Paul Vernet | It's a Shame

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It's a Shame

by Paul Vernet

This track unlocks the secret of re-animation. Long dead dancers and other jokesters come alive in a tale of woe, capricious fate, and re-birth. Oh yeah, and it ROCKS.
Genre: Rock: Arena Rock
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Paul Vernet is a rock and roll ghost hunter. He knows the dinosaurs of rock are all pretty much extinct, but he’s damn sure their remains can be found and excavated. “There might be something in the water up here” he says, looking over the misty mountains near Woodstock, NY, where he lives and where he recently recorded his album “Personal Mythology”. In the great classic rock star tradition, he spent years perfecting his songcraft, then went out and hired the best sidemen he could afford – namely, himself.
“I called the record that because it’s what everybody’s doing these days; re-branding themselves on Facebook and Instagram, you know? There’s this alternate online reality where everyone’s young and rich and beautiful, with the best hair, and the perfect puppy. Why should I be any different?”
Oh, he’s different all right – and the ghosts of distant dinos haunt him still. “Before all these digitized nerds took over an already crooked music biz, there was a hippie dream, you know, where songs meant something, and music could change the world. Call me crazy, but I still believe that.”
“Pregnant Widow” is the first track, and it’s a sizzling slice of proto Funk/Punk, sort of like an all-star jam with Black Sabbath, Fela Kuti and the Talking Heads. It’s about a wise old county doctor who makes house calls after hours. The rest of the record splays itself all over the musical map-groove rock with a Brill Building backbone. That’s just fine with Paul, who claims to have a doctorate all his own, in Rockology. “Yeah, my influences are deep and wide; from Atomic Rooster to Charlie Rich, with some Steely Dan, Ween, The Monkees, Guns N Roses thrown in, oh yeah and then there’s what’s-her-name… Hanna Montana. She’s going places, that one. I melded her and Husker Du together on one track.”
Then his voice lowers to a whisper. “I guess I should mention that Sean Bigler and Jim Dooley played on some of the tunes. But let’s keep that on the down low-I still owe them some money. My last name rhymes with pay. Ahahaha…”
He scans the horizon with a faraway look. “Hmm…those clouds over yonder look like they might rain down a song or two on me soon. Better grab my divining rod. Catch me this summer at a roadhouse, state fair or iPhone near you. I’ve got a whole batch of new tunes in the hopper; the next record’s gonna sound like Best of the Bangles crossed with Heavy Cream.” And Poof! Just like that he’s gone.
Paul Vernet (rhymes with pay, as in dues) may be off his rocker, or he might be onto something. The best way to find out is to check the grooves on Personal Mythology. It’ll turn your ears back and coat your tongue. It’ll cure the Megrims and banish your ghosts. It’ll go down like a shot of Jack dumped into some hard cider. Good for what ails ya.

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