Today’s Image #300

Title“A New American Prayer – Album Cover
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2010

This is the album cover I designed for UFOverdriver for it’s second full length epic sound collage called A New American Prayer.

This is much more personal sound collage, dealing with issues like bi-polar disorder, the civil rights movement, the power of Martin Luther King‘s speeches, the poetry of Jim Morrison, the deep inequalities in our country, and the destruction of the planet by our species.

I worked on the sound collage through May and early June of 2010 when the stories of the BP oil disaster were in the news constantly.

This album had a video called Dream Leaver

About The Video

This is a sound collage from UFOverdriver called The Dream Leaver – Track #6 from the album A New American Prayer – Release in June 2010

— Source material for this sound collage includes Dream Weaver by Gary Wright and God by John Lennon. Enjoy!

The Album Cover

The image used on the album cover was from the civil rights march that took place at the same time I was being born in June 1964.

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The Sound of Early June…

Soundtrack For The June Gloom

I have several albums that I’m listening to that are forming my June 2012 soundtrack – the lead one is M. Ward’s 2006 album Post War, it’s really gotten under my skin and it’s turned out to be perfect for Long Beach’s “June Gloom” days…

Most June’s we have overcast mornings which are referred to locally as “June Gloom.” I like to think of it as extended coffee drinking hours…

Here’s one of the songs from this M. Ward album, it’s called Chinese Translation (this is a pretty cute video – enjoy!)

Now That The Coffee Is Kicking In

After playing Post War (and after my morning coffee is finished) I move on to John Lennon’s Mind Games – usually playing it several times in a row, letting the lyric saturate my mind.

This song really has my attention because it seems very relevant to the times we live in right now, today – Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) – the video shows the lyrics, which is why I posted it.

After that I move on to other music, often coming back to a different John Lennon album later on in the day… and old Rolling Stones albums are starting to catch my attention, like Beggar’s Banquet and Goat Head Soup – maybe the sound of mid-June sneaking in.

Somewhere in all this is some of the sounds I’ll be using for my next sound collage – I just don’t know what pieces yet.

Any way, that’s how June, here in Long Beach California in 2012, sounds to me so far – and now, if it’s still overcast, I think I’ll put on an extra cup of coffee…