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.
Is it weird that PA speakers excite me? Amplified music? The fact that a simple paper cone can take your mp3 and move someone’s bowels with it? The art of tightening that musical waveform into a compression of air particles that touch and pull your skin, by way of a copper coil shoving and yanking that paper cone back and forth, because its magnetic center shifts with the signal sent to it by an amplifier, and that center is strictly held by a giant magnet bolted to the speaker box? Is that weird? That magnetic center shakes your organs. Your tailbone. Your marrow has heard this music.
Take a glance over to your right. The column titled “Pages,” (soon to be called “discography” and contain a complete list) now contains a link to the info on the album. Info includes credits, track listing, and complete lyrics.
As time goes on I’ll be updating the discography with all my other releases, all of which you can find on bandcamp. Also at that link are links to my other music involvements, at the top in the banner.
Where to begin?
Last night was a hometown-screening of the film I’ve been working on with writer-director Cullen Thomas and producer Donald Revolinski. I composed and recorded/produced the entire film score and have been working on the audio post-production for some months now. There are still some finishing touches to apply, but last night was definitely a blast. Like, seriously a blast. I don’t mean that something exploded catastrophically like dynamite, I just mean that, when I go directly from pulling a 36-hour work day on the final crunch to standing in front of hundreds of appreciative viewers in a tuxedo, it feels like a blast. As if one reality got blasted away by another. So, it was a blast!
All of that aside, several fans now hold soundtrack CDs, which are labeled with text directing the holder to davidjmurphy.net for complete information on the release. WELL GUESS WHAT I just added a whole page dedicated to it: Click on the “Soundtrack – The Vindication..” link in the column to your right. Failing that, here’s the link.
Enjoy! I will be posting the album to my bandcamp page for listening and purchasing very soon! Like tomorrow.
UPDATE: The Vindication of Ronald Clay soundtrack is now live on bandcamp! Included with the digital download purchase of the entire album is a PDF that includes cover artwork by Paul J. Morehead, album credits, song lyrics, and disc art! Please visit http://davidjmurphy.bandcamp.com/album/the-vindication-of-ronald-clay-and-other-fables-for-a-rainy-day-the-soundtrack
I’ve decided to actively seek out scoring and composition jobs, instead of just dreaming of one day getting paid to write music and hoping they’ll come to me (it doesn’t work as well as you might think). Mainly, it finally clicked in my brain that I could actually seek them, and potentially make a living through active freelance musicianship. A catalyst for this decision was being hired to score The Vindication of Ronald Clay. This commission, a part time job, and some prospects, have allowed me to “graduate” from my position as audio tech at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. It finally clicked and makes sense to me, in a practical day-to-day way, how I can go about living the life I want to live and pursuing my dream career. Well, David, you may ask, how’s that? Well I realized that a job writing music is… tada! A job. How do you get a job? You go looking and making friends and applying, building experience and reputation. So as part of going and making this type of connection, I slapped a résumé right on this site. It may need some tweaking but feel free to check it out. If you need original music for something, let me know. Wish me luck!