The title, "People are Queer Cherries on a Short Holiday," was a gift from two samples of Ethel Merman singing the more commonly known, "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries."
Although I am not a giant fan of rap and/or hip-hop, the idea of sampling a lot of things and mixing them all up whets my experimental appetite. As far back as the days of cassette tape, I would sometimes take bits and pieces of recordings—music or voice—and try to arrange them in an order, small cut after small cut, to create a new flow and patchwork. (On "Lost Treasures" there are several pieces later on, with a similar experimental vein, but using such snippets of audio as instruments that change pitch and are scored on a staff.)
With computers, attempting such compilation is a lot easier and more sophisticated than cassette tapes ever were, and infinitely more accurate.
One day before New Years 2000 I decided to try compiling a new piece of a lot of things, using the technology I have in a way I hadn't before. I picked some music, added more as I went, and came up with "People are Queer Cherries on a Short Holiday," People of my generation will recognize many of the snips and snippets they hear in this. If one had to compare it to anything else, I'd say it's got similar elements to the Beatles' "Revolution #9" more than anything else; but there are some other devices up my sleeve. At times it should sound to you as though I've re-composed some standard songs which were familiar. Enjoy and don't over-analyze this too much!