Sunday, February 14, 2010

happy valentines day

a few years ago, I had the pleasure of traveling up to minneapolis and working on a eliot morris record with dan wilson. dan wrote me a few months back, asking about some of my photographs, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed meeting him and working with him. anyway, he just posted this song and I am going to share it here.

what dan says about the song:

Happy Valentines Day!

I've spent most of the winter in Minneapolis, snowed in and writing songs for myself. It had been a hectic and fun two years of touring and collaborating with various brilliant musicians, but the time had come for me to get into my own head, alone, and see what music was there.

I wasn't sure what would happen, but a lot of songs came out.
The recordings I've made so far of these new songs are very simple, usually just voice and guitar, maybe an extra piano or pump organ here and there. Sometimes not.

Here's a clip of one of them, "Everything Green." Tommy Stone, a filmmaker from Minneapolis, came to the studio where I work and filmed me recording it. Then he made this.
I am sending this song to you all as a Valentine's greeting. Maybe you'll want to forward the link to someone you love, someone for whom you wish all good things. I would like it if you did. Please pass it on.

Monday, February 8, 2010

new orleans road trip 2010

so I went to new orleans this weekend, with my good friends benjamin, t.scott, and stephen. we were going to go camping out in the sypsey wilderness, but it was too cold and rainy, so at the last minute we changed plans for new orleans. I love new orleans - one of my favorite cities of all time. and I was thankful to be able to go with friends who can enjoy a city like new orleans without tempting me to totally destroy my life (which you can actually do in less than ten minutes in new orleans - proven fact). we had a great time - honestly nothing too crazy but we enjoyed staying out late, taking in the city, eating amazing food, and watching everything around us. I love places - I love to travel and just meet people and experience a city and a place - new orleans offers everything. I go there about once a year and I love it more and more every time I go.

one of my favorite things about new orleans is the street music. every city's got it. but none of them have it like new orleans. here's a few videos:

and of course the crowd on bourbon street, superbowl weekend, was absolutely insane. this is taken around 1am.

probably my favorite part of the trip is my visit to the st. louis cathedral in jackson square. we walked in just as mass was about to start for saturday evening, and there was a line for the confessional - about 5 people long. stephen said to me "murph you should go and confess your sins." he was probably joking but I immediately walked over and stood in line. about ten minutes later, I'm in a confessional, staring directly into the eyes of a catholic priest (I thought he would be behind a curtain, but he was looking right at me). I walked in, closed the door, sat down. my friends were outside looking at me through a little window.

the priest said something that I don't remember but it was formal and ritualistic. then the conversation went like this:

BTM: "I don't know what to do here."

Priest: "Are you catholic?"

BTM: "No."

Priest: (very pleasant and welcoming) "well, god's love is not just for catholics. this is a confessional where you can come and tell god what you are sorry for. Do you have any sins you would like to confess?"

BTM: "I can think of things I have done that are wrong, but I don't feel sorry for them."

: "well, my hope is that god will work in your heart to show you the ways you have offended him, and the ways those things can be reconciled."

BTM: "ok"

then the priest prayed some prayer that I don't remember. it was short and felt like something he had prayed so many times that even he had no idea what the words meant anymore. but it held mystery, and for some reason I liked it. I thanked him and walked out.

"god's love is not just for catholics". man I loved that. and I loved that this catholic priest - the last person I ever thought would have grace and hold hope for someone like me - did exactly that. I hope he's right.

new orleans is a dark city. a city with secrets and stains. a city where spirits are crushed and despair abounds. and yet, it is beautiful. and if you look closely, there is hope. that's what all the music is about. it has to be.

I like that.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

quarter rest studios

I finally have a place to showcase all of the commercial studio work I've been doing for the past five years (can't believe it has been 5 years). and that, dear internet, is something worthy of posting on theworstweblogintheworld. t.scott did all of the web design, just as he did for our awesome {t}photographic website.

check out the new site: quarter rest studios

more exciting projects going on than I can list. so far this year (it's only february 2) I've worked on a commercial for the us. postal service, finished a record, have been working on a film score, have been working on an ad campaign for a client in atlanta, and have made incredible progress (nearing the finish line) on the next red mountain project. and many more projects in the pipeline, including a full length documentary about SPORTS. which I find of course ironic and awesome. I did the trailer for it a few months ago (featuring shaquille oneal and matthew maconahay) and it apparently made it past pilot approval - now to work on a 90 minute documentary film.

a friend asked me last week "brian, when you were a kid, what did you want to do when you grew up?" and I smiled and said "I wanted to compose music for tv and movies". incredibly grateful for the work I've been given, and hopeful for what is yet to come.

I've still got a lot of photography work going on, and I also have lots of other things going on in my screwed up head about life, relationships, what is real and true and good, but for now, a bit of celebration about the quarter rest milestone.

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