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skip diddly-do... this is an instrumental version of the Winsor McCay... Mike layered several snare drums to sound like a marching band. Greg detuned his guitar until the strings were floppy and cranked up the reverb and tremolo- that is the strange percussive crash type of sound on the track.

This is the album's first teaser of Mike Romano's music-writing gifts. I thought it would be a good idea to take the longer version of his song and make an abbreviated New Orleans funeral march out of it, as much as that's possible among a rag-tag group of pop musicians. Vanilla is the musical collaborator of the late great Logan Whitehurst in Jr. Science Club. Vanilla is a plastic snowman, bereft of his companion, stolen by cancer. Mike insisted on this title. As Nils writes, he arranged the horns to manifest this idea a year after Mike Romano and I recorded the original tracks at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. His horn-playing pals executed said arrangement perfectly. I imagine Vanilla levitating in a lonely procession, accompanied by no one.


Make up yer own words, send them to us, and we'll have a party where we read them aloud while we eat cheese and crackers. There is no prize, just entertainment for us.


from Famous People Marry Famous People, released July 11, 2008
Song by Mike Romano
Nils wrote the horn arrangement, and these fine folks played it:
Morty Okin played Trumpet
David Murotake played Tenor Sax
Van Hughes played Trombone
Tom Greisser played Baritone Sax


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