This is not the final music video that will last 2:30 and be set to my song Alt. Girl. This is a half hour video put together by Luv Joy Seamon and me to thank the 48 people who volunteered at our party.
It also includes other rough mixes of songs from my upcoming album including: Bear Eats You, Rainbow Pony, My Lover's Here Today, Johnny Went Down, Rolling Down The Road and Feeling Right, Never Too Late, Rattle and Howl, and Everything's Rolled Into One. The final video will come out this year along with my new album "Stroke of Lightning" by Barry Wayne Callen after we raise money on Kickstarter to pay an editor and finish the album. If you'd like to contribute, or get on the list for the latest info on this project, email me at Barry.firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 608.347.8396.
Alt. Girl is my lovesong to the alternative girls of contact improvisation dance, who changed my life. It's based on a true story. I was a hard-driving businessman and ad guy (that's actually my old suit and tie), I had a stroke, I started waking up with songs in my head (had never happened before) and I started dancing to get into my body. It is about the humorous conflict between these two worlds of business and creativity. Here is a sample line:
"She has a band that she's into. The Tarot tells her what to do. She wears an ergonomic shoe."
"She is into sex that is not plain, like drumming naked in the rain, or inviting her friend Jane."
Alt. Girl is on my newest album, Stroke of Lightning, which is being produced by Stephen Ellestadt of Inner Voice Music, and even though the mix in this video is rough, features the talents of of Stephen, plus Sims Delaney-Potthoff of Harmonious Wail, Jen Logueflower, and Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines of the Stellanova's. We'll finish the album this year, God-willing. I've been described as "The bastard son of Johnny Cash and Roger Miller, raised by John Prine, and sent off to art school." You can also hear songs from my first album, The Gospel of Fun, on itunes under Barry Wayne Callen.
Alt. Girl is played by the love of my life, Nell Weatherwax, and her "friend" Jane is played by Luv Joy Seamon, who choreographed and danced in the whole thing. It was directed by David Simpson. All three folks helped concept it and make it a reality. There is a huge list of folks to thank, and I will get to it, but for now, I'd like to thank in no particular order: Nell, Luv, David, Ken Loud (Technical Director), Heidi Johnson (2nd camera), Ben Wydeven (3rd camera), Sara Blackthorne (stage manager), David Schindele (coordination inspiration), Linda DiRaimondo (costumes), Betty Marquardt (videoraphy), Laura Gilliam (catering), Chele Isaac and Dennis Baker (locations), and my kids and their friends. Enjoy!