My father's childhood friend, Steve Fingerett, was a longtime record promoter for Warner Bros. In middle school, I had a summer job of sorts packaging magic kits at Steve's house and listening to his record collection while he and my dad played backgammon. I remember the record sleeves and dusty analog sounds of Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Lang, Paul Simon, and Ry Cooder. Those growly fingerpicking textures from Leo Kottke's 12-string were late-summer magic, and I had to find out how the illusion worked. Fingerett passed away recently, and I'm still working on the magic trick.
"Sunny" is a great old tune from soul singer Bobby Hebb in 1966. Here's my rendition. The video was shot at photographer Erin Johnson's wonderful and whimsical studio. Enjoy.