Last week, I spent an afternoon walking the beach in Wells, Maine with my wife just as a blizzard was beginning. The green-blue ocean, the gray sky, the white snow… it was too pretty not to get on video.
So I shot some footage of her strolling the shoreline and searching for sea glass and horseshoe crabs and shiny shells. Here it is, set to the tune of “Gaslight Girl,” an instrumental track from my album THE DRUNKEN DANCE OF MODERN MAN IN LOVE:
The song was engineered by Adam Selzer at Type Foundry Studio. If I remember correctly, I played all the instruments except for upright bass (which was performed, as always, by Arthur Parker).
I’ve been going through footage of the recording sessions that will become my next album (more details about that in the coming months), and realized that I still had a bunch of old videos that hadn’t been uploaded to my YouTube channel yet.
So up they went! (Along with audio for every one of my albums).
We spent a sunny summer afternoon moving our protagonist about a quarter-inch at a time from the bedroom to the toilet, to the shower, to the breakfast table — punctuated by a little anxiety and some existential ennui.
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For more about the writing and recording process behind the song, check out THIS edition of the “story song” series.
Somehow this video of us playing live at Secret Society Ballroom in Portland, Oregon for the album release of Ghosts’ Menagerie a few years back never made it onto YouTube. Until now. Better late than never!
A fun show with a big band lineup:
Daniel Adlaf – Keyboards, flugelhorn
Arthur Parker – Bass, vocals
Chris Robley – Guitar, vocals
John Stewart – Drums, vocals
Benjamin Landsverk – Viola, vocals
Robert PeArt – Guitar
Peter Swenson – Drums, percussion
Bennie Morrison – Tenor saxophone
Daniel Lamb – Trombone
Lara Michell – Vocals
Jeff Stuart Saltzman – Kaossilator, vocals
Jonathan Newsome – Charango
Edwin Paroissien – Charango
Jim Brunberg – Charango
This video makes me ridiculously appreciative of the musicians who helped me record my latest batch of tunes: Arthur Parker, Bob Dunham, Anders Bergstrom, Paul Brainard, Rob Stroup, and Naomi Hooley. Unlike many of the fully-ficticious songs I’ve written in the past, quite a few of the new ones were at least informed by actual events and peoples and pains from one of the darkest periods of my life.
I wouldn’t say the new record is “confessional” exactly — but it’s as close as I’ve come — and it helped immensely to be able to bring these vulnerable songs into the world in such a fun way, and with such a fun group of musicians.
We went to a house on the Oregon coast during the rainiest part of March — learned, arranged, and recorded 11 songs in 3 days — ya know, like they used to do in the 50s — ate a bunch of great food — and listened to Anders talk about the “legend of his pants.”
Months later, we went to Yellow Room for this live session, and they were able to pull it off without a minute of rehearsal, meaning this was the first time we’d played the song together since its initial recording.
I am in awe of their talents — and much thanks to Peter Rodocker for accommodating 6 more players than he was initially intending! So much for a solo session.
I wish I had his interview questions in advance, but as he’s said, that’d undermine his “ambush journalism tactics.”
Hope you enjoy the song and my awkward interview answers! If you do, please share a link to the video on Twitter or Facebook. Together, we can make this thing the next “Gagnam Style.”
(“Fisher King” will be on my next album — coming out… soon.)