When Seattle rapper Grynch -- aptly named, "King Of Ballard" -- approached me to do a remix for his local hit My Volvo, I said "sure buddy, on 3 conditions: 1. you permit me to make the tune sound even more pop-like, 2. you let me follow you around your neighborhood for an afternoon with a camera, and 3. you write an essay about something Ballard-y."
Sabzi delivers on his promises. The new tune is pure upbeat pop, and the resulting videos and photos pure comedy. But what I enjoyed most was the essay--it's the most insightful part of the whole gig, from working with an old Norwegian fisherman named Trygve who looked like Count Chocula to his first true automotive love, the 1967 Pontiac GTO. You should read it all. Then enjoy the fresh take on a Ballard classic.