today an interview by phone for a forthcoming article by writer Jay Babcock on loud volume in rock music in Mojo magazine.
talked about the early shows in Swans when the ceiling above the stage would rain paint chips and dirt just from the amps. ..
and ‘the loudest band in the world’ moniker we had in those days..(not OUR title by the way..the British press came up with it )
and all the times MG and I were shocked by the stage or mics not being grounded properly..Not as bad as that scene in Almost Famous but almost…
and this evening to a party at AUX TV where I am friends with one of the owners and his wife. everyone there involved in some aspect of production of commercials or documentaries or independent film or animation or websites or music composition or ..etc.
www.auxtv.com ****************************************************************** and my mind is full of ideas and crammed full of thoughts.
an awareness of my life being compartmentalized and not as serene as i would like it.
too much to do. not enough time.
and analyzing the patronage system where an artist could focus on creating work and not the cluttered aspects of running a business and keeping life in order. today an artist has to know about the business even if it is what to avoid. there is no child-like state of being kept so that you can be a genius.
the biggies: putting a leash on your emotions is essential. discipline and knowing what to absorb and what to purge.
understanding that some people are just dead meat .
and another way to say purge is DISBURDEN.
Killer t-shirts are here .
I would like to hear stories about anything unusual that happens to you while wearing it . Please post on the guestbook so others can read it.
Tonight I am thinking about Vienna and the three young blonde men who serenaded me under my hotel room window after the concert Swans had done in a wonderful performance hall. I lay in my bed listening while the wind blew the lace curtain carrying their voices up to me. They had talked with me briefly at the venue and told me they were music students. One was a classical pianist. They gave me a bunch of red roses and looked at me hopefully , smiling…
Has anyone here tried Peppermint Paddock?
One of the good things about touring ‘off the beaten path’ is that you see so many wonderful towns unexplored by tourists and unexploited by commercialization. You have unpredictable adventures.
One such ‘”if they could see me now'” was this tiny place in southern Norway called Boe.
The journey in the bus was endless snow and ice through the empty narrow road late at night down the mountain. I stuck my head out of the tiny open portal above my bed to breathe in the cold air. I was thinking: “so here you are dear. the places you have been…once again….here is where the music has brought you THIS time! . wow. if someone had told me i would be out here in the middle of the night in this huge bus on this dark winding road skidding and sliding along ever so slowly to a small village in Norway…………….
The one place to stay in town was called : ‘the Boe Hotel” We all chuckled at the play on words BoHO which is slang ( for all you readers who are not American) for bohemian…
I had a rock sauna before the show (which turned out to be an audience of all teenage males.). i was reclining nude when two huge long haired musclebound guys walked in and sat down. I casually eased into a sitting position not knowing where to put my hands. My tattoos (still taboo here) were noticably fascinating to them . When the towel slipped off of one of them, and his was a rigid and quivering salute, I bolted out of there !
There is all this talk in the media about people wanting instant downloadable music —– but when we sent out our own research from the sites, the overwhelming response was that they loved holding the object in their hands complete with the artwork presentation . After thinking this over, I realized that the people who buy my work as well as Swans and Michael’s..are more about the artist than the ‘song.’ For the people who listen to commercial ”play the hits'” stations, I can see how they are more about the song than the artist and they would be satisfied with downloading singles.
I think even this status will change in the future. Just as more and more people grow up with technology who of course never held a record cover in thier hands ..the time will come when there will be people who will have never held a cd booklet in their hands…
If you subscribe to the pair.com discussion list, yes for some reason it has been down for several days. We have notified support. Hopefully it will be resolved soon?
I’m not inspired tonight.
i can see too clearly.
I feel weight bearing down upon me and very very mortal .
and there are so many “variables”
wow. the legend lives on ! the Swans site has just clicked over once again to all zeros and so now — to two million plus hits. two million and 405 as I write this! the webmaster will need to change the one to two as the only thing that is automated is the clicker. somebody out there is checking it out…. personally i think it is aliens from another planet plotting world domination through music….
I went to see a peripherally music film that a friend was involved with tonight — because 1. Scott is so cool and i was really proud as the credits rolled at the end, and because 2. i was lucky enough to go to the ‘wrap party’ , and because 3. the director has the desire and gift to tell a compelling story and turn a film into a timeless classic — no matter in what cultural era it may be set , and because 4. when I congratulated the director on his rare singing performance at his film party last year with Ann and Nancy Wilson (of the band Heart), he responded by saying that –coming from me it meant quite a lot.
