inspiration

Whitney Houston RIP

Posted on February 14, 2012 by carla in inspiration

Another talent lost to us, Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. Here’s a video of “The Greatest Love of All” performed by Whitney Houston, the song that introduced many of us to that voice.

Another talent lost to us, Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.

Here’s a video of “The Greatest Love of All” performed by Whitney Houston, the song that introduced many of us to that voice.

I Go Crazy – Paul Davis

Posted on February 4, 2012 by carla in FAWM, inspiration

Of course, the first FAWM song came easy. Now to back it up, right??? That’s okay. I finally got an embryo of something on paper this evening. It’s too early to say what it’s looking like, but I’m still in the game! In the meantime, the 70’s song “Cool Night” by Paul Davis sent me […]

Of course, the first FAWM song came easy. Now to back it up, right???

That’s okay. I finally got an embryo of something on paper this evening. It’s too early to say what it’s looking like, but I’m still in the game!

In the meantime, the 70’s song “Cool Night” by Paul Davis sent me to YouTube so I could hear it again. But before clicking on that song, I was reminded that Paul Davis also wrote “I Go Crazy”, which I suddenly had to hear even more.

As I’m sharing all of my random inspirations this month, enjoy!

Sita Sings The Blues

Posted on February 3, 2012 by carla in inspiration

Oh wow! After doing a little more research on Nina Paley, the animator from yesterday’s blog post, I found that she has a feature length animated film called Sita Sings the Blues. It is another fantastic work from Ms. Paley. This animated film is a reinterpretation of the of the Indian epic story, the Ramayana. […]

Oh wow! After doing a little more research on Nina Paley, the animator from yesterday’s blog post, I found that she has a feature length animated film called Sita Sings the Blues. It is another fantastic work from Ms. Paley. This animated film is a reinterpretation of the of the Indian epic story, the Ramayana.

The one problem that Nina and the film have is that some of the recordings are restricted by copyright, which limits the distribution of this film. The songs, sung by Annette Hanshaw, provide the perfect soundtrack, but since the recordings are not public domain the budget for the music license would cost more than the film. The copyrights for the old songs were purchased by companies who could extend and administer the rights of songs that would have otherwise been in the public domain.

I know that Nina Paley is attached to Annette Hanshaw’s recordings of these gorgeous torch songs, but I wonder what it would take for someone like me to just rerecord the songs and replace them in the video. When I first started singing, these are the kind of songs that I cut my teeth on. These songs led to jazz becoming my first love. It’s actually quite cool to hear Annette Hanshaw perform the original versions of these songs, and who doesn’t love that warm analog sound?

I don’t know if it’s something I’d do right now, but to “remake” this movie with me singing the songs could be a fun project. The thing is, this movie is a great piece of work, and copyright restrictions limit how far this movie can go. Personally, I’d rather see the songs redone so the movie can be seen by as many people as possible.

But you can still stream the movie from my blog here, or from the main site, Sita Sings the Blues

art and life: what goes around, comes around

Posted on February 2, 2012 by carla in inspiration, internet for artists

As co-leader of Internet for Artists, I’m called to give a presentation of another workshop leader’s web presence the first night of the weekend. That weekend in Santa Fe, I was paired with Brad Lichtenstein, the documentary filmmaker of the group. While I could tell you all kind of amazing things that I learned about […]

As co-leader of Internet for Artists, I’m called to give a presentation of another workshop leader’s web presence the first night of the weekend. That weekend in Santa Fe, I was paired with Brad Lichtenstein, the documentary filmmaker of the group.

While I could tell you all kind of amazing things that I learned about Brad, his work, his films, and his social media stats, his blog caught my attention when he featured a video by Nina Paley. Nina is an animator, and this awesome video shows how all art builds on what came before. The gorgeous music is by Todd Michaelsen.

Both the video and music score have Creative Commons licenses that allow other to reuse and remix their work into other projects. This kind of sharing interests me, because I would love for someone else to remix my work as well.

Nina’s video was on Brad’s site because he’s passionate about creative commons, but also because this video is amazing. I’ve watched it a few times, totally mesmerized. It makes me think. Thanks Brad!