Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ceruleum: Chestnut Hill & the Wissahickon.

The UArts Student Financial Services office the day before, looking a little like a Staples checkout counter.

A day off from class, exploring a little past Center City: the genteel charms of Chestnut Hill (used cd and record store, the Starbucks, grocery co-op, market courtyard sandwich shop, toy store, 10,000 Villages), and then on for a 2-hour hike through the Wissahickon, still half-covered in snow.
Pickle and sandwich.
Sandwich and Coke.
Thumbs up for crab sandwich in good company!
Exercising latent super powers, clearing the trail of obstructions.
Covered bridge photo op.
Forbidden Drive recovering from recent snowfall.
Wintry perspective.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ceruleum visit.

Yesterday we welcomed two students from Ceruleum School of Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. They will be visiting the University of the Arts for the next two weeks, and taking in as much of Philadelphia as they can.

First stop was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Tea house is my favorite.

Hamming it up for the camera on Day One.

The cloister is also full of ambiance, uprooted though it may be.
Calder, with Diana in the background, freshly gilded.
The modern art wing: Dissection of a walk.

Good ol' Marcel.
Otherwise known as "R. Mutt".
Checking out more Marcel.
Wrapping up the Surrealist pit stop.

We went to Chinatown afterwards for good ramen at Naoki's.

The start of an adventure - attending animation classes, heading to New York for a studio tour, checking out the city, and other eventful. A big welcome to our two guests! And thanks to our UArts animator, who accompanied us.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tomorrow for Today.

Tomorrow for Today, the latest song, with himself on guitar, vocals, bass, etc., except a drum loop, and a harmony vocal addition by former Random Pilot Erin, recorded via laptop and a microphone at an outdoor amphitheater in the midst of geese.

Oregon rain and trees.

The view from below.

Recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, to reconnect some old dots, seed the future, and breathe the air.
Academic park.
Pine tree destination.
Scope of the lay of the land.
More interlopers in the savannah.
Angst at the train station.
Slimy puddle guys.
Chemin vert vers ciel bleu.
Silhouette against rain clouds.
Amphitheater in the bog.
Winter snow hat.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Philadelphia Independents 2017.

The program:

1. Ross Bollinger: "On the Fly"
2. Nichola Latzgo: "7 O'Clock
3. Peter Heacock (unPOP): "Hogwarts"
4. Cheryl Gelover & Tom Murray (Tulipomania): "Don't Be So Sure"
5. Nick LeDonne: "Hanging"
6. Liz Goldberg & Warren Bass: "Vogueing"
7. Karl Staven: "An Animator's Guide to Everglades National Park"
8. Samantha Gurry: "Gutterball"
9. Ross Bollinger: "The Gap Trap"
10. Ross Bollinger: "The Love Bug"
11. Elliot Cowan: "Brothers in Arms"
12. Lowell Boston: "The Daily Nobody"
13. Andrew Hoffman: "Drawing the Figure"
14. Harvey Benschoter: "Molds"
15. Chris Ferrantello: "Freezer Burn"
16. Ellen Marcus: "Flat Head Zed"
17. Cheryl Gelover & Tom Murray (Tulipomania): Shooting Off the Set
18. Joe Mineer: "The Past Looked Away"
19. Ross Bollinger: "Worm and Fuzzy"
20. Ross Bollinger: "Puppy Love"

As per our tradition of live artist interaction, a question & answer session with the animators will be held after the screening.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday Evening Gang.

A couple of Eric Clapton covers as we start developing a set list. Given our personal preferences, so far this looks like a mix of indie pop, 70's fm radio, and 70's soul. You know, that's what people do these days.

More to come...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ogre Mermaid excerpt

ogre_excerpt from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

Starting to submit the film to festivals. Here is an excerpt, Sequence 04.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Red Telecaster.

Well, so ok, apparently Chrissie Hynde did play a red Telecaster on occasion, amongst all her other-colored ones. I remembered seeing a video of her with one that must've looked pretty cool, because I bought one many years ago, thinking of that.

Otherwise, it's a funny block of painted wood with little metal strings on it, ain't it.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

New oldies.

photo courtesy of Tamiko Mackie.

Then, playing in front of chapel, where the musicians escaped religion class: Idiot Wind, Down On Main Street, Dandelion Wine, The Mystical Song, I Shall Be Released, Southern Cross, Helplessly Hoping, Like a Rolling Stone, Old Friends...

These days, music's been happening in the agnostic living room: Josie, Sledgehammer, Layla, Let It Grow, Wonderful Tonight, Clouds From My Head, and Tomorrow for Today. And also flute for ogres and mermaids.

In an effort to expand the mental musical library to get new ideas into the mind (if not new of being contemporary, then at least new to me): Elliot Smith, Nick DrakeBadfinger, some second-half-of-career James Taylor and the lyrically-unchallenging but musically interesting Chicago. Former Philadelphians and presently Californians Cheers Elephant, even in their current, fragmented state, are young, alive...and struggling without their their former lead singer/songwriter, who has a new project, "Secret American", that I am curious to hear.

And this is my college bandmate's current project, Harbor.

The big room in front has turned into a more musical space these past few weeks. Music may not be a way to make a living, but it is a way to live. One day, maybe, human beings will be evolved enough to be able to live just being creative...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dangerous Musicians.

We wuz rockin' the Casbah tonight, muther.

Look out, Steely Dan, Josie's in town.