Kristian Anderson was a good friend of ours, a hard worker who always had time to help us out in one way or another. over the last ten years we have schemed about how to get Andy and I down to Australia where Kris could shoot a live acoustic performance for a DVD package.
this September, sick with cancer but still relentlessly cheerful and positive, Kris made the trip to LA with his new red epic camera to shoot us in the studio working on the new album. it was the realization of a longstanding goal for both of us — to meet each other face to face and to get some wicked footage.
before he passed at the beginning of this year, Kris managed to do a rough cut of some footage for one of the songs. I’m not sure what will happen to the rest of the stuff he shot, but I wanted to make this available as a tribute to Kris, his gifts, his passion for music and video, and his example to all of us to get off our asses and go for it, all the way to the end.
I’m also making the audio for this track the Free Mp3 of the Month, since I kind of like it better than the album take from Unplugged. just click above to get it. you can check out Kris’ blog here and his posthumous book right here.
thanks, Kris. we owe you one.
we had a great time in the studio, banging out piano and acoustic guitar for the latest surprise we have in store for you. it was good to be somewhere other than our little rooms again.
studios used to feel so cold to me, and I was always stressed out, feeling the clock tick away the dollars. now it’s great — you just pay your money to gain entrance into a world that is 100% about making music. I have a new vision, which is to have my studio — the computer, the shelves, everything be just about the making of music, and some kind of separate space somewhere else for doing business, design, etc. of course, we’re always just trying to move the circumstances around to make things perfect, but a guy can dream, right?
Andy had been practicing piano for a month to get ready for the sessions and he absolutely killed that shit. dude is a stone cold assassin when it comes to those big things with all the black and white buttons. a lot of warmth that doesn’t come across in his guitar playing comes out in the piano — which to me is great since I think guitars need to be cold while pianos are always a bit cold already. it was a nice opportunity for him to express his british roots and get his drone on.
friend and fan Shelby Keller and her fiance Conor Dickenson came in and shot photos. usually I hate all that click clicking but it was kind of like having a very friendly, quiet, low-key audience in the room and helped give us some juice when things got tired. Shelby and Connor met when she was shooting his band and he put “gates of the country” on. she was like, “how do you know this song!?!” and he was like, “how do YOU know this song!?!” so I like to take credit for their union; they have promised me their firstborn.
anyway, as always can’t wait for you all to hear it. I think it’s gonna be rad.