Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Magnificent Mistake

Whether we're talking birds or mistakes, there's an abundance of magnificence around here. Have some. My short story collection, Magnificent Mistakes, finally comes out next month, from Ravenna Press. You can pre-order it now.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cowboys and Indians and Theme Parks

A dream fulfilled: I made a Western.

Which is to say, I recently rummaged through hours of footage in my grandfather's home movie collection for clips from various times and places that I could assemble (using Final Cut Express, for the record) into a personal reflection on genocide and cultural misappropriation, while passing it off as my second music video for my favorite Norman band, Magnificent Bird.

But it's easier just to say I made a Western.

In any case, I offer it up here somewhat belatedly, as it premiered on youtube and facebook a full ten days ago. I've slipped back into neglecting this blog, but I anticipate a return to semi-frequent posting soon. My short story collection is finally ready to come out from Ravenna Press. (The delays were entirely mine.) That should arrive in late September. No doubt I'll be hawking the thing every chance I get. It's a small press without a substantial promotional budget, so the project's success depends almost entirely on word of mouth.

As does the success of your awesome local indie band. So, world, I'm telling you now: Magnificent Bird is great. They make slightly nerdy, orchestral, indie rock--though I have no idea how the band would prefer to have its music described. Listen for yourself. This one evokes Ennio Morricone.


I included an earlier Magnificent Bird song along with my video for it in the previous blog post. And here is the Magnificent Bird youtube channel. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Magnificent Bird "Superdark" (video)

Last week I made this video for Magnificent Bird's song "Superdark." Click the HD option for the best sound quality.
 
Magnificent Bird is a local band, from Norman, Oklahoma. We're friends. The footage comes from family movies of my mother's childhood. Click through to youtube for more information, and please share the video if you like it.