Whispering Johnson - The     
     Birthday Numbers - CD Cover

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The Birthday Numbers

1. Forty-eight [mp3] [chart] 5. Forty-three [mp3] [chart]
2. Forty-five [mp3] [chart] 6. Forty-seven [mp3] [chart]
3. Forty-six [mp3] [chart] 7. Forty-two [mp3] [chart]
4. Forty-four [mp3] [chart] 8. Four-fifty [mp3] [chart]
9. ? [mp3]

October 4, 1997 - 2003

In 1997 I decided to start a new tradition: I'd take my birthday off from work and write a song. The result -"42"- is included here along with subsequent "birthday numbers." somewhere in my mid-'40s the ability to take the day off disappeared, along with my capacity for writing something I liked in one sitting. I'm hoping both come back soon. But I've persisted in writing something every birthday, usually a brief sketch that I'll work out over the following weeks or months. However it happens, the end result always feels somehow expressive of the year that produced it.

4-50 is a little ditty that I came up with for the party celebrating the 50th birthdays or Oren Sreebny, Tom Lenon, Ed Lorah, and Brad Spear. 50 is still one number away for me.

Thanks for listening


All songs composed by Jim Fricke, arranged by Whispering Johnson

Recorded live on Bastille Day (14 July), 2004 at Audiologic Studio, Seattle by Jay Kenney