Thursday, July 06, 2006
ARTIST / BAND: MICHAEL LEVITON
SONG (MP3): SUMMER'S THE WORST
ALBUM: My Favorite Place to Drown
FILE UNDER: Surf / Pop
LABEL: Acefu Records
INFO: It was Summer of 2001 on Matador Beach in Malibu, California when Michael Leviton first sat with a ukulele and a pretty girl and performed his ukulele love songs. The girl was charmed but not successfully wooed. Nevertheless, this leisurely summer romance blossomed into a magnificent obsession: not with the girl, but with ukulele love songs.
By the time Michael relocated to New York at the end of the Summer of 2002, he had composed fifteen nautically-themed ukulele love songs specifically for beach concerts before audiences of one. Michael’s ukulele seductions reached their climax with his composition “For Lydia”. Tragically, Lydia was like the others before her: charmed but not wooed.
Of course, one question remains: why is Michael so ocean obsessed? “The songs were written specifically to play on the beach, so it seemed natural to reference the beach and ocean in the lyrics. I just went a bit overboard,” he says. “Also, my last name ‘Leviton’ comes from ‘Leviathan’. Do you think that might have something to do with it?”
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