Thursday, June 30, 2005

You Hear What You See

I recently watched the movie "Beyond the Sea" staring Kevin Spacey about the life of Bobby Darin. For those who don't know Bobby Darin was a prolific songwriter/performer who wrote the songs "Splish Splash" and "Mack the Knife" among many others.

An interesting part of the movie was when Bobby Darin tried to use his music to protest the Vietnam War. Up to that point he'd been doing standards in lounges and clubs but was beginning to feel real opposition in his heart to the war. So he books a gig at a club in Vegas. He starts off the show with a protest song and quickly turns off the crowd. They didn't want to hear protest music, they wanted the standards. So he gets very upset that his message didn't get received by the crowd that night, to which his wife replies, "Bobby, they only hear what they see."

Suddenly a light bulb goes off in Bobby's head. Out of what seemed like a low point in his career Bobby asks his agent to book him in Vegas again. However this time Bobby reconfigured his show to combine his message with what he was best known for. By the end of the movie he does a show in a club and does the same protest song. While it starts with him and an acoustic guitar as if it's going to be a typical folky protest song, the lights come up to reveal a whole band and choir. By the end of the gig everybody in the place is singing along with him. This is a great example of an artist who learned how to use his art to engage an audience with his message.

MORAL: As an artist who has something to say I have often struggled with the presentation of it all. For example, I remember when I did my first CD back in 1994 called "Through These Pinholes". My mentality was that I wanted people to hear the music. I didn't care about the look of the artwork much because I was focused on the music. The problem is folk’s first impression of my music is from the cover. And, to be honest I think the cover sucked pretty bad. However from my mindset at the time which was defining itself against pop commercialism, spending much time on the cover seemed like a compromise. The sad thing is that many folks that might have responded to the music were turned off by the cover.

As artists we have to figure out ways to effectively engage society. I want to make people think, to get them to question, to cause them to want to live from their hearts. I won't be successful at that if they can't get past the presentation. I am not saying that we need to start judging the books by their covers; I am just stating that this is what happens naturally.

When I met Dina (who later became my wife) my first impression was not based on the wonderful hidden aspects of her heart. I just thought she was beautiful. As we have been married now for nearly 8 years I certainly appreciate her heart and personality much more. In fact they give great depth to her beauty. But I suspect I'd never have gotten to know the other aspects if my first impression hadn't been so good.

So as it applies to art, I think we artists can benefit by judging how we come across. Too often we make our art inaccessible to people because we are so concerned with artistic integrity. We make it about us and our art rather than communicating something that transcends us and our art.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

C.S. Lewis on Pride

"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If every one else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest." -- C.S. Lewis

I read this quote the other day and wow it's been hangin around in my head. How perverse and seductive the pleasure of comparing oneself to others. Of course we only want to do that in areas we excell, while leaving the other areas where we struggle quite unobserved.

Friday, June 24, 2005

DOIN' THE STUFF

Just wrapped up at the DOIN' The STUFF conference last night here in Houston. Wow! It was a great time. I had a great band backing me up for the event - Begee on drum, Anthony on bass, Wade Dupree on guitar, and Micheal on keys. I only got one of their last names but they rocked all around. It's a scary thing playing with musicians with whom you've never played before but with these guys there was instant chemistry. There were about 350 kids who, as my good friend Casey Campbell would say, were worshipping their faces off! Don Williams was the main speaker for the week and really taught some very insightful things on the parables of Jesus. Anyway it was a great time. Now to head back to New Orleans. By the way anyone reading this who was at the DTS conference who got some good pics email them to me at crispytunes at yahoo.com and I'll post them on the site. I just forgot to take any.

-Crispin

Thursday, June 16, 2005


******NEW GIGS****** Posted by Hello

Marlenes Place

I just booked some new gigs. Check out http://www.crispinschroeder.com/gigs.html for more info. I'll be playing a new venue in New Orleans called Marlenes Place on June 29 at 10 p.m. So all New Orleans peeps come out and represent. It will be an acoustic show and is sure to feature a few guests.

