Making Music (kind of)

So I decided to record a bit of my music practice and put it on youtube. I’m not a huge Adele fan, but the song is fairly simple and fun to play.

I’ve always had a hard time making music. As someone who is a ‘natural’ in a lot of ways, struggling with my own self expression in music has been a point of frustration for me for years. I started playing guitar 6 years ago, and through lack of dedication and general confusion I’ve never managed more than a weak rythym guitar at best. I used to have the voice to make up for it, though I haven’t done any vocal training in years. As part of my new year’s goals (not resolutions, but goals!) I wanted to go back to making music, and it starts here and now. 🙂

Coatie Pop: Gangsta Rap Queen

So this video was made by my friend Lil’ Coatie over at Hardcore Anarchy as a parody of Lil Wyte’s Oxy Cotton. She first showed me this rap around new years. We were all chilling with some friends’ over at their house, talking about our hopes and various artistic endeavors. Around one in the morning, with a half smoked Bronson in one hand and a smartphone in the other, she played the track and showed us this fantastic parody. I’ve been looking forward to the video ever since. Drawing on her talented circle of friends, they designed and produced this over the past couple months, finally releasing it earlier this week.

Already she has been shared by Lil Wyte on Twitter!

What remains to be seen: will it go viral?

Art Videos for Your Consideration (not video remix)

I’m beginning to compile my video sources for and art video remix project I’ll be posting next week. This will be my first experiment with video work, and I’ve been thinking about it almost non stop for the past few days. Here are a few of my favorite art videos from the band Ok Go. I saw them in Tulsa, Oklahoma a couple summers ago, the circumstances weren’t ideal: it was outdoors and hotter than hell it’s self, also there were a ton of loud annoying drunk people around, but the band was really great. They have some of the most creative music videos, and not just some abstract idea of a music video that parallels the ideas in the song. The band themselves are obviously very closely involved with the project… well you’ll see.

I love the use of color, and the playful feel of this first video. This is probably my favorite of their songs, and the first of their videos I ever watched (that either makes it special to me, or a gateway drug…)

Probably their best known hit, Here It Goes Again. Filmed in one go, you can tell it took a lot of practice and coordination, also a lot of treadmills!

But the cherry on top of this collection of video work, is their music video ‘This Too Shall Pass.’

I can’t watch this one without imagining all the time and effort that went into it. it’s so lovely and well crafted.

Well I’m sure I’ve posted a million more videos than the average person has time for, so I’ll continue my search and report back in due time.