Big O has a very nice tape today, custom-made by Jonathan Richman for, natch, a girl named Laura. This was, I believe, immediately following the dissolution of the Original Modern Lovers, and Richman was trying to figure out his next, much quieter, move. Awesome stuff, including a quite lovely version of “Singing In The Rain,” of all things. I have another tape from this period that is pretty much just vocals and percussion. The dude was — and remains! — a true trailblazer! Jonathan’s coming to Denver this summer for a few shows, and I just might go to all of them. Until then, let’s make those secretaries feel better.