Friends with Fellini

Okay, so, I don’t want to jinx it or anything, but I’m pretty sure I have my film collaborators in place. I am SO excited!

How about I just do not reveal exactly who they are at this time? I won’t name names (last names), but they come as a team, and they are probably the most creative people I could ever ask for! I can NOT believe they are going to help ME! 

To what extent, I do not know yet, but we certainly have plenty of time to figure that out.

But I just have to say, I don’t know if my favorite part about this is the fact that these guys (I say guys, but one is male, Jonathan, and the other is a very lovely female, Susan, – both of whom I absolutely LOVE), are a couple of the most creative artists I have ever known, or if it’s the fact that I am also getting to do the musical score on this, or if it’s the fact that I have known Jonathan since I was 15 years old!

Yup! 15!

And he’s probably THE most talented musician I have ever known.

Okay, I swear, I am not just saying that in passing, or to blow smoke up anyone’s ass, or anything of the sort. He doesn’t even read this thing by the way (he’s too damn busy, nor do I think he even knows I have a blog for this project), I have just been thinking about this long and hard.

From the time I met this guy – I mean, I was just a kid at the time, and none of us knew back then who we’d become, or how good we were, how under wraps our ambitions truly were, but all of us; all the little musicians in our network, we were all very focused. Quietly competitive. It’s so interesting to me now. Man, this blog post is about to get long.

A few of us, I say “us,” but I was not at all in the class where Jonathan was in. I was only trying to master my main instrument for the most part (drums). I was also trying to write music, however, only by ear. I knew some guitar. I knew some basics. I wrote a few “tunes.” I was very insecure about them though. Terribly insecure as a matter of fact, as my brother was basically a musical prodigy on the guitar, and it was difficult to tune, or even strum my little flamenco guitar within 10 feet of him without feeling like an idiot flounder. Not fun to grow up around that.

But then I met a boy who would become my very first boyfriend, and he was a musical genius. A dark, tormented and tortured genius. We had a really intense relationship. I mean, we were 15 or 16 and it lasted a couple of years. Sometimes we were like Siamese twins, and other times we (I) needed to get far away from each other because of all the dark intensity.

But anyway — what the hell are the odds of another 15/16 year-old phenomenon living four doors down the street from him? 


Now you’re going to think that I just call anyone a genius, right? Like I’m totally easily impressed? Well, you are very wrong. It takes a LOT to impress me in both music and film (and comedy too, for that matter!). No, this was a FREAK coincidence! That’s why this is a story. Two 16 year-old musical wonders living on the same flippin block!

When my boyfriend introduced me to Jonathan, I was like, what the hell? Is everyone more talented than me? At that time, I just thought I was a total nincompoop musician. I mean, look who I had around me. If you only knew. You’ll have to read my book eventually, but I grew up with some of the greatest musicians around. And that’s what made me a great drummer. I just had no idea I was any good!

Growing up in a sea of masterminds gives you a pretty skewed barometer to gauge your own abilities as a player. I am pretty sure that’s what happened to me, and so, I practiced my ass off and I got to be a pretty good drummer. But that’s not exactly what I was meaning to talk about. Although – I like to talk about ME at any chance I get as you all must know by now…

My point was that Jonathan was a genius when I met him at 15, and he only got better all these years. We are no longer kids. Ha!

Well, Jonathan. he also had one of the first Apple computers known to man. This was way back when my brother had a Tandy from Radio Shack, and as geeky as it seemed to be, both (more so Jonathan) were already creating animations. I was a computer geek too, but I really didn’t come on the scene until Windows 3.1 – just being honest. I didn’t get onto the internet until 1994. Still, that was before you.

He was also playing with film as well as music. I just can’t tell you what an all around talented guy he is. But his music… Jesus Christ! He’s a brilliant composer. And it’s not that he can’t write classical – he can (he went to Berkeley and all that crap), but I mean he is a brilliant composer of contemporary songs that will blow your underwear off! He’s magical. That’s the only way I can describe his music. Magical.

So now, he, and his just-as-talented partner Susan are going to be working with me, and assisting me on my little film? Crazy!

I just can’t believe it!

Now, I started writing this blog post with the intention of telling all about my “issues” about my Sony handicam (because there’s a very, VERY hardcore story that goes along with why I have had this camera for so long and have not used it. I have had it since 2007 and it’s been sitting in my camera bag because I have emotional issues around it – and so I haven’t been exploring film/video as I had planned to in 2007  — the way I wanted to… but that is another story for another time IF I even want to or if it is even appropriate to get into. It’s pretty heavy.

Anyhow, thanks for reading! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

I’ll add pics in a few.

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