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ride to live to 66/55

A video by Madeleine Gleed “exploring the passion that some people have for Harley Davidsons.”

Audio: 66/55 off still echoes (2013)


#DaCaLuF 131: 66/55 Petite Penguins

66/55 [off still echoes (2013) and written in 1996], a love song to old Rte 66 and the 20th century America of my youngest days, backs up a Bellais family adventure with Magellan penguins in Punto Tombo, Argentina.

Les mignons petits pinguoins de Punta Tumbo.

Musique: 66/55 par Westy Reflector
http://westyreflector.net

Fwiw, as of this writing, 66/55 is the most downloaded track of mine at the freemusicarchive.

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The Bellais family from France is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


#DaCaLuF 128: Crystal Never Hurts Whales

Crystal Never Hurts [off still echoes (2013)] travels with whales trailing the Bellais family off the coast of Argentina.

Des baleines … encore des baleines … on adooooooore !
Musique: Crystal never hurts par Westy Reflector

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The Bellais family from France is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


#DaCaLuF 127: The 12th Step On The Open Ocean

The 12th Step [off still echoes (2013)] plays with sea lions, whales, penguins, seals and orcas off Argentina’s Valdes peninsula in this Bellais family adventure.


Otaries, baleines, phoques, pingouins, orques … Vive les plages de la péninsule de Valdes.
Musique: “The 12th step” par Westy Reflector

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The Bellais family from France is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


#DaCaLuF 126: She Still Echoes Through Wildlife

she still echoes (like a summer) [off still echoes (2013)], a song about long-ago choices and now-consequences, lends a poignancy to this travelogue of sea life in the Argentinian Valdes peninsula by David Bellais.

La péninsule de Valdes
Musique: She still echoes (like a summer) par Westy Reflector

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The Bellais family from France (David, Camille, Lucile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


milkshake echoes #torradatorrada

How cool is this? she still echoes (like a summer) [off still echoes (2013)], a wistful track about long-ago summer loves and the consequences of choices, soundtracks the creation of a cookies ‘n cream milkshake on the ridiculously fun Brazilian cooking show, Torrada!Torrada! (Toast! Toast!). Guest starring Brazilian fashion and cultural phenom Karina Milanesi, this video is just everything good (and sweet) in the world. Really psyched that Luanda Gazoni continues to find ways to weave my music into her culinary adventures.

Published on Nov 21, 2014
Milkshake de Baunilha com Cookies #TorradaTorrada

INSCREVA-SE http://goo.gl/oDyF5s

Apresentação:
Luanda Gazoni http://instagram.com/luandagazoni

Convidada Especial:
Karina Milanesi http://instagram.com/dicadaka
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9cz3FnqBZHoQS8ucziPIOQ

Mais Torrada Torrada:
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Blog: https://www.torradatorrada.com

Música: “She Still Echoes Like a Summer” – The Reflectors / Westy Reflector

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she still echoes: short film end credits

Conversaciones (Conversations) from Jaume R. Lloret on Vimeo.

A snippet of my track she still echoes (like a summer) runs over the closing credits of a meditative short film called “Conversations,” directed by Jaume R. Lloret, which competed in Spain’s Jameson Notodo Film Festival. Also was selected for the Radio City Festival in the section “Valenciana Shorts” and a finalist in the Mostra de Cinema Jove of Elche. No spoilers, other than my track gets a scrolling credit…

Dos hombres cualquiera hablan sobre sus cosas en un parque cualquiera, porque realmente, la situación cada vez está peor…
“Two ordinary men talk about their stuff in a ordinary park, because the situation is getting worse…”

Jaume R. Lloret
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66/55 for 07/04

66/55 at the free music archive

66/55 at bandcamp

Among my thirty tracks at the Free Music Archive as of this post, 66/55 is the most downloaded. The track was written in a backseat down Interstate 55 from Chicago to Peoria, Illinois, on a 1995 trip to say goodbye to my wife’s grandmother. The song looks back and around at 20th century America. Shirley and Normal are towns along the way, and “Normal: Next Exit” is just a perfect highway sign.

shirley got electricity back in 1939
kept the milk from spoiling and rotting right there on the vine
just so happened when i drove through
shirley said she didn’t but i knew that she knew
all that power wasn’t flowing through the lines

normal had its heyday back in 1945
almost ½ the town had made it back ½ alive
and there was a house or two for every boy and girl
they had all just beaten back the enemy of that world
and all that government money made it easy to survive

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
66 became 55

mclean didn’t care for kennedy back in 1959
still, they circled chicago with a highway and called it the dan ryan
shirley & normal thought they’d never need another road
‘cause they said that 6 lane highway could carry any load
and shirley and normal forgot what it meant to stop at a light

66 became 55

they put a cyclone in the center of town
they fought for all those parking spots from miles around
seventy-five feet high and a mile and a quarter around
all that light, all that color, all that sound

now shirley went all l.a. and normal wants to be las vegas
so jackpot boats float down the river where huck finn said “big jim saved us.”
and there is a coin or two for every girl and boy
if you think you earned it, it could not have been a ploy
you know that story. it’s old. ’cause history never changed it.

