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New Summer Discoveries

New Summer Discoveries

Our director, Todd, is sharing his newest summer discoveries – from music to books and, of course, a new favorite drink!

What I’m listening to: Aaron Scherz’s “Waves”
Do you ever have one of those songs that you listen to again and again and never get tired of? Aaron’s songs “Waves” is like that for me. Like most new Tropical music discoveries, I first heard Aaron’s music at Kelly McGuire’s Lighthouse Court during “Meeting of the Minds” in Key West last year. The song quickly became my anthem that entire week. Making a film is a rollercoaster of emotions. Some days are hard, some bring a high. While his song is about the high and low emotions of a relationship post-breakup, I personally think of it as the highs & lows of making a film. And that week, in particular, was one of the highs.
What I’m Reading –Tales from the Land of No Mondays” by Jim Morris & Dan Sullivan
It’s no secret that the music of Jim Morris is one of the biggest inspirations for the film. Jim’s untimely passing robbed us all of many hours of new music, but it also robbed us of new novels. I remember conversations with Jim about a novel he was writing. I couldn’t wait to read it. Sadly that was not meant to be. Dan Sullivan, however, has picked up the mantle with “Tales from the Land of No Mondays.” The book is a narrative of Jim’s songs. It’s an entertaining and wonderful book in its own right. For those that know Jim’s songs, it’s even better, as it’s like reading the stories of his music come to life. According to the forward, the book cites over eighty of Jim’s songs throughout the narrative!  If you enjoy stories of Key West, Tropical music, and well-drawn and entertaining characters, you should do yourself a favor and check out the book.
What I’m Drinking: Strawberry Gin & Tonic
I am not a “Gin Guy.” At all. However, I was recently introduced to Strawberry gin. It’s called “Puerto de Indias” and it comes from Spain. Served with tonic and a healthy dose of fresh cut strawberries, it’s a refreshing summer afternoon drink. It’s so good it converted me to a Gin fan!

What about you? What are your favorite summer discoveries?

When Music Paints a Scene

Eric Stone’s music permeates the film. His songs tell tales of pirates and sailors on the seas. Unlike some artists Eric has actually lived in the Islands, playing all around Tortola. He owned his own bar in Marathon, Florida, and now he’s embarking on his first novel.

We chose Eric’s Song “Endless Summer” at the point in the film where there is a montage showing the characters flying down to Florida. The scene builds as the music does, working harmoniously to increase the beauty and drama of their journey.

His Song “Gary’s Island” is a wistful song and is one of my favorites. The song comes on at the moment when Bob’s wife discovers he is in Key West and yells at him. It’s the first moment in the film where Bob truly starts to question his life and choices. It has an almost surreal feel to it. This was not a song I would have thought of for this moment but my editor, David, chose it. When I saw it in the cut for the first time I thought, “this fits perfectly.”

Very rarely does a filmmaker know the songs for each scene before they are filmed and this is certainly true of most of the songs in the film. The only exception to this would be Eric’s song, “Calling in Well.” I have been a fan of this song for some time. I can remember driving in my car, thinking of how to shoot the final few scenes of the film, and that song came on. The song has such a driving beat that goes on for a longer time than normal and builds to such an exciting chorus. I thought that it could be perfect for the ending. It starts softly and builds. I thought I could put slowly crescendo the song as we move from seeing Bob in his office to his drive to the Keys and onto his ultimate destination: pursuing his dreams.

It’s impossible to know how a scene or series of scenes will play until they are finished, but I had a hunch it would work – and it was fantastic. The entire sequence came out exactly how I envisioned it thanks to Eric’s song. The driving beat only contributes to the lyrics, which seem tailor-made for the scene:. “I’m not sick, I’m just sick of this job, in case you couldn’t tell, I’m calling in well.”These lyrics speak not just to that moment, but the entire film as well.

If you want to check out Eric’s music and tour, you can follow him here. Keep an eye out for his new music and book as well!

Thanks for joining me on a jaunt down memory lane as I open up about the ‘why’ behind the film and the music!

Keep Listening,

Todd

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Where is “St. Somewhere?”

Someone posted on our Facebook page, asking, where IS St. Somewhere?

Well – just like Jimmy Buffett said when asked, “Where the hell is Margaritaville anywhere?” I’ll have the same answer:

“It’s anywhere you want it to be, buddy.”

Likewise – “St. Somewhere” is a nod to a line in the Buffett song, “Boat Drinks” – “I Gotta Fly to St. Somewhere.”

So where is it?

It’s somewhere South of Key West, East of St. Barts, and North of Nevis. A collection of emerald islands, saildboats, and endless rum.

At least that’s where it is for me.