When I made this cover, I had the ave in Seattle's U district in mind but the ave isn't one place every city(and every soul) has one. My first ave is Telegraph in Berkeley, first in sex, first in drugs, and pretty prominent in Rock 'n Roll. My second ave is Colfax in Denver, living big, laughing hard , singing Randy Newman loudly and drunkenly, the best of times and the worst of times. Crashing down hard and finally and inevitability learning the lesson that no matter how fucked up and crazy you are you have to live a life that matters.
An old story that I've always loved: a pope, a parish priest and a cloistered brother were all in heaven talking about their lives on earth.
The pope says,"I saved a million souls."
The priest says "I saved a thousand."
They looked at the brother and asked him, "How many souls have you saved?"
Just for the record I'm nominally Jewish and don't believe in life after death.
But I've saved one and like to think I've helped a couple of others along.