Ron once told me that with Heyday, he wanted to bring to full circle the original line up of artists that performed at the Acoustic Music Project show at the Full Moon Saloon in 1989, featuring several Heyday artists plus Mark Eitzel, Chuck Prophet, and a reformed Translator. A CD of the show was released with some more tracks recorded by Oliver DiCicco at Mobius Music (now the home of Decibelle Recording). It was an AIDS benefit, an idea cooked up by Ron and Denise Sullivan. They both had shops in the Haight–Ashbury and were music fans with some connections to the local scene. I was not invited to perform, but then neither was Aldo Blissboy Perez. Barry Simons got involved, brought in Alex Chilton.
My album Sight & Sound had come out on Heyday in October 1993, but instead of going on tour, I was hanging around town, looking for work. One of my part-time jobs was to make point-of-purchase displays for Modern Options. Having worked my share of temp jobs, I knew how to make a gig last, so I “paced myself.” I would soak pieces of brass in a cleaning solution, then put corrosive chemicals on them. They would turn green, or blue, or black, depending on what was in the bottle. There were also bits of wood with metallic paint that would turn corrosive colors. Then I’d attach the pieces to a plastic sheet with a glue gun. The crew of mentally disabled folks who did the work before I was hired finished in half the time I took, which Ron pointed out in the most diplomatic way.
A trade show was coming up, and Ron always liked to concoct some special (without fear of being dorky) marketing plan to stand apart from the others. One of us came up with Patina Turner, soul singer...I wrote the song Patina Soul and quickly recorded it. I made sure to feature the entire product line in the lyrics. Judy Barton, right hand in the office to Ron, was to perform to the recording at the trade show. I should have shaved my legs, strapped on a tight dress and done it myself.
I wanna get some action, hey, hey
from a chemical reaction today
With copper, brass, or bronze
You must have seen Miss Liberty
this green’s not jealousy
Turning new to old
Turnin’ green and blue and black, y’all come on back
and I’ll tell you more
Copper Topper gonna make it possible
Gilded Gold and Silver Plate will find a mate
with any paintable surface
and your creative purpose