Monday, September 28, 2015

The Teller and the Truth

Life is full of ups and downs, but it seems that one thing leads to another and the joys outweigh the sacrifices at every turn.

A lonely 6-week writing retreat in Michigan turned into the album Broken Gold, recorded with the amazing R&B/dub organ trio The Finest Kind.

Broken Gold found its way to filmmaker Andrew Shapter, who used parts of the album in teasers for and final cut of his forthcoming movie, The Teller and the Truth.

Carl Thiel (whose composition and production work I have long admired) was composing the soundtrack to the movie, so Andrew suggested we work together on a Theme Song.  (Pinch me now!)

We created a song called "Wild Bird" based on the musical and emotional themes in the film and I am so proud of how it turned out.

Working with all of these talented, driven, and whole-hearted people of vision has enriched and inspired my life. 

The Teller and the Truth is premiering at the Austin Film Festival in November.  I hope you will check it out and be inspired to follow your own vision with boldness.

Further reading:  What to Watch for at Austin Film Festival 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What is success?

An interesting new article in The Atlantic explores my favorite Founding Father's ideas on success and how they differ from those of modern Americans.

"To live like a king seemed distinctly un-American."