DTS 05 Posted by Hello

Doin The Stuff

I'll be in Houston next week leading worship for the Doin The Stuff conference. http://www.dointhestuff.com/
It ought to be a blast if for no other reason than getting to be in Houston in the middle of the summer, the only other place in the U.S. that stays as hot and humid as New Orleans.

Sightings of Greeny

I've posted some recent sightings of Ol' Greeny (the suitcase which appeared on MOVE cover). I wouldn't be a good dad if I didn't post some shots of my boy. He's quite the burgeoning rockstar. I have some new audio and gigs coming up as well so be sure to check back in the next few days.

-Crispy

Greeny meditating by the water. Posted by Hello

Ol' greeny contemplating cookin' up some bar-b-q Posted by Hello

Ol' Greeny on Nature Walk  Posted by Hello

Ezra the rock star at his birthday party. Posted by Hello

My son Ezra the Rockstar in Training Posted by Hello

Friday, June 03, 2005

Audio Up

It's a rare occasion that I do much public speaking, particularly when a guitar is not hangin down in front of me. However, documentation of me speaking is even more rare (about as rare as sightings of me in a coat and tie). So I decided to post a recent talk I did for a local twenty-somethings church called EPIC. So if you have a half hour to waste or if you just need some uplifting chatter in the background while you work check it out on the multimedia page of the site.

Also I've included some clips of a radio interview I did with KSLU in Hammond, where among other things I offer to open up for U2. And by the way Bono, if you're on the site again the offer is still open.

-Crispin

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

CD Release at Sugacanes in Hammond

I want to thank everyone who came out to My CD release party at Sugacanes in Hammond the other night. I've posted some photos of the event.

In other news I recently posted another track from my CD on http://www.garageband.com/artist/crispin_schroeder . The track "Bridges" recieved some welcomed reviews from many. For a limited time you can download the MP3 of Bridges as well as several other songs from the CD for free. Enjoy!

Also, www.independentbands.com is handling internet sales of MOVE. However I need a few folks who have purchased the album to leave a review, preferablly a good review on the site so that the uninitiated can get some sense of how the CD is.

-Crispin

Crispin and wife Dina sharin' the love! Posted by Hello

Rabid Fans Posted by Hello

Sheri, Cheyenne, Racheal, Dina, and Yoshi at CD Release Posted by Hello

Sugacanes Crowd Shot. Posted by Hello

Ben Manuel opens the CD release with some home cooked Abita Folk. Posted by Hello

Juicy Brous gettin funky by the tea station at CD Release. Posted by Hello

Big Ben Davis layin' down the Discipline at CD Release Party.  Posted by Hello

Rent-a-fan Jackie R. at CD Release.  Posted by Hello

Brian Graber - trumpet in the shadows. CD release at Sugacanes. Posted by Hello

Crispin and Micah at the MOVE CD release party at Sugacane's Jazz and Blues in Hammond Posted by Hello

Well Hello!

Greetings Everyone from Crispytune Land. This is the first post from my newly created blog. This is the place you can go to get the latest in news, random thoughts, and ancient proverbs. Check in often there's much more to come.

CDs I'm Listening to lately:

Jon Scofield Band - Up All Night (2003) http://www.johnscofield.com/ (Jazz/Jam)
Bebel Gilberto (Self-titled 2005) http://www.bebelgilberto.com/ (Brazillian)
Medeski, Martin, & Wood - Combustication(1997) http://www.mmw.net/ (Funk/Jazz/ Jam)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Delivery Man (2004) http://www.elviscostello.com/default.aspx (Roots Rock)
Wilco - Being There (1996) http://www.wilcoworld.net/ (Alt Country/Rock)
Willie Nelson - Teatro (1998) http://www.willienelson.com/ (Country)
Ryan Delmore - Devotion (2003) http://www.ryandelmore.com (roots worship)
Ziggy Marley - Dragonfly(2003) http://www.ziggymarley.com/ (rock/reggea)
Ben Davis - Crown Of Mercy (2005) (rock/worship)