Wanderer Session #39: Those Mockingbirds
Filmed in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Busy, busy, busy. That day there were a bunch of tornado warnings issued out for the New York-New Jersey area, coupled with a bunch of tiny tornadoes shooting down into New York-New Jersey area. I was enclosed in my car. I was parked by a meter that was flashing red. It was empty. There was a storm pouring down arrows and shafts of rainwater. There were girls wearing skirts and using their little books to shield the tops of their heads while the rest of their bodies got blasted by the rain. There were other people too, you know, doing the same thing. Muscular guys with their sleeveless shirts and suited professors and little Asian girls with their tiny dogs. They were all shielding the tops of their heads with their books and briefcases and dogs while the rest of their bodies got shot with water. Nobody checks the weather anymore.
I checked the weather that day before I drove. I always check the weather for that day. I would be lying if I said I didn't know there was going to be a storm the day I told Adam Bird from Those Mockingbirds that I would do the Session. Well, honestly, I figured it would be fun. Why not right? I've always relied on the spontaneous, unplanned aspect of filming to deliver me some great moments thus far and so I said fuck it and we'll see what happens. I don't talk to myself, but if I did, I would say, "Kevin de Wilde, you gamble with these things so much." Busy, busy, busy.
When the filming with Those Mockingbirds started, the rain stopped. The storm lasted for all of five minutes. But it did give me the little gift I needed for this film. The passing storm made the images darker, sleeker, and the colors much brighter. Thanks for that.
We filmed "The Deer and The Derrick," inside a parking deck. That day, it was only Adam and Tori playing but I probably wouldn't have it any other way. The little mix of punk and alternative in Andrew with Tori's slow slashes of the violin made for a pretty impressive performance of that song. I'm a big fan of violins. I still can't stop listening to "Deer." It's a really nice change of pace from all these slow, girl-sung stuff that has a strangle hold of my ipod.
There were some great moments in my time with these two talented musicians. I got to know them pretty well over some coffee as we all watched little videos of tornadoes and tornado-crazed weathermen on TV. I think I'm equally impressed with the reactions of the random students when they played Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," at the bus stop. A lot of people sat and watched and clapped and cheered for them. Lovely. Well done college kids, you're warming up to music on the street again. If only someone would sing about the weather and the end of the world and all that jazz.
SONG #2: "The Chain" - Fleetwood Mac (cover)
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