Luke: How do I get this guy to change his mind?
Damian: It’s simple, son.
Luke: Well, I’m glad you think so.
Damian: I know so. Make him an offer he can’t refuse.

— Luke and Damian

ESS’s 38th Birthday Tribute | Songs and Recipes

What it look likes w/o cover.

Click here to view more photos.

Click here to download the complete, name and email-free PDF of the book (approx. 9MB)

And also, the CD insert and CD back cover

After several VERY long and sleepless nights, Paris11 and I are pleased to report that Eric’s birthday song and recipe book and CDs were sent off the week of Eric’s birthday. We understand he wasn’t in the studio on the Friday before his birthday, so the package should have been waiting for his arrival on Monday morning.

We had a great response – 40 people, 50 entries, from 18 countries including the US and Canada! The range of countries was so great that we couldn’t find standard icons for several and had to manufacture the little “flag icons” you’ll see throughout the book! In honor of the many international contributors, a frosted “globe” cover sheet was selected which sits in front of the black paper cover.

Final Product!

We KNOW that some of the illustrative images are not representative of the specific location of contributors (e.g., maybe we chose a picture of NYC for someone who lives upstate). But the idea we wanted to convey to Eric is just how diverse and international his fan base is. We tried to pick a balance of “cliche” recognizable images, and some more off the wall ones, and did the best we could with the limited time available between the submission deadline and Eric’s birthday. We hope no one is offended by the choices.

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The final book was spiral bound and sent to Eric at the ATWT studios. Please note because all names and email addresses were blanked out for privacy purposes, some of the alignment may look a little funny in this version.

Thickness of Book

This was sent along with 2 CDs of selected tracks suggested. We haven’t heard back, but we were overwhelmed by the response so hope that he will be pleased, too.

Side of CD Case

Thanks again to all the contributions – without them, there would be nothing to show for this. The project surpassed our expectations, (reaching our goal of having at least 38 submitters to represent Eric’s b-day) and it’s again thanks to you guys for inspiring us. There was a great variety and it was fun for us to see all the great choices and to learn about new songs and foods ourselves.

Lots of love from us to the world’s coolest fans (and to Eric),

Paris11 and LoveLure

5 Responses to “ESS’s 38th Birthday Tribute | Songs and Recipes”

  1. arorua01 says:

    So nice

  2. kwbalan says:

    Wonderful job Paris & Lovelure. I cannot open the file though to see the completed books. Any thoughts on this to help me. I would love to be able to see the whole book.

    Thanks and again you guys did an amazing job on this. I am sure Eric is going to love it. So much effort, time and love put into it.


    • lovelure says:

      I just sent you an email about this, kwbalan. If anyone else is having issues and is using a version of Acrobat Reader <9, let me know as I would guess that's the problem. If you're using 9 already, I'll have to look into it. Thanks for your patience, everyone.

  3. Hillary (Moxody) says:

    WOW well done!!!!! This must have taken you FOREVER and it’s utterly beautiful! 😀 Just to point out that the recipe was actually ‘Ross il-ForN’ not ‘ForM’ because it’s baked rice and ‘forn’ means oven but it doesn’t really matter 😛 The pictures you chose are absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to see Eric’s reaction – once again, well done!

    • lovelure says:

      Oh HM, SO SORRY! I’m in publishing and work for a magazine with a very small staff. I’ve resigned myself that no matter how many sets of eyes we get on a piece (we’ve had up to 4-5 experienced readers on some) and STILL stuff sneaks through. And it always feels bad.

      As for forever? YES. It took FOREVER. The rest of my life is still catching up, but I kind of found that once we started I couldn’t stop – it was a compulsion. Which is kind of ironic because I wouldn’t consider myself obsessed with Eric, just LuRe, so it was kind of like an out-of-body experience. The body took over and my head was still asking WTF are you doing? Glad people like it and you’ve set us straight!

      I know Paris and I were overwhelmed by the response, so I’m hoping Eric will be overwhelmed in a good “they like me, they really like me” way, as opposed to – OMG these crazy fangrrls (I think they were all girls) need to get a life! No, I know he’s far to nice to ever say that, but I hope he doesn’t even think it! 🙂

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