Wednesday, 4 May 2011

I Know It All Seems Like NBA Playoffs and Photoshoots but... Day 134, May 4th, 2011

I know everyone is reeling from yesterday’s shocking announcement.  I know there will be some mixed reactions.  I know a lot of people have been living their lives, trying to get on with their daily routines, wondering when this was going to happen. Expectations have been set extraordinarily high.  Prayers have been answered.  Thank you for your support as we work on our projects, producing what is necessary to get everything “TV ready”.  Believe me, it’s been hard on us.  Oh yeah, Bin Laden also died.

I took part in a fun little interview with Star Newspaper today (pardon me for using the word “little” in this situation.  I understand it isn’t appropriate usage.  I only use it as I was faced with similar adjective-ity today and wasn’t sure exactly how to respond).

I am trying to get comfortable giving interviews.  I know Tom Cruise loves giving interviews.  He gives interviews as though he might be up for an Oscar for the part.  I never know how I am supposed to behave.  

There are some interviews that are incredible conversations fueled by the desire to learn more, to evolve thought forcing me to think about what I am doing and where I want to go.  Then there are interviews that feel like a first date and I find myself asking questions merely to break the muted silence of a pencil scribbling.  There are some that feel like a job interview, as the person conducting the interview has no idea who I am.  This was the sort of interview that ended with me in a water fountain.  These are my favourite interviews.  Job or otherwise.  This interview will be in Star Newspaper…um…sometime after today.

It is business as unusual in the Bored of Directives office.  As announced yesterday we are pausing the remaining releases of the Season Two episodes (Myanmar/Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia) as we work towards post production for possible TV viewing.  Stay tuned.

Gary and I are also in full pre-production mode for a documentary we are filming in Cambodia where we bring 5 musicians in to the jungles of Cambodia to write and record 5 pieces of original music.  Production will begin in early June and we look forward to spending time and creating with Azmyl, Vandal and Nadhira.

For those who believe that it is all fun and games in the BoD Office, well, you are sort of right.  For the next 72 hours that is.  Our offices will be closed from May 5th to May 8th as we fly to Bali, Indonesia to record some music, perform some music and to throw Frisbees at our friends.  More tomorrow as we release a special Killer B themed Studio Blog.

As always, a winner must be chosen in our RollingStone Throwdown.

STEEL CAGE MATCH (continued):
Today’s Challenge: J and K!


First, the eliminations:
I am only adding the "K" bands to this discussion because there are only three songs, and one band in the K’s.  J’s are already an extremely strong letter group.  I wouldn't feel right eliminating all of K, so I will have to choose one song for continued contention, Lola, and cut the other two Kinks songs.

The Contenders:

J’s are full of people that I would love to have over for dinner at my house: Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix.  Don’t tell me you wouldn’t lose your mind if the Godfather of Soul, James Brown sat at your dinner table and complemented your mashed potatoes.  Then Janis Joplin stands up and starts singing into a turkey drumstick as Rick James starts eying the family pet.  It would be the most extraordinary dinner party ever conceived.  I would have Donald Trump host it just to put him in a situation so far out of his element that by the end of the night he would be in the fetal position, tucked away in the corner of the room sucking his thumbs.  Amazing.  The whole time this is all going down, Buckley is sitting in a rocking chair singing, Hallelujah. Who wouldn’t want that evening?

The Winner:

I won’t pick Imagine, just because.  Fire and Rain deserves to be in the conversation, just because.  Jackson 5 always puts me in a good mood and I am in the middle of a pretty intricate lobbying session to name my first child, Tito.  However, because today’s blog is already way too long, I am just going to choose Great Balls of Fire for two reasons:

1)    To incite any and all discussion regarding my ignorance
2)    Jerry Lewis would make an amazing grandfather and oddly, that is very important when choosing the greatest song of all time.

Today’s Competition:

Jackie Wilson
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Jackie Wilson
Lonely Teardrops
Jackson 5
I Want You Back
Jackson Browne
Running on Empty
James Brown
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, Pt.1
James Brown
I Feel Good
James Brown
It`s A Man's Man's World
James Brown
Please, Please, Please
James Brown
Say It Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud
James Brown
Sex Machine
James Rick
Super Freak
James Taylor
Fire And Rain
Janis Joplin
Me And Bobby Mcgee
Janis Joplin
Piece Of My Heart
Jeff Buckley
Jefferson Airplane
Somebody To Love
Jefferson Airplane
White Rabbit
Jerry Butler
For Your Precious Love
Jerry Lee Lewis
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls Of Fire
Jimi Hendrix
Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix
All Along The Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Jimi Hendrix
Foxey Lady
Jimi Hendrix
Hey Joe
Jimi Hendrix
Little Wing
Jimmy Cliff
Many Rivers to Cross
Jimmy Cliff
The Harder They Come
Joan Jett
I Love Rock N' Roll
John Lennon
John Mellencamp
Pink Houses
Johnny Cash
I Walk The Line
Johnny Cash
Ring Of Fire
Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison Blues
Joni Mitchell
Both Sides, Now
Joni Mitchell
Help Me
Joni Mitchell
Free Man in Paris
Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Waterloo Sunset
You Really Got Me

Winner of the A’s: AC DC’s HIGHWAY TO HELL.
Winner of the B’s: Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues
Winner of the C’s: The Clash’s London Calling
Winner of the D’s: Dolly Parton’s Jolene
Winner of the E’s: Elton John’s Rocket Man
Winner of the F&G’s: Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive
Winner of the H&I’s: Howlin’ Wolf’s Spoonful
Winner of the Jays and Kays: Jerry Lewis’ Great Ball of Fire

Lake Week still makes met moist and I have seen it 8 times?  Are you looking to be left damp?  Do you find our references to refreshment annoying?  Either way, enjoy the soothing tones of our conversation lakeside:

Please, Catch Us Live Somewhere on this Planet.


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