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Less than a week after Fred Drake passed away, we recived news that another friend, actor/singer Mario Gardner, had taken his own life. Fred Burke put me on a plane to see Elia in Portland, where she was attending a conference. The thought of telling her over the phone was too much. It was a time of memorializing and burying, or spreading ashes, of too many friends, too young. When we put Mario in the ground, at a memorial park in Burbank, the same one where I'd seen a teenage friend interred many years earlier, and where Fred Drake had heloped cover the bones of Smokey Johnson - and, coincidentally, a few yards from a place where Elia had lost her keys to a new car on the day Fred Drake died, we waited until Mario's conservative family members had left the cemetery , ook off all our clothes and danced in a circle around his grave. He nkew Mario would appreciate that. I only vaguely remember who played on this track, which has an alternate vocal from the one I released on the "Help Wanted" album.


from Deserted Sessions - Rancho de la Luna - 1995​-​2004, released April 25, 2018
Death of Cool (Ted Quinn)- Alternate version of vocal - originally released on the album, "Help Wanted" (2003)


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Ted aka Teddy Quinn, a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, journalist in Joshua Tree, California, helped foster the burgeoning Hi Desert Music community at places like Beatnik Cafe, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets, Radio Free Joshua Tree & Rancho de la Luna, since the early 90s, helping to define the sound associated with this Bohemian outpost in the Mojave. TBA: An autobiodocart film! ... more

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