Saturday, April 30, 2016

If u set ur mind free, baby, maybe u'll understand


And let's end this week of Prince lyrics with something a little more upbeat...

This song is from 1987, off my all time favorite Prince album called "Sign 'O' The Times"...
It's cute, and fun.  I always thought would have had a great music video had he done one back then.  But he didn't...
Then in 1997 he appeared on the short lived series "Muppets Tonight" to promote his most recent album, "Emancipation"
He didn't perform a single song from "Emancipation"..  Instead he did a at that time unreleased song called "She Gave Her Angels"...  And this...  "Starfish and Coffee"
Took him ten years, but an awesome video was made...  And over last weekend so many people posted this video on my Facebook page, or messaged me with it...  It's a classic, and I hope it puts a smile on your face.


It was 7:45 we were all in line
2 greet the teacher Miss Kathleen
First was Kevin, then came Lucy, third in line was me
All of us where ordinary compared to Cynthia Rose
She always stood at the back of the line
A smile beneath her nose
Her favorite number was 20 and every single day
If U asked her what she had 4 breakfast
This is what she'd say:
"Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam
Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine
And a side order of ham
If U set your mind free, baby
Maybe you'd understand"
Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam

Cynthia wore the prettiest dress
With different color socks
Sometimes I wondered if the mates where in her lunchbox
Me and Lucy opened it when Cynthia wasn't around
Lucy cried, I almost died, U know what we found?

Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam
Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine
And a side order of ham
If U set your mind free, honey
Maybe you'd understand
Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam

Cynthia had a happy face, just like the one she'd draw
On every wall in every school
But it's all right, it's 4 a worthy cause
Go on, Cynthia, keep singin'

Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam
Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine
And a side order of ham
If U set your mind free, baby
Maybe you'd understand
Starfish and coffee
Maple syrup and jam

(starfish in your coffee, you will love it, told ya so)

Starfish and Coffee from the album "Sign 'O' The Times" -1987
Copyright 1987 Controversy Music - ASCAP











Friday, April 29, 2016

U better run to the light...


It's just around the corner, it's just around the block
This love that I've been waiting for, a Love solid as rock
A Love that reaffirms that we R not alone
A Love so bright inside U it glows
And night and day would run together, and all things would b fine
Still would stand all hate around us
Still would stand all time
It's not a thousand years away, it's not that far my brother
When men will fight injustice instead of one another
Its not that far if we all say yes and only try
Then Heaven on Earth we will find

No one man will be ruler, therefore love must rule us all
Dishonesty, anger, fear, jealousy and greed will fall
Love can save us all

Oh Love if U would just please give us a sign
Still would stand all time
Heaven on Earth we all want 2 find 
Still would stand all time

We R not alone people 
Tell me can U see the light 
If U just open your eyes
So much U will know, so much U will show
Love its not that far away if we all say yes and give it a try
 Still would stand all time
So may times, I thought I could not make it
Life was closing in I just knew, I just knew I couldn't take it
That's when Love opened it's arms, and if U dont go in child
Still would stand all time
U better run to the light, leave your past behind
All things will be fine
Still would stand all time

Still Would Stand All Time from the album "Graffiti Bridge" 1990
Copyright 1990 Controversy Music - ASCAP

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's gonna be the last time


I don't wanna give u my love
Cause I don't wanna lose my mind
I don't wanna give u my love
Cause if I do it's gonna be the last time


I never want to feel this way again
If I can't be a lover
I don't wanna be u're friend, no
I don't wanna be friends, no


I don't wanna hold u're hand
Cause I just wanna follow u everywhere

I don't wanna see u dance
I don't even really want to take the chance
Of fallin' in love with u baby


Cause if u ever said beautiful words to me
If I wanna be u're fantasy, yes
I wanna dance
Yes


I don't wanna give u my love

I don't wanna go to fast
Cause if I do u just might stay
U just might stay
I guess I have a lonely dance
The longer that I feel this way


I never want to feel this way again
If I can't be a lover
I don't wanna be u're friend


I don't wanna be friends, no

I just want this to end

I don't wanna give u my love
Cause I don't wanna lose my mind

Go home, baby
You know u can't handle this

The Dance from "3121" - 2006
Copyright 2006 Controversy Music

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stick around for the aftershow...


So I'm into Day 4 of my Prince lyrics week... 
This is 1 that keeps being re-invented by life.  It's said to have been originally written in memory of his son who passed away.  While we may have lost Prince, I have to think to myself; "He's getting to know his son now"...
The first time I heard the song when the album came out it brought me right back to my brother.  Then later more people.  And this past Friday morning I decided to listen to "The Truth" kinda forgetting about this song.  And as soon as it started the tears came.  Then later in the day while running around with Mike to get things ready for the Elmwood screening we were having that nite we still had that CD playing in my car.  There's another song on it that we both kinda when silent on.  Called "One Of Your Tears".  The song is actually kind of comical.  Except for the chorus - "Sometime's I wanna die and come back, as one of your tears"  We both sat there and listened...

