See if you can find the hidden lyric references below. You'll win a prize or something.
1. My Love's Enough
Combines the sacred and the profane, in the manner of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight To The Blind" or Van Morrison's "She Gives Me Religion". Influenced by classic blues theme of sexual prowess a la Muddy Waters's "Electric Man" and almost everything else. (Of course it's better than money and other things!)
Bruce Hornsby's later work with The Noisemakers is the likely influence on the groove and chord progression. John Douglas channels Freddy Hubbard on the trumpet solo.
My compadre in the studio, Motor City Josh, likened this tune to the material on Eric Clapton's Journeyman (like Bad Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgdjESROiww).
Lyric reference: Robert Johnson
2. Morning After Pill
Written at age 19 circa 1975, the music came from some Allman Brothers inspired harmony guitar licks that wouldn't leave me alone. The lyrics were based on a true story. It is believed to be first published use of the terms "morning after pill" "and "lethal weapon". Maybe I can sue Mel Gibson.
Lyric reference: Rolling Stones
3. My Forever, Your Always
Closest I can come to writing a Stax 1960s ballad. Obvious influences are Otis Redding and Solomon Burke. Horns a thing of beauty, as is The Missus, for whom it was penned.
4. Sisyphus Blues
The basic Booker T. and the MGs Green Onions progression to a different groove in minor key with three extra chords thrown in on the chorus. If you ever had a job (or school) where you did the same thing every day with no measurable reward and no end in sight, you feel me on this one.
Lyric references: Charles Dickens, Albert Camus
5. Too Much Month At The End Of The Money
Based on a true story, from a friend who explained his state of exhaustion from working two jobs on the fact that there was too much month at the end of the money. Horns and funky groove influenced by Tower of Power and James Brown, not necessarily in that order. Virtuosic solos by Motor City Josh (guitar) and De'Sean Jones (sax).
Lyric influences: Jimmy Witherspoon's "Times Gettin' Tougher than Tough" and/or Johnny Guitar Watson's "A Real Mother For Ya", though I doubt I'd have written these words (and many others) if I hadn't spent thousands of hours listening to John Hiatt.
6. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
1972 Wilson Pickett hit, I've played this in just about every band I've ever been in, and at just about any jam I've ever been to. My own take on it, didn't use the original chords, and got most of the words right.
7. Bad Whiskey
Written right around 1975, when I was big into whiskey and Ray Charles. Still big into Ray, but fortunately (for my liver and other essential organs) no longer the bad whiskey.
8. Nice Ride
Five stages of life told via various limousine rides, adapted very loosely from the seven ages listed in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Michael Jenkins' guitar solo is way off the beaten (limousine) path.
Lyric reference: Bruce Hornsby
9. Runnin' Blue
From the early Boz Scaggs rhythm & blues catalog. Normally when doing a cover I'll try to offer a different take on a song, as in "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You". In this case I stayed as close to the original as possible. I figured if Boz could do the same thing with T-Bone Shuffle, I could follow suit. Marcus Elliot's sax solo kills it.
Influence: B.B. King, Ray Charles, who in turn influenced Boz
10. Just Because You're Paranoid
The last song recorded, it was done in three hours. Haunting nylon string solo by Ryland Kelly was a spur of the moment inspiration. The idea for this song has been on the back burner for decades. It used to be a funny line. Now, not so much. See Edward Snowden. Get a tin foil suit.
Lyric reference: Shakespeare
It was William S. Burroughs who famously said:
“Paranoia is just having the right information.”
“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. ”