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Original impetus for name: Admiration of the level of abstraction behind singer-songwriter Dallas Green‘s acoustic side project City and Colour (in that “Dallas” is a city and “green” is a colour).

Considered and (for now) rejected: Saint and King, Saints and Kings, Saint and Monarch, Saint and Strife *, Saint and Contention *, Saint and Home Rule *

Earliest musical memory: bouncing up and down on the bed to disco on the radio when I was supposed to be napping.

First LP purchased: Louis Clark & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Hooked on Classics.”

Pre-teen and early teen Sunday mornings: Spent tallying up several of Casey Kasem’s Billboard-based “American Top 40” lists song by song on a legal pad with a sharpened No. 2 pencil.

First instruments: An abortive week on flute and another couple of weeks on clarinet, as well as a year of piano lessons, in elementary school, a year in junior high school on the baritone bass clef (and a year in chorus, during which my voice dropped) and a year in high school jazz band playing upright bass.

Current instruments: M-Audio Keystation 61es USB and Yamaha PSR-78 keyboards, a Fender-style Harmony electric guitar through a Gibson Epiphone amp, a Makai baritone ukulele, any of several harmonicas or vocals over Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB headphones into GarageBand 6.0.1 on an Apple MacBook Pro running OS X (10.6.6). Occasional found sounds captured by an M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 may wind up in the mix.