Blue Boy Billy
This 'BLUE BOY BILLY' is a 6 song CD. ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY Billy Q. Effinger PLEASE ALSO SEE 'BLUE BOY BILLY 18' song CD Here at CD Baby Thank you Billy Q. A Power Unseen By Richard Gintowt lawrence.com Billy Q. Effinger has never been to Lawrence, KS. But this 'fantastic vocal stylist' has left an enduring stamp on our heart with his unsolicited CD mailer Sometimes, you have to break the rules. Bob Dylan, Pablo Picasso, Mahatma Gandhi - they knew this. Now you can add Billy Q. Effinger to that elite list. A little explanation is in order, perhaps. Orchestral maneuvers in the dark Since he doesn't play any instruments (at least not with more than one finger), Effinger composes his original tunes by chopping up karaoke backing tracks that he purchases from a company in North Carolina. It's all 'above-the-table and paid for' he asserts, though it can be difficult to explain to people not familiar with the technique. 'I don't think I'm the first - you hear about sampling all the time,' says Effinger, who refers to his 'band' as the 'American Imperial Music Telegram Orchestra.' Though he initially pegged 'Blue Boy ' as his first single, 'Willie the Warlock' has proved to be the track that has attracted the most attention. Inspired by Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, the song tells the tale of a warlock who refuses to use his magic powers to woo a lady. Instead, he relies solely on his personality ('I won't willow the wisp to make you my girl'). 'Everyone seems to be into magic so I told the kids I was going to write a song about a warlock,' Elsewhere on the album, somber lyrical undertones hide beneath deceptively upbeat pop songs. 'Veronica's Blue' uses the Statue of Liberty as a metaphor for the country's sadness following the terrorist attacks, and 'Blue Boy ' chronicles Judy Garland's bouts with depression . 'On the lighter side of things, 'Blind Date (Screwy Kazooy)' is a whimsical number about a man who is unwittingly set up with an escort. The moment of catharsis comes when he asks for a kiss ... and she asks for more money.'It just kind of came out that way,' Effinger says. 'It wasn't something that happened to me personally, anyways. 'The song 'Blow #225 DM&IR' is about taking a huge locomotive for a ride that he climbed on as a child. It sits as a tourist attraction in his Proctor, MN home town. Billy Q. arrived in a nondescript Manila CD mailer, accompanied by a letter from the Duluth Musician's Association (AFL-CIO) informing us that Billy has proven himself to be 'a fantastic vocal stylist.' According to the letter, the enclosed CD would offer us two songs that were 'infectious ... yet wear well upon repeated listening. ' You can say that again. We've gotten better at suppressing the subconscious urge to belt out 'I am immortal!' but it's going to take a lot of willowing the wisp to get this song out of our heads. ALL SONGS FCC OK . Thank you Billy Q Effinger.