Mountain Made Life
Mountain Made Life
The Good Stuff Art Collective
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  As an art collective we want to create a platform to showcase other artists in as many ways as we can. This page is dedicated to Mountain Made Music, an ongoing series of live outdoor sessions with musicians of all kinds; so sit back, scroll down, and open your ears to some new tunes.

Josh Morris | September 16th, 2019 -- In the past we've been able to work with musicians that we've featured through what feels like luck. Friends of friends, regular customers at our day jobs (gross), or people close enough to us to sneak their ways into our lives, until now.

I found Jack Symes through Instagram last year and with 3,000 followers, a full length album, and the start of a coastal tour turned US tour I was intimidated. When he mentioned that he was making his way up the coast of California I had to reach out. We were lucky enough to have him stop by at our house before a show and perform a three song set. He kicked off the video with my personal favorite "Cool God", a song from his recent album "Songs for Moms". Cool God is a humorous and thought provoking song that questions the seriousness of religion and sets you up to understand Jack Symes' thought process. He continues with a melancholy song about pursuing the thought of a love that might already be gone sung over the gentle picking of his guitar and a featured babbling brook. To end the set he finishes with a new favorite of mine called "Baby My Baby", a song I can relate to as he sings lyrics about a one sided love like "I'm headin' out for the city, to see my baby I lost my baby. I'm headin' out for the city what a lonely drive".

Jack Symes is a confidently modest guy, he considers himself and his music to resemble "warm brie with a dollop of peanut butter on top", he relates his knowledge of music theory to that of a newborn (which would make me a fetus), and he likes to have fun with his music. An energy that carries across his songs seamlessly.

With his US tour over I look forward to seeing more work come from this talented slice of brie.

Set List:

Cool God: 00:00

Why, Why Not: 5:35

Baby My Baby: 10:31

Want more? Listen to Songs for Moms and check out him out in the links below:

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jac...

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4tIliz...

Bandcamp: https://jacksymes.bandcamp.com/releases

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/endjacksymes/

Credits: Filmed by Josh Morris and Ricky Olivares

Josh Morris | January 16th 2019 -- The name F i e l d r e s s comes from a crucial step in hunting, the process of removing the organs from an animal in order to preserve the meat. A somewhat gruesome thought but isn't the idea of facing your demons an eerie thought as well?

Sasha, the woman behind F i e l d r e s s, did exactly that. She left by herself on a trip to a cabin to confront her demons and become comfortable alone. In a single weekend Sasha “pumped out a bunch of songs” and began to find herself, and it’s shows.

In the first song, The Silence, Sasha sings “it’s truly beautiful when you can feel at home in your own silence” over a steady and echoey guitar strum. The words are beautiful, but drawn out in a hypnotic lull that softens the blow of the hard truths hidden within the lyricism inside the songs. A tone that carries across the entirety of the album as Sasha deals with the idea that feelings shouldn’t be pushed aside so you can have someone in your life; by doing so you sacrifice yourself for a false hope of happiness, when the real joy of life is in feeling comfortable alone.

With plans to record more songs and the hopes of finding potential bandmates the future for F i e l d r e s s seems beyond bright. If she can write an album so moving in one weekend I personally can’t wait to see what she can do in a year.

Do yourself a favor and take some time alone to listen to Demos on Bandcamp here: https://fieldress.bandcamp.com/

Set List: The Silence and The Empty: 00:00

Limbo: 05:20

Harmless Stray: 08:12

More about the artist https://www.facebook.com/fieldress/

Filmed and edited by Josh Morris

Josh Morris | April 8th, 2018 -- Let me start by mentioning, as lead singer Edan Bowers recommended, acoustic is not Dr. Montgomery’s forte. Which makes this whole thing just that much more amazing, or as Aidan said “beyond f***ing impressive”.

dr. Montgomery identifies with the genre Sludge Rock, a slightly experimental type of Rock, which sounds just right when they perform an electric set. Heavy guitar riffs, a loud drum set, a neat baseline, and echoey vocals would be the norm if you were to listen to either of their full length albums. This made us all the more excited when they agreed to do an acoustic session with us. 

