PMC 2020

This would have been the 7th year of donating a music performance to the Pan Mass Challenge, (the biggest fundraising for cancer event in New England).

Made a video online for them this time around for the “PMC Virtual” (here’s a shot from that video) and wishing everyone health and happiness in the organization.

They’re friends on a worthwhile mission and I’m happy to support them.

Breaking the meditative silence

Time to break the meditative silence I’ve been on since leaving the internet.  Had to turn everything off in order to turn myself back on and get some art done.

Listening to the final mixes of “FuturePlaneta” last night and not entirely sure if I can summarize it but I’ll try.

It’s forgiveness, hope, and concern. And it’s justice, resilience, and protest.
It’s a snapshot of what’s happening in 2020 for a us, a body of world citizens that share a firsthand viewership of the change in the flow of power between governments, corporations, and people.  Difficult and challenging, yes. Worth it? I think it is.

I’m tinkering with “FuturePlaneta” a while longer but I’ll have a publish date soon.

Questions?
Want to reserve a CD for the special order run that I’m going to do?
​Evan

Grateful for time

I’ve been making the most of the time, writing, listening, practicing, and cleaning and I’m grateful to have the time to do it.  Oftentimes we leave things unfinished -this is always going to happen in some way because you can’t finish everything and that’s life:  The messiness, the unknown future, the unspoken words.   All together, all in time.  The new recording is a snapshot of some of these things I was able to finish with the time that Covid gave us.

On another note….

I played last night in front of people at a little place in CT, and while most of the audience was on the patio outside and I was inside (playing to them indirectly) it was a relief to see people and play music for them again, to see their smiles and hear their laughter.

There’s backyard parties being planned for the next few months, the “new normal” as in … very “informal” and still grateful for everything coming down the road.

“FuturePlaneta” coming soon

Remember your name

All she sees is god

The Edge

All

Smoke

Leads me back to you

Walls

Lift

The wrong things

Things to consider

I was discussing the silver linings about our situation with someone and I thought I might share an insight:

There was a window of time in the history of this country (many others as well),  say starting in 1945, in which we had time.   We had nights and weekends and we didn’t carry computers around and our eyes didn’t burn from screens.  We weren’t the prisoners of phones.

It wasn’t that long ago.

We read books, listened to records, went dancing, and most homes had a piano and there was always someone who could at least get along with it.  We simply “showed up” at peoples houses and knocked on their doors, and if they were home we engaged.

Don’t misunderstand me, we also had crappier tech, less advanced medicine, more polluting machinery a few more wars to go, lest this be confused for a “it was better back in the day” statement because it isn’t.

Point being, a little slow down might help us in the long run lest we melt down from the heat that’s made by the culture spinning at the fastest speeds imaginable.  And there are wonderful things about “yesterday” that are being ignored by “tomorrow” like looking in a persons eye when you’re talking to them or being able to live without your implant (phone) for more than an hour.

Things to consider…

Smoke

“Wake up to the life you’re missing
They give dollars for your time and steal ideas from your mind

Smoke is there to blind your vision
See through it with your thoughts and don’t believe their lies”

Lyrics as soup for your soul, words that can liberate your thinking.  

The problem with technically brilliant art

I was in a discussion that touched on the subject of how little usage of real instruments there is in pop music right now (a trend that started a decade ago but that picked up considerably in the last 3 years).

There’s so much digital perfection and pitch correction, it’s hard to tell how much is really made by voices and hands, and in my opinion the humanity is sucked out of it.

While Rolling Stone Magazine quotes will stroke artists like Billie Ellish for creating her entire record by herself with only her laptop (anyone with half an inch of knowledge of such assumptions would guess that they’re simply erroneous and that there was 7 figure effort behind the release), there is truth in that there are virtually no real instruments and no band to speak of.

If anyone wants to make the case that pop music just isn’t that popular anymore, this could be one of the reasons why.

Thoughts:

  1. People long to hear something new and different even if they don’t know what it is.
  2. The same sound effects used in movie trailers, TV ads, and pop music is boring them to the point that they can’t remember what they’re seeing/hearing, even if they wanted to (thus the same ad has to play 17 times before it registers).
  3. If anything was sung live on TV, as in ANYTHING, with all the bits of imperfections that mix between a performer and an audience, people would talk about how great it was, because deep inside they might actually be relieved of the “computerdom digital perfection.”

Art is supposed to be messy.  Let it be messy.

Monday Nights are best

Saturday Night Live

And this just happened