Lynn

There is no way to write what needs to be written today, what should be written today. I have no words adequate to convey the tempest of love, grief, happiness, sorrow, gratefulness, and numbness that are all raging within me. We meet people every day. Most of these meetings are short-lived and have little impact on our lives: a quick wave to a neighbor, a “pardon me,” to a stranger at the store. Many are routine parts of everyday life, whatever that means at a particular moment in time. We don’t remember the majority of the people we’ve met in … Continue reading

Older Than The Planets

Dad, The Bringer of Age

I’ve had this idea in my head for a few years now, and my father’s 80th birthday seemed to be the right occasion to try and make it happen. My original plan was to do a complete a cappella recreation of the original score, but that turned out to be far beyond my vocal talents, technical ability, and available time. The approach to my initial idea was to load in one of my favorite performances of Mars, tempo map it, then record all of my own parts. The tempo map was key because it would allow me to do some … Continue reading

Enjoy the Challenge

“That was easier than I thought it was going to be.” I actually said that after completing my brother’s birthday video. I meant it, but it does gloss over some pretty major things. This post is mostly for me to remember some specific details, but also for those who may want to know how much (or how little) effort was required in remaking Enjoy the Silence, one of Depeche Mode’s most iconic videos. Leaping Into the Void Mary (mostly) convinced me to do this project while we were chatting before bedtime on December 15. As usual, once an idea grabs … Continue reading

Let the Water Hold Me Down

As David Byrne once said, “Well… how did I get here?” This has been the most difficult Song-A-Day I’ve gone through in many respects, and almost every day was a fight of some kind. But apparently I was so busy looking at my feet trying not to trip that by the time I looked up, I’d reached the destination. And there’s yet another Brian Eno connection to the month: he produced and co-wrote that song. All of these Brian Eno moments over the last month weren’t intentional, I just kept finding more and more ways he’d influenced me directly, or … Continue reading