Normal History Vol. 559: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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.

I have a feeling this song was, on my part, written in the moment with me adding guitar noise after the fact, then audaciously titling it “Greater Beauty.” There’s a lot I could say about my guitar (who, what, where and why, etc.) playing overall, but it is probably almost always an overarching example of non-verbal provocation equivalent to my lyrics years earlier. “Man thinks woman when he talks to me. Something not quite right. There’s something wrong with me.”

“Greater Beauty” from Flood Plain (K, 1993) (download):