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Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Writing Links!

The New York Times published a piece Tuesday that deconstructs the influence of copyright law on the explosion of artistic talent that emerged in the late 16th century. Naturally there's a moral: artists should be relatively certain of receiving the financial benefits of their hardwork, because art life is the cornerstone of great cultures. Read it here.

The Great Gatsby for NES.

And a Russian writer published a retelling of the Lord of the Rings trilogy from the perspective of Mordor around 15 years ago and now it has been translated into English. Umm, yes please. You can download the book, titled The Last Ringbearer, for free here.

Since Shakespeare's works are not exactly subject to copyright law anymore, MIT has put every darn word he ever wrote on the internets. Here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Year of the Novel: The Update

Three weeks in and I have been sticking to my belated New Year's resolution. It's the second week of February, so I suppose that is a victory in and of itself. Here are some numbers and esoterica from my last three weeks.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Call Me Somehow

I'm posting this today, on Valentine's Day, because "Call Me Somehow" is probably the simplest, most honest love song I've ever written. It was written for a friend's wedding, and it was written about my wife. It's about as "Valentine's" as they come.

It was also the last recording Noble Three ever did, and as such it exhibits all of the best and worst things about Patrick and my's pairing. On the one hand, I think it's one of the best songs we ever recorded. I laid down a solid enough vocal, and Patrick's subtle, understated instrumentation is perfect for the track and keeps it from sounding twee. On the other hand, we barely recorded this song together. I came in, laid down the guitar and my two vocal tracks, and then I left. And then over the next few weeks Patrick added all the stuff that make the track great, electric guitar, keyboards, piano, backing vocals, the awesome Beach Boys breakdown at the end.

I was a few weeks away from moving to Atlanta from Nashville when we did this recording, so it holds that interesting position, literally the last song I wrote and recorded...probably ever. That's pretty strange for me to wrap my head around, even now, two years later.