We met up with singer Edan and guitarist Jackson Langford on a beautiful Sunday, drove to a trailhead and took a little walk. As we set up by a creek, the goony-ness of these two became more present, carrying through the entirety of their three unreleased songs. The first, titled Smack, gives you a clear idea of how in sync these two really are as they perform without missing a beat. They follow it up with Waste, a song about dealing with fading love and the pain of break ups. Lastly they performed my personal favorite, Parallel, a soon to be discovered classic. A song that will get your head banging as their rhythmic synchronization takes you over. 

Set List: 
Smack: 00:00 
Waste: 3:55 
Parallel: 6:48 

Dr. Montgomery has two full length albums out now, check ‘em out at: 
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dr... 
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7ngZg... 
Bandcamp: https://drmontgomery.bandcamp.com/rel... 

More about the artist: https://www.facebook.com/drmontgomery... 

Credits: 
Filmed by Aidan Rankin-Williams and Josh Morris. 
Produced by Josh Morris 
Graphic Design by Connor Hicks

Josh Morris | February 27th, 2018 -- Having known some of the members of Tempura for quite some time, this had been on a bucket list for us for a while now. After months of saying “we should do it” we finally did. We met up on a breezy Sunday afternoon, took a drive and a walk, and were blessed with a performance. The band Tempura consists of four extremely talented young adults who sing tales of love.

BENEATH THE BAND MEMBERS NOTICEABLE ARTISTRY LIES ANOTHER SKILL, THEIR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE THROUGH MUSIC. THIS WAS CLEAR IN THE SECOND TRACK, A SONG THAT WAS WRITTEN THE NIGHT BEFORE AND HAD ONLY BEEN PLAYED A HANDFUL OF TIMES. THE NOW NAMED SONG, CLOSER, SWITCHED THE USUALLY DREAMY MOOD TO A MORE A UPBEAT FUNKY VIBE THAT GOT ME THINKING OF SOMETHING, DARE I SAY ANDERSON .PAAK-ESQUE. THEY CLOSED THE SHOW WITH AN ADVENTUROUS SONG PAIRED WITH LYRICS LIKE “I HOPE THIS MOMENT LASTS, CAUSE MOUNTAINS CRUMBLE FAST” AND AN UPBEAT RHYTHM THAT MADE IT HARD TO NOT DANCE ALONG.

IT WAS AMAZING TO WELCOME OUR FIRST FULL BAND TO THE SERIES AND EVEN BETTER TO HAVE HAD IT BE TEMPURA. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM AND TO HEARING THEM PLAY AGAIN.

SET LIST:

MORNING: 00:00

CLOSER: 3:10 ORCHARD

MOON: 6:24

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO MYRANDA GUDINO FOR COMING ALONG AND HELPING WITH EVERYTHING! YOU ROCK OUR SOCKS OFF.

CREDITS:

VIDEOGRAPHERS: MYRANDA GUDINO, RICKY OLIVARES, AND JOSH MORRIS | PRODUCED BY JOSH MORRIS

Mael Sherman | January 29th, 2018 -- Back in Middle school, I can recall a sunny day while I was hanging with a buddy of mine on the sidewalk when this kid came up to us, he lived nearby and seemed to know my friend. Soon after making introductions, he started to beatbox as I spectated in awe then begged him to teach me. And that he did. From that moment on, I thought of Renny Conti as a “cool kid”, but later got to know him as a easygoing and warm hearted guy. He then took off to MSA, a high school program specialising in the arts, where he further excelled and honed in on his interest in music and film production.

RENNY HAS DEVELOPED A UNIQUE STYLE OF SONGWRITING WITH SOFT ECHOS AND DEEP STRUMS, HIS MUSIC TRANSPOSES YOU TO A PLACE OF FAMILIARITY, REMINISCENT OF SNEAKING INTO YOUR GRANDPA'S ATTIC TO UNCOVER DUSTY BOXES HOLDING MEMORIES FROM A SIMPLER TIME. HIS VOICE ECHOES THROUGH HIS EP, MISSIVES, CARRYING CLEVER LYRICS ALONG WITH IT. ONES LIKE “I WISH I WAS TALLER BY AN INCH, AND LOOKING DOWN ON NO ONE IN THE END” (ACROSS THE MAP).

