Always Put On Your Sincere Face
On Personal Archives Records Feb. 23rd
13 Billion Years and a Half was the first song we worked
on and is accompanied by hand drums. Pretty fun to
drum with Andy! After that was Zero Bottles Of Beer On
The Wall. He used to perform 99 Bottles of Beer On The
Wall all the way down to zero, "so finally, with you I am
going to take it further!"
Then “What Will Be Will What”, which is a reference to
Bob Dylan. Andy didn’t tell me the reference, but said if
Dylan hears it he will get it…
Andy asked me to wait awhile before I disclosed our
collaboration or shared the recordings with anyone
and that I would know when the time was right. For
a variety of reasons I think the time is now.
There are more songs than what I’ve included here.
Someday I will re-record them, perhaps with a big band.
This collection of songs is the result of a series of subconscious
collaborations with Andy Kaufman before and after he died.
February 23rd, 2002, the night I turned 35, the same age he was
when he died, he visited me for the first time and revealed to me
that he had been collaborating with my subconscious for years.
In my dreams, we worked together just as I do with people who
are presently living. We were like old friends from the start,
constantly laughing as we worked.
Andy said he’d like the music to be inspired by crooners,
tin pan alley, and vaudeville. My father is a pianist, who
played for years in piano bars so I took this as an
opportunity to draw from this part of my life. Generally,
the music, lyrics and overall approach of this music
is very different from anything else I have created.
I always recorded immediately after waking up from our
collaborations on different pianos with different intonations
and states of (dis)repair.