Thanks for coming out, Fairfield and surrounding communities! Thank you 20 Foot Forehead and Digital Spirits! Let’s keep this budding rock scene alive!!
Photo credit Dylan McGhghy
We went on stage today in 2012!
Listen to the soundtrack here: Persephone: A Rock Ballet – The Soundtrack on Bandcamp
Today I had a great idea: Someone should record a Christmas album using Gollum’s voice to sing all the words, but replace key words with “Smeagol” or “Precious.” For example, “Smeagols ring, are you listening!” etc. Smash hit.
With some songs, writing feels like dropping one of those wonderful no-wipe poops. You didn’t know it was coming and afterward you feel delighted. With other songs, however, it can feel like trying to forge a trash can into a Statue of David using a blow torch and a chicken thigh.
Have a nice day.
Thank you Fairfield for coming out to support the DVD release of Persephone: A Rock Ballet. Emotional times were had, again, both in experiencing the story (some for the first time), and remembering the experience of doing the show.
My brother Ed’s video editing really preserved the life of the show and helped showcase the action. Good video editing isn’t easy, and he did a great job.
DVDs are available for purchase, but I have not been able to set up an online store yet. You are more than welcome to contact me online in the meantime to get one mailed to you. I’ll definitely post big noticeable links once I get the store up!
It’s with a lot of pride, and some other shit, but mainly excitement––and possibly sticky fingers because I just ate waffles––that I can announce the release of the long-awaited DVD of Persephone: A Rock Ballet.
There’s a screening of the DVD happening to celebrate its release. That event is happening at Morning Star Studio in Fairfield, on August 31st at 8pm.
I’m really proud of this. There’s a lot of shit I would change in this show, of course, because I’m an artist and it’s my art. But it’s alive, it exists, it involves a whole community of people (36 dancers and a band!).. It’s just really cool to have done it, and I send many thanks to Hilary Jordan for creating it with me back in 2011 and 2012. She put a tremendous amount of work into organizing the visible half of the show. Casting and choreographing dancers, developing costumes, working out lights, staging, booking… It’s a lot of work for one person.
I still really love the songs in this show, and I hope you all get a chance to check it out. Maybe we’ll be able to stage a production of it again some day. That would be amazing. Til then, come to the DVD release!
Writing music is like learning to ride a horse. You need some education, like how to establish communication with your animal, how to bring the horse from pasture to stable, where to put the saddle. You need a lot of coordination in your steep learning curve. How to balance, what to hold, how to tell the horse to walk, trot, canter. How to move from G minor to A major, how to balance lyrical meter with musical meter. How to move with the beast’s rhythm, to post, kick, tug the reins, signal him for turns. How to keep up the pace and keep moving. Maybe you’ll fall off. Maybe the horse will even get lazy mid-trot and stop, causing you to smash your balls on the saddle horn. But once you get the hang of all those crazy aspects, learn what your animal wants, how to listen to him, and how to make your statements confidently, galloping through that sunlit field feels like flying.