Here I am playing my song “Taking Pictures” on one of my favorite episodes of The Gilmore Girls. Eric Gorfain, of the Section Quartet, is playing strohviolin on the street corner of Stars Hollow with me. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and their daughter also played in this episode, as well as Sparks and other special guests. Making the music for this show for seven years was a blast.
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In the ‘90s I wanted to print a T-shirt that said: Videos should be heard and not seen. Instead of the T-shirt, I offer you this video. The sentiment of this song is not modern or cool, but it’s true for me and I wanted you to hear it.
Homemade, this is “Magic For Everybody”. The star of this video is the little reel-to-reel tape recorder I am listening to at the end. Tape sounds so much better than digital. I recently listened to the mono vinyl version of Bob Dylan’s early records and compared them to the digital versions and was shocked at how bad the digital versions sounded compared to vinyl. I had not done this test in a very long time. Even though I know digital is not great, I was shocked at how degraded recordings have become. So now I have pulled out my turntable and am only buying vinyl. It’s expensive and cumbersome to release music this way, but I am determined to find a way to release my next album on vinyl. It is amazing how entertaining playing records can be… let’s have a vinyl party!
This is my video from 1994 for “I Need Love”. I was fascinated by a film from Russian Georgia made in the ‘90s called Repentance. The film starts with a man’s funeral. The day following the funeral, one of his family members looks out the window and the dead man’s body had been dug up and is leaning against a tree in the front yard. They bury him again; he is dug up again. They catch the gravedigger, a woman, and she starts to tell her story—the reason she won’t let the man rest in his grave. One of the great scenes in the film inspired this video.
When you see me standing at the gate in the video, I am wearing a plastic drop cloth. I must have run out of changes for the different set ups, but that did not upset my stylist. He calmly pinned a big piece of plastic around my white slip. I may not have had enough clothes for that shoot, but I did have a Tesla machine to play with.
Modern Times is my favorite Charlie Chaplin film. I love this last scene with his heartbreaking song, “Smile”, underneath it. It must have been amazing to be at the forefront of making movies, creating Hollywood and building Los Angeles. I wish we could start over. Not for the end result, but for the ride.