I love movies! Watching them and making them, both on screen and behind the scenes. So when an opportunity arises and the idea fits just right, bring out the camera!
Here is some of my video work:
I wrote the song “A Quiet Love” several years ago for the man I married recently in the video above. Two beautiful things that fit together.
Here is a link to my video for the song “Too Much Take Away“. It comes from the album “Chameleon Tea” 2013. I submitted the video to the “It Gets Better Project” to help those who experience bullying.
Here is a link to my video for the song “Sangria Root“. It comes from the album “Reasonance” 2008! http://youtu.be/QVbK3FfkNpU
Here is a link to my video for “Remember“. It comes from the album “Reasonance” 2008 and it is dedicated to the memory of two generous men I was privileged to know and share some time with here on this earth: Michael Wheeler and Rand Hopkins! http://youtu.be/_cvTtNgpENA
Here is a link to my video for “One More Pitch“. It is a song co-written by my friend Phil Bolsta and me. Phil wrote the lyric about his daughter Erin and then I set it to music. I used actual footage of Phil and Erin to create the visuals! http://youtu.be/a8oVe1xi-4I
Here is a link to my video for “The Rambler Family Ramblers Theme Song” recorded during a performance of “The Rambler Family Ramblers FINAL Christmas Reunion Spectacular!” at the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival. A great cast (Barry Shay, Karen Batdorf, Rachel Flynn, John Rump and me) and a great song co-written with Barry Shay! http://youtu.be/ckhEr7gRprA
Here is a link to my highlights video for “Shakespeare Ate My Brain” recorded during a performance at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Another great cast (Barry Shay, Karen Batdorf, Bradley Damon and me) and a great play co-written with the ever-talented Barry Shay! http://youtu.be/LBOVKH7efdo
Here is a link to my video preview for our feature length movie “Haunt This!“2007. More craziness from our familiar cast of actors, largely improvised dialogue and a rather silly plot regarding a hapless group of psychic researchers looking for ghosts….oooooo….scary funny! http://youtu.be/WHhwkPh3bCk
Music rocks! Yes, stating the obvious is one of my talents. Playing and singing my original songs as well as those written by the great songwriters who have inspired me is the best!
Here is some of my audio work:
The new album is ready!!!!
“Of the Same Name” with 12 new songs (and one old one) to share with everyone.
Click here for the lyrics!!!
Here are links to more of my music:
Janet Jackson famously said, “What have you done for me lately?” As performers we hear that we’re only as interesting as our next project, so this is where I talk about what I’m working on now and in the near future.
02.13.2016: Working on the songs for a new album called “Of the Same Name“, one of my most personal creations yet. Several of the songs were surprises to me as they worked their way from my heart and brain to my fingers and voice. I have had a chance to play these songs for small yet appreciative audiences at a couple of local Twin Cities coffee houses (special thanks to J&S Bean Factory for their unwavering support!) and gauging some of the reactions has been amazing to me. The album will be ready soon.
In the meantime, the editing on our movie “Shakespeare Ate My Brain” is also moving forward (nearly 2/3 put together) and revisiting this footage that we shot very quickly in five nights in a borrowed theater (and a couple of other locations) has been a laugh filled romp because of the terrific people who have been involved with this project (many from the very start). There will hopefully be some film festivals in our future when the movie is ready for release!
10.02.2014: Vampires! Horror! is as they say “in the can” and after attending a premiere screening, I must say the joy we had making this thing comes across in the whimsical energy and silly camp splashed across the screen! Cross your fingers hoping that it gets into some film festivals and others get to see and rock with the vampires, the townspeople and that incredible military presence led by yours truly, the General…
After some time away from the project, we are gearing up to finish the “Shakespeare Ate My Brain” movie. The first steps: Put together the tracks for the musical finale and start sorting through the footage we shot last year. We also have to shoot a few introductory scenes to put behind the opening credits. Then schedule and shoot the finale on location!
On top of this, comes the beginnings of a new CD, not named yet, but there are 3 songs already along with some ideas for more. This is one of my favorite times, seeing and hearing new music as I wade in the pool of creativity.
07.13.2013: I am working on two movies at this time (The musical comedy “Vampires! Horror! and a comedy based on a stage play I co-wrote last summer called “Shakespeare Ate My Brain” – yes that would be zombies doing Shakespeare!) and gearing up for a fall production of “Our Town” which is going to be great fun. And on the Hear This page is a link to a new song I wrote recently, inspired by my state of Minnesota passing a Freedom to Marry Act and the Supreme Court overturning DOMA and Proposition 8 in California.