it, share a link to the song via social media or embed it in a blog post. If enough people do that, I might even break the top ten for recording artists in Havertown, PA. And you know what they say about cracking the Havertown market!
  • If you have a music blog and you’re so inclined, write a review of the song. Or ask me for an interview. I’ll answer any questions you have like “What?,” “Why?,” and “What’s up with that creepy baby?”

Of course, there are probably other things you can do to help me out and I’m just not thinking of them at the moment. But if you think of any, please let me know, and I’ll add them to the list!

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the song!

Mr Xquisite: doppelgangerous

Here’s the EP I recorded with my friend Shaun Haurin under the name Mr Xquisite. Shaun wrote most of the lyrics (except on “Fuzzy Logic”), and I wrote the music. Shaun sings on “Stunt Double” and “Monozygotic.” I sing on “Secret Sharer” and “Fuzzy Logic.” We take turns on “The Bride (A Web of Men),” a song inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass). Shaun’s son Sebastian adds a nifty guitar riff to the beginning of “The Bride,” and we’re also joined by Shaun’s friend Christimac. The cover photo is by Kristine Di Grigoli.

If you want a coupon code to download the EP for free, shoot me an email, and I’ll send one off to you.