Tuesday, May 20, 2008

How do you make a duck a soul singer?

You put it in a microwave until it's bill withers.


(really bad joke courtesy of Marty Willson-Piper)

I got to see my very first MWP solo gig (with the Electric Mood Maidens -- the core MMs, Tiare and Davida) this past Saturday night and it was great! A couple of years ago I was pretty much resigned to never seeing any of the Church guys solo so I was absolutely delighted when I saw the Marty tour was coming relatively close to me. I had originally hoped to see at least two or three shows, but that didn't work out and I had to settle for one. Nevertheless that one show worked out perfectly. And I didn't even get lost getting there!! (I found out they did though. lol!)

About a month and a half ago (April 8th to be exact) I got an email from MWP expressing interest in getting some of his artwork made into cards and perhaps prints. We started with the Nightjar and Pegasus images from his most recent cd (cards and prints -- which look fantastic. Very striking pieces.) and then also did a gig poster from a couple of years ago that he drew. The gig poster is especially cool -- I remember thinking (and I swear I wrote somewhere online then too but I can't remember where) that he should make it into a print. Here's the gig poster:

Marty's stuff right now is pen and ink designs and he doesn't send the originals, but rather high res scans which I forward on to my printer who makes them work for the prints and cards. For instance he sent a scan of a sketchbook page which had several designs and we are picking out pieces to make into cards and sometimes prints. With any luck Marty will think a bit about what is need to reproduce any future drawings and will make sure to keep some room between each design he does from now on. I think he will because he seems fairly organised, so that will make it much easier. I'll be interested to see what he comes up with.

Because we started fairly close to the beginning of his US tour and also because it's taking a bit of time to figure out just what could be done with his work (that's actually still going on), it's been a bit of a scramble getting things made up and to him. But it's gone pretty well so far. I had to laugh though because with Steve I try to limit my emails -- both in number and in length -- because he gets overwhelmed when he gets a whole lot of them and I find I get a better response if I only contact him when it's really necessary, plus we only talk on the phone on average once or twice a month. But with MWP I got a flood of emails (many were necessary, but some I had no clue why I got) and once he got to the US he called almost every day. Those calls were fun -- I'll miss them when the US tour is over and I'm not getting them anymore.

The show itself was great and there are a couple of very detailed reviews of it on HW so I won't go into that here. What was most exciting for me is that I didn't get as completely stressed out as I usually do so I was actually able to enjoy the whole thing. I was so nervous before the last Church tour I was very unhappy and had to force myself to even go. Even then I sat in my hotel room before going over to the first venue and cried because I was so wigged out, and although once I got there I was ok I still hardly remember the gig itself. But on Saturday I just drove up, found a parking space, took a few deep breaths, walked to the venue and went in. The bartender told me place wasn't actually opened yet, but I said "oh I have some stuff for the merch table" and waved some flyers I had for SK's art exhibit (Marty had suggested the day before that I make some up and bring them so I wasn't lying), so I got to stay, but I was told to wait right there. MWP and the Mood Maidens (just Tiare and Davida for this show) were doing their soundcheck in the main hall so I was enjoying listening to that. But just a couple of minutes later the opening act guy came to the door and said "are you Holly?" I said yeah and he said "they want you in there" so in I went and the hard part was over. :-)

Everyone was nice and it was really quite relaxed. And an extra cool bit was that Marty noted the SK art exhibit during the gig so that was great. I told Steve about it on Monday when he called to make sure the most recent batch of paintings made it here (we're still a bit wigged out from the loss of that set from earlier this year) and he was quite pleased. It got a good reaction -- a lot of people seemed excited to hear about it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so excited to read this, I'll have to go back and read it through properly :-D

5:11 AM  
Blogger General Catz said...

Holly, what a great blog. I felt like i was there with you. So glad things are working out like they are. You're doing a fabulous job. What a great resume you're building for yourself! You should be proud.

9:25 AM  
Blogger veleska1970 said...

so we have another artiste in the church ranks!! that's great. it's nice to see steve and marty stretching their creative wings in other media besides music.

catz is right~~you're doing wonderful job.

9:15 PM  
Blogger veleska1970 said...

oops~~that should have been "you're doing A wonderful job."


9:15 PM  
Blogger veleska1970 said...

oh, and i forgot to mention that was a cute joke by marty.


6:27 PM  
Blogger Lian said...

oh my..., eek, I find somewhat you and Sam Sejavka the sailor are of kindred spirit: both of you Love to talk about animals.

anyway, Enjoyed it; the joke itself is not that funny though. One thing I'm sure is, Brien (Comerford) wouldnt like it. everyone knows he's an utter animal lover.

10:31 AM  
Blogger eek said...

Thanks for all the comments. It's interesting that I've been able to give other artists advice on getting prints and such which is great because it can be overwhelming. I know I did a ton of research when I was looking into getting this set up for SK. I think just about every artist needs someone who is willing to do the grunt work, but unfortunately that's not likely for most. It certainly won't happen for me, so I'll be stuck doing my own.

Lian -- thanks for your comments. I hope you didn't delete your earlier one because you thought it offended me. I've just been very busy (I'll blog about it when I have a few minutes!) and have been neglecting mine and my friends' blogs lately.

And you're right, Brien probably would be unhappy at that joke even if it wasn't really mean. Just a bad pun. :-)

4:39 PM  

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