An energy flows from my upper stomach and into my eyes and exits through my armhairs when I listen to “Every New Day” by Five Iron Frenzy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFIMOJ46ofk Five Iron Frenzy is a now-defunct Christian ska band from the 1990’s. They were among the biggest bands on the Christian touring circuit for a while in… Continue reading What inspires you?
Lisa has a hard time at my shows. Last night we had a talk about this. The songs I sing are not well-rounded pictures of situations. They are photographs of moments in time blown out to 2-5 minutes. None of my songs give people a well-rounded concept about anything. They are emotional and reactive and… Continue reading 1% of the Time
I have always wondered what it would be like to have investors – folks who believe in me and my music so much that they would front me money for my next project. Basically, a record label. What if I had people demanding that I get in the studio to record, demanding that I make… Continue reading Crowd-Funding
Head on over to Music to Swear By to listen to this weeks’ podcast featuring Ryan, John, and me. Over the course of the podcast we talk about our experiences playing in this band. I learned a lot about Ryan and John – things they never told me about life, love, the universe. Like yesterday,… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #8 – Mason Jennings' "Nothing"
Unfortunately, arcane publishing rules that plague our creative community make publishing this recording a legal liability. So, if you really want to hear me play Cake’s “I Bombed Korea”, you will have to email me. Sorry about that. Stupid Congress. Stupid media conglomerates (Disney, I’m looking at you…). BUUUUT, you can listen to me play… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #7 – "I Bombed Korea"
This song, as you know, is about a song. The title of both songs is, “Let’s get funky!”. A few days ago, I stumbled across an old recording of the original song from 1997. While it has lost the rich horns and Bob’s voice that accompanied the original recording, I am pleased to say that… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #6 – "Let's get funky!"
“Monster” is mostly written by my sister, Liana, who is the most beautiful, charismatic, and wonderful human being on the planet. Listen to my band play it in Music to Swear By host, Tony’s, basement. And tune in to the Music to Swear By podcast featuring Cryns #3 next Wednesday! http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Monster.mp3Podcast: Play in new window… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #5 – "Monster"
RunnNNnnNNN!!! Here is a solo rendition of our hit music video’s soundtrack, as recorded for the Music to Swear By podcast. Check out the podcast next Wednesday! In fact, check out other Music to Swear By podcasts right now! It truly is an entertaining listen! http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/runrunrunrunrun.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Check out this fabulous rendition of Cryns #3’s “Tonight was a wonderful night!”, performed by Cryns #3 on the Music to Swear By podcast! The full podcast will air next Wednesday. http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/tonight.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
In this recording from our session at the Music to Swear By podcast, the band plays, “Duluth”. Enjoy! The full podcast will air next Wednesday. http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Duluth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
I recently travelled to Shoreview, MN to record an episode of the Music to Swear By podcast with with co-hosts, Tony, Paul, and Dave. The guys were gentlemanly and smart despite their penchant for the F-word (or maybe because of it). Over the next 8 days, I will be releasing a series of 8 recordings… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #1 – "Kirsten Dunst"
Today I spent a couple of hours hanging with Charlie Van Stee in my apartment. Together, we listened to the demo tracks from his forthcoming release, “Tigers will eat you!” (You can listen to most/all of the tracks on Charlie’s Facebook page.) It is his most heartfelt effort to date, imho. Charlie wants to make… Continue reading Going Pro
If you haven’t checked out Music to Swear By‘s podcast series, you are missing out. It is a perfect mix of smart humor, satire, music, and fart jokes. Seriously. Last night, John, Ryan, and I had the pleasure of recording a soon-to-be-released “Music to Swear By” episode in the fancy basement recording studio of ringleader,… Continue reading Music to Swear By
Local podcaster, extra-ordinairre, Tony Fu, has invited John, Ryan, and me over for a recording of his “Music to Swear By” podcast. I am pumped! Tony likes music with swear words on it. He heard us play one night and liked our verbs. More to come as I have it!
All is lost. Liana told me that she is giving up music. Turns out that the hard work of making a career of the music biz wasn’t for her. But she is in Hollywood and has dreams so big that they don’t fit in this universe, so I forgive her. I, on the other hand,… Continue reading Ain't Life Grand? Well…mostly.
So what if the paint hasn’t dried on our last album? I am in the business of making music that I love, and I have been writing up a storm over here. Having the piano in the living room is a big help, as I have been able to play it every day for at… Continue reading New Album in the Works?
I have been getting back to my Minneapolis roots recently, playing piano and writing some sweet new tunes on the instrument. Those who are keen to our local history will remember my first Twin Cities band, Arthur Dent, as well as my weekly solo performances with Dave Brusie at Sportsman’s Pub in SE Minneapolis (btw,… Continue reading Back to the Piano
The Grind. The Grind is what happens when I am in search of the next awesome show. The Grind is moving amplifiers at 2 a.m. after playing a show that none of my friends attended. The Grind is hours spent wondering why I do this. The Grind is not being paid for making other people… Continue reading The Grind
“I think I might be evil.” is one of my favorite songs on Faraway Farm & The Bird. The songs on my records are like children – I love them all differently. haha! This song, like most of my recent music, is autobiographical and about a lady. Enjoy! http://www.cryns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/podcast-i-think-i-might-be-evil.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
This is the most awesomely-random thing that has happened in my entire music career. My favorite radio host, Dr. Demento, heard “Quittin’ My Job!” and played it on his radio broadcast on June 19! Listen to an audio clip. I grew up listening to Dr. Demento, so this is super awesome on the awesome scale!