Hey, FYI, I will be playing for the first time the COMPLETE Bruce Springsteen Born to Run Glockenspiel Addendum in Brooklyn next week....below is a little bit I wrote about what I am doing.........
In 2006, on a whim, I decided to go uptown to Sam Ash music store, buy a Glockenspiel and record glockenspiel parts for the songs on Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run record that did not already feature that instrument. Most everything I have ever made has been ignited from a similar semi-destructive whim. A certain idea, most often against my better judgment, mixes with my slight OCD, and I can't stop thinking about it until it is completed. Some people count their steps on the way to work...I do this. This project took a few weeks (the glockenspiel turned out a little more difficult to play then it would seem) and eventually ended up as a 12inch vinyl sold off of my website. This release featured just my Glockenspiel playing and a lot of silence in between. The intent was that people were supposed to play my record and the original at the same time. Once I sold out of these I released a FREE mix CD. This featured my Glockenspiel tracks mixed back into Bruce's original. To most people, this second version sounds just like Springsteen. This free CD has been distributed over the past year or so, at galleries, performances, and to friends. Since it is tagged by computers automatically, it has circulated as Springsteen. My thoughts on this version were based on the fact that my own artwork for years had floated around the Internet uncredited, in fact I kinda encourage it, so why not just start it off this way? Cut out the middle man, even if the middle man is myself. Since this gesture is kinda an end game for p2p and art, at light industry I will be doing the opposite..........a live performance. You will get me, playing Glockenspiel live, a real experience, with a live instrument. One night only. Also as an added bonus, after years of fooling around playing only small bits of this composition because I was too lazy to practice the hard parts (i hate practicing an instrument), this will be THE FIRST TIME EVER I HAVE ACTUALLY PLAYED THE WHOLE THING. Mistakes and all! 42 minutes!!! Plus there will be an all new video accompaniment. One could even call it a premiere. A real sensation so to speak. You will see the gesture at its source, before it gets vacuumed up into p2p networks, and its provenance is erased .......... Ill also bring some of those mix CD's 2 give away. So there will be a live performance and a FREE CD, one a pastiche of the other, or both pastiches of whatever, but to be honest at this point I cant see any other way to go. And what role does Bruce play in all of this? Well, nothing to be honest. It was just a whim afterall.
Tickets - $6, available at door.
Photo: Paula Court.