Je vous ai souvent (ou pas, me souviens plus...) vanté l'extrême joie que me procure à chaque fois la réception de la newsletter de l'ami Chuck.
Celle reçue aujourd'hui 20 mars nous renvoie vers ce docu-concert un peu spécial.
Vous n'allez pas refuser 1h10 de bonheur non ? Pensez à activer les sous-tires et sourire aux alentours de la 10ème minute.
Mais je laisse la parole au patron, car oui c'est lui-même qui prend le temps d'écrire ses publications.
Et je vous embrasse tous très fort, même si de loin ...
Attention all you streamers, loss-leaders, grim reapers, and powdered egg beaters. We’ve got something to share with all of you shut-ins.
Stream The STRINGS IN THE TEMPLE FILM NOW. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. FOR THE LOW COST OF FREE.
WATCH IT HERE NOW: https://found.ee/jRYk
I don’t know about you, but I am totally barricaded, holed up, shut in but not shut down. And make no mistake, this crisis is serious. Life and death serious. As for now, I’ve got all I need. I’ve actually got three Honeycrisp apples in the kitchen. Plus, one Fuji apple. Fujis are not my first choice but I am 100 percent prepared to eat that Fuji if the whip comes down. Although I could be hurting for paper towels here before too long. (Stephanie’s out of town. Pray for me.)
As for this film. A little background:
Back in 2012, we released the Temple Beautiful LP - an open love letter to San Francisco and its history and characters. Written in my shoebox no-internet-having work space South of Market along with klipschutz. Lunches were had. Arguments were settled. (Never did we stoop to tossing a coin.)
After two years of playing the songs around the world, in late 2013 my band and I delivered the 12-song cycle at the Great American Music Hall - itself a former bordello and an art deco S.F institution - with a string octet scored and conducted by Brad Jones. Which turned out to be the first step that culminated in Strings in the Temple.
Director Darrell Flowers brought along at least four camera operators and a few more assorted pros from Dover to film it. We had one chance to get it right. And this film is a document of the twists and turns in the road that brought us to that one-night-only sold-out performance at the GAMH.
Some will have you believe that here in Start Up City, USA technology is the new culture. Then again, how can technology equal culture? (On what planet?) Where’s the google bus - or better yet, the Virtual Stock Option (VSO) - for the out-of-work dishwasher who commutes in every day from Stockton? Or the people who commute three hours each way just for the privilege of cleaning our toilets? Where’s the facebook live Zuckerberg Tip Jar (ZTJ) for them?
Let me ask you a question: Can songs connect people to the world? I’ll take my answer off the air.
The songs performed that night touch on all kinds of San Franciscos and include characters like Willie Mays, martyred supervisor Harvey Milk, Cain & Abel porn kings Jim & Artie Mitchell, mythic oddball "Red Man," preacher/Svengali Jim Jones, politician-turned assassin Dan White, and Emperor Norton himself, with cameos by Laffing Sal, Carol Doda, Bill Graham, and Fatty Arbuckle. Locations too. Including the Castro and Mission Districts. One song channels the White Night Riots, sparked by the light sentence handed out to poster-boy-for-closet-cases Dan White for the assassination of Milk and Mayor Moscone.
Dig in. And do yourself a favor and stick around. At the 10:00 mark don’t miss the image of Stephie smiling and James shrugging when Roy Loney makes a kind of sideways entrance. That's why I play music. I could watch that moment once a week forever. We miss you Roy.
P.S.: If you want to download the LP of the concert. You can do it over at Bandcamp. For the next 24 hours Bandcamp is waiving their 10% fee, so you know what that means, right? More paper towels for ol’ CP.
Here is the Bandcamp Link https://found.ee/uO1W
And if you are feeling like you want to give back. This newsletter costs money. I pay a service to deliver it. And sometimes, even though I’m on the list I don’t even receive it. I don’t know what the dealio is but if you want to show your appreciation feel free to roam around my online store and throw down.