When I recorded my first CD, I answered two questions on a regular basis.
- Has anyone ever told you that you look like Sandra Bullock?
- Is that an accordion on the front of your CD?
Of course, naming the CD after the title song, “This Silly Instrument” didn’t help matters. At the time I was really digging on the music of Randy Newman. I still really dig on Randy Newman’s music, but even as I wrote the song, I knew I was directly influenced by his humor and style. (Contrary to my posting Under the Influence.)
So, what is the silly instrument I’m holding? A keyboard. It is my favorite songwriting partner – second only to Big D. But unlike Big D, it is stingy and exacting – withholding my musical ideas for weeks, months, years. It divinely imparts just enough music to keep me coming back. Clever, silly instrument.
– Anita, Noted in Nashville