Life, Music

SONGS: Black Little Face by Zomo

I write pop songs and I put them out as albums on the internet for free or little charge because I have things that I want to sing about. Writing songs also helps me understand myself and helps me become a better human being. It is very healthy for all humans to have an outlet which they can use to discuss topics, grow, and make an impact on the world. I really believe that when songwriters say that they “write songs to make people smile and enjoy life” that they mean it just a little bit but at the same time what they’re really doing is creating art to better understand themselves. Part of creating art is selfish and I have learned that it is OK to say and believe that!

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My wife Haley and I got a tattoo of this face from Hedwig And The Angry Inch shortly after we met. It was done in that moment of both of us saying “hey, yeah we really want to go through life together as a team”. From that tattoo grew the Zomo song “Black Little Face”, which appeared on the 2008 album Triangle of DrunkI wanted to write a song about marriage and partnership but I did not want to write the typical boring “oh now I’m married and life is perfect” song because that’s not how life works. When my friend Dustin Miller and I wrote this song, he asked me if the tattoo hurt. I replied that it did not, and he came up with the only line in the song “Black Little Face, on the back of your arm, will not cause you any pain”. From that I told him that it would be neat to have that be the only line in the song and to have the chord changes be simple and easy. I came up with the G to Am to C to C/B to Am to G chord change. The lyrics and the chord changes all felt cyclical and wonderful. Our first take at this song featured myself on vocals and guitar while Dustin played the triangle. We only had a few days to put the basic tracks down so we made a version of the song repeating the chords and lyrics that went on for about 4-5 minutes.

Dustin was the one who came up with the lush orchestration and backing vocals for the song. I added nothing but the idea, the chords, and the basic track. I was really impressed by the work he did on the song and to this day it remains one of my favorite pieces of music that Dustin and I worked on.

I really enjoy listening to the music that Zomo wrote and recorded during our 10 year run. It is good to be proud of what you do!

 

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Life, Music

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Take good care of your feet

Music is great. Music is beautiful. Music helps my soul come alive. What music does this for you?

Libraries

#teenlibrarymakestuff program

Artwork by Portland Public Library Teen Aprille Marie

One of my favorite things that happened this summer was the #teenlibrarymakestuff program that was a collaboration between my library and the Darien Library in Connecticut.

The program had a rather simple setup:

This summer submit your drawings, sculptures, photos, comic sketches, paintings, and more to the Darien Library/ Portland Public Library Tumblr art display depository. Darien Library and Portland Public Library in Portland, Maine are joining forces in this virtual teen art show.  Share your works with other teens from around New England.  Just simply bring us your art and we’ll photographic it into a curate-tion sensation!

I’m happy with the final results from the program.  It’s great to see neat, original stuff put together by teens.  At my library, we have these works up on our digital signs.  This allows us to take the submissions from this program and put them out into a never ending art show.

Visit the Portland Public Teen Library Tumblr here
Visit the Darien Library Teen Tumblr here