"I recorded part of 'Home Sweet Trailer Park' in Jamaica," she said. "I thought most of it would be recorded in the Caribbean, but it ended up being a mishmash of songs recorded everywhere."
That's not a bad thing to McKay, who likes the diversity.
"I've always liked movie soundtracks," she said. "They tend to jump genres a lot. I like it, but I'm not sure most people do."
McKay also took some inspiration from experimental rock and world beat musician David Byrne, a founding member of the Talking Heads. He gave her a bag full of records, many of them from South American artists and people she said he's worked with.
"It was wonderful inspiration, but I'm only about halfway through the bag.
"He's a real gentleman," she added.
As far as the two guys running for election, she thinks they are more or less nice, too. She just has a hard time finding a lot to like about either of them.
McKay doesn't particularly agree with either candidate's policies on hydro-fracking, defense spending or taxation, which she thinks should be stopped, cut and raised, but McKay acknowledged that Obama is probably closer to what she believes in.
"I think, of the likely contenders, that Obama is the best we've got," she said, but she sounded disappointed and said there were alternatives.
McKay said, "I tuned in to Amy Goodman [of 'Democracy Now!'] and she extended the debates to the third party candidates. I find it so refreshing to hear Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party. I'm even glad Roseanne [Barr] threw her hat in the ring out in California."
She wishes the election weren't narrowed down to just two.
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