"Stress" was written with my long-time pal Mark Rex (who also recorded the dive video soundtrack with me) and was one of those rare "quickies" that sort of wrote itself one day last August. This is the most recent tune recorded for the album. In the process of recording this tune we were interrupted again and again by one thing or another. My wife Jane was outside doing some brush clearing with the chain saw and every 5 minutes I would have to stop the tape to go outside and re-start the chain saw for her. Finally, at one point I commented that a song called "Stress" SHOULD be recorded under stress! It just seemed to fit! I even wrote a line which is dedicated to Jane ("I know how to do it - - take a chain saw to it!"), and by the way, that's a REAL chain saw you hear in the song. But my all-time favorite line is "Got me eatin' chop suey.... Still playin' 'Louie, Louie'" That one line SAYS SO MUCH about life as a musician, and every musician who has heard that line can't help but smile a knowing smile when they hear it. When my teenage son came home from school that afternoon as we were putting the finishing touches on it, he looked at me and said "Who's THAT?" When I told him, he said "Gee Dad, I didn't know you could RAP!"