Here is a nice description of the film by Dianne Cluck, who’s song of the same name served as an inspiration:
“Artists Billy Joe Miller and Kahren Hipscher created this visual accompaniment to an early version of Diane Cluck’s song “Learn to Lose.” The artists also worked with the instrumentals “Dawn” and “On Leaving” by your truly to make short related meditations. At times abstract or light-based, the video reflects on themes of loss, relationship to uncertainty, isolation, and deep transformation – particularly relevant themes in this current pandemic and climate crisis. In making the video, the artists drew from their personal experiences with chronic illness and grief, and art as transformative practice. Using elements in nature, their own bodies, and glass and mirrors to focus and redirect light, the video is a collaborative meditation in conversation with the music. Filming was done at or close to the artists’ homes with objects and creatures in their everyday environment.”
I am honored to share some new music on the excellently curated Halloween-themed benefit comp “A Little Night Music: Aural Apparitions from the Geographic North”, featuring an incredibly stacked roster of artists!
Alll proceeds go directly to the Feminist Women’s Health Center – an Atlanta non-profit providing compassionate abortion and gynecological care, as well as community programs aimed at advancing reproductive rights, health, and justice.
The limited double-cassette has now sold out but is eternally available in DIGI via bandcamp as well as on all streaming platforms (iTunes, Spotify…)
Earlier this week, the good folks at Aquarium Drunkard put together a feature celebrating 20 yrs of Three Lobed Recordings. To mark the occasion, a variety of people were invited to share thoughts on albums that have made an impact on them. I am humbled to have been included and grateful to be a part of this incredible family of artists!
Below are some thoughtful reflections on my LP “Between Two Words” (2013) by William Tyler and Chuck Johnson, both of whom happen to be personal guitar heroes and all-around solid human beings. Truly touched by these words:
I definitely encourage you to visit the full feature linked above, as it takes a deep-dive into an even deeper catalogue of varied adventurous sounds.
Here’s to another 20 yrs to one of the best labels around!
Bandcamp is once-again waiving their cut of sales to support musicians being impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 100% proceeds today will go directly to artists until midnight PDT. So If you are in a position to support, today is a good day to do so!
Please check you my personal page but I also encourage you to explore other pages, as many folks have shared new/unreleased gems specifically for today. A few that come to mind include buddies Chuck Johnson, Sarah Davachi, and Mike Weis. Additionally, there are a ton of amazing small labels that could use help to keep things afloat.
In other news, I wanted to share a sweet new playlist by the venerable Ben Watt who graciously included me on called “Season of the String”. It can be accessed via Spotify or Apple Music. He spoke about his inspiration for it on NPR a few days back. I’m truly honored he’s found my tunes soothing during these uncertain days, as I hope you do too.
Thank you as always for taking the time to listen and support!
Well it’s officially been one month since shelter-in-place took effect here in San Francisco. As we all learn to adjust to this strange interior existence, I am reminded of the uncertainty many of us hold as we go about our lives. This tune reflects that uncertainty… kind of like getting on a train and not quite knowing where you’re going. Onward, onward!
It’s the middle of the week and my sense of time continues to feel more and more abstracted. A friend of mine once described the difference between being “on” time and being “in” time. To be on time is to adhere to a schedule and to prioritize things like punctuality. To be in time means one relates to time in a much looser way. I identify with the latter and tend to move at my own pace.
With that, I offer a tune to welcome the sun after a couple days of steady rain. Music is my marker…
As we adjust to life indoors during this pandemic, I find solace in those things I can turn to as a way to stay grounded. Music has been a lifesaver for me in this regard. I’ve also been inspired by all the folks who’ve used creative practices to process and connect with others during this strange time. Recently, I came across a post where somebody described themselves as an artist-in-residence as opposed to the much bleaker shelter-in-place. I liked this reframe!
Here is a snapshot I recorded this morning. The sky had a particularly beautiful clarity, as it had rained the previous day. Hope this brings a little more light to your day. More to come…
Dear all – hope this finds you safe and well during these challenging times.
As you might imagine, musicians are being impacted by this pandemic on a multitude of levels. Here is one way you can support! This Friday March, 20 from midnight to midnight Bandcamp will be waiving their revenue share so that artists can pocket 100% of sales. It is a lovely gesture that can make a massive difference for folks. I plan to participate and I hope you will too. Might even share some new material on my page… we’ll see!
Greetings! Tomorrow night (2/27) I will do my best to channel the scene in this flyer… hope you can join us at Minnesota Street Project [Lounge] presented by the good folks at Lonesome Station. I’m on first… Tickets / info