LINK | Posted by Chris on Thursday, February 14, 2013
Today, we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Whispertown's Morgan Nagler:
Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Hope for the wound,
May it heal and scar,
Through rose colored lense
And god-sick blues;
Through the eye of the beholder
May we raise the bar,
The notes will bend
As we hear what we choose.
I like to think of it as poem rock.
Who are your musical influences and idols?
Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith;
Paul Simon and Smog;
Hortense Ellis and Tom Petty;
Roxy Music and Talking Heads;
Jonathan Richman and Daniel Johnston.
What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
I bought the 45 of DeBarge's "Rythm Of The Night."
Let's talk acting. You have a film coming out called Pleased To Meet Me where you star alongside John Doe, Loudon Wainwright III, and Aimee Mann. What can you tell us about the movie and what was it like acting alongside those music legends?
Working on Pleased To Meet Me, the movie, was a lovely experience filming in Louisville, KY at the end of last summer. The film is based on a This American Life piece by Starlee Kine titled "Everyone Speaks Elton John." The script was written by Archie Borders and David Henry, and directed by Archie Borders, who I had worked with on a film ten years ago. My character is a somewhat lost and searching bass player who experiences a life turning point.
It was awesome to learn bass and have John Doe right there to help with whatever question... I think he was a little disappointed I didn't really know what the notes of the scales were. I told him I preferred to work on an instinctual basis, but I changed my mind the moment the words left my mouth. It was an honor to work with so many legends of our time. Loudon played at the Louisville Public Library before we began filming and I cried throughout the entire concert. I also got to play bass, guitar, and sing on two Joe Henry songs which I really connected to, so the entire experience was multi-faceted and satisfying on many levels. Can't wait to see it!
I was looking at your IMDb page and saw you were on episodes of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and Punky Brewster as a kid. What do you remember from that? What was it like?
Well, you picked two of my favorite examples. I was in the 2nd and 3rd episodes of Punky Brewster where I helped Punky escape from the orphanage. "Run, Punky, run!" I yell in a weird, somewhat nasally voice. I was 6, and I seem to be about 3 feet tall. It was fun. On Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, I play a super nerd with a nerd walk and talk, in love with Carlton. The week I was on set, Will's single "Summertime" was released and it was a 5-day dance party. And if I recall correctly, again, I wasn't very tall. Ha ha.
Is there a special place you go to create music? A place where the songs just seem to come to you?
The magical writing place for me involves solitude. For the most part, it comes most naturally on hikes and treadmills, on walks and drives. The key is to realize it as it comes, and try not to get in the way of it.
You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
I choose the Jackson 5 circa their early years, and we would preform a somewhat upbeat version of Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"
Or Chet Baker, Hortense Ellis and I would do the standard "God Bless The Child." I love to sing that song.
I guess I choose the impossible so the dream can not disappoint, but live on eternally in my mind.
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