Monday, September 14, 2015

The Gold Album

OK, here we go!

I've loved the television show, The Golden Girls, for a loooong time now.  I've wanted to do this for a couple of years, but since today is the 30th anniversary of the Golden Girls' premiere episode, I thought this would be a good time to motivate myself.

I/we are going to do The Gold Album.  Yes, an entire album/EP about The Golden Girls' Universe!  I've set today to announce it and will have all the songs written and recorded by May 9, 2016.  May 9th is the date that the final episode of The Golden Girls aired.  Ryan, Corey, and George will be contributing in whatever way they see fit.  I'm a little bit of a fanboy when it comes to the show, so I'd imagine you'll be seeing me do a majority of the stuff for this.

Essentially, this is a concept album set in a utopian future.  Most of our 20th and 21st century culture has disappeared.  The primary exception being The Golden Girls and what the show brings to the table.  Picture it:  Viewing a new world through golden eyes.  Haha!  Each girl is viewed as a saint with her own song/hymn.  The musical style will be a bit all over the place, but every song will have some element of music that was either in the show or associated with the time period combined with what I think might have also made it 9000 years from now.  There will be one song for each girl and probably two versions of the theme song (in different musical styles).  If things feel right, there might even be a song for some of the side characters (Stanley Zbornak perhaps?).

I know it sounds ridiculous.  That's because it is.  I love the show and I hope that those with a similar view as me will get a kick out of it too.

Anyway, I threw together a YouTube video that consists of me geeking out and describing this same thing.  It's a one take, no editing kind of thing.  I don't normally do this, but today is a special today.

Happy 30th Anniversary to The Golden Girls!

Thanks for reading and watching.  Thank you for being a friend!

Mark


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Minor Updates

A lack of updates sometimes means a lack of things happening.  That hasn't necessarily been the case.  I hate to post every time something small happens, but a few small things and one big thing seemed to justify a new post.  The live band has been busy right now AND I am working on a bit of instrumental music for a few things.

We had our first performance in July at The Main Street Cafe in Clarksburg, WV.  We played with some really nice folks and the people at the venue are very nice.  It was an eclectic lineup and I'm sure we will do it again.

I'll be doing music for a production of George Farquhar's play, The Beaux' Strategem this December.  I'm also working on an interactive dance piece in conjunction with a really nice choreographer and two lighting designers/digital effects artists.  This has potential to be really amazing, but we are still early in the process.

We are finishing up recording for our full length, The Great Repression.   We've shared some music from this album already so you have an idea of what it will sound like.  We would like to do some special video releases for this too.  If you are a video creator or animator, email us and maybe we can collaborate.

The bigger news right now is that Black Hole Zion live band has been selected to play at the Trauma Halloween Fetish Festival in Columbus, Ohio.  Trauma runs from 10/29/15 to 10/31/15  at the historic Bluestone Theater.  Black Hole Zion will be performing on Friday, October 30th.  We are very excited to be part of such an interesting and engaging sound and visual experience.  You can read more about Trauma and purchase tickets at http://www.traumacolumbus.com.  We will be doing some special things for this performance only.  If you are in the area, or can make the drive, come out and see us.

Oh, and we just Twitter and YouTube accounts.  You can follow and tweet to @blackholezion now if you are a Twitter person.  The Black Hole Zion YouTube channel is here.

Talk soon!

Mark