Knack for Negligence

Lost Illusions
   for Bayard Johnson
Ozark Hotel
Seventy Dollar Shoes
Cannery Town
Fortune Teller
If I Close My Eyes
White Water
Dash Point Road
Red Gold
Fire Escape Stairway
Sally Barlow


Eric Dahl wrote the title song (Lost Illusions) in 2020 for his close friend Bayard Johnson. They grew up together in South Seattle and knew each other from the age of six. Like a character in a Balzac novel, Johnson left the Northwest early and went to Hollywood to test and expand his writing options. He became a screenwriter for multiple directors and also published the novel Damned Right about a free spirited, high-speed highway journeyer from Washington who took himself to LA in order to experience the Mecca of Freeways, only to suffer disillusion with the city’s jammed and dysfunctional transport system. Dahl explains: “Bayard was the earliest and most significant advocate for my songwriting when no one other than my brother even knew that I could sing. As a dare, he booked my very first live public performance at the original Improv in Santa Monica.”

The other songs in this collection often share insights about relationships of complexity or places where Dahl has lived and worked. Red Gold is about working on fishing boats; Cannery Town is about the Libby Cannery in the Kent Valley where his father once worked; White Water is about kayaking down the Skykomish river; Seventy Dollar Shoes is about someone who paints condos for cash while raising a kid with tight resources. Ozark Hotel is Dahl’s first song and explores Seattle’s most tragic fire in a style combining elements of poetry, storytelling and theater.

All Songs Copyright 1995-2021 Eric Dahl | Management and Publicity by Yew Lane Music