CONTEST … Send in a caption for this photo … win a signed CD, a stick of gum, a red paper clip, and any other swag I can get (I even have a Pixies poster). Deadline 5/29/10. Humor, paradox, and weird are welcome. [photo by Duane Schippel, backstage at Tecumseh Center for the Performing Arts, Tecumseh MI 1/30/10]
Family, actor Clive Owen, “bicycle diaries,” and a song about Williamsport are elements of I Like the Street, the title of my next full-length recording. Since last November, I’ve been in studios with Eric Biondo/Beyondo, a couple of guys from The Badlees, Scott Francis, and other music wizards, getting this down.
The songs will be more sentimental in subject than what I’ve put out in the past. It’s going to rock, but with more ‘up close and personal’ dynamics. For example, I’m including a song about my daughter, called “Precious Gem.”
“Nothing Like Williamsport” is a song about the city I live in. It’s been available as a download single and it’s finally coming out on CD. The track was remastered by Scott Francis and it sounds better than ever.
I Like the Street extends from my ‘bicycle diaries': life observations from riding bike on city streets as a bike messenger [backstory]. It’s autobiographical.
Musically, I’m reaching into my Roxy Music and Velvet Underground bag of influences, and covering VU’s “What Goes On.” Then there are acoustic interludes, doses of Latin and tango music, and a nod to Erik Satie.
An online preview has been issued of “If I Could Dress Like Clive Owen”—a tribute to the British actor and “a song about how you wear your armor and the politics of fashion.” The song quotes “spy movie music” and The Yardbirds.
Tim Breon is the lead guitarist on the Bryan Ferry-influenced “Even in the Night,” a collaboration with Amy Mintzer (Word2Soul Project). The song is accompanied by a “film noirish” video that used the Community Arts Center as the setting, previewed on my YouTube channel.
I Like the Street will be released by Wampus International. To finance this project, I am selling wares on my eBay page and pre-selling CDs now. Pre-sold CDs will be signed and numbered (and I might throw in a red paper clip).
Most of these songs have been “road-tested” and audience-approved. Thanks to all of you who have been cheering me on.
The videography pays homage to classic film noir. (Full production details are at the YouTube page.) Please tune in! I can feel you watching me!
And on that note…
I’m now a contributing music journalist for Northcentralpa.com and Wampus Multimedia. So far I’ve written about Humphrey Bogart, Keith Richards, and the secret bridge between classical and rock. Tune in when you can.
Play skillfully with a loud noise (Psalms 33:3)!