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Bumper Reels 

Film festival season is upon us! But honestly, when isn't it film festival season? Not sure, but I did get the opportunity to work with the Lady Filmmakers Festival this year once again doing music for their Bumper Reel. Last year I was able to attend the festival, nestled in Beverly Hills 90210, CA, and was blown away by the films I saw as well as the associated art, music, and photography. They even let me performed on my vibraphone for one of the after-hour shindigs and this year I will be doing a performance via Skype! I gotta admit, I kinda look forward to not having to move my instrument to perform. These streaming performances could be my new jam.

...here is the bumper.

 

Shit's so Cool 

Oh DAYUM(!) I am excited to share the album cover for our new single, "Shit's so Cool". This time around I decided to collaborate with my good friend and bandmate, Ryan Donahue (Saint Monday, The Dirty Moogs). The photo below is what Ryan was given as "material to work with". I of course had to go get punched in the face first, bruise appropriately, and then pose. 

 

The song was originally titled "Sweet Hummingbird Food" because of the lyric that states "Girl, you're a tear on a cheek, sweet hummingbird food". I worried though that the title sounded a bit too "bluegrass" and actually misrepresented the flavor of the song. It didn't take me long to realize that if I work with an artist like Ryan, he would be able to visually represent that lyric, leaving me free to call the song by what I at one time considered as an alternative title, "Shit's so Cool".

So, the pic below is the final version for the cover of the single! I am so proud to have this represent my work! Thank you some much Ryan for your artistic insight! The single will be out soon and I can not wait to share it with the world!

Oh hey Ryan, "You're the only reason why all this shit's so cool"  *wink wink*

 

Indie Film 

So this Covid-19 thing has been crazy, right? The whole experience has been so confusing, not knowing what to do and how to act appropriately in a world that changed overnight. Being stuck at home has forced me to finish a backlog of projects and clear my mind and reality in a way that only forced isolation can. I even caught myself cleaning all of my baseboards with Q-tips. 

It is weird being in my mid 40's and essentially grounded. 

Fortunately, technology has progressed in such a way that it allowed a collaboration with Apricott Films to come to life! This turned out to be a fun little project about the moment the world shut down. This short film taught me and the team how to push through some creative challenges and develop certain skill sets that weren't needed in our old reality. I am excited to carry these skills forward into whatever our new reality becomes.

Art adapts and grows. Art allows us to still be heard when the rest of life and the world are shut down. What were you doing when Covid-19 hit? Were you stuck anywhere? Did you survive the Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020? Can you relate to the three stories in this film...

It was fun writing the music and doing the sound design for this little gem. It helped me to stay connected to friends and kept me active in a time when activity was difficult to accomplish.

As a side note, the music in this film provides some insight into Project213's next release. It was used as thematic material allowing this film to be a glimpse into a moment in time we all shared while at the same time providing a taste of what's to come....from Project213.

Webseries 

The creators of the comedy web series Vagina Town have released season 1 for streaming on YouTube! I had a blast composing music for the show as well as functioning as the music supervisor. When you watch the series you may even catch me acting in a couple of episodes :). That is what is so cool about indie projects; with the right crew you get to dip your hands into a little bit of everything. Yes, this was the right crew and so many memories were made on this project. Check out the trailer and then set some time aside to binge watch all 6 episodes!

 

This project was filmed exclusively in Boise, Idaho. You might recognize some of the locations from around town and some you won't recognize, like my house. Everything good doesn't have to come to an end though. If you liked the series please consider donating some $$$ to help push season 2 through. Pick an amount you can afford to donate at  Vagina Town TV. Oh, and btw, ' Naughty Jenny' was born out of episode 5. Can you spot an early version of the song?

Xylophone! 

The cool thing about being a composer for film and television is that I need to stay up on as many genres of music as possible. There is so much to learn that sometimes I just gotta take a day off of everything else to just dig into YouTube and study. As part of a music history course that I teach for the College of Southern Idaho, I have a chapter on world music. Check out this video that I shared with my class about the importance of the xylophone to a small African community. This slice of life documentary really highlights some massive cultural differences along with providing a cool authentic soundtrack.