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Happy New Year

Bringing in the new year, hearts filled with inspiration, motivation; many exciting projects on the go and the near horizon.

We begin with ‘Love Yourself More’ a music documentary focusing on the ‘women behind the men of rock & roll’. The first in our ‘Women Strong’ series, understanding that behind every successful man stands a strong woman, we want to celebrate them all.

Fresh Independence along with our international correspondents will bring you stories written from the heart, music that ignites the soul, pictures from around our worlds and fashion look books that will imprint on your life & style.

Stay with us this 2016 and be inspired to do what you love – love what you do & always dare to dream.

Happy New Year!  xo

 

 

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‘I Was A Stoner & He Was the Cowboy’ – Songwriter Jimmy Webb Remembers Glen Campbell

Today in 1968 Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ American Songwriter Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then “put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand” as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

Correspondent Bill Nutt spoke with Jimmy Webb as he payed homage to his amazing journey with Glen Campbell.

Jimmy Webb remembers the first time he met Glen Campbell. It was not an auspicious moment.

In 1967, Webb was in the early years of his career as songwriter. He had been a fan of Campbell, and he further appreciated the fact that Campbell’s version of his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was a hit on the country charts.

So Webb went to a recording studio to meet Campbell.

“I had long hair, and I wore a vest and a pair of jeans I never took off. I was in my hippie stage,” Webb says.

Campbell was fiddling with a guitar and amp, apparently paying no attention whatsoever to his visitor. “Finally, I said, ‘Mr. Campbell, I’m Jimmy Webb.’ He looked up at me and said, ‘When are you gonna get a haircut?’ ”

Now Webb laughs at the meeting. “He was a straight shooter, clean-cut,” he says. “I was a stoner. I was the mad professor, and he was the cowboy.”

From that unlikely mixture, however, came a fruitful collaboration and a deep friendship. Campbell ended up recording over 100 Webb compositions, including acclaimed versions of “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” The rapport that blossomed between the two men arose from similarities that overcame any differences, according to Webb. He points out that he was born in Oklahoma, while Campbell was a native of Arkansas.

“We came from dead identical backgrounds, very poor in adjoining states, and from a fecund mix of church music, country, and a lot of family singing. We brought that common origin story. I’ve been accused of writing melodies that are rangy. My songs modulate; they start in one key and end in another. Glen had the ability to sing what I wrote, and not everybody can. It’s past time to go back and look at Glen’s contribution’s to music, which have been sadly overlooked. 50 years of friendship and partnership. There was a lot of love on both sides that resulted in unsurpassable pop music. Glen and I touched the sky a couple of times.”

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The Ties That Bind

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 album The River catapulted him to arena status and now a making-of documentary about that record is coming to HBO. Named for the LP’s lead track, ‘The Ties That Bind’ will premiere November 27.

WATCH HERE

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Nashville, the crew fell for you.

Thirdman Records

Americana roots captured the soul after trying hold our claim on the LA freeways and plastic culture. Nashville greenery, subtle humdrum, and country rock of Broadway opened the can of, ’happy’ in our hearts as we captured that and more of what we were looking for.

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Currently we reside at home in Vancouver; watching the rain drizzle down the window and pull footage as we storyboard and begin a first edit for the trailer pitch.

This post goes out to our Cinematographer Wes Chew. It is not without you and your giving heart that our shutter speed would have remained half hazard, lost in ISO darkness, only to drift in and out of focus if you did not manually save us! Thank-you for making us laugh, question, and challenge the essence of this Film. You are our Earth Angel.

What do you know… the sun just came out!

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