Monday, January 11, 2010

A Carpenter

I love Tim Hardin's song and voice, even if sometimes his embrace seems more like a chokehold. His life and relationships appear from the outside at least to be smothering strange affairs and not at all how i like to deal with folks, but then that's art versus the artist, isn't it. Some of his songs speak of such possession that they seem frightening, like The Beatles "Run for Your Life," a song a contemporary man feels a need to denounce. The melody and the feeling, much less the history of one individual, not incidentally the author, is kept here. As a gay man, i find another way into this song and the having of babies.
I recorded the song and set it to some domestic scenes from my home and neighborhood, perhaps to assuage the male insistence and give it some real homeliness.

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