"We got a VW van -- I had to sell every "Star Wars" figure that I had and ask my Dad to cosign for the loan/We don't got a whole lot of fans; nobody asks for our autograph, and sad to say, as of today, no panties have been thrown."
-- Paul and Storm,
"Opening Band" is the title track of the new CD of music and comedy from Paul Sabourin and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo. The song documents the sad realities that have faced innumerable warm-up acts for generations, realities that Sabourin and DiCostanzo had all but forgotten while touring the country for much of the last decade as members of Da Vinci's Notebook, the widely popular Arlington-based a cappella group.
With Da Vinci's Notebook on indefinite hiatus, Sabourin and DiCostanzo have rediscovered the joys of starting over -- "six hours on the highway for 50 bucks, and half price on cheese fries and free Miller Lite on tap" -- as they perform new music as Paul and Storm, "probably not the band you came to see tonight," as they sing in "Opening Band."
If laughs translate into fans, it won't be long before Paul and Storm are headlining at all of Da Vinci's Notebook's old tour stops. The duo has already made believers out of Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold, hosts of the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom" radio show, who frequently play Sabourin and DiCostanzo's goofy tunes and have them as on-air guests.
Highlights from the new CD include a series of "rejected commercial jingles" and the maritime satire "The Ballad of Eddie Praeger," which sounds like any number of Celtic-tinged folk tunes about shipwrecks or lost battles fought valiantly but is actually about a sanitary soap cake in its last throes before the final flush.
"Opening Band" includes "Epithets," an ode to the part of speech that "Schoolhouse Rock" forgot, and "Six Guys, Ten Teeth," which vividly portrays the Friday night paycheck-blowing rituals of "Skeeter, Cooter, Billy Ray and Bobby Ray and Billy Bob."
Then there is the series of short songs (actually, one song with five different sets of lyrics) answering the question, what if songwriter Randy Newman had composed for such films as "Scarface," "The Passion of the Christ" or the "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"?
"Go, Hobbits, go!"
-- C. WOODROW IRVIN
Jammin' Java is at 227 Maple Ave. E. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com or www.paulandstorm.com.