Normal History Vol. 529: 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.

Excerpt from possibly the longest song I’ve ever written. “Fallen Skier” is about a first date jammed packed with what I thought was comedy gold, but the song ended up being interpreted (in reviews) as sad if not profoundly pitiful. I think one reviewer asserted that I, as an intelligent feminist, would never find a man. She was right, but that’s beside the point. Isn’t it? Regardless, it was a downer at the time. While I was still looking. 

Near the end, out on the pier, after the sun has gone down, he asks me about this music of mine, “Is it ever all-out punk?” 

He seems concerned that it might be hardcore punk. I stand, a middle aged woman in a fantastically subtle silk jacket all the way from Japan. Hush Puppies. Curly hair blowing in the wind, and this guy is fretting over the possibility that I’m actually Henry Rollins.

“Fallen Skier” from The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):