Do you ever read along to lyrics years after you have memorized them, only to find that you had it totally wrong? And of course, from having been on the radio, I was the one who answered the request line for all manner of the butchering of lyrics by audience members. “There's a bathroom on the right,” “wrapped up like a douche,” “excuse me while I kiss this guy.” It is such a cottage industry kind of thing that articles and books have been written about it, and websites have been dedicated to rampant misconstruing.
Several months ago, we brought you an animated video from Minnesota-based songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, from his album The Reluctant Graveyard. Well, now he and his band have announced The Graveyard Tour, out to the east coast visiting and performing at graveyards in each city. And that is the second time today that I have encountered concerts in the cemetery. Actually, if you have a band you can apply to play Tunes from The Tombs in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery next month. Weird.
Jeremy Messersmith has a brand new YouTube video, where he sings a medley of popular songs in which the lyrics are mistaken for something else. Like "I wanna piece of bacon." And you know how the Music Fog crew feels about bacon. He compiled the lyrics for a show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota tonight, entitled "Works for Words." Jeremy wrote, "I'll be performing, along with Dessa Darling, Chris Koza, Lucy Michelle, and Brian Tighe. We'll be looking at songs with amazing and innovative lyrics as well as exploring ways to present lyrics visually. I'll also be performing this song FOR THE ONLY TIME EVER. Sorry about the caps."
Remember, "I wanna rock and roll all night, and part of every day."
- Jessie Scott