FAT MAN ON THIN ICE

SONG STORIES & CREDITS

1. Fat Man on Thin Ice Play VideoPlay Song

“Fat Man on Thin Ice” is a song about aging. The phrase was bouncing around my head after I uttered it at work regarding an overweight employee who was in trouble with his supervisor. The supervisor said “That guy is on thin ice.” I said “Must be tough to be a fat man on thin ice.” You never know from whence the inspiration will come.

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar: Mitch Dembin

Lead/Rhythm Guitars: Bob Helfant

Saxophone: Benjamin Golbin

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: JasonHarrison Smith

2. You Break, You Buy Play VideoPlay Song

It is incredibly uncomfortable to be around couples who bicker and pick at each other in front of others. My discomfort in those surroundings inspired “You Break, You Buy.” The title, however, comes from a different circumstance. I was at a family event at the home of some friends and their young niece decided to try on some very expensive new shoes recently purchased by her aunt. I laughed and said to her, “If you break them, you buy them!” It stuck in my head.

Vocals: Mitch Dembin& Janet Stucke

Lead/RhythmGuitars: Bob Helfant

Mandolin: Harry Helfant

Pedal Steel Guitar: Doug Livingston

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith

3. Stinko de Mayo Play Song

Like many people, I occasionally get depressed. Nothing clinical, just that general malaise stemming from nothing at all. On May 5, a few years back, I awoke in that mood and wrote “Stinko de Mayo.” It helped a bit.

Vocals/Guitar: Mitch Dembin

Accordion: Suzanna Mast

Double Bass: Doug Snyder

4. Chivalry Play Song

“Chivalry” is the mostly true story of the first date of the couple who are among our closest friends. Some 35 years or so after their wedding, the husband told the story of the date. All those years later and his wife did not know the story until that evening. Basically, my buddy had just broken up with his old girlfriend because he met the girl who would become his wife. He took his new girlfriend out to dinner before a concert. When she excused herself to the ladies’ room, the ex-girlfriend stalked over and smacked my buddy. I jokingly asked him if he hit her back. He said, “No, I probably deserved it; at least she didn’t have a gun.”

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar: Mitch Dembin

Lead/Rhythm Guitars: Bob Helfant

Keyboards: Richard Friedman

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith

5. Living in the Cloud Play Song

“Living in the Cloud” was written on a dare. I am on the Board of Directors of San Diego’s Securing our eCity® Foundation, an organization dedicated to cybersecurity education and awareness. At a dinner meeting of the Board, each of us was asked to say something about ourselves that the others would not likely know. I said that I write songs. I was challenged by the group to write a song about cybersecurity. I said no – nothing rhymes with security! But they and the wine prevailed.

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar: Mitch Dembin

Supporting Vocals: Kristen Toedtman

Lead/Rhythm Guitars: Bob Helfant

Mandolin: Harry Helfant

Keyboards: Richard Friedman

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith

6. Who Would’ve Thought Play VideoPlay Song

I have a friend who recently divorced. One day, he told me that attractive younger women were hitting on him. He wasn’t going out to bars or anything like that. It was happening in quite ordinary circumstances. No one was more surprised than he. He said, “Who would have thought there’d be women who want me?” I cracked up and told him that was going to be a song. “Who Would’ve Thought” practically wrote itself. The “beep, beeps” were Bob’s idea.

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar: Mitch Dembin

Supporting Vocals: Kristin Toedtman

Lead/Rhythm Guitars: Bob Helfant

Mandolin: Harry Helfant

Keyboards: Richard Friedman

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith

7. Nobody Knows Me Without You Play VideoPlay Song

“Nobody Knows Me Without You” is the first song I wrote since a couple of goofy efforts with friends in college. Our first Yorkshire Terrier, Xena, was one of a kind – our Warrior Terrier. Weirdly, she developed diabetes at the same time as I did. She died prematurely as a result. I didn’t. When I walked her around the neighborhood, everyone knew her. No one even knew my name. As it should be.

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar: Mitch Dembin

Lead/Rhythm Guitars: Bob Helfant

Keyboards: Richard Friedman

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith

8. New Shoes and Tattoos Play VideoPlay Song

“New Shoes and Tattoos” is the product of my disappointment in the career and life choices made by my niece and nephew. I was concerned when they first heard it that they would be upset. Nope, they loved it. Enough said.

Vocals: Mitch Dembin

Supporting Vocals: Kristen Toedtman

Lead/Rhythm Guitars: Bob Helfant

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith

9. When I Had Reasons to Lie Play VideoPlay Song

“When I Had Reasons to Lie” started innocently enough. My wife was heading out to the theatre with some friends and asked what I was going to do. I said, “I wish I had reasons to lie.” I liked the phrase and the song exploded out of me. There was a time in my life when I was a jerk. I regret the pain I caused. Apparently, I continue to feel guilty about it. I should.

Vocals: Mitch Dembin

Supporting Vocals: Kristen Toedtman

Rhythm Guitar: Bob Helfant

Pedal Steel Guitar: Doug Livingston

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Matt Laug

10. My Thumbs Have a Mind of their Own Play VideoPlay Song

Remember drunk-dialing? I asked my niece whether “drunk-texting” was part of today’s scene. She said yes, that sometimes her thumbs had a mind of their own. I decided to write a song about drunk-texting but, as sometimes happens, the song took its own path. Hence “My Thumbs Have a Mind of Their Own.” I don’t know if there is such a thing as “sleep-texting” but I hope it never happens to me.

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar: Mitch Dembin

Supporting Vocals: Kristen Toedtman

Rhythm Guitar: Bob Helfant

Mandolin: Harry Helfant

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Tambourine: Tom Weir

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith

11. I’m Doing Fine Play Song

My mother died of complications brought on by severe dementia. Anyone who has had to deal with that understands just how awful it is to see a loved one disappear before your eyes. The body lives but the mind is all but gone. It is some kind of torture for them and for those who love them. Early on, before the dementia took full hold of her, I found myself getting angry and frustrated with my mom. The day that the light went on for me was an argument I had with her. It was the last time I allowed myself to be angry with her. I asked her to do something; I cannot remember what it was. She refused and I found her behavior irrational. I said so. She said that I should leave her alone, that she was doing fine. I said, “If you are ‘doing fine,’ what is my name?” All I got was the thousand yard stare. Right then I knew she was not doing fine at all. “I’m Doing Fine” is nearly impossible for me to sing. Took a lot of takes. But, it helped me to get it out.

Vocals: Mitch Dembin

Lead/Rhythm Guitars: Bob Helfant

Mandolin: Harry Helfant

Keyboards: Richard Friedman

Bass Guitar: Lance Morrison

Drums: Jason Harrison Smith