Our wounds and our gifts

Here’s yet another “memories” post… kinda.

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.”

[On tour in Richmond, VA, July 2012.]

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.

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Aight… good news and bad news…

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first…

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.

The Montgomery Advertiser ran an article about it – click here to read it – and in that article, they talk about the origins of the event and about the documentary film Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull (available on Amazon and Tubi.)

So, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go check that out, and be sure to come to the Cloverdale Playhouse on Tuesday to see Megan Kuehner, Sonia Tetlow, and Senorita Awesome (all pictured below.)

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Towering Above updates!

Towering Above is performing this coming Friday (June 17) with Abusements and The Cancellations (from Nashville.) All ages at the Sanctuary in Montgomery, AL. Details here.

In other news, we’ve been working on album art, finishing up music videos, and getting everything ready to release a new album. We’ll provide more details on all of that soon. And we’re already working on even newer stuff (yay!)

Ooh, speaking of those music videos, here’s a screen grab from one of them that the band posted recently:

OK, that’s all I got for now. Thanks for reading. Come to the show this Friday!

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Show this Saturday and ‘Live at Seville’ turns 5

Hey everyone! The Live at Seville EP turns 5 today!

If you want some background on this EP, here’s a link to the original blog post about it.

The audio version is on most streaming platforms, but the actual video performances are on YouTube. (This was a Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions collaboration with Terrible Master Films.)

…aaaaaaaaaaaand…

That being said, I’ll be performing this Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Sanctuary in Montgomery, AL, opening for my friends in Tres Locos and The McRyatts.

And speaking of Tres Locos, here’s a promo video I shot for them awhile back in their hometown of Huntsville, AL:

Hope to see you this Saturday!

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May the 4th be with your… anniversaries?

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.

If you haven’t yet seen the film (or left a review – please do so: Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Amazon), you can find it on many VOD outlets.

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.

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‘What would life be without art?’

Behind-the-scenes shot of our interview setup, featuring my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions.

“What would life be without art?” That question begins the short documentary Art & Second Chances that talks about three organizations – the Alabama Arts Alliance, Leadership Montgomery, and Renascence Inc. – coming together for a good cause.

I directed the short, produced by Terrible Master Films in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions and Early Riser Films.

This short is part of a larger, ongoing project that is still in production, but I wanted to share this short in the meantime because the 2022 Alabama Arts Summit started today in Birmingham, AL.

I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for watching, reading, listening, supporting. Much love.

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March 2022 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Photos from last night’s St. Patrick’s Day themed Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are up on my Facebook page.

And if you haven’t yet seen the documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull that chronicles the history of this event, it’s available on Amazon. (Leave a review! We’d love to hear what you think of it!)

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‘Carry the Wounds’…iversary?, videos, updates, stuff, things…

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!)

Ooh, also released this past Friday was the new Spirit Guardian album titled Seasick. Spirit Guardian is a project by Jeremy Aitken, a good friend of mine and former bandmate from years ago (we were in a band called Easy Kiddo.) If that name sounds more recently familiar, it’s probably because we collaborated on a song called “Promises” that I blogged about last month. Anyway, give Seasick a listen. It’s really good! (And if you’re wondering who did the awesome album cover, that would be his super talented wife, Gloria. Check out her art here.)

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!

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Megan T. Kuehner ‘Golden Girl’ live music video

This is the second live video for Megan. The first is here.

This is another TMF-produced video that was filmed at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. This is the second live recording for Megan T. Kuehner, whose new EP “The Truth” will be out March 11.

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