Crash Test Dummies Blog

Written by Brad Roberts


28 Jul

taking pictures


hey guys

my blogs have been thin gruel these days, so i’ll try a little harder today!

i live in new york city, and although i’ve never been interested in photography, i’ve started taking pictures with my cell phone camera, which happens to be a high-res camera at that, not the usual junk.

there is just so much stuff in nyc to photograph. everywhere you look. it’s turning into an obsession for me. (a healthy hobby? no! an obsession.)

anyhow, my brother is an excellent photographer, so i’ve been following his lead. he will be getting a site of his work going when he has time. not easy with two kids.

also, juni moon, who is my friend and designer of ctd’s album cover and new video, is also an excellent photographer, and she turned me on to a new york photographer who is so good he makes me want to quit.
his name is by joseph o. holmes.

he does regular posts but he’s going on vacation now till september. however, you can browse his archives http://streetnine.com/blog/.

There is also his older work here:

http://www.manhattanusersguide.com/

This guy is definitely worth checking out.

that is my world as of late. when i can figure out how to upload photos in this blog, i’ll show you some.

in the meantime, i’d be interested in hearing from anyone out there with tips about photography.

cheers

bard


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28 Jul

Detailed musician credits on the web site


I’ve always loved reading detailed credits on albums. We didn’t have room in our 24 page booklet (!) for the song-by-song listing, but we’ve now added it to the Music page on our web site so you can now be certain that it was Steuart Smith who played the banjo on “What I’m Famous For”, Rob Morsberger who played the Theremin, Pinky Weitzman played not just any violin but a Stroh violin on You Said You’d Meet Me (In California) – that sort of thing.


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27 Jul

And It’s Beautiful Link


Hey you guys and gals –

When I talked about our new video before,I forgot to give you a link.

Here’s the And It’s Beautiful video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SHDZzAi2i4&feature=player_embedded

And, here’s the And It’s Beautiful video on Video, where it sounds better: http://vimeo.com/13609037

Sorry about missing that.

Brad


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23 Jul

video for “and it’s beautiful”


hey folks – check out the new video! made by juni moon, who also did the album artwork.


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21 Jul


Hello folks

I and my good pal Rob Morsberger went to a radio station called WFUV yesterday. We played “Songbird” (from the new record, ‘Ooh La La’) with Rob on piano and me singing. We also did MMM MMM MMM MMM (of course). It will be aired twice in August. I’ll keep you posted on the dates. WFUV is a wonderful station that consistently plays interesting music. In NYC it is 90.7 FM; and on the net it’s at wfuv.org. I’ll keep you posted as to when it will be aired. Did a nice interview too. Lots of shits and giggles.

Thanks to everyone for all of your comments, and I hope we pass through your way soon. All for now.

Best,
Brad


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16 Jul


hey you guys, sorry i haven’t been on in a while. have been very busy with a variety of stuff, including a brief performance at the winnipeg folk festival last weekend. we sang, among other things, moody manitoba, which, as you can imagine, is big in manitoba, the province of my home town.

i’ve been taking photographs and putting myself through a little photography 101 course on the net. my camera is also my cell phone, but it’s a great camera. it’s enormous fun – i just have to walk out my front door into the madness of new york city, and start clicking. i’ve been taking pictures of everything from cig butts to the empire state building. if i could attach some, i would!

all forn now folks…

best

brad


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24 Jun

THE UNDERTAKING


THE UNDERTAKING.
by John Donne

I have done one braver thing
Than all the Worthies did ;
And yet a braver thence doth spring,
Which is, to keep that hid.

It were but madness now to impart
The skill of specular stone,
When he, which can have learn’d the art
To cut it, can find none.

So, if I now should utter this,
Others—because no more
Such stuff to work upon, there is—
Would love but as before.

But he who loveliness within
Hath found, all outward loathes,
For he who color loves, and skin,
Loves but their oldest clothes.

If, as I have, you also do
Virtue in woman see,
And dare love that, and say so too,
And forget the He and She ;

And if this love, though placèd so,
From profane men you hide,
Which will no faith on this bestow,
Or, if they do, deride ;

Then you have done a braver thing
Than all the Worthies did ;
And a braver thence will spring,
Which is, to keep that hid.


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24 Jun

more poetry


“There is no health; physicians say that we/At best, enjoy a neutrality./And can there be worse sickness, than to know/That we are never wel/, nor can be so?” JOHN DONNE “An Anatomy of the world”…This quote comes from a poem lamenting the death of a friend’s daughter. He barely knew the girl, but likely drew from the death of his beloved wife, and the grief which nearly paralyzed him as a widower. The idea that he expresses, that of being condemned to be neither happy nor sad, but merely “flat” so to speak, is very much like the experience of the beginning of a course of anti-depressant, when the pain recedes, but the force of life’s vitality is not yet accessible. it is a bloody miserable place…. i continue to read donne, alongside his biography, and scholarly comments on the poems, making the olde englishe easier to understand. i know, i’m a perpetual nerd, but i can hardly wait to get up in the morning and mark up a poem with notes and reread it until i know it by heart. it’s helping my lyric-writing enormously. i couldn’t take pleasure in reading for a long time, and it is good to be back, baby!


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20 Jun

Sundays


i’ve been off the road for a week now. feel like i’m finally getting the hang of living in one place. living out of a suitcase can be tiresome, but at least one is at all times occupied with business at hand. back at home, my schedule is much more loose, but the lack of structure is hard for me to deal with. i have to make my own schedule: writing each day, exercising, blogging and twitting, always with the nagging feeling that i should be doing something that i am not doing. sundays are problematic as they are the least scheduled day of the week, and i can’t seem to simply relax and enjoy. gotta work on that. clearly. i’m not a lazy personality, but i’d like to have more access the leisurely sundays that i hear tell of. perhaps some of you folks who do freelance work have had this experience. they make their own schedules to a large extent. and though it’s nice not to have a boss, being your own boss can be wearying. but this is what i call a ‘first world’ problem: i’m not starving; i’m not persecuted; and i have clean water. gonna go drink some of that water now, and get a bite to eat. and there’s my sunday!


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17 Jun

more john donne


more john donne, on marriage; man and wife “couple in anger, and new monsters breed” NICE!


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