most of you already know that i am a painter, but did i tell you that i had the great honour to paint on stage with THE RED PAINTINGS last year?
i am writing this blog because i want to do that again, someday in the future.
Greetings Red Children and the rest of humanity… we are TIME.
As many of you may know The Red Paintings are a #newdirt musical project that seek to involve all aspects of art and media through their live performances. With audiences from all over the world participating as painters and human canvases, The Red Paintings strive to build a community in which people feel free to express and liberate themselves. Through touring and releasing new material, the act are desperately trying to make ends meet to ensure that they do not suffer the same fate as many of their contemporaries. Their reluctance to begin proceedings for the second album is due to lack of funding, however, in a fast moving society like today’s, time is of the essence. As a result of this, we have taken matters into our own hands.
The purpose of this video is to inform you that as of the 30th March 2016, we are holding The Red Paintings for ransom in a secure facility at an undisclosed location. The band will not be released until enough ransom money has been raised through PledgeMusic to create their new album. The industry’s lack of funding and artist development has forced us to help them seek alternative means that enable them to continue their creative process. Thus far, The Red Paintings legacy proves that this is an act that refuses to admit defeat or cut corners at the expense of their art. It is their intention to bring you an album even more epic and ambitious than the first. Needless to say, this is no easy feat and you should not underestimate the challenge of this journey. The Red Paintings need you.
Your task is simple, but vital. By making pledges you will help bring The Red Paintings closer to a new musical vision. The pledges will be put towards the cost of studio time, musicians, engineers, mastering and music videos. In exchange for your investment, all pledgers will receive exclusive rewards determined by the amount you choose to pledge. When key milestones are achieved, pledgers will also be able to unlock exclusive content from within the secure facility. If these contributions successfully surpass the ransom amount, any additional funds over 100% will assist in the cost of touring and development of more complex stage shows.
These actions may be drastic but it is for their own benefit as well as others. The direction of this adventure is up to you. You have 60 days in which to complete this task. The Red Paintings’ fate is in your hands. Do we have enough time?
here is what you need to do:
what fits better into a blog with the subtitle: “…about art, music and things” than a song with the title: the thing about things…?
thanx for the release amanda and thanx to the patreon-people for providing my favorite artist with dough to produce art.
THE THING ABOUT THINGS
i’ve loaned a lot of things to a lot of friends
like dresses and records and books
and some of the time i never see them again
and in a weird way i think that it works
because the thing about things is they start turning evil
when you start to forget what they’re for
and so if you’re not sure what you did with my sweater
i’ll just have to love you a little bit more
i had a ring it belonged to my grandfather
he was a mason
and gay and he was distant and bitter
for all of my childhood we never had much to say
he wasn’t the type to give tokens of affection
and so i stole ring when he died
and twenty years on when i lost it at a bar
i thought that’s fine
I DON’T WANT HIM IN MY LIFE
the thing about things is that they can start meaning things
nobody actually said
and if he couldn’t make something mean something for me
i had to make up what it meant
i can carry everything i need in one collapsing suitcase
i can carry everyone i love in one phone application
built to maximize the facetime with the friends i’m bent on making
actually i want to be alone
to mourn the loss
of what this cost
i think it’s a poem and i think it keeps going
i’ve borrowed and lost lots of things
and three nights ago in the bar where i lost it
the bartender gave me the ring
and i lie in bed
with my phone in my hand
what can i fix with which app
and i call my grandfather
and he doesn’t answer
and i have to make peace with that fact
because the thing about things
is that they can start meaning things nobody actually said
and if you’re not allowed to love people alive
then you learn how to love people dead
the thing about things is that they can start meaning things nobody actually said
and if you’re not allowed
to love people alive
then you learn how to love people dead
music & lyrics written by Amanda Palmer
ukulele & vocals – Amanda Palmer
recorded at Q Division in Somerville, Ma
mixed at Mad Oak Studios in Allston, Ma
engineered & mixed by Benny Grotto
artwork by Famehouse produced by Amanda Palmer & Benny Grotto
Available for free/paid download at Amandapalmer.net: http://shop.amandapalmer.net/collections/digital
And available for purchase shortly on iTunes and all major digital distributor
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