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
hey, 66 became 55

66 is off to the side
because it’s the service road of 55
½ the town
is ½ alive


beautiful blurs

My wife, Cat, is an xclnt, award-winning film & tv costume designer, and my front row seat to her work is electrifying and teeming with inspiration. That said, her job takes her away from me, sometimes quite distant, for very long stretches.

When she filmed Kill Bill in 2002, she shuttled between Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beijing for 8 months, came home to NYC for 1 week and then went to Mexico and LA for 3 more months. During that production, including the 7 days she was home, we saw each other a grand total of 23 days. Most of her jobs aren’t that far-flung, but even when she works close by for a few months, as she did in Boston on last year’s The Heat, seeing her often, or at all, is always difficult. Now, Cat is again away – this time in New Orleans until July on a film called Untitled Texas Buddy Comedy.

Longing is as much a process as an emotion. You can miss something, or someone, without longing for it, or her, or him. Once the longing sets in, though, that’s where the heartbreak starts. Collected here are tracks I’ve written over the last 10 years to deal with various states of longing. In these songs, I see evolution, but also constant threads, in my perspective on Cat’s absences. If you’ve ever longed for someone – or some time or place or thing – you’ll relate.

You and I never get enough
Time to make
More than a beautiful blur


music manumit pick: i must have love

Music Manumit’s Music Only Podcast is co-hosted by Tom Ray of Lorenzo’s Music and Doug Whitfield of Netizen Empowerment Federation. My track “i must have love” off of still echoes was Tom’s pick to lead off the December 8th show. Those guys have interviewed and showcased a lot of creative commons artists that I dig, and the podcast opens as many worlds as rabbit holes. It was a real thrill to see their archive.org link pop up while searching on my name and to find out they dug my song.

Tom’s Picks
“i must have love” by Westy Reflector (Indie-Rock) – CC-BY-NC-SA – Website
“Me With Moon” by Ghost Hunter (Electronic, Experimental Pop) – CC-BY-NC-SA – Website
“Blitzkugel” by Tytia Mina Teremina (Electronic, Krautrock, Synth Pop) – CC-BY-NC – Website
“Smokey Sunday Trip” by Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Blues, Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter) – CC-BY-NC-SA – Website

Doug’s Picks – Guns and Crime
“Dan’s Face vs. The Parking Lot” by Barnaby Jones (hardcore) – CC BY-NC-SA – Website
“Guns Blazin'” by Professor Kliq (electronic) – CC BY-NC-SA – Website
“Gentleman Rapist” by Dead Wife (punk) – CC BY-NC-SA – Website
“Crime of the Scene” by Hank IV (rock) – CC BY-NC-SA – Website
“To Catch an Alien vs. Predator” by Barnaby Jones (hardcore) – CC BY-NC-SA – Website
“I Hate Prison! Prison Sucks!” by Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine (rock) – CC BY-NC-SA – Website


one city new zealand

Following Dave Kent down Bull Run.
Bull Run trail one of the latest addition to the Belmont Regional Park, built by Belmont Area Mountain Bike Association (BAMBA).
More information about mountain biking in Belmont Regional Park.
Music: One City by Westy Reflector

Filmed on GoPro Hero 3 with Chest mount
Settings: 1080p at 30fps

This vid made me smile this week. Releasing work under “NC” creative commons licensing (in my case BY-SA-NC) confers on folks the right to use tracks, straight or remixed, in non-commerial work. Now, after putting my last two releases up at the freemusicarchive, searches on my name are starting to return hits. Here, my track one city soundtracks a bike ride down a New Zealand mountainside.


Words Of Release Ride The Planet

My track Words Of Release soundtracks an extreme ride down Uganda’s White Nile River. Awesome that a song about peace makes such sense against raging waters. Wonderful cinematography. My track starts approximately 01:50.

Uganda’s politics around self-expression and gender are not aligned with mine (understatement), but you rarely have control over where your music is placed (just ask Chrissy Hynde about Rush Limbaugh’s daily use of My City Was Gone). That said, I will view this placement as an unintentional subversion, and hope it provides a subconscious hint of an enlightened world.

RideThePlanet: Uganda. White Nile from Konstantin Galat on Vimeo.

**extra fun: on youtube, the 1st comment (in russian) asks “at around 1:55, what’s that song?” cheap thrills all around. :^D


still echoes

26 january 2013

crystal never hurts
manhattan bridge train
she still echoes
tweed square
66/55
flying time
like these chords
sliver of sky
the 12th step
the rime of the ancient…
i must have love

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the 12th step

The music was co-written in 2001 with Bill Kollar, a brilliant New York-area engineer and producer, who coaxed out the glorious rhythm guitar verse progression and overall tempo.

