Sunday, September 12, 2010

Worlds - Live Debut

I recently came across something yesterday. In 2008, I had foot surgery and was immobile for pretty much the duration of September. However, I spent that time composing what turned out to be my poem Worlds.

On October 3, I had the opportunity to perform it live for the first time. No one had seen the text, or heard the content. It was an interesting debut, because taken those things into account, it was also the first time I'd put a shoe over the foot I had operated on. Nerves were still growing back, I kept losing feeling, etc.
Fortunately, everything worked out fine.

So, I managed to find the live recording from that night. It really took me back to that night. I remember the backing band, the crowd reaction (which is pretty priceless), et al. I did find it funny that the opening is censored, but I think it kind of adds to it.

Without any further ado, you can check out the poem here:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Projects, Projects, Projects

I have a reputation for being a pretty restless individual, and understandably so. I've occupied my life with a number of activities, and that's kind of become my natural state. I wanted to take the opportunity to write about some of the projects that I currently have on the table.

First, of course, The Speakeasy is at The Office (901 Carter St.) on Monday nights, and everyone is very happy to be there. The vibe is a lot more intimate, and the energy's more raucous, which is interesting to witness and to take in. I look forward to seeing how things progress in the future.

Also, I've been enlisted to write the artist bio for my good friend Amber Fults. She's a singer-songwriter, and her debut album, Center of My Heart, will be available on the 17th of this month. If you're unfamiliar with Amber, you can check out some of her stuff below:

Aside from that, I'm doing a collage for an art competition. The purpose is to benefit breast cancer research. I used to do a lot more visual art, so I thought it was a good opportunity to jump back into that arena, and to contribute to a great (and needed) cause. The deadline is in early October, so we'll see how things turn out. I'm just enjoying bringing something to fruition, and if everything turns out well, I'd love to do a series. Stay tuned!

I have a new Night & the City song that I'm working on. Is there a name yet? No. Has it been formally arranged? No. However, you can expect something a little lighter. There's some finger-picking, a nice bass groove, etc.

Lastly, I'm working on some new poems. I said that before, and it's still the case. It's coming along. When the new pieces are ready, you'll definitely know it. You'll probably hear me shouting them as soon as they come.