An independent art.
No producer, no label, no ownership.
A record isn’t a live performance. It is a crafted stamp, a visceral letter to the listener, a vulnerable and conscious choice. Left only for the relating to, and scrutinizing of.
I do not understand why we stand in a room together, with a musician on a platform above our own height, in which we sip poison that numbs us and look for someone to talk over the music to.
The cinema, a film is shown in a quiet dark room where people are left to their own thoughts, feelings, and histories. This is where I wish to reach you.
This album is about the acceptance of impermanence, and the things we cannot help or control. This album is about facing the questions you fear and live with. Those you love are going to die. Sooner than you wish. Our culture isn’t one you wish to fit in, and you have no trouble calling out the addicts, the theatrix, the robots, and the kings and queens. For we all play a role, and see through a lens. Fixed or movable, that is up to you.
The medium is part of the art, and I am impatient with the ills that live music bring to the art form I desire. Whether it is someone talking over the story in the music, drinking too much and hitting on their best friend, or simply not giving a shit about the art. I think artists need to be less desperate about the audience they seek. Maybe then audiences would be more respectful of what artists put into their craft. I like to challenge my audience.
We look for things to distract us and entertain us from our deepest insecurities, fears, and realities. I don’t create my projects to do this. I create projects to challenge my own deepest fears, along with others. I guess that is what is so cathartic about music for me, many times it is the only outlet I have for all my deepest questions.
Albums / Publications
The Things That Can’t Be Helped – May 1, 2016
Arrowhead Story compilation album 1 in Oct, 2013 and Album 2 on – Oct 24, 2014
Review of Arrowhead Album song in “Rhythm & Ruffle” blog on – June 30, 2014
Snobarn album Review featured in Duluth News Tribune on – July 17, 2014
Snobarn album “Hand By Hand” released on – June 14, 2013
Ariane Norrgard album “We Are Intrepid” released on – May 12, 2006
Alan Sparhawk of the local and internationally known band, “Low” worked on mentoring me for the production and recording of the Snobarn album, “Hand By Hand,” at Sacred Heart Music Studio in February, 2013.
Kathy Mctavish, local musician and multi-media artist, provided me four music-mentoring sessions during the summer of 2012.
Elizabeth Wilson, classical music teacher provided me singing lessons throughout my life.
UMD Masters of Political Advocacy Program hosted me as a paid guest artist lecturer to teach “Art and Social Change Movements” on Feb 1, 2014.