The Story behind "Not So Skinny Blues"
In 1980, I wrote the original music and lyrics to "The Lack of Skinny Blues" when I moved to Connecticut and discovered calzones and had my first cannoli on Wooster St. in New Haven. I was helplessly involved in my first food affair and I gained about 30 pounds in under three months. The song was born.
In ~1989, I decided to try and get the song published. I have always loved Bette Midler and thought she would be perfect for the song so I started plotting and planning. First, I recorded the song. Then i bought front row seats from a scalper at the concert, hurled the cassette tape up on stage and almost hit her. It got her attention and she picked it up. It had a note wrapped around it and she read a little, made a few comments and put the cassette on the piano. She never called me as I had hoped so I went to plan B.
Plan B consisted of a direct marketing blitz tto the Divine Miss M, that involved dry ice. I put together 5 packages that were filled with chocolates, other sweet temptations, the cassette and a letter. The dry ice kept the chocolate from melting and it was also an attention getter. I send packages to All Girl Production, Atlantic Records and other potential Bette Midler touch points. I got a call back from someone at Atlantic but it did not go anywhere. Bette, if you are reading this, you are still my absolute my number one choice to sing this song ☺