This is a song that's been bouncing around in my head and in various bands for quite awhile now. I played a more rock-and-roll version of it in two short-lived groups called Medium Size Rabbit and 1894. This solo version always sounded best to me, and it's the one I chose for my upcoming album.
It's a pretty wild scene. Seemed like I should write a song about it.
It's pretty much a true story based on a weird experience I had during a trip to Mexico. Someone I met there suggested I visit a town called San Jose del Pacifico in Oaxaca. It's a tiny village in a cloud forest at the very top of the Sierra Madre mountain range that gets it's name from the view: you can see the Pacific Ocean miles away. There's an old woman there who's a sort of hallucinogenic shaman. Traveling kids from all over the world congregate at her house. It's a pretty wild scene. It seemed like I should write a song about it.
The arrangement is vocals, synth, acoustic guitar and electric guitar through a fuzz pedal. The synth is set so that, after the initial attack, it bounces along in a nice percussive way. The electric guitar is two tracks of solos on top of each other. I love the sound of double-tracked fuzzy guitar solos.
I recorded this song in an apartment I lived in across the street from Pulaski Park. The public pool was right there, so I had to wait 'til it closed to record or the sound of kids yelling would bleed through on the mic.