Five years later…

Hi. This is Brian. So…the Technology and the Arts podcast ended close to five years ago. At the time, John LeMasney and I were in the middle of a season in which we were taking viewers/listeners behind the scenes as we tried to collaborate on writing a song together remotely.

We started by sharing some ideas we had worked on independently. My contribution was the simple chorus below and a potential title, “Lay It On The Line.” The lyrics reflected how I felt, as a privileged white male, in the wake of Ferguson and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. I wanted to express the importance of not being silent about racial injustice and to be vocal in support of BLM.

bktandem · TechArts – LayItOnTheLine 10-29-2015

John shared some guitar riffs and I soon realized the one at the start of this clip might work as a verse with my chorus.

John William LeMasney · First Draft

Shortly before the podcast came to an end in December 2015, I used a piece of John’s guitar riff in this rough demo to see if the two pieces could work together.

bktandem · FirstDraft LIOTL_mockup

This “draft” version of the song was to be a framework for us to construct a final version. Obviously, it still needed a bridge section, which is why it ends abruptly after the second chorus. Even after the podcast ended, I wanted to complete the song, but a bridge remained elusive and I moved on.

Fast forward five years to 2020 and police brutality and injustices against Black people continue. Black Lives Matter protests flood the nation’s streets again, and it brought me back to “Lay It On The Line.”

Instead of working from the original “framework” GarageBand file, I decided to rebuild the song from scratch, which resulted in a bit of a key change and some rearranging. I didn’t use John’s guitar riff this time, but it still heavily influenced the verse sections.

In my head, I always thought the bridge would just be a simple breakdown into a solo section before one last chorus. But I could never get it to sound right. Then, I thought about Todd Rundgren’s “Just One Victory” and the “Hold that line, baby, hold that line…” backing vocals, and hit upon a new idea for the elusive bridge.

I decided to incorporate similar melodic backing vocals into the bridge, introducing a key change and some new chords in the process. Suddenly, the simple breakdown section I had envisioned became a bit more complex. But with the bridge complete, I was now able to complete the framework of the song. It’s still really a demo, but the song John and I started writing together nearly five years ago is finally finished, structurally.

bktandem · Lay It On The Line (2020 Demo)

And then, because I wanted to give a nod to that original stripped-down draft recording of the chorus, I also created a “quiet mix” version.

bktandem · Lay It On The Line (Quiet Mix Demo)

LAY IT ON THE LINE

Music by Brian Kelley & John LeMasney
Lyrics by Brian Kelley
Arranged by Brian Kelley

Look all around you
And see what’s at stake
A movement is coming
Which side will you take
Battle injustice
Or stay on the side
Will you stand up and fight
Or will you just run and hide?

Take a look at yourself
Are you doing anything that can help
Take a look in your heart
It’s time that you start doing your part

Life’s not worth living
If you don’t take a stand
And champion the causes
Of your fellow ‘man
Your apathy’s weakness
Your silence a joke
How can you sit there
When the system is broke
Time to wake up your mind
And lay it on the line
Gotta lay it on the line

How can you keep saying
That nothing is wrong
When what’s come to light
Has been like this all along
The shield has been broken
The trust is betrayed
Lives have been stolen
By the system we made

Take a look at yourself
Are you doing anything that can help
Take a look in your heart
It’s time that you start doing your part

Life’s not worth living
If you don’t take a stand
And champion the causes
Of your fellow ‘man
Your apathy’s weakness
Your silence a joke
How can you sit there
When the system is broke
Time to wake up your mind
And lay it on the line
Gotta lay it on the line

Bridge
It’s time to wake up and understand. It’s time to support your fellow ‘man
(Now is the time)
It’s time to step up and do what’s right. It’s time to get up and join the fight.
(For us to understand)
It’s time to wake up and understand. It’s time to support your fellow ‘man
(We must unite)
It’s time to step up and do what’s right. It’s time to get up and join the fight.
(as one common ‘man)

Take a stand

(Instrumental-solo)

Take a look at yourself
Are you doing anything that can help
Take a look in your heart
It’s time that you start doing your part

Life’s not worth living
If you don’t take a stand
And champion the causes
Of your fellow ‘man
Your apathy’s weakness
Your silence a joke
How can you sit there
When the system is broke
Time to wake up your mind
And lay it on the line
Gotta lay it on the line

© 2020 Brian J. Kelley/John W. LeMasney

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 67 (10.04.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 67 (10.04.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 67 (10.04.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangout On Air conducted September 30, 2013. This installment of the podcast features discussion of Robert Scoble’s “Age of Context,” the virtues of Google+ Hangouts compared to Adobe Connect and GoTo Meeting, the new Seaboard keyboard instrument from Roli, and the potential medical uses for Google Glass…and more! Plus, we talk with singer-songwriter Christian Beach, who performed one of his new songs for us. File size: 19.5 MB. Time: 1 hr., 19 min., 25 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 66 (09.27.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 66 (09.27.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 66 (09.27.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangout On Air conducted September 23, 2013. This installment of the podcast features discussion on technologies libraries need to be aware of and using in today’s world, the praise heaped upon Netflix by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan following the show’s Emmy win for best drama, and the value of Internet radio stations focusing on local music…and more! File size: 15.3 MB. Time: 1 hr., 02 min., 09 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts – Episode 66

