|Outtake photo of Dylan from BOB photo shoot|
If I'm guilty of anything it's that I have a bunch of great ideas and that I never follow up on them...Like when I envisioned a Magnificent Ambersons podcast back in 2011, or when I told people that I was working on a book about 2001: A Space Odyssey in early 2012. The latter, of which, was a extremely naive idea considering what I know now about the Kubrick estate thanks to these two years of work on a book about The Shining. I'm glad these things are behind me.
I have to say that 2014 has been a great year for me. 2013 was awful in many ways, but it was still an improvement over 2012. 2012, was probably the worst year of my life since the late '90s.
Keeping in the tradition of closing the door on old ideas and focusing on new ones--I decided at the start of 2014 that I was going to clean my work's closet. This meant that I was going to be cleaning my backlog of interviews or anything else associated with writing/researching that may have been left behind lingering unfinished since 2006. I'm happy to say that it's October and I've nearly done this as of today. I'm almost done. I've got a few left to knock-out before the end of the year and I'm feeling great about it actually. Almost all of my 2001: A Space Odyssey interviews are up online. I have, yet, a couple to finish. Any single interviews that had been done prior are now up online or off towards appearing in a magazine. I've managed to clean 90% of my backlog. It feels great.
These aren't hanging over my head any longer, and I know I'll be at 100% by the end of this December.
I'm notorious for biting off more than I can chew. I come up with great ideas--I start to work on them--then another great idea comes along--and then I go and work on that. This is how a backlog gets started. Avoid it. It's my goal in 2015 to not allow any of this to happen ever again.
Part of this would be the several interviews I did in late 2013 and early 2014 about the recording of Bob Dylan's masterpiece Blonde On Blonde. It's one of my all-time favorite albums and I was thrilled to get the opportunity to talk to a handful of the Nashville studio musicians who recorded the album with Dylan. I'm placing these up online now. I've put up two thus far. The first, with Hargus 'Pig' Robbins--Dylan's piano player on the BOB sessions. And today, Charlie McCoy--Dylan's guitar and harmonica player on the BOB sessions, firstly, in New York City, and then eventually finishing out the recording with Dylan in Nashville.
Check out Hargus 'Pig' Robbins HERE:
Check out Charlie McCoy HERE:
I'm solely focused on finished the books I have moving now. Spending two years working on Studies In The Horror Film: Stanley's Kubrick The Shining has really inspired me and opened my eyes into exactly what goes into a valid and important volume of work. I'm confident that the book projects I'm working on now will come out in the same manner.
This week I'm traveling to Wilkes-Barre University to talk about Norman Mailer's Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987). There I'll be sitting down with Mailer's estate to discuss the possibility of editing a volume of essays/transcripts/interviews about Mailer's film work. It's something that I'm looking forward too, because, damn, I get to edit something associated with the greatest writer of the 20th Century, Norman Mailer.
A week later--I travel back to the East Coast for several days to research through the private archives of Frank Perry. The '60s filmmaker--as I've written about here--is the sole subject of the book I'm working on now. I'll be the first person granted access into Frank's archives, as the archive is not open to the public and I'm working with his estate on this project exclusively.
In January of 2015--I'm traveling to Los Angeles to visit another film archive associated with Frank Perry's work but also to sit down and discuss a project that I'd like to work on afterward with another filmmaker that I admire. This time, someone who's still alive!
Then in March 2015--I have to focus on marketing The Shining book.
Can't you see that I'm doing again exactly what I told you above that I was trying to avoid !?!?!
It's safe to say that I'm legitimately tied up until the end of 2016, and that still doesn't account for the documentary that I've been prepping!
As for the podcast? Well, I'm sort of leaving it up to Aaron for the time being. Aaron is busy too though. He's a Unit Production Manager in Canada and has worked on several feature films and television series after all. I can't see myself focusing on anything that doesn't pay me for my efforts, and I'm not talking about "stats" or "emails" for the time being. Aaron has been editing the next episode of the podcast, so hopefully he'll be able to get that finished and out before the end of this year. I'm sure we'll squeeze out a few shows in early 2015 on top of that too.
Sayonara, love stuff...