Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paid Likes

Paid Likes I work hard for the money It travels the world To a deli in New Delhi Near a call center So hard for the money With Chinese guitars In a lonely room At an open mic bar I give it away To be your friend Out of some desire To take things up a level Should practice more Find some time To work harder for  These newly paid likes

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lambert & Stamp

...just saw this great docu on the Who and the collaborative creative process that launched the band. Interesting to see how unformed the group was at their conception...and how the parties involved trusted their intuitions, which proved (mostly) correct. Like all artistic successes, there has to not only exist a brilliance, but an ability to communicate it in way that's accessible to a general audience. Lambert and Townshend had the sophistication and the other actors, Daltrey, Entwhistle, Moon, & Stamp, brought the logistics and the muscle. There's a seductive story about the band burning through hundreds of thousands of pounds before reaching any success, which is a tempting incitement to all mini-whos out there to charge up the cards, but for me the bigger story is the importance of collaborating with people that are on your level intellectually and resource-wise, or above.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Why do some albums take forever?

Why do some albums take forever? I think you keep your inspirations close to your heart whenever you write. You remember how your favorite albums feel as complete as films and as you draw on your own experiences (emotionally if not realistically), you might have a general sense of how things should feel before you even start. Letting the pie bake on the shelf, so to speak, is an important part of the process. In the case of my new album, I had cut tracks with a band, but was not so impressed with the arrangements. The grooves were solid and well-recorded, so they stayed with me like a finished foundation. I tend to push myself into new situations personally and professionally for the sake of some type of plympton-esque experiences that I can use as fodder, or more politely, “stems” for songs. You can be somewhat objective about your own process, as if the goal was to create a mixtape with your own work. You could seek to represent your breadth of ability, or choose to go deeply in one direction. In either case, the window-cooling aspect of the work is important. The silences more important than the notes. You might find yourself hitting some expressions perfectly, or tearing things up and starting over when you cannot triangulate your experience, abilities, and the moods of the chord sequences you’ve created. You might know that you don’t know something and need to hit it from a variety of directions. It’s normal to feel uncertain much of the time. At the same time, if you have some taste, you’ll have known when you’ve hit it and when you’re far off the mark. I've just released an album I've been working on and off on for 13 years. I'm proud of some of it. Most of it, I can stand. I see some areas that definitely need improvement, but you know when it's done.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Carolina Caffé

...directs "Fandom", featuring Shandoah Goldman. Watch it here:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Life to Live

One life to live how many artists have I met disguised as bankers how many directors droning in front of a monitor how many drinks have I had with middle aged persons imagining a future that never happens the brave die once cowards every morning if you opened your heart and no one cared it would still be there if you sang a song and people talked would you still be there you take measures your mental congress cuts your budgets you die of a billion paper cuts paying dearly for everything you wanted to say yourself with a wallet full of excuses and a generous retirement plan