One of the common threads musically that seems to hold this otherwise somewhat eclectic project together is the use of strings and classical arrangements. For me, I felt that placing some classical tasting "bookends" on this project (The Short Hello and The Long Goodbye) helped to strengthen the overall "project" feel to the disc...  hopefully pulling it away from the idea of just being a "bunch of unrelated songs" on a CD. 

As for the Yodel... well, anyone who knows me will tell you I have a really whipped sense of humor. That moment, like it or hate it... is so me - and I make no apologies.  :-)

NOTE: The tune features some of the great string work of Stratford violinist Andrea Barstad who was a pleasure to work with on this project.