140 Goats and a Guitar contains thirteen essays that describe what inspired each of the thirteen songs on my new album Some Kind of Cure. Most of those songs were written during the year my family and I lived in a tiny village in the mountains of Corsica, and so many of the stories are set on that ruggedly beautiful island. The other pieces are set elsewhere (in Brooklyn, Glasgow and on a road back to Massachusetts). Yet they deal with slants on the same themes: fatherhood, alienation, longing for home, nostalgia, salvation through love and family, and cures—what could pull you back from the edge and restore your hope.
I talk a lot on stage when I perform concerts. I like to set up my songs with stories, stories that aim to make people laugh, stories that relate to the lyrics, stories about how the songs came to be. As I was recording Some Kind of Cure, I realized I had stories to tell about so many of them. 140 Goats and a Guitar tells those stories. So during breaks in the studio or backstage at concerts, when my kids were napping or had gone to sleep for the night, I went through my journals from Corsica and Brooklyn and wrote this book. The book includes a download code that gives you all the songs on Some Kind of Cure for free. The suggestion is that you move through the book alternating between text and music, reading a piece and then listening to its corresponding song.