This album is dedicated to the quarter throwers and bill uncrumplers and the small army of umbrella salesmen who materialize from nothing around subway entrances at the first drop of rain in New York City. It is dedicated to the cash register guitar case and the subway platform stage with its generous, churchlike echoes. This album celebrates a sidewalk, and says hello to everyone in the neighborhood.
The album is dedicated to the person working tonight at the twenty four hour bodega, and also the person for whom it makes sense to shop for groceries at 3 in the morning. It raises a glass to the bar-adjacent backrooms, the closed circuit tvs, and the Holy Open Microphone - and generously tips the bartenders who don't charge for soda water. And it applauds with full heart and standing the good people who come to such sacred flophouses and clap or boo but listen. Without them, good weeds would not grow up through the hard streets of Brooklyn.
Specifically, this album - meaningless though it is - is dedicated to Freddy's Backroom, Damian Quinones, Gwen Magurshak, Kristin Slaysman, Lauren Flans, Tony Galligani, Greg Morabito, Eric Holzman, Molly Brown, Jason and Natalie Sparks, Wendy and Craig Harrison, and anyone else who has helped or inspired Mikey or me to make music. Thank you.
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