When I was doing my homework for Cornerstone Music Festival ’09, I was meticulously running down their alphabetized list of artists, visiting each MySpace page, getting an earful and jotting down notes.
Early on, I stumbled across Bradley Hathaway. He’s been a well known poet for quite some time now and in recent years has been delivering music to his audience as well. His style was unlike any other artist I had ever heard! I just couldn’t wait to tell my brother that I had discovered someone amazing!
Me, “Joey! Have you ever heard of Bradley Hathaway?”
Joey’s expression went blank.
Joey, “Suzy. I have already told you about him like six times.”
Then he pointed out the fact that he was wearing a Bradley Hathaway T-shirt. …And that he owned everything Bradley had ever put out.
Me, “Oh… Really?”
(Okay. I have a hard enough time remembering a name with a face. I’m definitely not going to remember just a name.)
Then in the summer of ’10, I realized that Bradley’s hair looked exactly six inches longer than the last time I had seen him.
Hmmm. One year’s growth. Bet he needs a trim.
Being that I was volunteering haircuts for RYFO, I was sure to hunt him down.
He’s equally unusual in person as he is in art.
So SAVE THE DATE.
Ol’ Bradley Hathaway’s going to be crashing at our crib at 7:30 on Saturday, March 17th. His acoustic set will begin after we enjoy a beautiful opening act. Bradley’s accepting donations. Don’t, however, let that deter you if the funds aren’t available. Just come on over and enjoy the weirdness that is Bradley Hathaway. (<< check his MySpace page)
Friends of friends are invited. (I want to meet your hubby, Chelsea.)
Here are a few select pieces:
My favorite (No, this is not a video that he produced. Yes, there are Spanish subtitles.):
The World Is Screaming
One of the first ones that ever gripped me (what an acoustic show might be like):
A poem from his earlier years (he might perform some upon request; the music at the end is treacherous):
The Annoying Hardcore Dude That Goes Too Far