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WBEZ Interview About “Rahm Songs”

I appeared on the WBEZ program The Afternoon Shift on May 27, 2014, and talked with host Niala Boodhoo about my new album of Chicago-inspired songs titled “Rahm Songs.”

WBEZ InterviewLocal musician rehashes old lyrics for ‘Rahm Songs’

Logan Square songwriter Andrew Francis first started writing protest songs directed against our previous mayor. But as it turns out, Francis finds his songs are still particularly relevant today. He wrote “CTA Blues” back in 2006, and with very few tweaks he was able to rehash the song for his mini-album, ‘Rahm Songs.’ He joins us in studio to talk about the inspirations for his music and lyrics, and his experience reworking his old songs.

— May 27, 2014 — Niala Boodhoo — The Afternoon Shift – WBEZ 91.5fm

Listen to the interview and live performances of the updated, Rahm Emanuel versions of “Mister Mayor Says” and “Talkin’ CTA Blues” above, or by clicking here. Download the interview by right clicking here and selecting “Save As…”

And, download the album “Rahm Songs” for free right here.



The Talkin’ Headline Blues #100

The Talkin' Headline Blues #100

November 4, 2010, right through to November 4, 2013. That sure is a whole lot of headlines. It’s kind of weird that I wrote them both on the same date, the first one and the one-hundreth one.

You can read about why I started doing those on my first post. And you can listen to all the Talkin’ Headlines from that first week here, here, here, and here. (And here’s all of those first five squashed together.)

I only played the Talkin’ Headline tune out at a live show once back in February of 2011. It was this one. I also played one on a live radio show, which was a pretty good time. Listen to the original, non-radio version, here.

So, this tune has had a little small about of success, I’d say. But I’m not quite done with it. I plan to do a thousand of these. So keep listening for the next 19 or so years and see if I make it to number 1,000, okay?

I wonder how the news will change. Probably just a lot more flying car crashes and Justin Bieber obituaries.