This piece was produced by Jared Borkowski and Stanley Crescendo, as Song Chamber, for the 24 hour Radio Race from KCRW's Independent Producer Project. Original music soundtrack by Jared Borkowski.
A four minute episode about the revival of listening to music on cassette tapes in the Seattle music scene.
Big thank you to David Balatero, John Broback, Kenneth Piekarski, Matt Wells at Sonic Boom Records, and everyone else who reached out on social media to help with our story on such short notice. We wouldn't have been able to do it without your input!
Have you ever had such high standards for your work that you end up not making anything? I have. Are you a perfectionist? Me too. Hear my story about working through perfectionism and how I rediscovered pure creative freedom without worrying about the outcome. It's true, You don't have to be perfect.
From Long Boarding Visualization Syndrome (LBVS) to clinical mental health concerns, Jerry explores various hardships and possible coping mechanisms while aggressively seeking answers to the ultimate party pooper question, "What's the point?". Listen to his real-life process through reality-show-style recorded rants and conversations with friends while he tries to find the meaning of art and the meaning of life. Troubling at first, the highly produced story-like arc of this episode eventually arrives at a beautiful and comforting resolution, drawing on century-old advice from the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and presenting a delicate and intimate song about surrender and acceptance. Jerry takes what could be an intensely awkward topic and makes it highly engaging, entertaining, and even funny. If you have ever been faced with depression or mental health issues, you may find solace in this episode. If you haven't, then you get to see what it's like inside the head of a neurotic aspiring artist.
This episode is much lighter than many of those preceding it. I focus more on the featured song rather than on the psychological hardships of being creative. The song itself is a silly sci-fi rap collaboration with an elaborate backstory. I tell the story, talk about my rapping background, and demonstrate details about how I try to keep music interesting when producing beats.
My mom wrote a book! And since I'm obsessed with how and why creative people do what they do, I interviewed her about it. Five useful lessons came out of the conversation which can be applied to artists of all types. This is part 1 of a two parter featuring the first two of those lessons.
My mom encouraged me to see no limits to creative potential when I was growing up and it played a big part in turning me into who I am today. Time to share some of that encouragement with you. We all have goals, projects, dreams... I hope this episode helps you feel excited about reaching for them.
The original song that I debut on this episode is a solo classical guitar piece called "Anacorta". At the end of the episode I talk about direct influences, some of the music theory, and form/structure concepts that went into composing it.
Free sheet music download links:
standard notation - http://tinyurl.com/po7rv8b
guitar tablature version - http://tinyurl.com/htn3f86
(It took a TON of time to write this out! So maybe you can click on the link and check out how good it looks just to make me feel better. Thanks for doing that.)
Both sheet music versions also automatically come with downloading the song audio free from bandcamp: http://tinyurl.com/hgatz92