in october, carice the actress came to me with a thought. suggested i might be right for a small part in a movie she was about to film in new mexico. she knew i was only interested in the small parts.
met with the director in amsterdam on the way to victoria island .. (?) .. . yes canada. don’t ask.
she said she’d rather have a guitar player that was not an actor instead of the other way around.
when the time rolled around to go film it, december had turned surprisingly cold that same day there. the temps plunged. everyday was below zero and the story that was once set in a hot desert was now taking place in a stunning snowy landscape there.
they needed a couple songs to be played live in the scene on the porch. i had written “lost love” for one of the actresses to sing there then (jelke van houten) . .. and the director chose an existential song i had (“reality or not”) for a scene with holly hunter.
so the scene took place on a porch of an old ranch house in new mexico, at night, when the temps were mercilessly well below zero.
but it was a fine time out there with exceptional people .. . and enlightening seeing how the director and actors cut through so many difficult obstacles of nature and emotion to secure a day’s filming and get the job done no matter what.
i was happy enough with my harry dean stanton minute. . .. but then later realized those songs were pretty good .. so we added them on the giant giant sand recording we did later that same month, which included the overture : “wind blown waltz”.
a sincere thank you to those fine, brave dutch folk and the stunning snowed under new mexico landscape for the severe yippity and song work.