“Magic Treason Rough Mix,” newly added to this website’s “Sampler,” is in fact the most finished version ever — with guitarist Mike Ball accompanying me and Arlene Wow producing.
This version has been hiding in my email archives for a couple of years, one of the few I had the joy of recording with Arlene at the helm.
The song is special to me, emerging from a crush gone bad. It’s a highly stylized rendition that fictionalizes a woman I could not get out of my head or heart, but could not work into my life, either. It is not real, but rather a dramatized portrait of someone with whom I grew disenchanted and came to mistrust. But mostly, it is a character many of us, man or woman, have known and felt betrayed by.
Yet, she was the inspiration for many a song. And so, I offer this with gratitude and yes, with love for the journey.
Thanks for listening, and please: let me know what you think!