But today I'm sharing the first song I mentioned....

Walking up the stairs, just the afternoon
Sweet wind blew, not a moment too soon
 I cry when I realized
That sweet wind was you

Spirits come and spirits go
Some stick around for the after show
Don't have to say I miss you
  'Cause I think you already know

If you ever lose someone
Dear to you
Never say the words, they're gone
They'll come back, yeah
They'll come back,
They'll come back

Tears go here....

Comeback from "The Truth" - 1998
Copyright 1997 Emancipation Music - ASCAP

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Whenever my hopes and dreams are aimed in the wrong direction...


Whenever I feel like givin' up, whenever my sunshine turns to rain
Whenever my hopes and dreams are aimed in the wrong direction
She's always there tellin' me how much she cares
She's always in my hair

Whenever I feel, like, not to great at all, whenever I'm all alone
And even if I hit the wrong notes she's always in my boat
She's always there tellin' me how much she cares
She's always in my hair

Maybe I'll marry her
  Maybe I won't
Maybe I will not

Lemme tell ya
  If I was a gigolo all my life
  She'd still be there
  Tellin' me just how much she really cares
  She's always in my hair

Listen, whenever I feel like givin' up, whenever my sunshine turns to rain
Whenever my hopes and dreams are aimed in the wrong direction
She's always there tellin' me just how much she cares
  Tellin' me she's always in my hair
She's always in my hair
She's always in my hair

She's Always In My Hair  B-Side from "Around The World In A Day" -1985
Available on the collection "The Hits/The B-Sides" - 1993

Copyright 1985 Controversy Music - ASCAP



Monday, April 25, 2016

Sometimes I wish that life was never ending...


Tracy died soon after a long fought civil war,
just after I'd wiped away his last tear 
I guess he's better off than he was before,
A whole lot better off than the fools he left here
I used 2 cry 4 Tracy because he was my only friend
Those kind of cars don't pass u every day
I used 2 cry 4 Tracy because I wanted to see him again,
But sometimes sometimes life ain't always the way...

Sometimes it snows in April 
Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
Sometimes I wish life was never ending,
and all good things, they say, never last

Springtime was always my favorite time of year,
A time 4 lovers holding hands in the rain
Now springtime only reminds me of Tracy's tears
Always cry 4 love, never cry 4 pain
He used 2 say so strong, unafraid to die
Unafraid of the death that left me hypnotized
No, staring at his picture I realized
No one could cry the way my Tracy cried

Sometimes it snows in April 
Sometimes I feel so bad
Sometimes, sometimes I wish that life was never ending,
And all good things, they say, never last

I often dream of heaven and I know that Tracy's there
I know that he has found another friend
Maybe he's found the answer 2 all the April snow
Maybe one day I'll see my Tracy again

Sometimes it snows in April 
Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
Sometimes I wish that life was never ending,
But all good things, they say, never last

All good things that say, never last
And love, it isn't love until it's past

Sometimes It Snows In April - from "Parade - Music From Under The Cherry Moon" 1986
Copyright 1986 Controversy Music - ASCAP

Sunday, April 24, 2016

If I came back as a dolphin would u let me be ur friend?


Since Thursday my email, text, and Facebook page have been "blowing up", as the kids say, with messages.
Messages and posts about Prince.  
I'm humbled and flattered that so many people thought of me when he passed.  

And I thank you all.



Or as Prince would say "Eye thank u all"

I've kept relatively quiet here on the internet while I still process one of the most influential artist in my life no longer being on this Earth.  I still really can't express what is going through my head, heart , and soul.  It's nearly the same feeling I had in 1990 when Jim Henson died.  How can someone you never knew mean so much to a person?
I did make a small post on Facebook that evening though - that I'll copy here:

Spent today avoiding the internet. Before the news hit I was on the roof of a parking garage blasting "Sign 'O' The Times" from my car and enjoying a coffee and some sun before work. A few hours later I see the news. And my phone blows up. So as I collect my thoughts on this day, and think about what I feel and want to say I will leave this here for now, some Prince lyrics that got me through my brother's death in 1993: "You better run to the light. Leave your past behind. All things will be fine. Still would stand all time".

With his lyrics in mind I am going to spend the next seven days on this blog posting a different set of lyrics from Prince.  
Each song has had some significance on my life.  Got me through something, opened my eyes to something, or brought me and others together to dance.  Each of these seven songs have changed my life.


