Sunday, June 14, 2020

One day more...

Here we stand just one more day until the announcement of the Artists in Residence for Dry Tortugas National Park in 2020. Today we have Shannon's desert island discs. He could not contain his list to five and did ten.   Honestly five is all but impossible. I found myself throwing great albums overboard.  So like Captain Kirk in Star Trek's Kobayashi Maru exam he changed the parameters.  That is what we do as artists right? We make the world how we see it or how we want it to be.  That said here is Shannon's ten albums.

“ These albums each have, a specific purpose for me. I thought about them long and hard. Nothing here is willy-nilly.  I felt each had to have a cohesiveness from beginning to end. Each had to be an album that I have returned to over and over in my life. I feel each one is a jewel and all inspiring me in their respect ways. 
The albums are in no specific order of importance as I weigh them equally, for they all evoke something different and uniquely powerful in me.” 

1.   James, Laid
2.  Janes Addiction, Nothing Shocking
3.  The Waterboys, Fisherman’s Blues
4.  The Cowboy Junkies, Caution Horses
5.  Leonard Cohen, More Best of Leonard Cohen
6.  Malcolm McClaren, Paris
7.  Bob Dylan, Blood On the Tracks
8.  Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas
9.  Tears for Fears, Elemental
10. Bryan Ferry, Boys and Girls

Shannon Torrence

With mere hours remaining until the announcement I'd like to wish everyone who had a dream of living on a desert island without internet and put together an application good luck!  We are all hoping to get the same shiny brass ring and there is only one.  I am sure whoever the winner is ultimately two things will happen they will have a once in a lifetime adventure and they will make amazing art in a time and place removed from the hurly burly of modern day life.  

I can speak for Shannon and myself and say the process of creating and being the Flying Tortuga Brothers through the blog, podcast and the start of the documentary has been one of the most fun years of our lives.  We want to send out a special shout out of thanks to our podcast guests.  You guys were awesome and really made this a great experience for us.

Loggerhead 2020 or bust!
Carl Stoveland
for the Flying Tortuga Brothers

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