bless me father, for i have shins.

THE CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN WITH A TRIANGLE is now available at sanctuary coffee lounge. big thanks to renee and travis.

if there’s anyone left out there who still wants the thing, you can get it there now. and even if my music makes you break out in hives, you should pop over there on the corner of college and campbell just to buy some coffee and watch dr. phil on the large TV screen. that man is always there for you when you need him.

i’m still not sure if i’m going to be able to get this new CD i’m working on finished and out there before the year’s end, but i’m giving it the old college try. even though i never went to college.

there’s about half an hour of music in finished form so far that’s definite CD material. so there’s enough right now for an EP. but i’m not really feeling the shorter format at the moment. there are also a lot of songs in various stages of completion, and some that are finished but won’t be making the cut because they don’t quite feel right.

the other album i planned on tackling at the same time is still sitting on the back burner while this one starts to take shape. in some ways it feels like a logical progression from CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN. in other ways it feels like a pretty different beast to me.

i don’t think there are going to be as many have-a-brief-coughing-fit-and-you’ll-miss-them tiny songs as there were last time, but i’m sure there will be some that insinuate themselves. yesterday i improvised and recorded something that sounds like a warped blues song run through a cheese grater. it’s 44 seconds long. i have no idea what i’m going to do for cover art once this album is finished, but i guess i’ll figure it out at some point.

on a different note, i randomly stumbled across this site called CLLCT a while back, forgot about it, remembered, forgot again, remembered again, and now i’m thinking it might be fun to put some music up there, maybe.

i like how no one pays for anything and the emphasis is on building a community and sharing all different kinds of music with anyone who might care to hear it. i still prefer a physical album (CD/vinyl/cassette/flinstone’s vitamin sound capsule) to MP3s, but i could always just offer to send people CDs  in the mail over there if they wanted them. something to think about, anyway.

oh yeah — almost forgot. i ordered a saw. not for decapitating people, but for musical purposes. the thought of playing a musical saw never even occurred to me until yesterday, when reading up about the theremin led to the saw and i learned they’re pretty cheap. they also have an eerie and unique sound to them that isn’t quite like anything else, and i think it would be a fun sound to be able to play around with.

so don’t be too surprised if some otherworldly singing saw sounds crop up in a few places on the next album.

9 comments

  1. bri — you said “whack”! hahaha!

    sorry. i’m five.

    if i do come up with anything in the way of visual ideas, i’ll definitely let you know. i think i’m going to call the album “love songs for nihilists”, which doesn’t exactly lend itself to visual interpretations…or at least my brain hasn’t come up with much so far.

    smooryl — by all means! come over and possibly don’t leave! you can help me rosin my bow! wait…that sounds wrong somehow…maybe i should stick to solo bow-rosining exploits for the time being.

  2. have you seen the french film ‘delicatessen’ by the same director as ‘amelie’? there’s some great scenes with a woman that plays the saw…and a beautifully fun duet w/her love interest.

  3. More than any other instrument, the musical saw sounds like it is singing. I looked up Delicatessen on YouTube, and there’s a lovely scene between a woman playing cello and a man playing the saw. Now I want to see that film!

  4. hey, thanks russ…i did end up joining and adding an album. not sure how much more stuff i should add, because there’s a lot of it, but maybe i’ll add a few more cds from recent years if anyone’s interested in hearing more. as for the album title, no connection to redbear, but it’s funny…i came up with the potential album title a few years ago, didn’t do anything with it, and then one day thought i would do a google search for “love songs for nihilists” just for fun—and that was how i ended up finding CLLCT in the first place. maybe it’s a case of unintended musical near-synchronicity? my album is shaping up to be pretty different from redbear’s…it’s pretty heavy on piano, brushed drums, ukulele, and maybe there’ll be some saw in there if i can figure that thing out. hopefully he doesn’t mind that the two titles are pretty similar. i certainly wasn’t trying to steal his thunder or anything. i wonder how you’d go about stealing thunder, anyway…you’d need something pretty hefty to contain it, i imagine.

    michelle — the saw i ended up getting was from this guy over here: http://www.musicalsaw.com. i’m not sure what the brand is or what the quality is like, but it’s a baritone saw, and the price was right. it’s supposed to get here early next week, so we’ll see how well i’m able to figure it out. i wasn’t aware of the musical saw festival…that’s pretty wild. thanks for the link.

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