The concept for this record has been a work in progress. for many years. with every year changing ever so slightly. Then I picked up a tattered book from a garage sale, and everything changed. "Goodbye to Berlin" written by: Christopher Isherwood was that book. From the moment I turned it's first page, the moment I read those words; "I am a camera, with it's shutter open, quite passively, recording, not thinking." I felt liberated, and insanely paranoid at the same time. Me? How could someone describe a character in that way, and have it hit so close to home for the reader? But, in that moment, the entire idea, concept, every word, every sound sort of swarmed my head. I am an observer. I like to observe people, behaviors, body language, etc. I've spent my entire like as a Wallflower, observing people, and things. And, it's been a gift and a curse. I record things constantly, documenting, saving, archiving. My memory is almost obsessive-compulsive. My mind has an endless capacity for useless information. I see the beauty in most things. I capture the ugly as well. I am a camera. And, what I write about is based upon the moments where I was a camera, taking it all in. True, I am guilty of being in front of the camera too. But, I was always recording, every moment, preparing the narration. I thought of many ways to get these stories, my story, out there. A play? But, writing a script is not something I have the attention span for. A novel? Again, lacking in the attention span department. Through song, and visual art, and big idea to write a rock musical; I've compiled my favorite pieces of this ever growing idea. The catharsis was incredibly profound, and I feel like an empty hard-drive. I give you....
...I Am a Camera.
released 06 April 2009
Music & Lyrics: Jessica Allyn
Vox/Uke/Guitar: Jessica Allyn
Guitar/Bass/Other Arrangements: Robert Franceschini
Drums (for Pot & The Kettle)
+ Some Mixing/Mastering: John Cruess
Production/Mastering: Robert Franceschini
Artwork: Jessica Allyn
Recorded at The Glitter Factory, New York