“Before the Boys”

I recorded a new song over Spring Break. It’s called “Before the Boys.” I recorded it at my sister-in-law’s cabin in Saugerties, NY, a stone’s throw away from Big Pink, the house where Bob Dylan and the Band recorded a couple of iconic albums. The song is about a free-spirited eleven-year-old girl who becomes self-conscious when someone pulls her aside and tells her to be more reserved and feminine because “boys are watching.” It’s told from the point-of-view of the eight-year-old boy who is crushed when the girl gives up her tomboy ways. It will be available on streaming services by the end of the month. In the meantime, here’s a link to the song on Bandcamp: https://marcschuster.bandcamp.com/releases

Plush Gordon: Internet Box #1

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We’ve been working on this project for a while now. By “we,” I mean Plush Gordon. We’re calling the project an internet box because it sounds cooler than “web page with a bunch of free files you can download.” But that’s essentially what it is. And the files, if we may say so in all humility, are pretty cool.

First, there’s the music — a four-track EP titled Slow Drive Through a Strange World and handful of bonus tracks. My favorite track on the EP is called “Madrid.” It’s not about the Spanish city. It’s about a town in New Mexico. More or less.

And if you want to sing along, we’ve included illustrated lyrics. Fun fact: For some of the songs, there are more verses on the lyric sheet than in the recorded version. We can’t explain this fact. Things just worked out that way.

As if illustrated lyrics weren’t enough, we also provide some literature! Specifically, we’ve include a manifesto that spells out our artistic principles, a piece of autofiction that comes reasonably close to explaining how we recorded the EP, and a short story titled “Madrid,” which inspired the song of the same name.

Next, we have a video for the third song on the EP, “Red Door,” which blends animation and vintage stock footage to tell the story of a motorist who is struggling to find his way in the world as he slowly loses of his faculties.

And there’s the short film we shot. It’s called Milk Fudge. We filmed it over the course of five days as part of a competition, which we were fortunate enough to have won. Listen for the first song on the EP, “Silver Nissan,” playing in the background.

Finally, we have some art and the credits for the EP. We feel especially fortunate to have so many people working on the project — ten musicians and fourteen members of our studio team, all of whom make up what we lovingly think of as the Plush Gordon continuum.

It’s all free to download. You can pick and choose what you like. And we won’t even be offended if you don’t like any of it. We admit that we’re kind of an acquired taste. But if you do enjoy it — or you know someone who might enjoy it — please feel free to share the music and/or the following link with your friends: https://www.hungryhourmusic.com/slow-drive

Thanks for checking it out!

Daughter, Actually

Big news! I’m making a movie! It’s called Daughter, Actually, a film about mothers and daughters and the choices they make. I wrote the script, and my friend and colleague Jen Mitlas will be directing.

Here’s a bit of background…
At the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, TIME’S UP and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative launched the 4% Challenge to encourage everyone involved in film-making to commit to working with female directors within the following eighteen moths.

Inspired by this challenge, Jen announced via social media that she wanted to take part and asked if anyone wanted to work with her. When I said that I had a script, Jen took a look at it, enthusiastically embraced the project, and immediately began putting a team together to get the ball rolling.

What it’s about…
Titled Daughter, Actually,the screenplay depicts the fraught relationship between a woman named Alison and her aging mother, Helen, who has been hospitalized after a fall. Over the course of an evening in the ER, Alison and Helen swing sharply between stinging accusations and moments of profound tenderness as they move toward a stronger appreciation for each other’s life decisions.

If you’d like to help…
Needless to say, making a movie comes with a lot of expenses, so we’ve started an Indiegogo campaign to help us raise the money we’ll need for production, post-production, and submitting the film to festivals. Every little bit helps — even sharing information about our project can make a big difference!