"...whosoever tooteth not his own horn,
that horn then shall not be tooted."
- J. Barton Sr.
LONG GONE Daguerreotypes 1840-1860 (2011) - I came across the Library of Congress' collection of daguerreotypes and found them so fascinating that I thought that they would be good material for a short film. The second entr'acte from Carmen has been one of my favorite short pieces of music for many years (I'm a sucker for melody), and it is generally contemporary with the images, so it seemed a natural fit.
The memento mori of visiting graveyards, reading epitaphs, birth-death dates, and calculating lifespans is sobering and contemplative for most of us. This film might fit into that variety of experience.
THE BALLAD OF SILVER JACK - Alan Lomax's Folk Songs of North America influenced many people in the 1960s. This was one of my favorite songs from it. Lomax wrote the melody for words collected from cowboys by his father, John A. Lomax, although the poem might have originated in northern logging camps. The old photographs are from the Library of Congress.
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