The clip below is from the filming of my music video for Impossible Love. We shot the video in 2009 and that Summer we won Best Music Video at the Just Plain Folks Awards in Nashville. We shot it on a $250 budget, which included gas for my car (which was also our power generator), and food for my volunteer cast/crew.
I have played the piano since I was a toddler. I’ve been taking lessons since I was 5. I’ve treated the piano like it was an extension of my own body since I was a kid. I studied music on scholarship from Berklee College of Music and to this day, I have never had my own piano. The piano in this video is the first and only piano I have ever owned, and it was immediately donated to this art project. I got it for free from a church. They said it was “un-playable”, although they certainly have no idea what un-playable means.
Regardless, the music video is the artwork of director, Brandon Nicholas and cinematographer, James Mann. Destroying a piano was not my idea, although, in the finished product, it looks amazing. The piano then went on to be in the movie Desert Son, another Nicholas/Mann project which you can watch instantly on netflix!
Anyway, that is the story of this piano. I think it got a lot more love from us than it did sitting and collecting dust in the church basement we rescued it from, but the video still pisses people off. I hope you hate this video of me smashing it as much as everyone else on the internet does! By the way, when we really start beating it up, it’s not for fun. It’s for close-up shots of the pieces flying everywhere. This is extremely dangerous. Do not try this at home.
Below is also the official “Making Of” video as well as the award-winning finished product! Also included is a preview for Desert Son. See if you can spot the piano! Enjoy!
I missed this place terribly. It was GREAT to be back for a few days.
I got laid off from my job last Tuesday. A brief history of my job: I got offered this job right as I was coming out of Berklee. It was a music recording equipment manufacturing company that I have a very close relationship to and the director of marketing asked me to join his team. I’m not really into marketing, but I’m into every vein of music I can explore and figured that the job would be a great way to meet people in the business, learn more about the engineering side of recording, build my resume, and make some money. I was furiously unhappy, but I worked very hard and was very good at what I did.
I won’t go into detail about getting laid off except to say that it’s never fun to lose a job, money, health insurance, etc., with less than 2 weeks notice and it having nothing to do with how you performed your duties. Lame Sauce.
But man, I didn’t realize how unhappy I was and that my job was the source of this unhappiness. When my boss called me last week to “let me go” I was furious and upset and emotional, but even before our phone conversation ended, I was feeling this giant wave of relief come over me. Max took me to the beach immediately after I hung up, and I just felt free. I felt free to fuck up, and free to be broke, and free to explore other forums of music and money making. I had been working remotely and because of this, even though I cut down my hours to 30 a week to have more time to pursue music, I was spending every waking hour thinking about my job, wondering if I had forgotten to take care of anything, trying to predict which angle my boss was going to fall towards next so I could be ready. I haven’t had a moment to breath for a long time.
Back in March my good friend from Berklee, Lucas Carpenter, came to Baton Rouge and we did a show together. He is an incredibly talented songwriter who would make it on his business skills alone, but the fact that he’s disgustingly talented as well only increases the likelyhood that you too will know his name some day.
Lucas sang this song at our show called “Dreamers Working 9 to 5″ and it was as though someone put a coat hanger into my heart. It made me realize how far away I was from what I actually wanted to be doing.
So, now I”m jobless. I have very little money and a lot of expenses and things are about to get very tight. I’ve never felt better either. I’ve made more progress in planning and exploring new ways to make money doing music in the last week then I’ve had time to do in the last 2 months. For money’s sake, if I can just get 2 or 3 gigs playing piano around town or teaching a few lessons each week, I’ll be making more than I was and be much happier than doing marketing. Ugh. Barf.
Plans for the weekend- Katelyn Got Laid-Off party at the beach which will also include a nice long run down the water. More to come with marathon training. Ahem. I haven’t had a long run for a couple weeks, but I did join a gym and started taking group classes. I’m feeling stronger and more fit than ever.
Viva Las UNEMPLOYMENT!
ps- please send money or food stamps.