July is literally melting into August here in NYC. I spend my days trying to get two new feature scripts off the ground. To help keep my sanity during this process I go to a boxing gym twice a week. Yesterday, the owner looked at me like I was an idiot when I asked when he was getting air-conditioning.
"Boxers like to sweat," he said. "That's why they come here."
After my workout even my boxing shoes were soaking wet.
Another thing I do to keep my sanity (apparently filmmaking is a constant endeavor to keep from going insane) is mess around with music. Over the past 2 years I've been collaborating with Will Crewdson in the UK and Grog in LA in a transatlantic musical consortium we call The Black & Blue Orkestre.
The sound is a little dark and cinematic with a strong groove. It's as ihttp://www.willmusic.co.uk/f we all share a mother of purported gypsy origin who spent the night with Elvis, Nick Cave and Ennio Morricone in a Mississippi bayou. We've done 2 covers and 3 originals. I record the vocals and a very basic arrangement and send the tracks to Will. He lays down all the guitars, percussion and synths and solidifies the arrangement. He sends this to Grog who writes and records the bass line.
It's a pretty amazing process. There is no boss. Everyone gives each other respect and freedom. This week we finished another song, called Frozen Heartache.
I suggested Grog sing on this one as well. She's got an incredible voice. Both she and Will have major projects elsewhere. Grog and her band Die So Fluid have just released a new album and Will recently spent several months recording with Adam Ant.
Who knows what will happen with our scrappy little trio. Will we ever perform live? Would anyone care? If the icy dread that instantly fills my gut at the thought of singing in front of people is any indication it seems highly unlikely. But, the sense of wonder at seeing a song come together is deeply satisfying to my soul. And for the moment, that's good enough.
One of our covers, 16 Tons, is going to be played in a radio podcast Sunday, August 1. It was included in an in-depth interview I did last week with Today Is Boring, an arts related radio show hosted by Adam Carr and Tree Carr. We had a long, inspired talk about several of my films with special focus on When You're Strange. The first airing tomorrow night can be heard here. Hit the big red Listen Now button.
Afterwards the entire interview will be in the show's archives. And they're going to play 16 Tons.
I can't believe it. A song on the radio.
Please never apologize for your writing, especially such an impassioned comment. As a filmmaker it is always a secret desire that somewhere, somehow, someone will see into your soul and catch a glimpse of what you were really trying to do with making a film.
I have to mention, although it’s seems almost unnecessary due to it being so obvious, that Steve Buscemi is truly outstanding as Les. I think the look he gives Toby in that final scene, as he is turning to leave, manages to sum up all his feelings and in an amazing way even the whole story between both of them; it should in itself have been enough to give him an Oscar, if the Oscars were given based only on artistic merits, obviously. Anyway. What a beautiful, funny, well-crafted and written movie, no wonder it did not get more recognition, it’s not often that something of this quality does anymore. There’s something I noticed (or projected/imagined, not sure…) that I wanted to comment on: it seemed to me that as the story went on, Toby, who in my view started as a somewhat repulsive-looking young punk, became better and better looking, while Les started “ok looking” and then went downhill towards creepyfreak territory. I was wondering if this was something that you planned or if it was just me projecting their inner flaws or qualities into their looks as the story revealed them more clearly. By the way I understand now why you insisted on Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt for the main characters, after watching the movie it’s impossible to imagine anybody else in those roles. I also really liked Lohman as Karma.
Well now I will go back and re-read all the stuff you wrote about making Delirious, I skipped most of it not to spoil the experience of watching it. This comment is of course too long and I won’t be offended if you leave it out or cut it. OH AND THE MOST IMPORTANT (and it sums up my comment really…): THANKS FOR MAKING “DELIRIOUS”, I really enjoyed watching it!!!
Thanks so much for your amazing support.
Again, please forgive the delay in getting back to you. I’m really thrilled you like the music.
I don’t think I’ll be posting my music any time soon. Just can’t seem to find the time these days. But, I am sincerely flattered you enjoyed it.
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Been kind of busy lately.
for When You’re Strange. Your cover of 16 tons sounded great too. Sincerely, that track was well done. I could see you guys playing
small, dimly lit venues with drinks flowing freely. Cheers!
I listened to 16 tons and Rapture, I liked both. Your voice is pretty cool in those songs, but I liked it better in Rapture (it reminded me of the guy from The Mission.) Adding the female vocals was a good idea, she has a beautiful voice and the parts both of you are singing together are beautiful and catchy. Is Rapture an original song? It’s pretty good.
Today I was listening to Johnny Cash and Nick Cave’s recording of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, I am a huge Johnny Cash fan, and I like these guys deep voices. Yours have some cool depth to it at points, too.
Sweating is good, man. Since I started running I learned to love it, the more the better. Here in Hotlanta I am having plenty of opportunity to experience it since I walk most places and it’s hot as hell now. Apart from arriving at appointments looking (and smelling) like crap, it’s all good.
Have a great weekend, y’all!