Today I uploaded the fourth single from the album Bare Wood 2 to my digital distributor. It will be available on 2 September. Why am I releasing these singles, you might ask. It seems to me that, in this time of short attention spans, a single receives about the same attention as an album and this way I can stretch that attention out of over several months. People who follow a “new release playlist” will see multiple notices of a new single rather than just one notice of an album. And the second and frankly more important reason is that I enjoy making the cover art. :-)
I am not sure why, after playing with different ideas for several weeks, I chose this image. Among the different designs I was working on this was the one that grabbed my attention every time. It’s the color, of course, but it’s also the mysterious combination of a photo of the head of a conga with the drummer’s hand resting on it and a photo taken in a restaurant in Chinatown, San Francisco, probably the Great Eastern Restaurant on Jackson street–a long time favorite. In my mind the two images combine to create the performance of a Cuban band inside a Chinese restaurant. Big Trouble in Little China meets Bona Vista Social Club? Food and music… nothing better than that.
What do you think of when you look at this cover?