Today’s exercise in creativity is to write a 15 step list on “How to be________________”. The image I am supposed to use is “Round”. So, we are going to give you the 15 steps for being round. They are:
1) Eat lard
2) Use a hula hoop
4) Get on a Ferris Wheel
5) Ride a bike
6) Wear a barrel
7) Somersault Giant gerbil ball
9) Dense gravity
10) Steam Roller
11) Log roll
13) Curl up
14) Tuck and roll
Today’s creative exercise is to write 250 words about the color of the walls of the room I am in and to create an image based on the phrase “On the Road”.
The room is a little unusual. I am in the air studio at KUNC radio. There is no paint on the wall, it is covered with acoustic foam, the color of the foam is black. It is designed to hold sound in but, as I have learned, it does not. I have a habit of singing at the top of my lungs when I am in any sound proof room. The problem here at KUNC is that the tiles are simply for show. I discovered this when I heard two people talking while I was outside one of these alleged sound proof rooms. Gripped by fear, I walked into the news room and asked: “Can you guys hear me when I’m next door?” The response was: “You mean when you’re singing to us?” My color immediately resembled that of a fire truck as I laughed it off and said, “I hope you guys enjoyed the show.” The funny thing is this has not stopped my singing, in fact, now that I am aware of my audience I have actually taken it up a notch. The only difference is that my material has become PG 13 instead of X rated. Usually, pretty tame stuff too like, “That’s Amore” or “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain”. I might even start taking requests and throw a tip jar outside of the studio just to pick up a little scratch.
I included a selfie of my sweetie and me from our last road trip. The photo was taken on the Jud Webie trail in Telluride, CO. The trail was a suggestion from our waiter “Bakey”, a local who earned that nickname because he was so high as he served our dinner. I love this photo, Laurie hates it. This trip was to celebrate my 45th birthday. I love how happy we look but I especially love how comfortable she looks in my arms. The sky was so blue that morning it reminded you of the same color in the Colorado state flag.
Finally, check out the trailer for the documentary “Muscle Shoals”. This movie is a great example of everything I love. It shows how even in the most unexpected places some of the greatest things can be accomplished. It shows the American spirit in all its’ glory and highlights some of the best music ever created. It is also the destination on our next road trip and I am pretty sure the acoustic paneling at Fame Recording Studios would not let my singing be heard outside of the room.
I cry for love
I cry for love
I cry for love
I cry for love
Today begins a new experiment for Blue Valentine Productions. We are combining two different challenges, one for photos, and the other for writing. The idea is to combine the challenges and create some cool content for the blog. Today’s challenge was to create an image based on the word “Fresh” and to write about the first and last lines of the next song that comes up on my I pod. So, here you go:
The image speaks for itself showing the freshness of a wound from a bee who takes what it wants leaving the flower wounded, in pain and scarred.
The song comes from Carrie Rodriquez. I have had the chance to talk with Carrie on a couple of occasions. Most recently was in Denver when she opened for James McMurtry. It was a strange meeting because she had just finished her set and was set up in the lobby selling her merchandise. No one was talking to her despite having just finished one hell of a set. I re-introduced myself and reminded her of the first time we met which was at a radio station located above an Italian restaurant. She was touring with Chip Taylor. Chip is one of those larger than life figures who dominates the room when he arrives. He happens to be Jon Voigt’s brother as well as a former professional gambler. Chip is also the writer of such classics as “Wild Thing” and “Angel Of The Morning”, which means he gets a lot from royalties. As you might expect Chip dominated the entire performance and interview which is strange considering the amount of talent Carrie brought to the table. She had been the national fiddle champion when Chip discovered her and convinced her to go on the road with him and become his musical partner. The partnership has dissolved and Carrie is now on her own creating some amazing music. I don’t think she will ever play second fiddle to any one again.
This video is guaranteed to get your heart racing. Django Django is a very cool British band that has already picked up a huge European following. They combine psychedelia, surf and rockabilly for a sound that will make any music lover happy. The hard driving rhythm combined with the high adrenaline footage from the video make for a very wild ride.
There are certain icons in American music that need to be shared. The Preservation Hall Jazz band have been creating the best Jazz in the world since Jazz was created. Strangely, they have never released an album of all original material…until now. Jim James of My Morning Jacket has stepped up and produced this record of all original material. Enjoy this brief history of the band the making of the record. Tell everyone you know about this amazing collection and give one of America’s finest treasures some well deserved praise.
Beth Hart has always had a million dollar voice. Unfortunately her demons have gotten the best of her in the past and kept her from reaching the top. Finally, the demons seem to be in check and the new album sounds awesome. This is what Billie Holiday would have sounded like if she had made a Rock ‘N’ Roll album.