obliquely into serious songs.
Prezioso tells of seeing a 1968 Chevrolet Impala the model of car on which he learned to drive bearing a historic-vehicle license plate, and then sings of how time flies but he can't get off the ground. Small Potatoes performs songs by other Chicago-area songwriters in addition to its own: Michael Smith's lovely "Crazy Mary," a song about the final act of self-expression of an elderly neighborhood eccentric, is introduced with an account of a visit to a Toilet Seat Art Museum, a neighborhood folk-art effort the duo encountered on a trip to San Antonio.
Not that humor is neglected in the songs themselves. Manning's "Knott" "Think Abbott and Costello on Hee Haw," they say brings together the three daughters of the Knott's Berry Farm clan, Shirley, Mayella Beatrice (May Bea), and Wynona (Wy), for an encounter with a traveling salesman. Manning apologizes in advance for the song,
which has enough twists of preposterous puns to become worthy of its Bud-and-Lou inspiration.