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*
“You’re all that I want.” is one of the oldest songs in my current playing repertoire. It has seen a number of variations since its first appearance back in 2001 or so. The most recent version, featured on “Faraway Farm & The Bird”, has all sorts of voices coming together to form a powerful message.… Continue reading "You're all that I want." Audio Commentary
“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
A few minutes ago, I discovered Noah’s Youtube Channel. Wow! It has all sorts of fun videos that he has created with his music recently (and also with LETRON’s and my music as well!). Simply delightful! Check out this video of “Run. Run! Run!!! RUN!!! RUNNNN!!!!!” he made:
Hold on to your hats, fishermen! We, my bandmates and I, will be bringing you the best music we know how. It will be upbeat. It will be swear-word-laden. It will be enjoyable to the nth degree (so I hear). So, come one come all to the Acadia Cafe. We go on at 11, but… Continue reading We Rock it TONIGHT at the Acadia!
This is awesome! My Uncle Jim is a fancy movie producer in Milwaukee and placed a couple of songs off If Howard Roark Could Dance in his new film, Life on the Diamond. Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aToTvs036aw
It is with great excitement that I announce this indie-rock trio’s cd-release show for our new album, Faraway Farm and The Bird. The show will take place on Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Acadia Cafe. More details to come as I have them!
NOTE: This blog entry was written on the airplane in Los Angeles on Dec. 27, 2009 The last thing I did today before leaving for the airport was record a song with my brother, Nate. He is a brilliant producer of music, which means that he can take whatever you’ve got bundled up inside of… Continue reading Recording with Nate
It is Friday, and it is 6 a.m. I slept on my tiny love seat last night, and my teeth, which feel like mossy trees, have not been brushed in 24 hours. How did I get here? I don’t know. I am in a slump. I am working too hard and producing too little. My… Continue reading Rhythm.
Let the frog sing for you! That will make it easy. I accidentally posted the above comment as a status update on Facebook. It was intended as a follow-up to a status update my sister wrote about having a frog in her throat during a try-out for a musical. But taken out of context, it… Continue reading Let the frog sing for you! That will make it easy.