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104. BALL & CHAIN

I’m happy to announce that The Black & Blue Orkestre has a brand new vocal track called BALL & CHAIN. This one originated from a guitar loop I made from a fragment of a Chuck Berry song about a train ride to hell. I didn’t have any lyrics except for this fragment that hit me one day 15 years […]

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103: PROMISED LAND

The Black & Blue Orkestre did a major reworking of an earlier song, with all new beats, new bass and new twang–and new vocals. We feel the extra effort was worth the extra effort. See what you think: I’m also happy to announce that the Orkestre did it’s first interview with writer Christine Bode. There […]

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102: BLACK & BLUE MUSIC VIDEO

Recently I got the idea to put a music video together for Frozen Sunset, a new instrumental track by The Black & Blue Orkestre. I thought it might be a quick thing because there were no vocals. Then I foolishly suggested that Will and Grog shoot some video of themselves using their iPhones. Which meant […]

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101. FROZEN HEARTACHE

The Black & Blue Orkestre has a new vocal track, called “Frozen Heartache“. We’d be grateful for the lending of your ears. It was somewhat inspired by the groove of “Frozen Sunset” but then took on a life of its own.  

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100. FROZEN SUNSET

Wow, the 100th post. Perhaps it is significant this one is about…music. The Black & Blue Orkestre has just finished a new track called FROZEN SUNSET. This one is an instrumental, but don’t let that fool you. I’m pretty sure it will take you on a journey that will thrill and chill. It basically started […]

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99. FADE TO BLACK

The Black & Blue Orkestre has carved out another track. This one is called “Fade To Black.” It’s a kind of bluezy emo surf rocker written and sung by DiCillo. Additional vocals and bass by Grog and guitars by Will Crewdson. We’re inching toward getting enough original stuff for a CD. Let us know what […]

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98. Black & White & Red All Over

I love this time of year. There’s a sharp thrill in the air. The holidays are here and people are full of anticipation and excitement. Everyone’s putting their lists together. Not Christmas lists; I mean their 10 Best Lists. Yes, this is the time of year when people help us figure out which were the best […]

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97. LYNCHIAN

Here’s a paragraph I came across today. The words are David Lynch’s. They had a lot of resonance for me so I thought I’d share them. “Negativity is the enemy to creativity. So, if you want more ideas flowing then find happiness in the doing–happiness in the doing. I love, literally LOVE building a thing that ultimately […]

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96. RING OF FIRE

I feel a little guilty. I’m not writing about anything that has to do with film–especially not about anything regarding progress on one of my own. There is progress but it would only be of interest to those who get excited by watching snails race up a long, dry sidewalk. I can say this though. I did […]

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94. MICHAEL JACKSON’S NOSE

Flew to Munich for a Retrospective of my films at the end of June. As we left this tragic Tale of our Time was entrancing America:   I was not sorry to leave that world behind for a few days. The festival put us up at the Bayerischer Hof, an elegant old-world hotel that Keith Richards […]

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95. A GIRL LIKE YOU

The Black & Blue Orkestre has been at it again. We just did a cover of the Trogg’s “With A Girl Like You.” It’s the usual suspects;  Grog on bass and additional vocals; Will Crewdson on rhythm and lead guitar and DiCillo on vocals, arrangement and rhythm guitar. The idea was to kind of dust it […]

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93. DOWN TIME

A few weeks ago a documentary called Freedom Riders aired on PBS. It’s a strong piece about a milestone event in the American civil rights struggle and I recommend it highly. I was struck by a song in it called, “I’m On My Way”, by Barbara Dane. Her voice is amazing; very rich and strong, and […]

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92. IN(re)TROSPECTIVE

The Munich Film Festival’s retrospective of my films is moving forward. I’m heading over at the end of June. They’re going to show all 7 films which is pretty amazing to me. Not that they’re going to show them, but that I actually made them. They’re starting with Johnny Suede which has never screened in […]

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91. THE REALER BLONDE

Alright Wayne, you axed for it. Well, actually you didn’t but here you go anyway. The financier of The Real Blonde told me at the beginning of production he felt it was time for me to make a “bigger film,” one that would play in Middle America. His first demand was that I not cast […]

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90. NECTAR

  Well, the actual Grammy arrived yesterday. I’m glad it did. It has a great weight to it. And I like the shape; it’s like a big, shiny, metal flower. I’d been waiting for it as a motivation to put up a fresh post. I hear you, Elaine–I have been remiss. I do miss the exchanges […]

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89. GRAMMY

Well, blow me down. When You’re Strange just won the Grammy. I’m celebrating right now. I urge everyone else to do the same. Alright, I’m back from celebrating and doing what I should have done 3 hours ago; acknowledging the people who worked so intensely with me on this film. And I mean worked. The other […]

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88. OBLIVION REDUX

A few weeks ago Wayne, a frequent commentor and friend of this blog, sent me an email. Some of you may recall that Wayne made a huge career change a few months ago when he went insane and quit his day job to start film school in Ireland. His email was about making his first film […]

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86. GRAMMY NOMINATION

I woke up this morning to discover When You’re Strange has been nominated for a Grammy. The category is long form video (dvd) which is fine even though the film was conceived as a film, made as a film and released as a film. But it is a great honor to receive this nomination from […]

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84. 4 SHOTS

It’s crazy; no sooner do I finish When You’re Strange, finding myself adrift yet again in a vast sea of nextfilm limbo, then my old friend Jimmy decides to reappear. You may recall our last encounter several months ago just before he headed west to direct the next Batman film. As jealous as I was then of […]

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85. SLIDE ON

The Black & Blue Orkestre has completed a new track, called Slide On. It’s kind of a funk, gospel rocker that started as a semi-instrumental. Our bass player Grog suggested I write some real lyrics and it ends up she was right. I played some guitar on this one; Will played a lot more. I […]

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