WHAT IS THE LYRIC PROJECT?

THE LYRIC PROJECT is an anthology love letter to music. We have asked people to pick their favorite song, any genre, that means the most to them. Next, make an audio recording of them reading the lyrics and submit that with an explanation of why they picked it. Then we interpreted and shot short films based on their song choice.

 
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SONG 1

This was this first test of concept. Ezekiel's song, created on a Summer day trip.

SONG 2

Starring eric cash and Prys Séphonê
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Score: Cordell Brown


"Utopia" by Goldfrapp read by Andrea Allen
Song Story:
I chose this song because it is one of the most beautiful songs musically I've ever heard. Ala, something like picturing a crystal voice soaring over the Swiss Alps. There is a beautiful, dark and strange quality to both the music and lyrics, like most things in the world I find beautiful.

Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown

SONG 3

SONG 3

Starring Emily Holton
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Score: Cordell Brown

RX Queen by Deftones read by Cordell Brown
Song Story:
Hmmmmmm that’s a tuffy…I guess it describes how I felt in love (it was our song) and also currently, at the same time, how I can barely listen to it. It seriously makes me sick.

SONG 4

SONG 4

Starring: Allison Necheles & JC Stanley
Director of photography: Karl Lind
Production assistant: Ayric Thomas
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Score: Cordell Brown

Velvet Waltz by Built to Spill read by Ben Pop

Song Story:
Spring of '99 I had a near death experience in a pretty crazy car crash. My life changed completely, but by Fall, I had begun to regain control of my life. I remember a day trip up to the mountains to go swim with some friends, we were smoking J's and having a great time, I felt alive and free more so than I ever had before and I was the one driving us all there. I had this CD player boombox on the console next to me that we played music from and on the way there and on the way home we listened to this CD and the song "Velvet Waltz" by Built to Spill on the Perfect From Now On album was the one that really got me. There was something about the whole "And you better not be angry, and you better not be sad" "In a world that's not so bad" that really struck a chord with me and has ever since. Every time I listen to that album I think of that day. And I began to change emotionally into a completely different person. It was like, yeah, you are alive, fuck regrets, fuck feeling incapable, just be alive.

SONG 5

SONG 5

Starring: Little Wood
director of photography: Ezekiel Brown
Score: Cordell Brown
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown

Pink Rabbits by The National read by Jerome Manansala:

Song Story:
I chose this song for a number of reasons. Structurally, I've always liked songs that had LOTS of lyrics, like "Disintegration," "Pictures of You," "Soundtrack to Mary," King Pleasure's "All of Me," or even Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off." I love sing-alongs. I also love how he squeezes way too many syllables into a measure of music ("Now I only think about Los Angeles when the sun kicks out"), but makes it sound natural. The melody is beautiful, and his voice is in top form. Thematically, it's right up my alley: Recalling a past relationship, regret, etc. And oh, he also mentions Morrissey's album, "Bona Drag."

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SONG 6

Starring: Emily Peden & Chelsea Drake
sound: Gator
score: Cordell Brown
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown

Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles read by Evita Brown:

Song Story:
The song reminds me of love lost and found, and still its never enough. You give and give; they take and take. I also find it to relay my current and past romantic situations...unfortunately. But I will continue to try and breathe my own air again, and not want to breathe in his air (constantly) as I find my way alone on this and many to come cold lonely Chicago nights.

SONG 7

SONG 7

Starring Derrick Francis as Louis
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Second Camera by Ian Lucero
Score by Cordell Brown

Gloomy Sunday by Diamanda Galás read by Ashley Kent

Song Story:
This is one of the most haunting, powerful, bittersweet songs I've ever heard. It kind of seeps into your bones and chills you. When I first discovered it I was going through a pretty serious break-up and it featured prominently in my course of painfully depressing music therapy. When it was originally recorded by Billie Holiday it was banned in a lot of countries because it was thought to incite suicide. Personally, I think it's beautiful…

SONG 8

SONG 8

Starring: Overpriced toys
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Score by Cordell Brown

Hold the Floor by Camu Tao read by Mike Green

Song Story:
This one just reminds me of the "time of my life". I had friends that I loved dearly. I performed and created with these people. They were my tribe and we fiercely defended each other. This song just represents, the "We are, who we are, and "F" you if you don't like us" mentality. This song came to be an anthem of sorts. It closed out most of the shows we did. It just reminds me of when my tribe ruled our world. I hear it and it makes me smile..

