With the help of musical friends, poetry workshop classmates, and connections to professional musicians through the Albion College music department Carl wrote, recorded, and produced Tales Scratched Out as a final piece of both scholarship and collegiate art.
The lyrics in these Tales reflect Carl's willingness to write with a kind of folk-myth. Characters are just as likely to be found on school playgrounds as they are on timeless shorelines. Songs reference earlier works from the mundane to the holy. Musically, much of the aural quality of Tales was crafted by talented sound engineer and producer Dan Worley of Good Noise Studios. Dan's ability to form the ideas of novice recording artists into a reasonable audio work was much appreciated.