In January of 2003, I fell into a terrible depression. I was plagued with frequent panic attacks, thoughts of suicide and obsessive-compulsive behavior. I stopped going to school, I stopped leaving the house and cut off contact with friends. I was sent to meet with therapists and psychiatrists, where I was prescribed a regiment of heavy medications four times a day. With a lack of results from the medications, I began seriously harming myself and eventually made an attempt on ending my life. This then lead to my first spell in a children’s psychiatric hospital. I was 14 years old.
I've always adored the song Playground Love from the French dream pop duo, AIR. This past weekend I had the chance to assemble a string section for my set at Lamp Light Music Festival (which was magical, by the way). The song has wickedly romantic chord structures, ideal for cellos in particular. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally cover the track. In preparation for rehearsing with the string players, I recorded this rough demo with a rearrangement of the instrumentation. Thought I'd share rough cut before making a proper studio recording. Hope you enjoy!
Very excited to play my third year at Lamp Light Music Festival, here in Grand Rapids. Unlike most festivals, we won't be playing on a huge stage outside. This festival is unique in that musicians play in living rooms, dining rooms and basements of homes in the Eastown Neighborhood. This provides an intimate and stripped back experience for the audience and the performer.
I've played the last two years and had such a magical time doing so. I wanted to up my game, so I've assemble a mighty force of string players to give my tunes some extra sauce. Miss Coop De Ville herself aka Samantha Cooper will be playing violin and filling out the harmonies. My old schoolyard friend on loan from The Rainbow Seekers, Josh Holcomb will be holding it down on the viola. And Julia Toro of Miraj will be keeping us grounded with some gorgeous cello licks. We'll be totally unplugged and upfront. Guys, I think we're gonna melt your hearts.
We play 11:30pm Saturday at the Brick House.
Check out the long list of amazing acts playing this weekend.
Lamp Light Official Site
This past week I got together with Rebecca Thiele of WMUK 102.1 FM to promote my show at Louie's Trophy Lounge tonight (October 10th). I'll be playing with two incredible songwriters, Rae Fitzgerlad and Kaitlin Rose. Show starts at 9pm. Pay what you want.
Show details here.
We also spent some time discussing my involvement with Double Phelix, collaborations in the studio and my work with independent film. A radio version and full length interview are both available to stream on WMUK's website.
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