Not all the songs are hits, actually Merritt doesn’t have any hits, but he dug into more obscure material, playing ‘This Little Ukulele’, or ‘The Ugly Little Duck’ (from his Hans Christian Andersen musical) but all the songs were sung with lots of nuances and emotions, emphasizing his amazing low-plunging baritone especially during ‘Josephine’ or the bluesy ‘Xylophone track’
How did he come up with these short poems for short words? Just because of Scrabble apparently, and probably because of his interest for these two-letter words that are really important in the game… I wouldn’t be able to tell, I haven’t played Scrabble for ages.
“My mother is a former English teacher who always expected me to write the Great American Novel, thunderous and profound, so she was not impressed to learn that my first book is going to be amusing light verse. But now that I’ve got her hooked on Words With Friends, she sees the immense value of remembering the two-letter words”
If you know about Merritt’s anti rock star image, you’ll probably think that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree! And it seems that the two men have truly found each other, as Fagan wants to cover his son’s songs! He has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the album, simply called ‘Scott Fagan Sings Stephin Merritt’.