Diary is video-heavy. Naturally.
And what a dizzying year it's been. Fifty videos produced/posted.
Still, when the bulk of 'em are 30 second ads using filched images and videos of Mitt Romney, I suppose that's not much of a brag.
I will therefore skip over the bulk of the political ads (though they all live on forever on my YouTube channel, where they may be viewed like fossils from a long-forgotten time). Instead, I'm going to highlight the music videos made this year.
The first post of the year got a surprising number of views, mostly because it was noted by several film noir sites, notably Tony D'Ambra's FilmsNoir.net. A mix of public domain noir film clips and original shots from around New Orleans (in tasteful black and white), it was the music video equivalent of Jiffy Pop--as much fun to make as it is to eat.
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The next one, posted a couple of weeks later, was just plain fun. A song from the "Private Islands" album sync'ed with easy road footage, mostly from driving down to Thibodeaux to work on the Moss Pickers' record.
Next week came "Undertaker," all public domain clips set to a song from the "Dark Matters" album. Nice cut, with Rosie Rosato banging the skins.
Next up was "They Took the Radio," another mashup of pd clips and road video, about the ever-shrinking dial and the endangered DJ.
March began with days of future passed and one of the few songs I've written specifically for a video. All pd footage, including some cool stuff from the "peaceful atom" age and the 64 World's Fair. For all who miss the future that never was.
And then a pretty ambitious piece, slideshow/video using pd stock and lots of odd original footage to a song co-written with my friend and mentor Clark Vreeland, currently front man for the innovative blues trio Spanky and the Love Handles. I'm mighty proud of this one, not only for smashing it together, but for remembering where I'd found all the pieces.
For Memorial Day, I took an old cut with vocals by Kaye Dorian and created the video that my doorgunner friend R had imagined for it over 20 years ago.
Then a bit of absurdity from an old General Motors promo film coupled with an old track for BFSkinner, mrsgoo and everybody hanging in this year's Netroots Nation Sour Grapes diary.
And then, endless anti-'Pub, anti-Romney ads, with which folks here are way too familiar (y'all made 'em hits, after all). It was a couple of months before I was able to get back to any music vids, but this track with The Americanos was worth the wait.
Though the ads are too numerous to list, I would like to once again thank the members of this community for their support of pieces like "Wink" and the "These Guys" series, which brought unexpected recognition (and even a little paid work, amazingly). I will be forever grateful for your kindness.
Looks like that's all for this year. But rest assured my camera, like a Pinkerton, never sleeps. There'll be plenty more in 2013.