How beautiful do the words have 2 be 
Before they conquer every heart?
How will U know if I'm even in the right key
If U make me stop before I start?

If I came back as a dolphin
Would U listen 2 me then?
Would U let me be your friend?
Would U let me in?
U can cut off all my fins
But 2 your ways I will not bend
I'll die before I let U tell me how 2 swim
And I'll come back again as a dolphin

Why does my brother have 2 go hungry
When U told him there was food 4 all?
This is the man that stands next 2 the man
That stands 2 catch U when U fall

If I came back as a dolphin
Would U listen 2 me then?
Would U let me be your friend?
Would U let me in?
U can cut off all my fins
But 2 your ways I will not bend
I'll die before I let U tell me how 2 swim
And I'll come back again as a dolphin

If I'm under water, will U find me?
Will U shine a light and try 2 guide me?
It's happened before, I've knocked on your door
But U wouldn't let me in

How beautiful do the words have 2 be
Before they conquer every heart?

If I came back as a dolphin
Would U listen 2 me then?
Would U let me be your friend?
Would U let me in?
U can cut off all my fins
But 2 your ways I will not bend
I'll die before I let U tell me how 2 swim
Come back in the end as a dolphin 

As a dolphin

Dolphin - from "The Gold Experience" 1995

©1994 Controversy Music - ASCAP

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Coming up...

 
Things may get a little quite here after April...
Got a big screening in just over a week, and one last art show at PiP a week after that...

Then Elmwood's shooting "The Risley Brothers" series, and prepping some other awesome stuff!  I'm gonna be busy, and I love it!
I'll keep popping puppets up, and other weird things as always though!  

And here's an old pic...  The studio at Paris...

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Mom...
Wish you were still around to see all the amazing things happening these days!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

4/22 - Be there!!! Damn it, BE THERE!


So I'm home today, doing prep for 
This work includes burning "Josh and Todd" DVDs, packing up "HEAD" DVDs, sending a few more invites, setting up a couple playlists for the pre-show and after-show music, and all the while also writing some scripts 
I actually have three computers on and running all at the same time.  Hahaha...  Oh man...
Anyway this post is here as an invite to YOU!
Yes, YOU...
The big YOU.  Whoever you may be, reading this blog!
I am inviting you...  ALL OF YOU to come to Elmwood's last screening at Paris In Plantsville!

USE THIS LINK for all the info, or read below!
It may just be words, but I mean this - 
I love all our fans, and I love how much support we've had over the years, and I thank you all for the support!  I look forward to see some friendly faces at the screening and some new one's too! 

And here's the info you need!

As you may have read, heard, seen, and lamented over: Paris In Plantsville is ending it’s amazing 6 year run in May!  
So Elmwood is coming back for one last screening just in time to wrap it up with them! 
Since our first screening there Labor Day weekend 2010 we’ve been a staple of the gallery, and sold out many of our screenings. And we’re bring ing back two of the biggest for one nite only!

So if you’ve been saying:
“Hey, I really need to get out to the gallery and see the art” or "Hey, I really need to get out to see one of those flicks” 
NOW IS THE TIME!
First up at 7:30 is “Josh and Todd” The Story of A Man and His Puppet” followed at 8:45 by the multi-award winning horror/comedy “HEAD - Horror The Elmwood Way”
And there will even be a few surprises too!
Following the films will be a Q & A session with members of both casts, and the film makers.

And starting at 6:00 PM we will be joined by The Hartford Flavor Company! They will be doing a tasting of some of thier amazing Wild Moon, a line of unique, flavored liqueurs made of all natural ingredients. Check them out at http://hartfordflavor.com/

Also as the doors open at 6:00 make sure to say hi to S.W. Rand and Euphio Films! Euphio will be there doing a little showing off, and selling DVDs of thier film "The Hollow Waltz"! More about EuphioFilms at  http://www.euphiofilms.com/

This night will be a great chance for local film makers, puppet-heads, and artists of all types to meet up and network before and after the flicks!

The doors open at 6:00 PM, and the films start at 7:30. Admission is $5.00! Where else can you see two films for only five bucks!?
And it's BYOB! Let's have a party!

Both films are Rated R, so please leave the kids at home!

And look for some great new Elmwood events at some amazing spots later this year!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Pop Risley

 Pop Risley
Mouth puppet from the series "The Risley Brothers"
He's Wes and Quig's dad...  Previous owner of the Wooden Beaver bar, and pops in to check on how his boys are running it from time to time
Although he doesn't appear in the short film that leads up to the series, make sure to catch up on the show by watching the short on VHX HERE!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Julie and friend...

 Julie
Mouth Puppet featured in "The Risley Brothers"

Julie is in the pilot short film called "The Risley Brothers: Welcome to The Wooden Beaver" that we shot last year, and is now available on VHX.
And she'll be back as part of the series we're currently shooting!

