Just a quick update. Above the Snakeline V2, the ReMaster will be out soon! Thanks to the great work by Adam Wilshire from Sheffield UK. The new version will feature music that is more energized and explosive than the original. It will also contain bonus material! I'm also happy to say that Sleeping Bag Studios from BC has produced a fantastic psychedelic music video for the single Unconditional that will be released in days! The new dance remix of Light of Love, arranged by DJ Maxume from South Africa, will also be out very soon! A new steam punk animated logo for www.timkorry.com was just produced by a freelance animator in Romania. It seems like this project is coming together from all directions. We are still in talks with a possible management agency out of L.A., Chicago, and Madison so stay tuned on future live shows!
Okay, this will not be the usual blog post. Well, not for me anyway. Unlike many people in the world, I have no problem being brutally honest. Not to offend or upset anyone, but I'm tired of all the "PC" garbage in the out there. It seems as if you can't really say anything with substance or you will offend someone. So, buzz off (I would rather use a different word) if you are easily offended and read some blog from a coffee house or a church (which I find are becoming the same thing).
I'm taking a break from the church music scene as it has become irritating and lifeless. Yeah, you heard me. Listen, I just released a Christian album so I'm not knocking that, but I find that Christian music is so stale and repetitive that it's hard to call it music most of the time. It's more of a template with the same words and chord structures repeated over and over by different "artists". There are exceptions of course with a few real Spirit led bands and they are uplifting and awesome but the Christian bookstore mainstream pop is complete crap. I think that the devil is probably more involved in the promotion of these bands through mainstream CCM stations and churches with no discernment.... Hey man, the music industry is the music industry... period. Wake up you Christian t-shirt wearing sleepwalkers.
But wait, I thought this blog was about the fascinating musical adventures of an indie musician trying to get people to buy some dang music? Well, it is. Sometimes I just gotta blow off some steam while giving you the latest news. So here is whats going on....
I am working with 2 different mastering engineers in the UK on a couple songs from the recently released Above the Snakeline album. It seems that the mastering on the album just wasn't up to par but we will sort that. Chances of re-releasing the album look good. Speaking of a re-release, Strange Horses from 2012 was recently re-released on CDBaby. Check it out to hear some rockin live versions of songs from Music From Earth and remixes from Between the Sun and the Moon! I am also very excited to be working on two projects with DJ Maxume from South Africa. We previously collaborated on U2's Where the Streets Have No Name where I sang the vocals and he cranked out a killer dance mix. He is arranging a new dance remix of Light of Love from the Above the Snakeline album and we will be collaborating on another techno dance song after that. It's been really interesting taking with him on Skype and sharing musical ideas from different continents. It's cool to know that other people around the world have faith and can still express themselves artistically through music. I'm going to quit my rambling but would encourage you to stay tuned. See you on Twitter in the meantime.... don't be lukewarm.
The song ABOVE THE SNAKELINE was a song that was constructed fairly quickly. I think the initial writing and recording happened in one day. I was fascinated with the phrase when I heard of it's historical significance and a good metaphor for Christianity. In one of his letters the great poet, William Cullen Bryant, who so loved the Berkshire hills, mentioned the fact that when the hills were first occupied by settlers, they found that down in the valleys were very dangerous serpents. The rattlesnake was there, the poisonous adder was there, the copperhead was there. In order to escape these serpents, they built their residences upon the hills. Ancient tradition related that there was a “snake line” above which no poisonous snake ever crept. If a person builded above an elevation of about twelve hundred feet above the sea, no poisonous serpents ever bit his children, or destroyed his property, or endangered his life. But if he built in the valley, he was subject to these deathly dangers. In the old times when the country was settled, every person who approached was advised to build his house “above the snake line.” - Russell H. Conwell 1925
After learning this fact, I became focused on ABOVE THE SNAKELINE as the album title and title track. The music I was starting to produce was a fusion of Middle Eastern dance and sort of an altpoprock sound. All the ideas blended together and I could feel the words coming easily from The Holy Spirit before the music was even recorded. The ABOVE THE SNAKELINE concept ran through all of the songs on the album mixing several styles of music in a sonically diverse Christian, not necessarily CCM, expression inspired by The Lord. The album was released on 10/31... just to throw a little more symbolism into the mix.