Backwater Ripples

Interviews with artists who I believe that regardless of money or not would still be driven to create just because they can't help it.

 

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Kevin Crow

 Kevin was born in WI, but grew up in Singapore and went to high school in a small town in Colorado. He first started playing music out of small-town angst & boredom. After years of clubbing the drums in punk bands, Kevin accidentally figured out how to (sort of) play guitar, bass, and keys, after which he joined more bands on those instruments.

He moved to Bellingham, WA to go to college, but promptly dropped out and joined multiple bands (most notably The Rustix). After several years of this, he moved to FL and then to Seattle to finish his studies. While in Seattle, he began recording songs by his lonesome in an attempt to recruit band members, leading to the realization that he liked recording songs by his lonesome better than playing in bands. Then off to Los Angeles he moved.

In Los Angeles, Kevin wrote most of the songs for his upcoming Fogey EPs and produced two records with Utah Jack & Yanni Cash, a guitar-piano duo with Long Beach music scene veteran Kelton Rosenberger. He also recorded one EP under the name Plumpo, which nobody liked. After two years in Los Angeles, Kevin decided that he'd better pack up and move to London for some reason.

While in London, Kevin got tired of bangers and mash, so he took a trip to China, where he bought some grand instruments that will appear on his forthcoming record. He was last spotted passionately singing Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" out of key in one of London's fine karaoke bars.

He loves folk music, blues music, electronic music, and strange music, and especially Nina Simone, Scott Walker, Smog, Acid Casuals, Tom Waits, Jandek, Amon Tobin, Leonard Cohen, and most anything that comes out of Smithsonian Folkways.

 

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Note from Kevin: "I don't have a website, but Utah Jack & Yanni Cash has a FB page that nobody visits. The music is China was great. I saw a lady play a whole bunch of bowls filled with different amounts of water accompanied by a lady on a hammer dulcimer and a dude on a one-stringed violin thing. I wish I had a recording. It was one of the most beautiful sounds I've ever heard."

 

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A Short interview.
 

Want to tell us about any of the songs? (NB. Kevin had been working on some new material and gave me a preview.)

 
Sure. Three of the songs are my own and three are from others. I wrote two of the songs during my first year of law school, and later realized that they were called "Reason" and "Remedies." I chose all of them for their fatalist tone: there's nothing you can do but be you and keep going. "Time Traveller" was written by my cousin Melissa. She doesn't play any instruments except a little piano, so I like the way she writes songs, because she just thinks of a melody and lets the rest follow. "Up in the Country" was written by my friend Kelton (aka Utah Jack) as a piano ballad. My version is really different. I'll send you his version if he ever records it. "If I Needed You" is one of my favorite Townes Van Zandt songs.
 

In the sunshine? Surely not a song about the pacific north west?


Well, I wrote it on one afternoon while living in Seattle. I was really stressed out for like six months because I was working like 3 jobs and going to school full-time. It had been rainy and disgusting for the entire Winter term. The day after I took my final exams, the sun suddenly broke through, so I somehow got the day off, sprawled out in an open field across the street from the apartment I was living in, and started fiddling on the guitar. Then I recorded it on Garageband, and this is what it was. Although, I changed a few of the lyrics later. The original ones were a lot sillier.

 
Will this be the backbone of a new CD?

 
Yes! Pat and I want to do 3 EPs of 5 or 6 songs, then take the best 10 or so and compile them into an LP. It'll probably be called "Rocky."


What do you think of the new marijuana laws? 


They are good.


What do you think about Obama?


He's alright, I guess. Except for the torture and the drones and some other terrible things. 



 

 

  

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 Timothy Dowd

Magician

Tim's bio is available @ www.timothydowd.de

He tells it a lot better than I can. He currently lives somewhere around Regensburg in Bavaria where he expertly entertains in German or English. A talented man.

Here’s Tim sharing a few thoughts.

What drew you to magic? Do you still have the same passion for it now? 

David Nixon was my first hero, then Paul Daniels... I was good at bar bets but meeting ROVI (Ivor Parry) in Caernarfon in the mid '80’s turned me on to professional card tricks... I attended "magic in the mountains" a magicians conference in Wales and bought "The Royal Road to Card Magic" by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue. I have grown from fooling people to sharing a magical moment...



Has the internet spoilt magic?

It has had an impact in as much as more people can learn now... There will always be those who want to find out the secrets and spoil it for others but they are not my customers...



People can look up the answers now?

There is a lot of "exposure" on YouTube but the real secrets are just that... If you develop an effect and publish it either in a magic magazine or as a product then don't be surprised when a young lad buys the trick with his mum's credit card and exposes it on YouTube. Keep the effect to yourself or just a few trusted individuals then it stays secret...



Is it true that people only respect you 'till you tell them how it's done?

This depends, if you take away the magic some people might be disappointed, that's why magicians don't tell.



How did card tricks come to figure so prominently in magic.

This is a closed question... But cards have been readily available for hundreds of years... More recently the gamblers in America started playing "advantage" there is even a very well known book from the end of the 19th century, by an anonymous author published under the nom de plume Erdnase, which is thought to be the first instructional card magic book in be English language...



What's with the wand? Do you have one?

The wand goes back even further... It can be an ancient phallic symbol but the modern wand is a sign of power and used for misdirection... You can read more in this book The Magician's Wand: A History of Mystical Rods of Power by Joe Lantiere. I have one...

 

What's your best trick and how do you do it?

I float a table with just the power of dreams... I do it very well :)

 

Hypnotism: real? Magic or medicinal?

The power of suggestion is just that...

Has your passion for magic grown?

The passion has grown in the past few years into a vocation.

 

Timothy Dowd

...Making the Magic Happen!

www.timothydowd.de