2010 in Song: Majestic (Part V)
Jessie’s is my dream mean girl, gossip and conceited Catherine and occasionally my doting mother, wife and child. Well, perhaps the mother/child thing is a stretch - she has none of the softness of motherhood (she hides it well) and likes to pretend that she has emptied her heart of the innocence of childhood and stuffed it instead with vice and wine and wicked wit. Perhaps she can just...
2010 in Song: Autumn is Calm (Part IV)
Autumn is calm and all is love (August - September). To celebrate our friend Bradley’s wedding, Sugar Cat decided to write a song/story celebrating him and his bride. For something this epic, Rumi and I realized Sugar Cat needed help, so we recruited Ryan Shepherd and Daniel E (from Flashmen/ Bradley’s musical partner) to flesh out the sound of our wedding shanty. Shep helped us...
2010 in Song: Summer (Part III)
Two songs stand out from this period (June/July): Fingernails is particularly personal, written for a friend going through a particularly challenging time. In many ways, it’s the weightiest thing I’ve written, from the dark lyrics, to the moody strings, to the constant plodding of the bass. Download “Fingernails” “Angie” is much more fun and optimistic, a beseeching love letter to...
2010 in Song: Springtime for Some (Part II)
“Treachery” came to me in a vivid dream. I fell asleep with the naked instrumental looping on my laptop and soon woke up somewhere awful. I found myself in some sleepy dream state where I nearly drowned under the weight of my own wickedness. I remember the disheveled vision of a young woman and the taste of betrayal on my teeth. When I came to, I had a story and a hook for the song that was...
2010 in Song: Brand New Winter White (Part I)
How do you measure a year? In 525,600 minutes? In loooooooove? How about in songs? 2010 was my good and generous lover and marvelous muse, opening her benevolent heart to me and throwing second chances, loving glances and all kinds of delights my way to inspire me and the music I make on the side. In what’s left of the year, I’m going to break down some of the gifts and occasions...
Coffee and Counterpoint.
Do. (Coffee and Counterpoint) from Mayowa Tomori on Vimeo. You might remeber I posted a preview of this video a few weeks ago. Thanks to Ryan Shepherd for lending me his time, skill and knowledge and to my professor Steve Sweitzer at IUPUI, for giving me the confidence to play “film maker.”
Guilty Pleasure #2
Francophonic filles, short-haired, noir-eyed, breathless filles Jean-Seberg-a-likes
Saving the World through "Social." (Indy Edition)
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Introduce him to a “social entrepreneur” and you just might solve world hunger. But social entrepreneurship isn’t what you might at first think it is. For a start, it takes place in a very different “social sphere.” It’s less about smart phones and savvy...
A Haiku for my Guiltiest Pleasure.
Doing the robot on daytime television. You’re not the father!
Coffee and Counterpoint (Preview)
Coffee and Counterpoint (Preview) from Mayowa Tomori on Vimeo. This is a quick mock up I put together in Ableton of the video I shot with Ryan Shepherd two Sundays ago. It’s as an epic musical opus like “Runaway,” except Ryan Shepherd is Kanye West and instead of making love to a dying phoenix, he sips a cup of coffee.