Q – Another reader of your webblog tells me that he has a Commotions tape that was autographed and sent to mailing list members. It has five songs on it: 29, My Bag, 17 Lines, These Days, and From the Hip. He tells me that 17 Lines is the slower version of Sean Penn blues that my girlfriend is thinking of. Does this ring a bell?

A – It isn’t any slower, unless the tape is playing back at the wrong speed. ’17 lines’ was the working title of SPB, so this would be a studio rough mix tape. We gave away a bunch of these a few years ago.