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A little afternoon fun some years ago. Not intended to offend or make any political statement. It was just for fun. We used to have that sometimes…. Fun.

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B U M S
Fiction
Comedy and Satire


Author
Richard C. Crossley


Material & Workmanship

I could be totally off the mark on this. It wouldn’t be the first time for sure, but the story I got was that Troy came across this old piano and started tinking about with it. He looked up the instruments manufacturer and discovered a bit about them, and the business of making pianos, and obviously a bit about how so many of these proud companies eventually went broke. All that research is just a small part of this song, that reaches much deeper and touches what no doubt will be different chords in every listener. For me, this touches a deep spot I’m not sure I have yet fully plumbed. Maybe I’ve just become an old softie. This was submitted to the Tiny Desk competition in 2018.

 

Performance by Troy Crossley.
Thanks to Daniel Earle for filmography.

This audio is a studio cut. The youtube vid below is a one shot rough cut. Enjoy both!

LYRICS -Material and workmanship

Material and workmanship, fully warranted.
Werner piano co, located in Chicago

Material and workmanship, fully warranted
oh They said they’d always be there, making sure your shit don’t slip

Now where have you gone
left to crumble midst the dust of time
and you were swept up in the tides of the depression

Now the chiming through the halls don’t guide your days anymore
No songs to welcome the sunrise or end out your night
No melodies to keep your spirits high
Where are you now?

You know the keys don’t play themselves like before
up there in Chicago — ooo ooo

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but I follow every time my mind catches on the breeze
your words they echo, your memories cut through like a knife
but you never would have made it in this life
where are you now

nobodies buying player pianos anymore
they should have switched to the banjo
— switched to the banjo… ooo

Music, lyrics, & performance by Troy J. Crossley – All rights reserved.

"Fully Warrented " Tiny Desk Submission 2018
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Material & Workmanship
Nonfiction
Anthology, Biography, and Philosophy


Author
Troy J. Crossley


Disincarnate – Spirit of the demon

This is a bad movie. Really bad. So bad it’s not even good. But still, it was a blast making it and everyone learned a lot. For 5 bucks, throw it on to your next amazon order and have a few laughs.

Nick and Jen Sarbos, traveling cross country for inspiration, stop at a country barn sale ‘at the end’. They quickly discover they have stepped into a story as strange as any of the macabre novels Nick has written, and as time unites within the controlled reality of the strange barn, they discover others that have been there longer. Unable to leave, and unwilling to accept the demands of this new reality, Nick soon feels threatened not just by the ‘ruint’ creatures that pursue them, or even the proprietor that insists he needs something from Nick, but by those in his party, whose survival may depend on his actions.

Based on an original script, DISINCARNATE was filmed in Lucketts Virginia. It tells the story of a primal evil, longing for corporeal life in our world since the beginning of time. His cruel experiments over the ages have given him a shadow form, and taught him many tricks, but with the help of Nick Sarbos he believes he can finally pass through the veil. Using the failed experiments of his long past (ruints), and others unwittingly caught in his snare, he exerts mounting pressure on Mr. Sarbos to participate in his final liberation.

This was a no budget film that attempted to focus on dialogue and story rather than effects. The cast was also the crew and together we learned just how difficult it can be to make a movie… and how much fun.


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Disincarnate – Spirit of the demon
Fiction
Action/Adventure, Drama, and Horror

Video
Author
Richard C. Crossley


Nightmares

A young boy has trouble sleeping after watching a scary movie. Finally he decides to sleep elsewhere. After considering his parents room, he decides to bunk down on the floor in his brothers room.

Nightmares was shot in a few hours and draws heavily on outtakes from Disincarnate to provide the dream sequences used. Indeed, it was in fact those outtakes, and the desire to use them, that sparked the idea for this ad-hoc shoot. It was a lot of fun for father and sons alike.

Stars Dillon Crossley
With Troy Crossley
Written & Directed by Richard Crossley. 3:32 length.

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Nightmares
Fiction
Horror, Suspense, and Thriller

Video
Author
Richard C. Crossley



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