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
“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!
The song, “Monster”, is extra special to me, because it was originally penned by my sister, Liana. She is probably the best songwriter I know, and I took her song and re-crafted it to suit my artistic vision. http://www.cryns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/podcast-monster.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
“So Just Be” is one of the first songs recorded for Faraway Farm & The Bird. The song features some nice organs that were conceptualized by Ryan Arnholt (who also plays bass guitar in this band). I remember hearing it a couple of years ago and thinking, “Wow!”. I still feel that way when I… Continue reading "So Just Be" Audio Commentary
I just got back from Singapore yesterday. It was weird, because I left Japan at 4 p.m. on Friday and landed in Minneapolis at 1 p.m. on Friday. Did I just time travel? I don’t know. But it is 5:30 a.m. now, and I have been up for a long time on account of jetlag… Continue reading I'm Back! *Free MP3 to Celebrate*
“It’s time to decide.” is one of my favorite tracks on Faraway Farm & The Bird. It is probably the most forward-thinking of all the songs in the sense that it offers a choice that I can make today (and not a decision that I made in the past). Originally crafted for …if Howard Roark… Continue reading "It's time to decide." Audio Commentary
This is my first podcast about Faraway Farm. It might turn into a series. Please let me know how it works for you! http://www.cryns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/podcast-quittin-my-job.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
As you probably know, the Faraway Farm & The Bird cd-release show back in April was a blast. I thought it was about time we post some videos from the show. Enjoy!
Every now and then I stumble, unexpectedly, across a photo that brings a smile to my face. The truth is, I don’t remember this photo being taken. But oh what a gem it is! It pretty much captures the air of jolly excitement I was feeling at our CD-Release show in April. Thanks, Devon! And… Continue reading Surprisingly Awesome!
We did this together. Thank you. Last night was amazing.
I am working with Copycats Media in Minneapolis to print a limited-edition run of 50 cds for our release show on Friday. I have no plans to print more, so if you are like me and prefer the hard-copy of a record, you will want to make your purchase early before these sell out. I… Continue reading CDs Being Printed!
I plan on redesigning this website to coincide with the release of my new album on April 2nd. Along those lines, I have been considering ways to add value to y’all and have been considering a subscription-based service whereby you will pay a certain amount of money (maybe $XXX/year), and you will have access to… Continue reading Thoughts on Paying for Website Content
With the release of our new disc, “Faraway Farm & The Bird”, fast approaching, I suppose it is time to git’r done! The release show will be on Friday, April 2, 2010 at Acadia Cafe. To-Do: Finish CD Artwork Build new website for digital distribution of new album and other premium content Create master disc… Continue reading To-Do List for CD-Release Show