The Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival is known for having new rags inspired by it, and, this year, I was encouraged to add an effort of my own. All the obvious titles were taken, so I had to think of something original. Myself and other composers stay the weekend in a Victorian house fondly nicknamed "Skunk Hollow" in the parlor of which is a piano which gets played late into the night and early in the morning. Of course, Skunk Hollow already has a rag named after it. But I thought about the parlor piano, and came up with the link between skunks and piano keys -- both are black and white! So then, what if a skunk wandered into the parlor, attracted to the piano? Thus I came up with the title, and began writing music which hopefully seems to match!
As for the ants on my motorcycle: I only see a couple here and there now. I think the colony moved on or got cooked by the engine heat. At least I hope so! I still look all the time and am slightly afraid to put my helmet on the seat while putting in my earplugs and zipping up my jackets.