A ONE NOTE MAN (1966):



Paul Arnoldi is a Pisces,
When the signs of Saturn,
Mercury, and maybe Mars
are in his fish’s favor,
and the night is swimming rings
around an easy earth,
you can find him eating violets
in the darkness,
even leaping in a loincloth,
dancing on the cobbles
of another’s mind,
singing songs of childhood,
blue balloons,
cars that grin like cheshire cats,
and marble moons
and things thaat go unseen
to colder eyes.
He knows a dog
that flies;
and when he cries,
the tears are like crystal stars-
that unlike ours
fall out and up
instead of foolish down.
He wanders like a clown
who lost his carnival
among the suburbs
of some western town,
but doesn’t care
who finds it there.

He has a house called Daydream,
a piglet for a friend,
a phoenix on his arm,
a flower in his shoe,
some heather in his hair,
a hobbit who’s not there,
an owl that fails to stare,
a most peculiar bat
who whispers where it’s at
when salesmen come to call
and linger in the hall
before they ring the bell
that makes no sound at all.
At all at all at all.


        Richard Farina

Howdy.

I recorded this album (12" vinyl) In New York City in 1966; in the middle
of the night, in a demo studio on 7 the avenue,( the recording engineer was actually falling asleep?)..........
I had grown restless, awaiting a producer, Hy Grill, to arrive from Nashville, and proceeded on my own, under the “guidance” of publisher Artie Mogul.  Hy did show up for one song,
“The Fallen Day”.  He was a good guy.............
Some buddies from Cambridge, Mass., and N.Y.C., enlivened the occasion with exuberant, excellent playing of instruments, and a good time was had, as near as I can recall......................

Those musicians were:

Fritz Richmond on washtub bass...
Banana Levinger on guitar....
Jeff Gutcheon on piano and recorder....
Geoff Muldaur on washboard, and other metal objects...........
Jim Mairs on bass.....
Bill Hjerpe on harmonica....
Joe Bauer on drums...
And an old man, whose name I never knew, wore an old hat, missing a
front tooth,
played bass on a couple of tunes.

This recording is not at this time available, though I have an urge to
make a CD of it,
for the collectors amongst us.

(Alas, the 1937 Martin D-28 I played on this LP, recognizable by the ten
diamond shapes cut into  the guitar face, was stolen from my Chevy
Greenbriar Van, right in front of Max’s Kansas City (restaurant), a few
months later ! )

I’ll be seein’ you,

Paul

SIDE 1

ONE NOTE MAN
HOME
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
THE FALLEN DAY
WILD HORSES
SINGIN’ IN THE MORNIN’

SIDE 2

LAUGHTER-IN-THE-AIR-BLUES
HAPPY TIMES
THE LOW TIDE BLUES
LONG STEMMED ROSE
TALKIN’ GUITAR BLUES
SALLY ANN

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