Well, Sary, WTF? How could you leave us
long-suffering French TV fans hanging after your triumphant return from
the tour in Europe? Don't you even care?
I've been avoiding updating the news, because
we had a shift in band personnel, from 4 members to uh, 2. That much
Jeff and I are sure of. At the moment.
So here's what happened:
In April 2005, a week or so after Chris &
Jeff & I arrived back in the States, our keyboardist/winds player
Warren Dale turned in his resignation, effective whenever finishing his
tracks for FTV9. The reasons were a combination of family/job; the
difficulties of maintaining a long distance musical relationship; but
mostly a feeling that he had said everything that could be said in the
context of French TV after 3 albums, coupled with a desire to try some
new musical projects that didn't involve me always looking over his
shoulder. Warren continues to be a welcome member of the French TV
Alumni Society, and is elegible for the many benefits as becoming such.
Unfortunately, Warren's resignation jeopardizes
Chris's relationship with French TV, and at the moment is unresolved.
If Chris lived in Louisville, he'd be in the band without question. But
minus Warren, the preference is to have a line-up centered in
Louisville, as we've had to turn down too many gigs due to Warren and
Chris living in California.
Unfortunately, this has been harder than expected.
We've run through 3 keyboardists-one of whom
basically wasted 6 months of our time working on ONE fucking song and
then mysteriously cut off all contact. Keyboardist #2 wisely bowed out
after a month, citing conflicts with his other current recording
projects-we may continue working again in the future, or we may not.
Keyboardist #3 looks good, but still too early to call. He is also the
victim of a busy schedule, and can't commit entirely.
We've also been working with a guitarist, but
due to his wacky cell phone system and lack of a car or computer,
communication is a bit too haphazzard for my taste. Odd, considering he
lives about a 20 minute walk from me...
Adam, our sax player, still seemed game when last we spoke, but if he's fed up, I can understand why!
Concerning the 2005 NEWS, at some point I plan to fill in the gaps as needed. For now, this will bring you up to date:
January has been spent tidying up the graphics
for FRENCH TV 9: THIS IS WHAT WE DO [courtesy of the COREL DRAW 30-day
trial period], of which the cover is pictured above. We went for a
fancier insert than normal; it folds out to a 2 panel x 3 panel poster
and depicts the band's questionable foray into creating "art" by
January also brought a proposal from my friend
Vitaly Menshikov in Uzbekistan to license our back catalogue for
release in the former USSR territories--sounds interesting, considering
Vitaly also mentioned that we are in fact being bootlegged, which is
why he wants to do legit releases. GASP!
And, in the final bit of news for January, I
received a 5 minute dvd of one of the tunes we performed at the Gouveia
Art Rock Festival last year. It looks and sounds STUNNING! Luis and the
other organizers have opted not to release a dvd of the festival as
they have for the previous 2, and will instead offer the film to the
various bands who played. We'll be partnering with them to have them do
all the editing and we will release the concert dvd ourselves after
giving them a certain amount to recoup their efforts. The plan for the
dvd is to include some animation by our tour keyboardist Paolo Botta,
who is a professional animator as well. As you might expect, this is
something I'm REALLY looking forward to-this will be quite a treat for
Oh, and Aaron Isaac Ordover Sary turned 6 this
month. I hope the NY Yankees have put a little something away for their
future center fielder's signing bonus.
FTV9 is now in the hands of the
manufacturer. After a revision or 2, all graphic files have been
approved, mine eyes have seen the glory of the PDF proofs, which have
been approved as well. I expect I'll be helping the UPS man load them
on my porch about Feb 23, give or take a few days.
OK, so there's been quite a gap in your news coverage of French TV
activities. Well, when a band is down to a twosome, how much news is it
possible to generate?
On a more serious note, the main reason for the lack of news is that
there were various possibilities of new FTV members, but I felt it
would be premature to make any sort of official announcements. Minus
that factor, the only other news of note would have consisted entirely
of variations on the sentence "Jeff and I got together. We ran through
the songs ______ and _______ and came up with new parts." Ugh.
On the new members front, keyboardist/sax player Steve Katsikas of the
Miami-based band LITTLE ATLAS is now Louisville-based instead. Although
not quite a member of French TV [we're still sorting that out], he has
begun providing keys and sax for 3 songs for FTV10. We're quite pleased
with his contributions and hope to coax him into full-time membership
[if only for our health-plan coverage and retirement benefits].