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Eric Michael Jones

Cat School

“Cat School” is wordplay on the phrase “cool cats”, a term for beatnik artists and musicians in the 50’s and 60’s. Think of the Cat School as New York University “down Greenwich Village way”. The guy in the story is happy living in the rural Catskills but his girlfriend is bored because “there’s really no place to go”. She misses the art galleries and jazz clubs. “I thought I was in heaven, she thought I was a real L7” (L-seven is beatnik slang for “square” as in he’s a real square). Since it’s a song about beatniks I wanted to use a be-bop beat that you could snap your fingers to.


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