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Interview Down Under with PJ Byer

Hello everyone! Thank you to all the new subscribers who signed up during book release week. I know I’ve been quiet since release, but I’ve been working on super secret, awesome, 110,000+ word project that I’m going to finish drafting today. I will tell you all about it later. In the meantime, I’d like to… Continue reading Interview Down Under with PJ Byer

life · Travel · Uncategorized · writing

The W in AWOL stands for Writing, Right?

It took a few weeks, but spring has finally hit me with the full force of its sunshine and optimism. I plum forgot to update the blog last week, and so much has been keeping me busy, it is hard to remember everything I ought to tell you. I was in Vegas a week ago,… Continue reading The W in AWOL stands for Writing, Right?

art · life · Uncategorized

The House I Will Eternally Return To

The opening night of The House of Eternal Return was a triumph for artists everywhere, and possibly the best night of my life. This permanent art installation—imagined into being by the art complex Meow Wolf—is now open to the public in Santa Fe. Thanks to generous backing of George R.R. Martin, who contributed over 2.7… Continue reading The House I Will Eternally Return To

philosophy · Uncategorized · writing

Quantity and Quality: Beta Readers in the 21st Century

Full disclosure, this blog post started out as a reaction to a talk the CEO of Telepathic gave. Her product, Hooked, is a mobile fiction app that I have a wonderful time writing for and is very unconventional. It delivers flash-fiction stories in the form of texting conversations. I’m really happy I’ve had the chance… Continue reading Quantity and Quality: Beta Readers in the 21st Century

video games · writing

New Project: Text Adventure (Choose Your Own)

So I was just approached to do a text-adventure game, sort of a digital choose-your-own adventure. I leapt at the opportunity of course, but I’m not sure where to begin. I’m used to writing pretty linear, one-reality novels, and the idea of writing something with multiple endings and a maze of possible courses seems daunting.… Continue reading New Project: Text Adventure (Choose Your Own)


Finally, Old People Can Enjoy Pop Music!

Finally, Old People Can Enjoy Pop Music!

and by old people, I of course mean anybody with decent musical tastes XD

Meet Scott Bradlee, the Youtuber mastermind behind the band Post Modern Jukebox…a band that takes modern pop hits and redoes them in radically different (and artistically complex) genres. I’ve linked you to “Prohibition Britney,” a HOT jazz rendition of “Till The World Ends.” but to understand the full range of their talent and whimsy, you should also at least check out their Mariachi cover of Avacii’s “Wake Me Up” in Spanish or their Motown rendition of Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8tr Boy”.

As someone who takes a guilty pleasure in most top 40 radio but also has a deep love of swing dancing, this is kind of a dream come true I didn’t even know I was dreaming. It’s kind of the contrapositive of electroswing. These videos don’t have enough views. They couldn’t possibly have enough views.

It really makes me wonder what most pop star vocalists could do if they just decided to belt a number with a really hot band behind them instead of synthesized music just keeping time in the background. I mean, I never cared much for this particular song, but you can really tell what Lady Gaga’s capable of when she sings “The Lady is a Tramp,” in a truly traditional and jazzy rendition.

Some of their songs seem to be riding the coattails of The Great Gatsby soundtrack and the beautiful mashup of contemporary and jazz influences which that exhibited. I think that the American public is jonesing for something more than what we’ve been getting. We’ve totally distilled so much of our music to the bare bones, removing melody and inventing rap or removing instrumentation and calling it techno…and I’m not going to complain that music has “gotten so bad” because there has always been silly, uncomplicated songs shooting to the top of the charts. The point I’m making is that pop music is seeing a sort of modernist draw to minimalism in a lot of respects, and that’s unsustainable. We need to evolve and move forward artistically, but first we’re going to go back and look at our roots. Take a look at the way Gaga is going so starkly back to an 80s sound with “Art Pop” and you’ll realize that everyone is turning over old rocks looking for that little spark of inspiration that is going to send them in a totally new direction. Post Modern Jukebox is part of that, even if they are just a cover band. They’re showing us how much experimentation is still allowed and available.

Art doesn’t stagnate. It’s not about “what’s next” it’s about living in the moment and watching the flux…and I love it.