On our little tour through South Jersey last week, “Awesome Amy” gave me the very best souvenir imaginable — videotaping my performance of our new song “Jersey Dinosaurs” in front of the landmark Hadrosaurus Foulkii statue in Haddonfield, NJ – the town where this species of dinosaur was unearthed – the most complete dinosaur and the first in North America to be found. “Hoppin’ Holly” adds a great rhythm part on claves.
The bandana and the musical/showmanship style are indeed a nod to The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, that legendary champion of all things Jersey.
And before we even arrived home from the trip, prominent NJ music critic Jay Lustig had already included this tune in his 350 Songs about New Jersey, celebrating our home state’s 350th birthday.
The song is also a salute to my friend “Mr. Lou” DeMartino (a.k.a. “Low Note Lou”) who left us all too soon, the day after practicing this tune with me for the only time.