Do you know my name

 I started writing a collection of themed songs for a “Rock Opera” back in high school.  We were studying “Jesus Christ Superstar” in religion class at the time. “Tommy” by the Who and “Thick as a Brick” by Jethro Tull had also recently come out and I was thoroughly fascinated by the idea of the concept album/ rock opera. I really studied and dissected them all.  At the same time, I was also a huge fan of Marvel Comics, especially the “Fantastic Four” and their adventures in the “Negative Zone”, “the Watchers” and “Gallacticus”. So, I decided I would have some fun and write my own rock opera by meshing all of these ideas together. The basic theme of my project was that “God is an Alien”. I wound up writing 35 songs for this project. A number of them I thought were pretty good, but the whole narrative needed way too much pruning and re-writes to make anything out of it, so I put it on the shelf. “Do you know my Name” is one of the songs I rescued from this project and cleaned up so it could be a stand-alone piece.  Pete Townshend had done something similar with his “Lifehouse” project.  He never officially released it, but many of his best songs showed up on “Who’s Next”.  For my album, I felt I needed a bit of a different song and really had always like this one.  It focuses on the anti-hero, hero character who was the narrator through-out the entire project. I had based the character on Lee Marvin’s character “Kid Shelleen" from “Cat Ballou”. Who was always one of my all-time favorite Movie Stars. (that’s where the pass me the hooch line comes from) Because we were studying JC Superstar at the time, the song also has a lot of religious type of metaphors and visuals throughout such as Christ’s 40days in the desert etc. Plus, there is a relationship on the rocks, sublot that winds though it. Like many of my songs this is another rocker.  Additionally, I was also a big fan of the James Gang (early Joe Walsh).  I always try to pay homage to my rock hero’s, and either musically or lyrically and I try to put something in to salute them. In this song I tried to emulate a James Gang chord pattern in the song’s outro.  I played most of the guitar throughout, Sarven Manguiat contributed additional guitar during the outro , Rob Hall was on bass, Fabian Chavez was on Sax and Stephen Haaker was on drums.  Diana Ortiz, Harrison Crenshaw, and Phoebe Crenshaw were on backing vocals. Engineering and Production was done by Brett Grossman and Stephen Haaker. We recorded everything at Perfect Sound Studio’s in Frogtown and Cosmic Voyager Studio in Encino. Emily Lazar from the Lodge in NYC again Mastered this song.

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