Jenn Jinks – Music to Anyone’s Ears

EB got a chance to hang out with Jenn Jinks today. She is an awesome singer and EB is one of her biggest fans. After Jenn’s regular piano player was delayed due to a severe weggie accident, EB came to the rescue and was able to accompany her at an important rehearsal. Jenn is getting ready to release an album and EB did his best to play her songs.

Jenn with EB 1

Overall, the rehearsal turned out great. EB was particularly taken by Jenn’s beautiful voice and also because she was dressed like a carrot in that orange dress.

EB and Jenn 2

When I saw him later this afternoon, he couldn’t stop telling me about how he is Jenn’s right hand rabbit. She promised him an autographed copy of her new CD and so he has official bragging rights and wants everyone to know it. EB threatened to poke my eyes out while I sleep if I didn’t post a link to Jenn’s Kickstarter campaign. She is self funding her album and he wants everyone to go and help her out. 

EB is counting on you, (for that matter so am I since I have to live with him and there’s no telling what this crazy rabbit will do) go there today and pledge whatever you can. Here is the Kickstarter link.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/419441755/jenn-jinks-original-debut-album

…and so The Black Man and The Rabbit Argued

William D. Burton and EB

Hung out with EB and William today. (William is the one on the left.) William and I perform together at area clubs. He has written close to a hundred songs. The guy is a genius. He and EB get into philosophical discussions every so often when we are on our way to a gig and I just stay out of it. Listening to the two of them carry on about the woes of the world and the crazy hypothesis each of them come up with, is like being sucked into a vortex. My eyes glaze over and everything starts to spin.

I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. What should I expect when the Easter Bunny (that mild mannered rabbit with an occasional attitude) and William D. Burton (a performer who has opened for Muddy Waters and Crosby Stills and writes songs with lyrics like: “It was raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock and my jalopy was in the shop.”) get together to bend time and space with their dialogue?

Today was a little weird as the two of them started arguing over my book, A Rabbit’s Tale An Easter Story. William suggested that I change the name of the book and re-release it. EB thought that was a dumb idea. Here’s a brief glimpse of their conversation.

Burton: …yeah, you should change it to something like The Far-Fetched But True Happenings of An Accidental Rabbit or Big Ears But Blind.
EB: What the %*&# are you talking about, William? What kind of titles are those. Do you want the guy to starve by not selling any books? Stick to songwriting and leave book titles to the experts.
Burton: Experts? Oh, you mean like you? Of course, how silly of me. Why name the book something that people might actually be interested in reading, when you can call it A Rabbit’s Tale? – and an egotistical one at that. Unless it has “Easter” or “Rabbit” in the title, you’re just not happy are you?
EB: You can’t fight what the public wants. They want me!
Burton: Put a carrot in it, EB.

So much for enlightened dialogue. My brain started to ooze out of my ears after ten minutes of this.

Here’s the thing. While the book has references to Easter, it is about a guy who gets into some real hot water trying to help a friend. So, there is suspense and humor in it. To make matters more complicated, after the book was finished, I got the idea of how the story continues. It didn’t start out this way, but it has turned into a multi-book project, with a third book already in the works. The second book, Persistent Evil, will be released sometime next year.

While the story lines make sense from one book to the other, can the book titles for a trilogy really go from “A Rabbit’s Tale An Easter Story” to “Persistent Evil” to “The Stilling?”

Since William and EB have done nothing but make me more confused about this, perhaps you can leave me your thoughts. If you’ve read A Rabbit’s Tale, I would be very interested in your thoughts.