Nothin’ Lastin’ is out, October 7, 2022. After three years of work, many dead ends with magical passages along the way, the new album is out in the world.
As of today you can order a CD and vinyl LP, a download or you could do what most people do and listen to it for free on Spotify, Apple, YouTube or any of the other streaming services. Please leave a comment at Loose Cannon Boost after listening. I’d love to hear from you, no matter what you think.
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The past few months I have collaborated with three talented filmmakers to create four music videos for the album. This summer we released a few singles from the album to prime the pump. Today I’d like to point you to each of these videos for your viewing pleasure, telling you a bit about each.
We will be celebrating the album by screening these four videos at 12MinuteMax at the Salt Lake Public Library at 2pm Mountain Time on November 20. If you are nearby, come celebrate these artists and say hello. It’s free and open to the public.
Nothin’ Lastin’ premiered TODAY
Drum roll please. Today we introduce the music video for the title song on the album. I would suggest watching this on a larger, brighter computer screen rather than the screen on your phone. It’s all in the details.
Produced by Dan Whitaker, this is the most ambitious of the music video productions. Though it is a literal representation of the song, there are many innovations in this piece. It was filmed on the Whitaker farmstead in Midway, Utah in their historic cabins and buildings. All the family got involved and a big thanks for their hospitality. The shot of the playing cards was an exacting process that took many hours of shooting to get it just right with an innovative macro lens that can fit into small spaces and still stay in focus. Then there is the talented Kate MacLeod who sings with me. She is so compelling and beautiful in the disgruntled bed scenes. Then, the underwater video was all shot within a hot springs cavern at the Homestead in Midway. Hope you enjoy it
Edward Bateman created a glorious album cover for “Nothin’ Lastin’.” I never get tired of this image, the folly of broadcasting the music out into the desert wilderness. For this video Bateman animated the album cover with the mysterious keeper of the contraption looking around, the speakers turning and sky changing. It is subtle and yet magical. This is the final song on the album, a song of dreams and hope. When I put it up on Facebook it was viewed by over 175,000 people, many in India and Bangladesh for some reason. We’ve had moving comments particularly from a family of Afghani refugees who expressed to me their shared dreams of this song as they now attempt to travel to the USA after escaping the Taliban, living temporarily in Iran. Two women in the family, both doctors, were especially moved by the line “Where women walk freely and hold their heads high.”
Dan Whitaker made this music video plus the “Nothin’ Lastin’,” video. “Tarantula March” is the most controversial of the lot and, for some friends, just too creepy to watch. The song and video both have personal meaning to me, contrasting a projected self portrait of when I was a crazy, troubled sixteen-year-old , eyes colored red, juxtaposed on me now, the white-haired gentleman, rocking out. Oh yes, then there is the matter of all the spiders climbing all over me. It’s a tender subject. I was so pleased when a LA based Indie/Punk magazine reviewed the song and video. It is extremely fun to break out of the folk genre. Check out the review in American Pancake HERE.
This music video was produced by Carol Dalrymple and shot in Skull Valley, Utah on an abandoned stretch of the old Lincoln Highway. It was a windy afternoon with tumbleweeds stuck by the hundreds against barbed wire fences along the roads. It is a lonely song about the cultural distance between my life and that of my friends whose families have lived in the Zuni Pueblo for centuries.
Carol and I have known each other for years through Utah Public TV. She is a master at making videos in 360 degree surround imagery. This video is best viewed on a phone or portable device you can move around to experience the entire landscape. Interestingly, this YouTube video has garnered over 17,000 views in the past couple of months. I’m hopeful that Carol will bring a few pair of Virtual Reality (VR) glasses to the Salt Lake Public Library event and let you get the full effect. Do join us November 20.
And speaking of glasses – Clink, Clink…..
Congratulations, brother. I hope a lot of people hear these and maybe even record them. That’s how things last....fer awhile.
What a marvelous artistic accomplishment!