Part 3 of the Towering Above music video trilogy is up! If you haven’t seen part 1 (“A Certainty“) or part 2 (“How To Abandon Ship“) then catch up! And… you might want to refresh yourself on the video we did for “Jumper” from our previous release to get a couple of things in part 3.
On July 15, Towering Above released the first single and music video for our upcoming album The Bleak, and today, part 2 of the trilogy dropped!
Check out the continuation of the story and the song “How To Abandon Ship”! (If you haven’t seen part 1: “A Certainty,” be sure to check that out first.)
Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney
Featuring: Chris Eckels Jacob Lee Raina Scudder (Eaton) Katie Walden Amber Moody C. DeWayne Cunningham and my bandmates J. Slickwood, Clay Smith and myself.
Many thanks to the people listed above and to my 1st A.D. (also mentioned above) – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.) And thanks to the Cloverdale Playhouse for helping us with such a perfect location for this!
I would have posted earlier today, but, like last time, I was on set working on a feature film called Shadow Tag, from the same folks behind Coffee With Friends. More news and stuff coming soon!
Towering Above just released our first single and music video – the first of a trilogy! – today. The song is called “A Certainty,” and it’s from our upcoming album The Bleak, set to release on August 6!
Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney
Featuring: Lindsey Adkins Jasmine Curtis Ahsen Bilal and my bandmates J. Slickwood, Clay Smith and myself.
Many thanks to the people listed above and to my 1st A.D. – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.)
I would have posted earlier, but I’ve been on set today for an upcoming feature film called Shadow Tag, from the same folks behind Coffee With Friends. More news and stuff coming soon!
Ten years ago today – holy shit it’s been ten years – the band I was in (Hail the Titans) embarked on a tour across multiple states, and it was such a wonderful experience for me. I know some people don’t think of the word “wonderful” when it comes to sleeping on floors and in vans and brushing your teeth in truck stop parking lots, but I guess I’m not “some people.”
It was amazing, and there’s a part of me that still enjoys being on the road, sleeping wherever, and meeting new people. (I’m still an introvert languishing in the ol’ INFJ section of the Meyers-Briggs arena, but every once in a while someone strikes up a conversation with me and allows me to open up a bit.)
I got away for a bit recently, slept in my car, on floors, even outside in the grass one night. I met wonderful people. I shared meals, beers, experiences, and deep, meaningful conversations. I made some new friends that I hope are life-long. I stared up at the stars, sat by fires, and experienced nature. I saw a relative I haven’t seen in person in years. I felt seen.
I’m still processing a lot of my recent experiences, trying to figure things out. I think that’s normal. Maybe. Hell, I don’t know. “Normal” hasn’t really ever been my thing, I guess. WTF is normal? Anyway, I’m lucky in the fact that I have wonderful friends (thank you!) and a good therapist.
I’m about to embark on another film project in a few days with the same writer and directors that did Coffee with Friends, and one line in the script is something that I have found to be very meaningful. (There’s actually a lot of stuff I’ve found meaningful in this script, but this one is most relevant to this post.) I shared it recently on Facebook, but I’ll share it here as well:
“It is our wounds as much as our gifts that make us who we are.”
Thanks for reading, supporting, listening, and loving.
That show that I talked about in my last post, the one schedule for this Friday with Towering Above, The Cancellations, and Abusements… it’s canceled. Yep… a bunch of people have tested positive for COVID – the ‘Rona strikes again. Hopefully everyone involved has a speedy recovery.
So with that sadness out of the way, let’s turn to some good news!
This coming Tuesday, June 21 will mark the 101st installment of the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse.
OK, OK… not my best headline work. But some stuff popped up in my memories today, so it’s blog time.
First – today marks the first anniversary of Remembering Anarcha being released on VOD platforms all over the U.S. and Canada. And since then, it’s been released on even more streaming platforms, along with DVDs and Blu-rays. It’s been discussed by Columbia University‘s research department, mentioned in the Washington Post, and we’ve been contacted by other universities, nonprofit organizations, and interested parties about the film.
Related – Michelle Browder’s monument to the Mothers of Gynecology monument in Montgomery, AL, officially opens this Sunday – Mother’s Day. Find out more about her work at AnarchaLucyBetsey.org.
Second – two years ago was the date that the music video for the song “Carry the Wounds” off the album of the same name was released. (You can find the album on your favorite streaming platforms; links on the ‘Music‘ page.)
Aaaaand… third – some photos popped up of my old band Hail the Titans. We played a show on May 4 a decade ago. (Time, man… why it gotta be flying like that?) A photographer named Chris Barrett snapped some pics (below) while we were playing, and they bring back so many good memories of being on the road with that band.
Aaaaaanyway… thanks for taking this stroll down Memory Lane with me. Much love.
It’s been two whole years (like official years, not pandemic years where we can’t tell one from another anymore) since Carry the Wounds was released. Some friends and I worked on a music video for the song “Liquid Heart,” the release show was a lot of fun, and then Covid shut everything down a week or so later.
Then, with everything shut down, I decided to try to make another video by myself for the title track because, hey, why not, right? I put “quarantine” in the description since, like many others at the time, I was a little behind on the whole haircut thing.
And then my band, Towering Above, started work on an acoustic EP since we couldn’t get up to practice and playing shows was out of the question for a good while. (Wait… there are no drums on it, and I’m just the drummer… hey!)
Speaking of Towering Above, our new album is in the mixing stages. Shhhhh…. that’s a secret, k? And we’re currently working on some music videos for it… and they get kinda weird, so I’ll talk more about that as things progress.
OK, so what else…? Oh! My friend Megan T. Kuehner put out a new EP a couple of days ago called The Truth. It’s really good; give it a listen. A couple of months ago, I directed a couple of live videos in advance of the EP release. We filmed these at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. (Many thanks to the Playhouse staff!)
And, since we’re talking about music and videos, and since those are types of art, it makes sense to talk about the month of March being Arts Education Month. Last month, the Alabama Arts Alliance tapped Terrible Master Films to put together a video for the occasion. I directed the video with help from my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and my friend Jeff McKinney of Early Riser Films. Special thanks to the educators and students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and Alabama State University for being part of it!
I think that’s all for now. Thanks for reading, listening, supporting, not punching me in the face, etc. Much love! Oh, and like, subscribe, follow… you know… all the things you do on social media. Thanks!