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December 4, 2006 |
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I recently was able to purchase the Prairie Home Companion DVD which led to the purchase of the soundtrack (a little tougher find than normal being in South Korea). Have you ever considered doing an album of bawdry and risqué folk music the kind of songs sung by miners and soldiers and cowboys over a round of beverages at a favorite watering hole after a hard day's work?
I understand the pressure you undoubtedly feel from your fine sponsors like Powdermilk Biscuits to keep a certain standard of morality, but unfortunately, there is probably an entire generation who heard "I used to work in Chicago" for the first time when Dusty and Lefty gave an impromptu verse at the start of the movie. There is a certain art to a song filled with double entendres and with fewer young Americans holding jobs where they get their hands filthy from hard work, I fear the art form is dying.
Surely the lyrics can't be worse than what is on popular radio today - and there is a certain dubious honor of releasing an album with a parental advisory warning. Or so I'm told.
I'm glad you enjoyed "I used to work in Chicago," John. I once sang that for an audience at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago for an evening of bawdy humor and though the show was advertised as bawdy, the audience seemed uncomfortable. They laughed but it was uneasy laughter. I think they didn't want to hear that song sung by me: it just conflicted with how they saw me. The audience at the "Prairie Home Companion" movie, however, laughed themselves sick when Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly sang the same song. So I won't be making an album of bawdy songs.