A virtual friend of mine in the US is my favorite songwriter who is at least as obscure I am. He writes some lovely stuff. ANYWAY... on one of the musician sites were we hang out, this fella posed a songwriting challenge: write a song around the words "who knew".
Now I've learned to pay attention when he does that because a couple of my favorite tunes I've written in recent years stem from one of his challenges (see "Irish for a Day" in my Discography).
So in late November 2015 I came across his post and thought, OK, I'll have at it. Before I could get to it, I was over on Facebook where a couple of morons were having one of those typical idiotic debates on the general female attractiveness of Alison Krauss. Now that woman has won more Grammys than any other artist on the planet... who cares if she looks like a slug if she still does what she does?
Anyway, one of the morons said, "her eyes are little and beady and her nose is too big". (I can only imagine what an Adonis he must be!) Well, my brain, wrapping around that bit of pettiness, went something like "Oh, so her eyes are too beady, too large is her snoot - big f-ing deal!" Then it smacked me across the chops that I had a song first line, and maybe I could work it into something for the "Who Knew?" challenge.
I thought it would be appropriate to include some of the characteristics of many of this fellow Gregs's songs: romance and humor (the man wrote a romantic song about plucking a chicken - and made it work!), and for some reason Las Cruces, New Mexico (The Rose of Las Cruces is a 300-pound apron wearing lover of banjo playing men - you gotta hear it to get it: alonetone.com/connor/tracks/rose-of-las-cruces)
Anyway, once I got going, the song fell out in about 30 minutes. The rest was just polishing.
More at: www.robertpalomo.com/who_knew