I am a film score enthusiast. This should be a natural tendency since I am a musician. The perfect score, when expertly blended into a film, can really add to the fullness of it. Whether it infuses movement and rhythm to the plot or enhances the emotions being conveyed, it can be a powerful and evocative tool.
Today, I wanted to highlight one of my all-time favorite film scores. It hails from a gorgeous film entitled "The Hours". Not only are there fantastic performances by the actors in this movie, it also has a potent story line that travels through three different time periods and stories. In addition to some fantastic editing, the score plays a pivotal roll in blending these disparate eras together.
The piano's versatility, in terms of its rhythmic and melodic powers, is fully utilized in every movement. Philip Glass composed music that flowed and cascaded through each scene creating a seemless and cohesive presentation throughout. I really love this music, and I often listen to it on long road trips.
Here is one of the pieces from the score. By the way, if you like what you hear, the entire soundtrack is a magical gem. Philip Glass' distinct piano style is at the height of it's powers here. It would be well worth the price of purchase to have it.
This is La Gordita, and it's another sunny Gay Day. (Wednesday is Gay Day here at WPR) I've been thinking about women lately. Specifically, women who dress like men and who convincingly do so. In the last few years, this side of androgyny has felt like a long lost art form outside of being a state of mind for some folks.
Drag Queens, often referred to as female impersonators, usually get all of the attention. With their high heels and sparkling sequins, its easy for them to do so. Drag Kings, like men in plain clothes, look most convincing and handsome in more understated attire. As a result, they may not turn as many heads.
To me, as long as there is quality in the performance, my head will turn. For example, I often think of the Eurythmics. Perhaps Annie Lennox did not intend to look so androgynous. Arguably, the effect of her outward presentation (along with her own carisma, genuine talent, and fantastic music) back in the 80's was beautiful and striking.
So yeah! Not gonna do too much today. I slept in, and I've been reading all of the sweet birthday messages on facebook. For all of the folks who have been kind enough to post a warm birthday wish on my FB page, I am deeply grateful, and as a gesture of my love in return, you all will be getting individual download codes to get free digital copies of my first album Seahorses.
I am also still raising funds to record my next album. To donate, please go here:
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Tonight, my Mom is cooking a sweet birthday dinner for me. Life is good.
By my estimation, Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest musicians ever. Period. His creative output would be amazing if it came from someone who had all five senses at his or her disposal. Mr. Wonder is blind for goodness sake, and look at all the beautiful work he has done.
Today, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs. It hails from his masterpiece album Innervisions which is one of his most critically acclaimed albums and regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. It won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1974. (Incidentally, he would go on to win this award for his next two albums.)
This is La Gordita!!! Today is another sweet gay day!! (Wednesday is Gay Day here at WPR!!)
Special thanks to my dear friend David Moore for bringing this lovely little video to our attention on Facebook!! It's fun, lovely, silly, and well, really gay. It might be an early version of a music video by the French singer Line Renaud.
Honestly, it's got elements that we all love here at WPR: French people, swimming pools, choreographed dancing, and yes, speedos!!!!!
I launched my August fundraising campaign a couple of weeks ago, and I am looking to raise $2,000 to either through donations or the sale of my art. All funds will go towards the production and promotion of my next album of music.
Here are all the details:
If I raise the full amount, I will film a low-budget video to a new dance song that I will record. This is something I've never done and always wanted to do. What better way to motivate me than with a huge glob of grattitude.
As many of you know, I just moved to a new apartment in downtown Nashville, TN. I went from living in the quiet and lovely suburb of Hermitage to a place that is in the middle of everything. The image above is one of two main entryways into the building I live in. Built with crab orchard stone, it is a gorgeous old building designed in collegiate gothic architectural style.
My complex is sandwiched in between music row, Vanderbilt University, and Belmont University. This past weekend, it was not uncommon to see parents walking around with their son or daughter and lugging around bags and furniture to be used in their dorms. There must be hundreds of students from all kinds of places moving into the area right now. There happens to be a huge contingency of Asian students. This makes me quite happy. (-:
This building is a neighboring one right next to mine.
The inspiring Tori Amos is releasing a new album this fall called Night of Hunters. I count her as one of my influences and one of my favorite pianists. She has released the first single off of that album which is called "Carry". Unfortunately, the powers that be at youtube won't let me embed the newly released music video.
Instead, here is a clip of Tori performing a sweetly sorrowful and thoughtful little song of hers from her second full-length album "Under the Pink". It's one of her classics and one of the few songs of hers I've covered in public. What I love about Tori's music is its ambiguity. While you can get a sense of what the song is about, she nevers tries to hit you over the head with anything defined and concrete. Its meaning plays itself out in any number of ways depending on the eyes of the listener. With Tori, one can only hover around something substantive and true. The truth can be an elusive, tricky thing afterall.
To me, this song has always felt like a prayer--the kind of prayer in which one longs after a former lover. It is oh so tender.
Baker Baker . . . .
This is La Gordita!!!! I was out of commission last week due to the big move to our new headquarters and some technical problems, but all is well again. We are still settling into the new place, but things are coming together.
Yesterday, August 16, gays the world over celebrated Madonna's birthday!!!! From New York to Los Angeles to London, gay clubs held birthday parties for her highness. I ate a blueberry cake donut in her honor. Sigh.
So today is MADONNA DAY!!!!!
My Mom gave me a brand new coffeemaker as a housewarming gift since I just moved in to my new apartment. The other day, I put out a call on facebook for suggestions of names for it.
Mind you, I already have quite a few names to keep up with . . .
I have a . . .
giraffe named Edith