 And I promised two puppets this week, since I missed a couple Saturdays...
Here's the second!
Customer Lady
Mouth Puppet featured in the series "The Risley Brothers"
This lovely lady appears in the first episode of the series.  We never do get her name, her puppeteer (Sally) refers to her as "DitzTits"

Check out the pilot HERE to get caught up with the show!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Heather


Heather

 This is how she appears in the pilot short film...  For the series she gets a little updated as we go.  Ya know.. . Some 'work done" as they say.  Haha...

And I did miss posting a puppet Saturday 3/5!  I know, I am trying to get one up a week.  So next week maybe I'll do two!



Thursday, March 10, 2016

"I need something"


My dad used to say that all the time...  He'd be wandering around the house, looking at things and just repeat it a few times...
Usually he ended up with food.  Usually a bowl of Frosted Flakes.  or a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Today, moments ago I found myself doing the same thing, then I said it out loud to one of my cats...  "I need something."

Some truth to the statement and thought that we do turn into our parents, hahaha...  In some ways.

What do I need?  COFFEE!!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ajay, fly away...

Another one is gone...
Another super talent, and genuine sweet hearted person.

I'm glad I got to know you, Ajay...
Glad I got to watch you work, and have you work with me.

Glad I will always have a piece of you in my home, on a wall...

Sweet dreams to you, one of the strongest and bravest people I have ever met...

Monday, February 29, 2016

Paris In Plantsville... And Beyond

This is the first picture I took at Paris In Plantsville.  
Labor Day weekend 2010, just before Elmwood's first screening and exhibit there.


So the news is out there...  Paris In Plantsville is closing down.
It’s true.  Sad but true.  And also happy and true.  Happy for the new beginnings we’ll have as artists.

Having been a part of the gallery, and having the work I’ve been part of be a main attraction there over the past half decade is something that I am, and will always be, immensely proud of.
I walked in with Joe Calvo in 2010 looking for a place to screen some Elmwood shorts, and a month later I was a Resident Artist.  A little over a year later I spent a year as the manager.  And after that took a couple months off (just a little breather), and was back in the fold spending time there, and showing my work all over again. 

Celebrating a great opening at the now defunct Kess Cafe

I tried to stay away but couldn’t!  Haha…  I loved the place too much.
Over the past year I knew this was coming.  It was eventual.  It’s not about the money, which is great.  It’s about the time.  And growth.  The regulars there…  Sean, Eric, Clinton, Jackie, myself, have all spread our wings and grown so much.  Our work has developed, and continues to develop.  And Paris is going out on top because of it.  The building we call Paris In Plantsville may be locking it’s doors May first, but the spirit and collective will live on.

  
 This little funky punk rock gallery has been good to me.  And to Elmwood Productions.  From shooting the first three episodes of ”The Painter” there with Jordan running the camera, to doing re-shoots for “Josh and Todd” and “Animal Behavior” in the midst of other events, and shooting some key scenes for “HEAD” there, getting Ajay to puppeteer with us, and so much more.  Not to mention all the awesome screenings we have had there.  Paris (and Sean) helped Elmwood’s films get this awesome underground following here in Connecticut that will continue to grow no matter where we screen now.  

Elmwood Gang in PiP - Premiere screening weekend for HEAD, March 2015

I could write for hours about all the good times I had there.  And about the things I’m going to miss…  
But I don’t want to bore anyone any further, and I’m sure there will be one more post (at least) before we shut this baby down in May.

Sean, Jordan, and I just before the doors opened for the 
private premiere of "Josh and Todd" in 2011

So thank you.  
Thank you to everyone who supported Paris in Plantsville over the years.
Thank you to everyone who came to see Elmwood’s flicks there.
And thank you Sean.  For always letting me and the crazy puppet crew hijack the place anytime we need to, and for being one of Elmwood’s biggest fans.

We have two shows left…  And an Elmwood screening happening on 4/22!!!  So it ain’t over till it’s over!  Can’t wait to see you at the events!


And one of my favorite pictures from the gallery, from Elmwood's first event in 2010
Photo by Kara Cranford!



Saturday, February 27, 2016

Orange Cat Puppet Kit

 Folkmanis Puppets is a toy puppet manufacturer that also makes this cute kits, like the one above.
I got this one, cuz it's a puppet, and a cat.  Two things I love, and decided to make it for fun
 It's pretty neat that the packaging turns inside out and is a stage that can be colored!

 The puppet it's self is already put together, like above.  You just add the features
The glue this one came with was pretty much useless.  SO if you get one of these kits I'd recommend using a glue gun...
 Pretty cute if I say so!


 And all colored and done!