Technology and the Arts – Episode 66 (09.27.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangout On Air conducted September 23, 2013. This installment of the podcast features discussion on technologies libraries need to be aware of and using in today’s world, the praise heaped upon Netflix by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan following the show’s Emmy win for best drama, and the value of Internet radio stations focusing on local music…and more! File size: 15.3 MB. Time: 1 hr., 02 min., 09 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

John talked about:

Brian talked about:

Together, they discussed:

  • Top technologies libraries should know and use
  • “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan’s post-Emmy praise for Netflix
  • The perils of relying on any one online mapping or GPS app.
  • New Jersey Internet radio:
    • Altrok – keeping alive the legacy of the long-gone WHTG 106.3 FM, Modern Rock at the Jersey Shore
    • BlowUp Radio – an online radio station that hosts, Banding Together, an annual “webathon” featuring local music artists designed to combat spondylitis.
    • The Penguin Rocks

Here is the webcast version of the episode:
Technology and the Arts 2.0: Series 2, Ep. 7 – 09.23.2013

Technology and the Arts 2.0: Series 2, Episode 6 – 09.16.2013

Technology and the Arts 2.0: Series 2, Ep. 6 – 09.16.2013

Here is a rundown of things discussed in this installment of Technology and the Arts…

John talked about:

Brian talked about:

  • “Warm Blanket,” the new CD from one of Brian’s favorite indie artists, Dent May…check out his Soundcloud page.

Together, they discussed:

  • PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) – in this day and age of NSA spying on you, PGP will at least make them work a bit to get to your data
  • More on the beauty and simplicity of Chromebook
  • Andreu Carulla’s “Oxymoron Maker II,” a hot ice cream maker produced exclusively for Rocambolesc, the ice cream store offshoot of Spain’s famed El Celler de Can Roca restaurant
  • The 99% Invisible podcast — hosted by Roman Mars, this entertaining and informative podcast looks at all forms of design…graphic design, architecture, networks and systems and format structures.
  • And more…

Technology and the Arts 2.0: Series 2, Episode 5 – 09.10.2013

Technology and the Arts 2.0: Series 2, Ep. 5 – 09.10.2013

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts webcast, hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney talk about Paul McCartney’s new album and legacy, the recent NASA moon mission launched from the Virginia coast, Evernote, Google’s removal of the video response feature on YouTube, the mostly underwhelming announcement of the iPhone 5c and 5s, new technology and its potential impact on classic works of art, and setting up a staging/development site with WordPress…and more!

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts – Episode 62

Technology and the Arts – Episode 62 (08.23.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air conducted August 19, 2013. This installment features a discussion about the It’s a Thing podcast, the 5:10 egg, Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby” video, Brian’s music on Soundcloud, the flat design trend with shadow element, alternatives to cable TV, Google Easter eggs and more! Also, John presents a brief introduction to Scratch, an MIT-developed tile-based visual programming environment and toolkit. The episode also includes Brian’s worst edit in his six years of podcasting at around the 25:25 mark. File size: 20.2 MB. Time: 42 min. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Here are some quick links to things mentioned during the show…

Below is the full version of the Technology and the Arts: Series 2, Ep. 3 – 08.1912.2013 webcast…

Technology and the Arts Podcast -€“ Episode 61 (08.16.2013)

Technology and the Arts Podcast -€“ Episode 61 (08.16.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 61 (08.16.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air conducted August 12, 2013. This installment features discussions on building fully functional web sites with WordPress; Scratch, a tile-based visual programming environment and toolkit developed by MIT; Andrew Huang’s “song challenge” in which he covers the theme from “Breaking Bad” with items you might find in a meth lab; and Loop, an iPad app that allows you to create short, hand-drawn animations by Universal Everything….and more. File size: 6.8 MB. Time: 27 min., 30 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts – Episode 61

Technology and the Arts – Episode 61 (08.16.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air conducted August 12, 2013. This installment features discussions on building fully functional web sites with WordPress; Scratch, a tile-based visual programming environment and toolkit developed by MIT; Andrew Huang’s “song challenge” in which he covers the theme from “Breaking Bad” with items you might find in a meth lab; and Loop, an iPad app that allows you to create short, hand-drawn animations by Universal Everything….and more. File size: 6.8 MB. Time: 27 min., 30 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Here are some quick links to things mentioned during the show…

Below is the full version of the Technology and the Arts: Series 2, Ep. 2 – 08.12.2013 webcast…

Technology and the Arts Podcast -€“ Episode 60 (08.09.2013)

Technology and the Arts Podcast -€“ Episode 60 (08.09.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 60 (08.09.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air conducted August 5, 2013. This marked the 2013 series premiere and features a discussion on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, new Google products, a study looking at the potential of technology as an arts-education platform outside of the classroom…and more. File size: 11 MB. Time: 45 min., 07 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.