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 39-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.
Being the author of song lyrics makes for weird ways of recalling various times in life and the people that populated them. “In Canada” is a vignette of circumstances very unlike my own, considering I’m a city person and the song is very rural. As a kid, I lived so close to the city that it wasn’t even considered suburbia. That I grew up in a mid-century modern house with artists for parents makes me almost unique. That I start sentences with “that I” plunks me somewhere other than normal. Maybe more listeners would relate to the guy in the song than they would my life, as he strides through scenes with trailers and cows and all-night parties. These last few years have altered what I guess I assumed about differences between people. Maybe I thought there were more of us and fewer of them.
“In Canada” from Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1997) (download):