People Are Nuts”
I received a phone call on a Monday in late September, of 1989. My former manager Scott Cameron told me that he had just heard form I.R.S. Records, and they wanted to know if I would fly out to Los Angeles two days later to perform for the record release party of the I.R.S. Records 10 year anniversary project that I had a cut on. Scott claimed that they really wanted me there because I was one of the very first artists to sign with the label. I didn’t have any time to think about it, and had to make a decision right on the spot. Even though I felt unsettled about it because of the way things sort of just fizzled out with the label in late 1983, I decided to go anyway. I told Scott to tell them that I at least needed some money to eat on. They agreed, and I hopped on the plane that Wednesday. I’m glad that I went and faced whatever ghosts were in my heart about the way it all ended after the 2nd LP.
Sign of the Cross: After my 2nd LP didn’t take off in 1983, I went back to playing music in the church for a good 5 years as a means of survival. Then I taught a History of Rock Music class in a Catholic College in 1992. It was as if the universe wouldn’t let me get away from Catholicism until I was completely purged and cleansed of my past religious slavery. Writing “Sign of the Cross” was my first stand against spiritual imprisonment.