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I Got Festival

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It’s non-stop festival here in my life. First the Cabrillo Festival of New Music, then the Feel Good Film Festival, than three weeks (!) of the Burning Man festival, and then out to DC for the DC Shorts Festival.

Why the film festivals? I Got Mail, the video that my wife made for my a cappella group, is being shown at a few festivals around the country.

And this is where you come in…

DC Shorts is having an online competition for “Best Original Song”. And I need YOU to help make that possible. Go over to the DC Shorts web site and take a listen. I think you’ll find that my song (down at the bottom of the page, urg) compares quite well. If you agree, please vote for it. I’d be much obliged…


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1-Bit Symphony

This is brilliant work. I just preordered mine. Tristan Perich: 1-Bit Symphony (Part 1: Overview) from Tristan Perich on Vimeo.

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Review: Eighth Blackbird and Jennifer Higdon at the Cabrillo Festival

Just got back from the opening weekend of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, a two week celebration of orchestral music written by folks who are actually alive and (with the exception of 87 year old George Walker) present. You couldn’t cross the street in downtown Santa Cruz without falling under Music Director Marin Alsop’sContinue Reading

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Garrison Keillor + Burning Man = A Playa Home Companion

If Garrison Keillor went to Burning Man, what would it sound like? That question popped into my head last Sunday as I was driving to get brunch with some fellow Black Rock Rangers in preparation for this year’s burn. The radio was tuned to A Prairie Home Companion and I found myself thinking… why hasn’tContinue Reading

22 Responses to Garrison Keillor + Burning Man = A Playa Home Companion

  1. bethany says:

    I love it! I hardly recognized your voice! Wonderful use of the laughter. Makes me wistful for the playa.

  2. Ren says:

    I love PHC and I love BRC and you totally just put your chocolate in my peanut butter! Great work. And, good Garrison Keillor impersonation. I hope to hear it on the Playa. Hugs.

  3. k8 says:

    i adore this. especially the breathing.

  4. Sunburn Sarah says:

    Oh yes, we need this for BMIR!

  5. baconqurlyq says:

    Brilliant! I hope I hear this on BMIR!

  6. Nolan Love says:

    So clever! Well done, BMR! Now onto BMIR!

  7. Librarian says:

    Beautiful! I just loved it. Well done!

  8. Schwabs says:

    Fantastic and absolutely brilliant. I look forward to hearing it again on the Playa!

  9. heddanewman says:

    I love this. rock on!!

  10. Izard says:

    For what it’s worth… I’m that big guy in line for coffee with the tangled beard and wonderwoman underoos, inviting you to attend Karaoke With The Super Friends.

    And I think I was puzzled by the quandary of the ‘4 bags for the price of 3’ while trying to decipher the sacred geometry someone wrote on my arm the night before… “Two bags will be fine.”

    “Well that’s just the magic of the playa right there, isn’t it?”

    Nicely done!

    • Brian Rosen says:

      izard… that part comes across less clearly than I’d like. The idea was that our protagonist writes on his arm when he wants to remember something important (like bringing his thermal underwear), but it never ends up legible when he actually needs to remember it. In this case, he wrote “buy more ice than you think you need” on his arm.

      Not sure if ANYONE picks that up (which is probably a failure in the writing.)

      Glad you enjoyed, and look forward to running into you in the coffee line…

      • LifeOnAString says:

        The reference to the ice decision comes through. In fact, it is better that you are not sure what he wrote, but that it might have had something to do with the ice…. or not.

  11. spongemonkey says:

    Mind if we play this on The BRBC?! Black Rock City’s first fully solar powered radio?!
    We aren’t BMIR… we are better! 🙂
    This would go great with out pledge drive!

  12. Patty says:

    Brilliant!! Come find us at 4:30 and B at our happy hour, we’ll pour you a great drink!


    Mystikal Mysfits

  13. I have to say this was so well executed. After the initial chuckle at the conceit and execution the actual words sunk in….much like the other “News from
    “. I found myself just coasting down the stream on the tone and words semi narcotized yet aware. Thanks for starting my burn early!

  14. Grokstar says:

    Thanks for the nice trip to the playa from my living room.
    Nicely done.

  15. Draper says:

    Are you scheduled for center camp stage?

  16. Bayou says:

    I just heard this for the first time (via Pred). It is awesome. We need a P.A. system at Ranger H.Q.. This would be perfect when we’re gathered around the burn barrel during a sleepy grave shift.

  17. Captain Jack says:

    Great Job that was fun

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Inception: plot point or arcana?

This is kinda neat. One of the main musical gestures in the score of Inception is derived from an actual plot point in the film. Neat! Cool! I love it! But is it hearable? I mean, now that it’s been pointed out and delivered via the viral web you can hear it, and SOMEONE mustContinue Reading

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  1. joe says:

    um.. have you seen the movie? the use of this cue is specifically *about* the slowing down of the edith piaf music. the sound itself is what cues the characters to prepare themselves to awake form the dream state. hardly arcana.

  2. Brian Rosen says:

    Oh ya! I know! It’s really clever in the way it hooks up with the plot point. The arcana question come from whether or not the source of the musical reference in the score is detectable. I know I didn’t catch it the first time, and I doubt I would have caught it a third or fourth time. If it’s not ‘hearable’, than it becomes fodder for a trivia question, hence, arcana.

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