My goal for the public domain remix is simple and impactful.
These public domain cartoons are both relics from my childhood, as I would imagine they are for many people my age and much older.
As innocent as these cartoons are, there is a haunting quality to them that children are sensitive to, but cannot express. Or perhaps they begin to haunt a person when they are pulled out of the recesses of childhood memory and resurrected to an adult mind. Either way, I’ve always been sensitive to it.
This remix places Koko the clown’s haunting performance of “St. James Infirmary Blues” (as performed by the great Cab Calloway) alongside the tale of a little bird who is taken from this world the same day he learns to fly.
I like it as a sad little piece. It differs from my recent work but recalls more directly my earliest work; sad, dark, frightening, but quirky, off, and somehow cute. This is how I would clumsily describe the vein of inspiration I most relish. Of course everybody is free to call it whatever they like, even ‘not for me’, ‘dumb’, ‘weird (in a bad way)’ and ‘simply shit’. I still believe there are people who may feel a connection with it, as I do.
It runs at exactly a minute forty, YouTube adds an extra second (that’s for you Taravat, so you know I’m not over!!!)
“Betty Boop: Snow White (1933),” Archive.org video, 7:06, accessed March 26, 2013, http://archive.org/details/bb_snow_white
“A Song Of The Birds (1935),” Archive.org video, 7:17, accessed March 26, 2013, http://archive.org/details/A_Song_Of_The_Birds_1935
Here is an original Cab Calloway performance.