SONG 9

SONG 9

Starring:
Julene Fontaine as The One Who Waits + Reed McClintock as Hands of Truth
Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Score by Cordell Brown

House of Cards by Radiohead read by Maria Cabbab
Song Story:
The first time I heard this song I succumbed into the biggest “first time” cliché ever. I fell in love. My boyfriend at the time loved the song as well. He silently categorized it as one of “our songs”. I knew in my heart it wasn’t ours. The song belonged to me, and to someone else I have yet to meet, as crazy as that may sound. It’s for the person who can make my heart ache just as beautifully.

SONG 10

SONG 10

Starring:
Lurker - Karl Lind
Reading Frenzy Store Clerk - Nicolette Lind
Food King Clerk - David Lee

Directed, shot and edited by Karl Lind
Additional Camera and assistance - Loran Buerer
Music by Ron Mason Gassaway

Special thanks to Reading Frenzy and Food King of Portland, Oregon

Song Story:
This song hit me at time when I was questioning everything in life. 2012 I was just back in Chicago, after being away for quite some time. Sitting on a stoop, smoking a cigarette as I swore, I was going to quit them. My life was in turmoil. I didn't know where I was going, and couldn't figure out why I had been where I had been. Everything was supposed to be all grown up. "Good" job, good place to live, 4 cats and a fiancee. Life was supposed to be perfect. I figured out it was perfect for somebody else. I didn't want the job, the house and as it turned out the fiancee.
I was going through the usual, "You are too old to want to write and perform, ride a bike everywhere, play video games, own a vespa, smoke, drink, jazz smoke, and think the world still has potential. Was it time to "grow up"?
I had this song enter my ear holes. Things kinda clicked for me. "All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day and put the pieces back together my way" That was it. In life we all go through moments when the world will not let us put the pieces where we want them. That is not a 100% thing. The key to me, was making what ever time I could, to rearrange the pieces and hopefully the puzzle comes together. Well, at least the edge pieces, cause that is as far as I get with most puzzles.

 

SONG 11

SONG 11

Starring: Dave

Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Score by Cordell Brown

By now we all know where this dude is from(“Kendrick”). I too am from that same place....I jumped on the Kendrick Lamar band wagon and HOLY SHIT realized that he’s not rapping about BITCHES/ HOES, DRUGS, GAT’S ( i.e. guns for the non ghetto folks out there) and making money from all of the above mentioned. Now... I’m not a stranger to that kind of lyrical content but I have say I was refreshingly surprised and wondered why it took me so long to take a listen. Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe struck me as one of the DOPEST song to come out of the hood in a long time. Finally we’re not just know for the above mentioned but for pure outstanding lyrical content that (I) could relate to. See I’m an artist too like my good friends “The Chocolate Giant” and I make things. But sometimes it’s hard to make SHIT

when:

-You gotta go to work everyday and pay bills (vibe killer)

-wife kicks in the door and tells you she needs help with the kids while you’re working on some dope shit( vibe killer)

-you wanna get drunk instead of making art (vibe killer)

and the last one which is the best in my opinion 

-kids are hungry right before bed and they fall out screaming because you will not give them anything to eat even though they ate a big ass dinner HA! ( vibe killer)

I hope you all enjoy this episode of the LYRIC PROJECT as much as i will!

SONG 12

SONG 12

Starring Ezekiel Brown

Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Ezekiel Brown
Score by Cordell Brown

Song Story:

There is an uncontrollable urge for me to share myself with others. I guess it makes me a full-fledged addict, a necessary component of a passionate enthusiast for love.Yes, I am diseased. There is no greater threat to all humanity, this incurable affliction call LOVE! It is a chemical reaction that we fight off on our best days, a plight to crush us on our worst. I have had a number of contractible reactions to this thing, this laughing beast that touches us all at various times. What other manner of illnesses has illustrated so many works on both sides of the spectrum. Remedies are on a case by case basis, but try as we might, we are never truly in full remission. I give you my song, SCHISM by TOOL. This was on rotation during the end of a fairytale that I thought would last until my dying days. I took up this song as a mantra, late night drives through the city by the lake, walks to work in freezing temperatures, all the while hoping that I would arrive at a different conclusion. The anatomy of love infects each of us differently and with various effects. This brings me back to my addiction, LOVE! It is a built in longing for something so dangerous, so intangible, but also a product of the greatest high you can ever have.