TO MATCH THE WISTFUL TONE OF THE 21 YEAR OLD SINGER SONGWRITER, WE BROUGHT RENNY TO AN OLD MILITARY BUNKER IN THE MARIN HEADLANDS. HERE HE PERFORMED A TWO SONG SET, THE FIRST OF WHICH FEATURED BACK UP VOCALS FROM THE WIND AND WANDERING TOURISTS, WHICH ODDLY COMPLIMENTED THE MUSIC. WE WATCHED THE SUN DIP BEYOND THE HORIZON AS HE SANG US ALL INTO A HAZY TRANCE.

ADVISORY: CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT.

SET LIST:

LEARN TO LOVE: 00:00

PATIENCE: 3:53

RENNY CONTI’S EP, MISSIVES, IS AVAILABLE HERE:

ITUNES: HTTPS://OPEN.SPOTIFY.COM/ARTIST/27C5X...

SPOTIFY: HTTPS://OPEN.SPOTIFY.COM/ARTIST/27C5X...

BANDCAMP: HTTPS://RENNYCONTI.BANDCAMP.COM/ALBUM...

CREDITS:

PRODUCER: JOSH MORRIS | VIDEOGRAPHERS: MAEL SHERMAN, PETER SCHMIDT, JOSH MORRIS | AUDIO ENGINEER: JOSH MORRIS | GRAPHIC DESIGN: CONNOR HICKS

Josh Morris | January 1st, 2018 -- I was scrolling through Facebook when I stumbled upon a video of a song called This Age performed by Michael Weinstein, who had not yet developed the stage name My Friend Michael. The song stole my attention as his raspy voice sung stories of heartbreak and growing up over the delicate plucking of his guitar strings. Then and there I began searching for more of his music, finding videos of live shows and eventually his bandcamp page, which leads us here; the first in series of live concerts.

MICHAEL’S LYRICISM MATCHES THE CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED CHAOS OF HIS GUITAR STRINGS, CREATING REFERENCES AND METAPHORS FOR LIFE AND LOVE OUT OF THIN AIR. OPENING SONGS WITH LYRICS LIKE “I HAVE RUN AWAY FROM EVERY INTERNET FIGHT THAT’S BEEN WAGED IN MY NAME” (FOLK SONG #294), CREATES A TONE OF HUMOROUS SELF DEPRECATION, A KIND THAT I CAN RELATE TOO. HIS HEAVY STRUMS AND BRUTALLY HONEST LYRICISM REFLECT ON A MUTUAL SADNESS THAT WE ALL EXPERIENCE, THAT OF LOVE LOST AND GROWING OLD. HIS UNCANNY ABILITY TO MAKE A SAD SONG SOUND HAPPY IS WHAT SETS HIM APART FROM OTHER SINGER SONGWRITERS.

SET LIST:

DRAG ME HOME: 00:00

FOLK SONG #294: 6:22

THIS AGE: 9:56

MY FRIEND MICHAEL RELEASED HIS FIRST EP, IF I’M NOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, LATE 2017. CONSISTING OF FIVE SONGS THAT TELL TALES OF REFLECTION ON GROWING OLD, PAST LOVERS, AND THE STRUGGLES OF BEING A YOUNG ADULT. IF I’M NOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IS AVAILABLE ON:

BANDCAMP: HTTPS://MYFRIENDMICHAEL.BANDCAMP.COM/...

ITUNES: HTTPS://ITUNES.APPLE.COM/US/ALBUM/IF-...

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST HERE: HTTPS://WWW.MYFRIENDMICHAEL.COM/

CREDITS: PRODUCER: JOSH MORRIS; AUDIO ENGINEER: MICHAEL WEINSTEIN; VIDEOGRAPHERS: THADDEUS HASSEL, JOSH MORRIS