A composition of mine has lately been featured on a show broadcast by the German TV network Kinderkanal (Children’s Channel). My mole tells me that Kinderkanal is run by ARD and ZDF, the two largest public stations in Germany. (Thanks Natascha!)
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I was never cool enough to come out here when Prince did the live shows, but it was great to tour Paisley Park yesterday. No photos were allowed inside, and unfortunately we only got to go into the studios’ live rooms and not the control rooms, but that’s understandable I guess. And we got to see his Linn drum machine, and play some ping pong in Studio B. Kind of emotional at times, thinking about Prince and all the great music he gave us. Glad I took the time.
Watching the BTS features for “Mystery Train” recently, I heard director Jim Jarmusch talk about his relationship with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, a musician I’ve never been too familiar with. This is sending me down a rabbit hole to learn more: apparently Hawkins originally wanted to be an opera singer, but that didn’t work out. He was also reluctant to start using the various stage props that gave him his later macabre, Vincent Price-esque stage presence. It’s odd that the guy who was apparently Shock Rock Patient Zero and must have inspired the image of everybody from The Cramps to Alice Cooper to The Misfits to Gwar to White Zombie… didn’t really want to. With the approach of the Halloween season-- my favorite time of year-- I will add Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to my holiday practice, with respect for his reluctance. There’s a documentary about Hawkins called “I Put A Spell On Me”, that I’m looking forward to catching. Unfortunately, the only place I can find it is YouTube; not even my public library has it.