Andrew J. Fletcher

Ben Lovett’s Black Curtain

Last May I was in part of a music video for Asheville/L.A./Atlanta musi­cian Ben Lovett. I’ve known him for a cou­ple years, and he caught me play­ing my mobile piano rig in town a cou­ple times and asked me if I would play piano in his music video. Play­ing music in a video is sort of like play­ing cha­rades for the blind — there’s not a sin­gle micro­phone at the entire shoot. You sit and lis­ten to the same song, at dif­fer­ent speeds, for about 10 hours in a row and you’re cov­ered in makeup applied like peanut but­ter. It’s mis­er­able and it’s not even musi­cal. What counts though is the results and the peo­ple you get to work with. And Ben Lovett con­sis­tently pro­duces stuff with more pol­ish than almost any­body in Asheville. He’s a great guy to work with and a great guy to work for.

I’m very happy with how it turned out. I have a very small part in it. Look for me at the piano, duh. Here’s the video.

The still pho­tog­ra­phy on set was done by Dorn­Broth­ers Pho­tog­ra­phy. You should like them.

I made an art. It is for sale.

I have made an art.

It is for sale.

Pen and acrylic on wood.

Its name is HUEVO, and it can be yours.

It costs $5000.

Huevo

If you are inter­ested, con­tact me or leave a contact.

 

My Thoughts on Lexington Avenue

Photo by Derek Olson.

Lex­ing­ton Ave. and Col­lege St. Photo by Derek Olson, via asheville-nc-photography.com

This is a Let­ter to the Edi­tor style post in response to two arti­cles in the Moun­tain Xpress. The first was pub­lished in the print edi­tion Decem­ber 5: No easy answers: Lex­ing­ton Avenue’s uncer­tain future by David Forbes. The sec­ond was pub­lished online Decem­ber 12: Mer­chants protest Dec. 5 Lex­ing­ton Avenue story by Caitlin Byrd.

I used to work in the pro­duc­tion depart­ment for a daily, inde­pen­dently owned and pub­lished news­pa­per. We fre­quently heard the kinds of con­cerns expressed in Ms. Byard’s arti­cle and we had to tread care­fully. I lis­tened care­fully to the in-house edi­to­r­ial dis­cus­sions about what to do when adver­tis­ers expressed con­cerns about pub­lic­ity they per­ceived as negative.

First and fore­most, a news­pa­per has to be hon­est to its read­ers, oth­er­wise read­ers will feel cheated and look else­where, which ulti­mately hurts the newspaper’s bot­tom line and dimin­ishes the sense of com­mu­nity that a qual­ity news­pa­per pro­vides. A reader who is less likely to trust the edi­to­r­ial con­tent is also less likely to trust the adver­tise­ments in such a news­pa­per. For an extreme exam­ple: Ask your­self how much you trust the adver­tise­ments in the tabloids in the check­out line. About as much as their exposé story of ‘Bat Boy’? A news­pa­per with integrity is a bet­ter place for con­sumers to make choices about where to spend their dol­lars. Pulling adver­tis­ing because of a ‘neg­a­tive’ story hurts the adver­tiser and the con­sumer more than than the newspaper.

Can an arti­cle on increased crime lead to less crime in the future? Because of the respect that the XPress has in our com­mu­nity and it’s con­tin­ued abil­ity to start con­struc­tive dia­log (such as this one), I think so. A neg­a­tive story can increase and main­tain the integrity of a news­pa­per, lead­ing to pos­i­tive change for the entire community. The Xpress has that legit­i­macy because it doesn’t look the other way when con­fronted with an uglier face of real­ity than we would all like to see. I put a high value on that.

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The Roaring Lions EP

A lit­tle over a year ago, my friend Henry and I were invited by Je Widen­house to sit in on his weekly gig at 5 Wal­nut Wine Bar here in down­town Asheville. Je and Henry are cur­rent mem­bers of the Squir­rel Nut Zip­pers and Je and I are cur­rent mem­bers of Fire­cracker Jazz Band and Henry is the for­mer tuba player, so we had a large song­book in com­mon. We had a lot of fun that night, made some good music and got a great response. So we slapped a name on our trio, started up a Face­book account, printed up some busi­ness cards and called it a band. As far as I can tell from my research, we are the world’s first and only tuba-trumpet-piano trio in exis­tence. If you know of another, tell me.

We are The Roar­ing Lions.

We have just released our first recordings.

You can buy our record on Band­camp, or from us in per­son when you see us per­form for $5. Also, you can Book­face love us. Our CD release will take place this Sun­day Octo­ber 14, at 5 Wal­nut Wine Bar at 7pm.

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