The Universe flows freely through Paul McCartney and his catalog is a statement to his being completely open to the inspirations the Universe sends, so I’d appreciate an afternoon with him alone, on a bench, talking.
An hour or two with Cole Porter, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and Ira Gershwin, and Gamble & Huff and Harold Melvin and Holland, Dozier & Holland who made the Philly Sound what it was and took it so far beyond the music.
I would love to spend an afternoon with Dylan Thomas, Swansea’s most famous Son, and with one or two street performers from Dublin, Ireland and also from the Nottinghill Street Market.
I would love to write with someone on the skids, where I was for a time, who has nothing left except their soul and a life of regret and wrong turns; just imagine… what would they say?
I would love to write with Bob Dylan around the time he wrote “One Too Many Mornings” and I’d give a lot to be able to have an afternoon Tea with Truman Capote, just as he finishes Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”, in my view the most perfect short story and lyrical statement ever written. I like finding fresh faces in the basement of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in Nashville, full of songs, ideas and verbs but not yet able to hook them all together… and I would love to hear from Joe Jackson who I’d ask to trade lines with me.
And my 92 year old Dad, still the Poet Laureate, who, at the drop of a hat, and many times without provocation, will hold forth like a freight train on a firey ramble that can shake the rafters and is so loaded with gloriously arcane uses of the English Language it would keep an English Doctoral Student busy doing research for a month.
I write with anyone who inspires me.
Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.