“This is an essential recording for any guitarist, lover of acoustic music or Windham Hill.”
Michael Hedges on his songwriting approach to “Funky Avocado” at a 1987 concert
“This tune has a little bit of a cross cultural bent to it, but it has more of an American bent to it. From the time where I lived above a health food store just down the street from a gay disco called The Pink Hippopotamus. I used to be trying to write music up there, trying to… maybe it would be just after dinner and I’d be trying to get some work done, and The Pink Hippo was always sending me back ‘boom boom boom’ and maybe the bass line would come through, ‘bum Bum BUM bum Bum BUM,’ so rather than trying to compete with it, I decided to try to incorporate some of the elements. So that’s how ‘The Funky Avocado’ came about. It starts out with a medium R&B tempo, slows down into some heavy rock and it finishes up in a fit of disco fury”.
– Michael Hedges