The album Karla Bonoff and I recorded is NOW AVAILABLE for download and streaming today! Choose your preferred platform by clicking the link below. The album has been recently added to SiriusXM as well. This is what the Program Director, MarySue Twohy at SiriusXM had to say:
“I just want to say this out loud: Karla’s new album is stunning. I listen to music for a living – (amazing right?) and I was stopped in my tracks. I could not do anything else but listen. She sang every word and was invested in every note. I felt it. There was so much care and emotion. And the arrangements, the production values and the authenticity of her delivery – just tears.I am really looking forward to adding this to rotation – I normally shoot for around 4 tracks for an album I enjoy – I am adding 6 of Karla’s new album. I hope she truly knows how incredible her talent is on this planet. Just beautiful.” — MarySue Twohy, SiriusXM Program Director
Sean McCue “I Never Said”. Michelle Beauchesne is joining me on Cello & Backing Vocals on this one. This was us rehearing a couple of weeks before the lockdown and social distancing. Video shot in 4K resolution, so go full screen at full res!
Back in June of 1997 my band Summercamp was on tour and in the process of making the music video for Drawer for MTV. The director Tamra Davis mailed us VHS tapes of rough cuts over the course of a couple of weeks. There were three rough cuts (that I’m aware of). This is Rough Cut #3:
It didn’t make it into the final cut of the film, and as a result has been sitting on the shelf for years. I figure now is an appropriate time to share the fun time that was had that day. Thank you Eddie… Rest in Peace.
“My cousin Eric Keltner sent me an old Super 8 movie he shot and cut together back between 1978 and 1981. He was part of that whole skateboarding craze back then in Los Angeles. Pretty cool. I saw the footage, looked at the length of it and saw that it was about 5:20. On a whim I sorted through songs I’ve been working on by length and I found one called “Chasing Yesterday”. It lined up with the film perfectly! No splicing, no editing. This is a real time capsule.” – S. McCue
A word from the filmmaker, Eric Keltner:
From 1978 thru 1981 a group of friends and I set out on a mission with one thing in mind— To find empty swimming pools. And when we came across one, it was a rush like no other – especially for the first guy over the wall. I was that guy at the pacific pool in Glendale. The pool was painted blue and had a quick transition that shot straight up to about 6 feet of vertical. I got a few front side rides in, and was just about at the vert line, when two other dudes climbed over and started to shred. We were just getting warmed up when the cops rolled up. We were so quick in those days by the time they got out of the car, we were already over the fence and scattered in all different directions. But that wasn’t the case in another pool in Pasadena. A home owner saw a couple dudes shredding his newly plastered pool and ended up tying up one of the dudes with rope and left him in the deep end until the cops came. Both of them ended up getting in trouble. There were some amazing wooden ramps and halfpipes throughout our hometown of Los Angeles as well. One was at the top of someone’s driveway off Colorado Blvd over looking the newly built Trader Joe’s market in Eagle rock. Another was the Kona Gold ramp on Effie street in Silverlake. There was a great halfpipe someone built right in the front yard in Atwater. There was a fast-little black pool at the top of fletcher called Dead Man’s pool in Silverlake. And then one day we came across a beautiful pool that was half empty on a lot with a boarded-up house. So, I brought some empty 5-gallon buckets from my grandfather’s paint shop and began the arduous journey to drain the pool five gallons at a time. After two days of heaving buckets and an invasion of mosquito bites, we quit. Then there was the Duck Bowl – a pool nestled up in the Hollywood Hills that was always packed with a host of really skilled shredders. This was all filmed with my Super-8 camera which I took with me everywhere I went. I bought the Kodachrome 40 film from Save-On in Silverlake. I had it developed there as well. Then began the painstaking hours of hand-splicing with my Kodak Super-8 film splicer. When it was all done, we set up the projector and found the biggest wall in the house, pushed the play button and sat in amazement watching ourselves skate throughout our hometown of Los Angeles. We all had our own style of skating, and pushed each other to the extreme. It was a great time in our lives with good friends and influences like Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams, and many more.
The new Karla Bonoff album “Carry Me Home” has been officially released worldwide today! It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity to contribute to this beautiful album and work with such an amazing artist. Listen: Spotify • iTunes • Amazon