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Or purchase The Epic on:
- Cherokee (Ray Noble song from 1938)
- Vinyl release track order
- Marc got the bass solos mixed up, the acoustic bass solo by Miles Mosley was first (the one he didn’t like), then the electric bass solo by Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat (which he did like).
- Disney’s Fantasia
- Kamasi Washington’s Harmony of Difference EP
- Bad Music Hertz Episode 9: The Explorers Club’s Grand Hotel
- Henrietta Lacks: the cancer patient whose cells were the starting point of the HeLa immortal cell line used in scientific research.
- Jimmy Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks At Forty”
- Wikipedia article on “authorial intent”
- Lindsay Ellis’s video essay on authorial intent, “Death of the Author”
- Kill Bill: Volume 1 & Kill Bill: Volume 2
I also loved “Leroy and Lanisha,” it had a similar calm energy to it. For some reason it reminded me of a lullaby. Like, I had never heard it before, but it felt like I had, like someone had sang it to me, or something.
That was my homage to Charlie Brown, it was my version of “Linus and Lucy.”
That makes sense! When I was listening to it, it reminded me of the books my mom read to me when I was a kid, it felt very nostalgic.
Yeah that’s exactly what that was. I always loved Charlie Brown growing up—Vince Guaraldi, you know? I was listening to that and I started playing around with that melody.
“The Magnificent 7” is actually about a homage to a band I was playing with a lot. That was the band I started writing a lot of songs for this album with. “Henrietta Our Hero” is about my grandmother, who was a very powerful figure in my family. She was a little small woman, but she did a lot with a very little. She struggled with some mental illness and stuff like that, but even with all that, she helped my dad and all his brothers buy their first homes, she got me my first car, she got my brother his first car, she did a lot for someone who didn’t have much to work with.