I’m experimenting with the “planned publishing” feature of the blog, as I am in music camp* and can’t post songs while I’m away. I wrote this one right before I left and I hope it goes out on time. Right now, I am more than likely umpiring a cut-throat game of capture the flag. Or yelling at children**. Or both. Go Sabres.
That's me, middle right.
*Seriously. I’m directing a children’s music camp. That was not intended to be ironic or comedic.
**That was not serious. I don’t yell at children. It was intended to be comedic.
I thought this song felt like a scene in a movie where the lead character fights against time to accomplish a feat of immense importance. I envision something like a montage in reverse where the characters are rushing while moving backwards. You know?
This one is a couple days late. Sorry about that. The minimoog was the only instrument used. Anya said it sounded like frogs in a bog, so I named the song that. The picture is taken from a book with the same name.
Frogs can often create awkward third wheel situations.
With the weather getting warmer and things becoming greener, I thought it would be nice to have a Spring/daylight saving themed song, even though this song really doesn’t have any Spring/daylight-ness qualities to it. Oh well. This is what I came up with.
Mark Luetke lives in Richmond, VA and is involved in a crap-ton of projects that revolve around web design, illustration and animation. He’s incredibly talented and you should really check out his stuff. Here are a couple of his sites: 2816 Monument Schmacklab
Last week, Mark asked me to collaborate with him on a project called “Alligators in the Air!”. I’ve written the following ditty and Mark plans on creating a panning video that moves through the piece as it was intended in the original gallery setting. I look forward to seeing what he does with it and since his comic installation is breathtakingly beautiful I can only hope that the song does it justice in its finished form. I did my best. I’ll post Mark’s finished project once he shares it with the world.
This song was also the outcome of last week’s impromptu recording session between myself, Matt Walthall and Tom Crozier. Mike Jones helped in the naming department. He had a couple other good zingers but this one just stuck.
[NSFW] So my friends Matt Walthall and Tom Crozier came over the other night. Matt decided to bring his drum machine and the impromptu recording session began. We then decided it would be a good idea to make a video of the song. The result is what follows. I apologize to everyone. Parents, please don’t allow your kids to watch/hear this. In fact, I would prefer it if you just pretended this never happened.
The battle of Verdun began 95 years ago today with an unprecedented German artillery barrage of the French lines. That must of sucked for all the French solders enjoying their baguettes.
The song tries to capture the duration of the battle. All 10 months of it; from the beginning approaching thunder, to the the fading, stormy and quiet conclusion. Enjoy in the comfort of your warm home (or rat infested trench…your call).
I wouldn't want to have been in a position to have been worthy of receiving this medal