Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Tammy!

For the cake decoration, my sister offers the Limited Edition M&Ms she picked up at M&M World in Florida. They are green mint crisp candies to commemorate Indiana Jones.

The bedtrack is fed into Tammy's right ear from Georgia's iPod shuffle. The wireless mic she sings into is covered by a red Christmas bow.

There's no time. Again. It's Tammy's birthday and I want to take her out to the movies. And Christmas takes it away from her. Every year.

The candles..yeah! Perfect. She'll have her cake and eat it too.

Rush. My heart beats so fast. And. Just for the record, the cake is delicious.

Sweet is Low
by Tammy Lin Foreman

oh so gentle
you are these things
mornings / evenings
all afternoon
dream of the moon
keeps you busy
when you get dizzy
when your sweet is low
your sweet is low

when your mental
you are these things
am / pm
dream in 4/4
keeps you busy
when you get lazy
when your sweet is low
your sweet is low
your sweet is low


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wish You Were Here

Florida. A Christmas present from my parents. A wireless mic. Kids in the background. Sunny is taking pictures.

I guess this is how it looks from the back seat. Filming the new video. The music bed track: Tammy pre-recorded. Thinking ahead.

How are we going to do an Instant Video during our vacation? Yeah. Do "The Sea Song" of course!

The music plays through the speakers of the rented Chevy Cobalt while she sings seven takes into the wireless microphone.

Doing a U-wee after each take. Losing the light. Until that breakthrough moment. And touch that water. This is the Real Deal.

Running. To etch something in the sand...

My Waves
by Tammy Lin Foreman

I'll go
real far
in my motor
I'll go fast
try not to crash

I will
drive you
all the
way to
the sea
will be
the key

my waves
and you'll
hear me
the strangest
words that
you've ever

say you'll
with me
to the sea
we'll be
so free
in the sea


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Oh, but I watch her so sadly...

Tammy's cover of "The Girl from Ipanema" first appeared on her self-released cassette The Girl Inside Your Man from 1996.

It's not that easy to play cassettes anymore.

An old friend has been watching the Instant Videos from afar and requested the track. Other requests have come in.

It still comes together each week. Without too much planning, the elements somehow converge.

This project keeps me alive, keeps me going.

If we go through all of Tammy's old songs on all those cassettes we'll have a hundred instant videos in no time.

The Girl from Ipanema

Adapted by Tammy Lin Foreman
from the original English lyrics
by Norman Gimbel

Tall and tan and young and lovely
the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes each one she passes goes ahhh
When she walks she's like a samba
that swings so cool and sways so gently
that when she passes each one she passes goes ahhh
Oh, but I watch her so sadly
How can I tell her I love her
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
but each day when she walks to the sea
she looks straight ahead not at me
Tall and tan and young and lovely
the girl from Ipanema goes walking
and when she passes
I smile but she doesn't see
she just doesn't see

Monday, December 8, 2008


Okay. It has been special requested to have the separated tracks from the latest Instant Video to enable audio artists to do remixes... Do it up! And send us the remixes... We'd love to hear them. Thanks for watching!

Click here...
1. Instant Video #10 - Full Force - voice only
2. Instant Video #10 - Full Force - music only

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sixteen by Nine

Full Force
by Tammy Lin Foreman

Don't sweat it sweetheart
just go and do your part
you can't make it happen
with them
so go on your own.

You are strong + happy
make it quick, make it snappy
it don't matter, it don't matter
if they don't see
coz eventually, eventually
it will be and then they'll see.

Don't doubt
just wash it out
the spout
will come about
and the full force, full force, full force
wash it down the drain of your brain
oh the full force, full force, full force
watch it down the drain of your brain --

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Reasons Slip by Me

Seven days ago, YouTube changed their viewer size to accommodate the widescreen video trend. November 25 - I marked it; a big day for a YouTube content producer. (There was no warning.) I realized that day that I didn't really have any control over such things and wonder if all of this dependence on free web sites (including this one) will bite me later on, if and when they decide to charge for the service.

Anyway, I actually like the "pillar-boxing" effect on 4x3 shots (as opposed to the "letter-boxing" of the widescreen format) and I think it enhances the compositions of my "old" videos. But the day they changed the screen size on YouTube, I knew I had to figure out a way to fill that whole space somehow for the next Instant Video. And I didn't know how. And it's already time to shoot the next one.

(See Money filling the entire frame on YouTube.)

"I didn't choose the song..." says Tammy. "The song chose me." We are tired. It's late in the week. Delays. It's busy. There's no preconceived idea. "Where should I set up?" Anywhere. Let's put up a wallpaper of American dollar bills. Isn't that where you'd find "dead presidents" as in the lyrics to the song?

Let's put up just one. No. That doesn't work. Maybe I'll do something in post. Is that breaking the Instant Video rule? I will keep it one uninterrupted take. That's really the only rule. And I can put the take inside that ten dollar bill. Is that too cheesy?

Tammy styles her scarf like an ascot worn by Alexander Hamilton in the painting by John Trumbull on which the picture on the ten dollar bill is based.

Wikipedia tells me Alexander Hamilton isn't even a dead president. He was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington. Hamilton also has the distinction of dying from a gunshot wound he acquired from a duel. Social convention at the time forced him to confront another politician purportedly because of a careless remark Hamilton made at an upstate New York dinner party.

by Tammy Lin Foreman

C'mon let's leave
I mean why, why should we wait
when there are stars in our stride
and there is heaven in our gait
and love, it loosens our legs
and love, it swings out our arms
and love, don't matter none
coz we are lucky like charms
money (money)
the reasons slip by me
the reasons slip by me

Honey, money don't matter
it's just a clatter of coins
and when our hands join
it ceases to exist
I follow my bliss
not the green that's in my fist
coz cash is just a flash in the hand
d'you understand?
I don't need pictures of dead presidents
to make me happy
I'd rather we be free
and let love lead our day
love, pay our way
love, it will stay
and money, will come and go
money (money)
the reasons slip by me
the reasons slip by me

dollar signs in your eyes
they won't buy me sugar pie
I want the pie in the sky
I just love you so much
the kind that money can't touch
still you spend all day
making dough to blow
and when you get home
you gotta get, you gotta go
with your card cash, cold cash, money in hand
I want to leave this life but you don't understand
You think it's all about the way you look
You think it's all about your pocketbook

But I don't want your money
I just want your honey.

"What about the heart?! We need a heart." Don't worry. It's in there. I made sure.