For me, Almost Famous is a very un-today’s Hollywood, quiet film –about self growth. FInding yourself. Even though a lot of camera attention is reverently focused on the pivotal female character (featured on the posters for the movie at every bus stop in America right now), the story is really told from the point of view of another character. This character is a savvy 15 year old ‘music journalist ‘ who still lives with his mother, has very ”parental’ phone calls from his mother when on the road with a rock band covering his first assignment for Rolling Stone — and has left home for this assignment –as a virgin. But even though sex and drugs and rock and roll — and rebellion and experimentation –are ingredients in the film, they are not used in an exploitative manner or even dramatized. Hollywood has numbed us . But when a film like this comes along out of the Hollywood system, it stands out because it is reaching into us from a human voice that is personal and real. The rock guitar ‘golden god’ in the film speaks about his longing for what is ‘real’.. A middle class lamp shade and suburban kitchen have him joyous…….
Touring is a very unreal world. You get over stimulated with the chaos and contantly moving from place to place. Friends and any respite from this ‘world’ become precious commodities.
This film is based on the real life of director Cameron Crowe. And even though films based on real stories are made in Hollywood regularly,this one still stands out. The appropriate choice in this case not to use a lot of big stars who can sometimes take away for the story itself and steal every scene because we cannot get away from the fact that they are who they are– and the overall low-key and intimate way the story opens to us — make this ultimately not a typically sensationalistic Hollywood film or a rock and roll film — but an affectionate and gentle film clearly made from love.
Sept. 21 Thursday
Emotional maturity is when you finally truly realize you have no mommy to run to who will kiss it and make it all better. I can understand why people live insular lives. Everyday they go to a job where they have a routine. They come home to a dinner and perhaps an evening of t.v. They want the comfort of this routine where for the most part things are ‘known’ and the unexpected is looked at as an intruder.
They want their life to be safe.
Have I done this in my life? Not at all.
And I walk a tight rope with no net.
Self image is an interesting process illusion. Last night I saw the results of the photo shoot for Disburden Disciple : One . With two feet of long dark red hair gone – replaced by choppy shoulder length hair with light streaks and a completely different manner of dress –(I haven’t worn 3 inch high heels in AWHILE !) i look at the images curiously and think about process and how it is we define ourselves to ourselves.
Change is a good thing. It breaks up stagnation and stimulates self-growth and challenges our perception.
I keep pushing – refusing to ‘settle’ into something I then define as ‘me.’
And I’m still a disciple of “disburden.”
Had an epiphany in the truck two days ago about DD: Two. Yes, a ‘concept album’ – but so radical (for me) that I can barely contain my excitement. And it takes a LOT to get me really excited.
If it goes as I dream it to go, it will be noticed beyond my current realm and into the uncharted territories of a new meeting of minds– ——-and voices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
******************************************************************* COMING SOON TO A WEBSITE NEAR YOU:
Look for those photos from my exciting trip to L.A. last fall in their own category in Pictures very soon now. With love to Scott at Vinyl Films for making that trip happen ! (Hey—Be SURE to go see: Almost Famous.)
ALso more pictures of Tokyo – including some at Trevor Brown’s studio with a deep bow to mentor and close friend , C.P.
AND last but not least —–by any means, some photos with the SEXY Maynard James Keenan ,after the excellent and exciting Perfect Circle show here in Atlanta.
I love you.
Sept 18 1:54 A.M.
Time and time again it is proven true to me in my life.
Happiness is a tiny glimpse of something that accompanies the “little things.” Like what I felt substantially a moment ago sipping my cup of sweetened and spiced warm milk, wearing the first pair of long pajamas for the change in season and realizing that in the past two days, several good friends have called me just to say hello and see how I am and “want “absolutely nothing .
A friend who is a psychologist tells me to question what it is i think I will get from a relationship with a man and why do I feel incomplete if I do not have a man with which to share my life and be intimate. He tells me to be fearless and love myself above all else. He tells me I do not face my own strength even when it has shown itself to me again and again. He takes me back to past accomplishments and says you have proven yourself. You must use who you are.
I want you to know – yes you reading this now—-that I love you . I hope to have a camera here in the future so that when I write this or answer email or compose text on the computer, I can be seen. This was my original idea with how to illustrate the title of this site. I want to attempt to use this format to break down barriers . It is impossible for me to answer –with as much attention I would like –all the emails I receive and read from all over the world every week. So I hope that I can take advantage of this privledge of speaking to you in this way and be real with you and share my true love for you ,the person who cares about my work.
Today I mowed the lawn. The leaves are beginning to fall as autumn approaches. To me it seems like the summer was so short….Time to get a flu vaccine.
Sept 15 4:13 P.M.
A windy early Autumn day.
Working on the material I wil be recording in New York in October when I go up to participate in the CMJ Music Marathon. 4 new songs written in Tokyo which will go on to Disburden Disciple: Two —intersperced with previously recorded unreleased material done in the Middle East as well as Atlanta.
The BLENDER event here in November in Atlanta is growing to where it is being moved AGAIN. SO the venue is TBA (to be announced) once again ! Apolgies for the confusion. Details asap.