Whew! Look at the cobwebs on this place.
We’ve mentioned it everywhere else, but we’re partnering with Farmland Jazz Band for downtown Fort Wayne’s Buskerfest. It’s this Saturday, June 28. We’re on at 4:00pm. This will be our fourth time playing it (the first was unofficial), but only our second time ever playing with the whole works: trumpet, clarinet, trombone. Even a tuba this time.
Here are Lyndsy and I discovering that “When The Saints Go Marching In” has more verses than most folks have ever heard.
On Facebook Tiffany Anne has posted a number of photos from the Greenville Lindy Exchange. We played their Saturday night dance, and it was a blast. We’ve never felt such positive energy from a room that large before.
Here are some of the dancers who could keep up to our version of “Some of These Days”.
Over on my blog, I’ve written a few words about the great punk controversy of 2013.
We didn’t know what we were doing. Most of the Art Factory shows were a chaotic, noisey mess, and the all-ages venues that came immediately after weren’t much better. The Sods were terrible. Nigh unlistenable. Most of our friends’ bands were too.
But still, we came to every show. We came because it was our chaotic, noisey mess.
Our song about being perennially noncomittable (“I Don’t Roll Like That” from our EP #2) was used in the credits of the documentary film (A)Sexual. The trailer says it all (and you can hear a snippet of us near the end).
We’d like to thank Angela Tucker and her crew for using the song. If you have Netflix, you can stream the movie here.
The American Masters episode on Cab Calloway is about as fantastic and inspiring as the man’s music and dance moves. Watch it here.
This month marks the tenth anniversary for the Creative Commons license and their push for standarization of language and legal defensibility in open content licenses. Having previously scrawled copyleft messages in work for years, I made the switch to CC shortly after the EFF’s endorsement and continue to use CC licenses with my compositions.
You can read stories from the past ten years at the CC site, which they’ll be updating all week.
Writing music that is informed by 100 years of tradition, an open license just seems obvious to me. Jazz would have gone nowhere without the decades of inventive composers, arrangers, and soloists who ripped apart standards and sewed the pieces together into new works of art. When an artist releases a creative work to the public, they are saying “I want this work to affect people” or “I want this work to become a part of other peoples’ lives.” When I use a CC license, I view it a promise that I won’t try to claim a right over peoples’ experiences and interpretations.
Lyndsy and Bart sat down with Michelle Devinney of Fort Wayne Monthly.
The album, which this year won a local music award for best non-rock release, has opened doors to opportunities around the country, and Helms recently counted that they’ve now played in 18 states so far. The break provided Helms, the primary songwriter, time to work on new songs, and the band recently returned to the studio to begin recording again. Patterson looks forward to a less frantic recording pace and where they can take the music now that they’re all fully committed.
“I think there’ll be little nuances that were not there on our last album. That process was really forced and tight, and it’s hard to be really present in a song in that situation. But when you sing a song constantly, you can feel sad if the song is sad or feel what the emotion of the song really is. You can hear it if a musician is only half there.”
Read more of “Time on their side.”
The Northest Indiana Regional Partnership and One Lucky Guitar teamed up to make a series of videos about our hometown. If you watch only one, here the video on the local music scene featuring lots of friends.
It’s fantastic stuff, as we’ve all come to expect from One Lucky Guitar.
Our song “High Wire Lover” was included in the video on local arts.
Lyndsy and Bart were interviewed shortly after Fort Wayne’s Buskerfest by Laura Rosenbaum for Culture Club. Lyndsy had a lot to say about why busking is important.
Lots of folks already know this, but we never posted this to the blog. (Even after playing the release show!)
Lyndsy and I both appear as guests on American Music, the new album from Lee Miles and The Illegitimate Sons. The album credits read like a who’s who of our hometown’s roots musicians, so we were honored to be asked.