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Montage of Heck

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I really liked Montage of Heck and I tip my hat to you Brett Morgen for a job well done on so many levels.

From a film makers perspective it was done brilliantly capturing the thoughts and emotions of the subject at hand. 

 Basking in the light of day and feeling the cloudiness of unsettled minds in the ambience set forth. You painted a brilliant stage for this story to be told. Out of the gate the photos so full of life grabbed your heart and said, ‘I am real.’

The recordings, music and home footage live on as if a vault of time stopped forever was allowed to breathe again.

I never knew how pretty, blue and sweet the eyes of Kurt Cobain were until they were staring back at the world on that giant screen.

In truth some are born tortured souls and perhaps too gentle for this often cruel world. It’s so sad because from the outside looking in you know that they possess everything to create a life lived well but lack the clarity to see it with their own eyes. Self medicating in hopes of soothing the turbulent energy roaring through them hence igniting a raging inferno of hell within.

Recollections from those close to Kurt each lent sincerity and human touch to his situation and in truth there was nothing glamorous about his story. Even in animation, it was real becoming a nightmare of death by heroin.

Without judgement I ask, why don’t people speak up when they see someone hurting themselves? Are we afraid or is it that we can not believe it is really happening? I think each face there had a look of  ‘ if only ‘. Where do we draw the line between destiny and choice.

No Apologies needed as his music plays on to your heart. Thank you Brett Morgen for bringing us in and allowing some closure.  You were right Wendy Cobain he was meant for this world and I too am angry that the ‘stupid club’ claimed him. 

I will never forget his words that resonate so deep…

Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all.

– Kurt Cobain February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994

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Jesse Kinch – Long Island NY

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” Jim Morrison returns but with all the character he was lacking in his haze. Far beyond his 20 years Jesse Kinch a real ‘thinker’ shows his generation the best of the old and the new. Watch him go… ”  – Fresh Independence

 Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.

I consider myself really fortunate…I grew up in a very loving, musical, and free spirited household. I never felt any pressure to be something I wasn’t. It was always what I wanted to be that mattered and I’m always grateful for that. My parents were always very supportive of my musical dreams. I have to say that my fondest memories in my home are the ones that involve music. There was always music playing every single day…everything from 60’s to 90’s rock…and other than rock, there were many other kinds of music being played like soft ballads from Sarah Brightman or Andrea Bocelli. When I was a child, I always remember waking up to music and closing my eyes to music…I was introduced to one great song after another. I also recall watching a lot of concerts on T.V. with my family. A few I can think of off the top of my head are Stevie Nicks live at red rocks, Yanni, Jimi at Monterey, Fleetwood Mac’s “The Dance”, and Rage against the Machine live in Mexico City. Those were my favorites! Growing up in my home was the reason I was exposed to so many different artists at such a young age. When I think about it, the word “home” is very special to me. I don’t feel that it has just one superficial meaning. It is where I heard my first song, played my first note, sang my first song, wrote my first song, and most importantly, it was a place I always felt most secure and creative.

How do you best describe your musical style?

I feel that many things coincide with each other to make up my musical style. Every song I’ve ever loved, every lyric and voice that has touched my soul, every experience that sits in my memory… I think that all subconsciously comes out of me when I perform and write. It all makes up who I am. When I perform, I put absolutely all my energy into my vocal and playing. I always found myself attracted to the singers who would belt out a song with every ounce of passion they have in their soul. Every song I sing on stage seems to stir up certain emotions and feelings that I never express or show in person…so I let it all out right there in that moment…and naturally just lose myself in the music. Even when I record, I make sure I put that same passion and energy into the song just as I do on stage. When it comes to my songs…I feel my style is something melodic, driving, and kind of dark…I think in general that’s the type of music I’ve always listened to. Dynamically, I think a lot of my songs start off softer, then gradually build into something heavier…I can also completely transition from singing something driving and intense to singing a soft ballad. I absolutely love ballads…Since I was little I could listen to something so soft and beautiful and then put on a rock song. I think it is so important to have a ballad or two in the mix of an album or a show…It adds to the dynamics and… really….I would feel one dimensional without listening or singing ballads.

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 Tell us a little about how the song writing process works for you.

I’ll sit in my sanctuary…my music room…alone…free…just me and my guitar…strum a few open chords and I’ll hum a melody. If that melody catches my ear, it’s a song. Usually after that, I start to sing syllables, then syllables turn into words, which turns into a lyric that makes sense and means something to me. For some reason music and melody always come first, but I always feel that if you come up with something really melodic, you need a strong lyric to compliment the music and melody. It’s the icing on the cake, you know? Sure…the boxer by Simon and Garfunkel has a nice melody and guitar pick, but what would it be without “I am just a poor boy though my story’s seldom told…I have squandered my resistance for a pocket full of mumbles such are promises”. Also like I said before…I feel that everything I listen to subconsciously comes out of me when I write. Usually the night before I come up with something, I listen to a lot of my favorite records. As a writer, listening to music and lyrics is some of the best inspiration I can have.

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