Just Begin

Just Begin

“Whatever you do – or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

-Goethe

Just begin.  

It has almost been a year since my last blog post.  What better time than now to contemplate why too often my creative process is fettered to my own penchant for procrastination?

I am not only talking about writing music and poetry.  I am also referring to almost every aspect of my life.  

Honey With Tea

Honey With Tea

We are proud to announce our video submission to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.  The song featured in this video, "Honey with Tea," is a brand-new song and this performance marks its premiere.  We are currently working on a new record that includes this song (see lyrics below) and many others.  Oldermost would like to send a big THANK YOU to Jeremy Zimmerman (http://jeremy-zim.com/#photographer) for producing this video submission. This video was filmed inside Crime and Punishment Brewing Company and we are grateful for Michael Wambolt and the C&P Team for allowing us to take over the brewery for a night . Oldermost will be playing a concert at Crime and Punishment Brewing Co. (http://crimeandpunishmentbrewingco.com/) on 2/5 to celebrate their First Friday event. See you there and please enjoy our new video!

VIDEO: Electric Light Eyes

VIDEO: Electric Light Eyes

In anticipation of next week's release of It's Difficult To Know Anything At All, we are sharing a new song, "Electric Light Eyes", with an accompanying video collage made from public domain surrealist, dadaist and early films.  This song includes one of Bradford's favorite lines, a line that could serve as a subtitle to the album: "Just to know how much there still is to know."  We think these films cobbled together sloppily and without overthinking, present rich associational territory that perform the unending possibilities of unknowing.  

Video Premiere: "A Drink (Or Two)"

WE are so excited to premiere our video for "A Drink (Or Two)" from our forthcoming release, It's Difficult To Know Anything At All.  Working with the Director Greg Puglese (http://www.gregpuglese.com/), we wanted to create something that, just like the track itself, had a sense of familiarity but also leaned towards the weird and unexpected.  We hope you enjoy it and if you live in Philadelphia, or love visiting, we hope you spot a favorite place of yours.  

It's Difficult To Know Anything At All will be released on March 24.  


Versioning - Singers Singing Singers

Today, I heard two tracks off of Bob Dylan's forthcoming record Shadows In The Night on WXPN and it got me thinking about the nature of covering songs.  I was thinking even further about how every time a song is played it is only a version of something else, always alive and mutable.  Maybe its an artist playing a song off of her album in a live setting.  It is not the song you heard on her record: it is a version.  It even makes me think that every time I listen to a recorded song, I am listen to to a version of that song.  I listen to records differently than I listen to digital music.  Sometimes I am alone.  Sometimes I am washing dishes.  When I treat each listen like a new version, I open up new possibilities for that song, and often these possibilities are revealed in surprising ways.  Maybe we should try listening experiments more before we offer our remarks about an album.  Maybe some albums should be listened to on a crowded subway and then alone in a room before we can begin to understand the center of gravity for the song.  

Here is one of my favorite Singers Singing (a) Singer - this is "I'll Be Home" from Nilsson Sings Newman