After pulling it off once, Dunbar tried it again, and then again. He would read one of Trevor's stories, taking notes, grabbing great phrases and outlining the story. Then he would try to turn the tale into a pop song. Before too long he had enough for a full album. "I know that stories get turned into films and plays. And many people have composed songs from famous poems. But I couldn't think of anyone that did something like I was trying to do, So I gave it shot," Dunbar tells. "I started playing the songs for people and was getting a great response. I even got some non-readers to run to a bookstore and pick up some William Trevor books."
The songs themselves recall the elite tunesmiths of our time, such as Ray Davies, Glenn Tilbrook and Harry Nilsson. The classic literature transforms into a variery of tunes: A Bit On The Side becomes a jaunty vaudevillian sing-along, The Ballroom Of Romance a dark and jazzy song where you can almost hear the smokey haze hovering above the melody, Another Christmas turns the bittersweet tale into a future holiday classic and Autumn Sunshine transforms into an atmospheric, hook-filled tale of loss and hope.
John Dunbar was the leader of the band A Confederacy Of Dunces that put out a couple of critically acclaimed releases in the '90's (Tsk, Tsk, Tsk and Dunces With Wolves). Since the demise of the band, John has put out solo releases (The Man Who Never Learns, New And Interesting Developments In Uselessness and the most recent The Moment You've Not Been Waiting For) He also composed an Off-Broadway musical (The Last Hand Laundry In Chinatown).