Here is the latest video from Garland Jeffreys, made to go with his new single, “Coney Island Winter” from the forthcoming recording entitled The King of In Between due to be released on June 7th. I hope we can buy a CD copy early that night and that Garland Jeffreys will hold a meet and greet after the concert with us 😉
“Coney Island Winter” was directed and assembled by Doug Webbhttp://wildinthestreets.info/ who created Garland’s Wild in the Streets fan site and opens with footage from the 1952 short film documentary “Coney Island, U.S.A.” It also includes samples from a 1991 episode of PBS’s American Experience (“Coney Island”) and the evocative 2010 short film “Coney Island Dream”, filmed and edited byJoshua Brownhttp://joshuabrownphotography.com/.
“The video captures the desolation, but also the allure, the fantasy and the humor of Coney Island that still fills my memories,” says Garland.
I love the photograph. We’ve never been to Coney Island, which is a real travesty. But thanks to you Garland we’re finally there. We can smell the salt air and feel the sand under our shoes as we walk the boardwalk with you.
I feel the heavy coat of Winter peeling off my back and Spring very close at hand 🙂
FINALLY! The first song from the brand new album is released today: CONEY ISLAND WINTER! I dedicate this song to to all my friends and fans who’ve patiently supported me through the long process of making this album. I’ve taken to heart all your comments and kind words. I look forward to seeing you on the road! G
Garland, we look forward to seeing you live soon too!
I drift back to the time when we listened perpetually to FM radio, in particular Metromedia affiliate WNEW-FM 102.7 out of New York City. The year was 1973, Rosemary and I were newly married and living in an apartment in South Norwalk, Ct. We were very in league with the NEW-FM disk jockeys such as Dave Herman in the morning and Scott Muni (Scottso) in the afternoon. It was Dave Herman who turned us on to Garland Jeffreys and his anthem-like song, “Wild in the Streets”. Garland’s 45 r.p.m record got a lot of airplay on the station that year, deservedly so 😉
Rolling ahead to 1977, Garland Jeffreys recorded and released Ghost Writer on A&M Records. I used to go on record buying binges to J&R Music World and other record haunts throughout NY City, sometimes buying 10-12 albums at a clip. I recall purchasing Ghost Writer in the Village and playing it extensively on my Sunday morning radio show on WVOF-FM 88.5 at Fairfield University. I would lean strongly on “35 Millimeter Dreams”, “Lift Me Up” and “Why-O” in my playlists. I was just going through my vinyl collection recently, thinking the next time I see Garland Jeffreys I’ll ask him to sign Ghost Writer for me so I can frame it for my home office 😉
Rolling forward to October 9, 2010, we saw Garland Jeffreys perform live as part of Happy Birthday John, An Informal Celebration of John Lennon’s 70th Birthday in NY City. Here is the video clip of his poetic reading of “Help”, which was very moving to witness.
I was very honored to have a chance to talk to Garland Jeffreys on the steps of the Society for Ethical Culture before the show and again after the concert at the after party at Gibson Studios. I loved his sincerity and the sense of excitement I felt about his career revival.
I’m making a solemn pledge to spend quality listening time with Garland’s music and his official video channel on YouTube. I want to become more in harmony with Garland’s music in anticipation of his new recording (which is in production). He’s stepping up his touring schedule as a result and we hope to catch him live again real soon. 🙂