Normal History Vol. 530: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

This is one of those songs that at various stages of writing, rehearsing and recording I wondered if it was political enough. 

Following a fairly unremarkable exchange with a friend while he made dinner, I took a nuanced stab at setting the scene in the kitchen to convey a specific emotion—the sadness of a man who thought it might be better if he disappeared and started again with a new identity. I guess if it was a dating situation this would be called a red flag.

“His Own Madness” from The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):