Speechless. Also, the Bodyguard soundtrack was the first CD I ever owned.
Volcano by Damian Rice
Happy Father’s Day to Dad. I remember asking him once why he didn’t make us go to church most Sundays, and he replied, “You know our Sunday trips? Where we go somewhere as a whole family and hike, or see waterfalls, or play on the beach? That’s our church. That’s where we find God.”
My incredible cousin, Ashley Schriefer, is marrying a stud named Bill Busch this September. I wanted to surprise Ashley with a video that involved an afternoon of filming Bill… channeling his inner Usher. He’s a beast and always up for fun, so we did it! After weeks of sitting on the surprise video, I finally got to show it to Ashley at her Bridal Shower this weekend. She loved it. Yay :)
“Crystal Ship” - instrumental, solo piano performed by Ray Manzarek.
October 27, 2010
This has never been heard by anyone other than those of us who were in the room during a daylong shoot we did with Ray Manzarek. He came to NYC to support the launch of Rock Band 3 (finally featuring a keyboard peripheral) and we spent an entire day in a very small studio with him, producing what turned out to be essentially a one-man version of Storytellers.
We went through The Doors’ songbook and Ray told us anecdotes about the songwriting process and what he and Jim Morrison were doing and thinking when they were crafting every song. He taught us about the musical composition and theory behind all of his keyboard parts. I did oodles and boodles of research and led the interview, coaxing him into revealing all sorts of hilarious nuggets about what it was like being in The Doors. He made a joke about a jewish grandmother and I replied in yiddish; he played “Light My Fire” in character as a yiddish yenta — and from that point onwards, the interview went really smoothly.
“The Crystal Ship” was not on the list of the songs he was supposed to perform but I told him how it was my favorite song in 8th grade and how I listened to it every morning — especially because the piano breakdown was my most favorite snippet of ANYTHING musical. (At the time, OKAY? I was young). And so Ray Manzarek played this piano-only sort of freeform version of the song, just because I loved it so much when I was a tween. The editor who was working on the project sent me this track right after the shoot wrapped. The project never saw the light of day and so no one has ever heard this before, but now I am feeling sad about Ray Manzarek and how we thought he was so grumpy but he turned out to be such a lovely man and what an incredibly and amazing day we shared.
This was such an incredible experience and day… Hearing him play this live, to the handful of us fortunate enough to be in the room, was pure magic.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.
- Norman MacLean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
Ahhh. This video is perfect for this song. Love.
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell.
A Love-in-Transit Story: After-Hours Proposal
“With NY now recognizing same sex marriage, I secretly planned a proposal to my girlfriend Jen. I tricked her into thinking we won a weekend getaway and blindfolded her once we got into our car and left our UES apartment at 3am. We entered Grand Central through a tunnel from a parking garage (still blindfolded) and at 3:37am I walked her out into the main concourse right by the clock where we met for the first time on a blind date almost a year and a half before. At this time of the day, we literally had ALL of Grand Central to ourselves! I began to play the song “Marry Me” by Train, slowly took off her blindfold and went down on one knee to propose! Jen was shocked at where we were! She said YES and we stood there holding each other under the stars, kissing, laughing and taking in the entire scene. Once our song ended, I signaled to our 8 family members who I had hiding on the West stairway near Cipriani Dolce to come down and join us and surprise Jen even more. We all joined together for a champagne toast under the clock… all while still having the entire Grand Central Terminal all to ourselves!”
Share your own love-in-transit stories with us!
Or create your own story at our Missed Connections event in Grand Central this Valentine’s Day.
You guys. It’s seriously more fun in the Philippines.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.