I hear noises outside my door.
They’re the kinds of noises you can’t always ignore.
Drunken lovers stumblin’ to their floor.
Ain’t it funny when the everyday becomes such a chore…

The stairwell speaks of their arrival,
creaking slowly up they spiral,
held up by one another’s lurch.
Mr. Christ himself never had such a church

They’re openin’ up that side door again,
and they’re crawlin’ up those side stairs again.
It’s just funny, until one of us walks in
to find them trippin’ up that 12th step again.

I hear the wandering echo of a gull
Misjudgin’ the water, scrapin’ itself on a shell.
I close my window to cut out its calls,
and listen to the drunks as they knock into my walls.

They’re openin’ up that side door again,
and they’re crawlin’ up those side stairs again.
It’s just funny, until one of us walks in
to find them trippin’ up that 12th step again.

I light one up and splinter the match in three.
And with that window closed, the smoke is all I breathe.


like these chords

this one’s for lovers forced to live apart b/c of distance and/or time. not sad, tho. it’s in that moment when one knows the other’s coming home.

we’re stronger than this day – that’s all I know all along
and your distant night flight voice – is just the prettiest song

you left this life for the myth – you’ve been gone a while
fall into a trance with me – travel the stars

we’re like chords that ache to play
and open doors on sunny days
we’re like these chords

we’re the keepers of the truth – we never tired of the world
and now you’re coming back to me – with everything that you’ve learned

got the sun on your back – heading east racing clouds
fall into a trance with me – under night flight stars

we’re like chords that ache to play
and open doors on sunny days
they’re all I got, when you’re far away
we’re like these chords

we’re like chords when you’re far away
and open doors on sunny days
they’re all I got and they ache to play
but we’re like these chords
we’re like these chords


i must have love

This track materialized one night after a friend of mine off-handed challenged, “Westy, I bet you can’t write something unabashedly happy.”

:^D

(downtune guitar 1/2 step, play in open C form. B=C, F#=G, E=F)

B Bsus4 B Bsus4
Walk down the street, it’s easy to see
B Bsus4 F# E
All those lonely people looking at me
B E
With envy in their eyes. I’ve ruined their day,
G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown)
But I think I know why they stare and feel this way.

B Bsus4 B Bsus4
Walk down the street, clear my head,
B Bsus4 F# E
just as those hollow people rise from bed.
B E
Off to face their groundhog days,
G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown)
they won’t see me starin’, ’cause i’m always wearin’ shades.

B F# C#m E
They want what I got.
B F# C#m E
They fear what I got.
B F# [break] C#m E
They want what I got.
E Em
Don’t turn it on its ear – it’s perfectly clear,
B B/A# B/G# G#m
They would die for what I got.
C#7sus2 Emaj7 B Bsus4
I must have love!

G#m D#7 G#m D#7
I must have love – don’t know what else this could be
G#m D#7 G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown)
I must have love – that’s why they all stare at me!

Walk down the streets of the living dead,
Surrounded by loneliness for blocks ahead.
But I don’t worry – I just while away
‘Cos my baby’s at home & she sings to me every day!

They want what I got.
They fear what I got.
They want what I got.
Don’t turn it on its ear – it’s perfectly clear,
They would die for what I got.
I must have love!

Let’s go!


crystal never hurts

a rock/pop song sneaks out from behind an ambient intro. what you never know never hurts.
– :^D

crystal, I was truly blessed by that
necklace prism rainbow
splashed across your breast.

now look at the sky we made
and all the stars we named
they’re just goodbye songs.

what you never know never hurts
if we never meet again, rest assured.
don’t waste time between the lines
of everything you learned.
what you never know never hurts.

that was the best of me
back in two thousand three.
shelter + safety.
i believed we’d have

a life beyond the rave.
we could curtain the world away.
but nothing works that way.

what you never know never hurts
if we never meet again, rest assured.
don’t waste time between the lines
of everything you learned.
what you never know never hurts.


[vid] manhattan bridge train [disquiet0011-motoring]

manhattan bridge train [disquiet0011-motoring].

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66/55

wrote this in 1996 on a chicago to peoria drive.

shirley got electricity back in 1939
kept the milk from spoiling and rotting right there on the vine
just so happened when i drove through
shirley said she didn’t but i knew that she knew
all that power wasn’t flowing through the lines

normal had its heyday back in 1945
almost ½ the town had made it back ½ alive
and there was a house or two for every boy and girl
they had all just beaten back the enemy of that world
and all that government money made it easy to survive

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
66 became 55

mclean didn’t care for kennedy back in 1959
still, they circled chicago with a highway and called it the dan ryan
shirley & normal thought they’d never need another road
‘cause they said that 6 lane highway could carry any load
and shirley and normal forgot what it meant to stop at a light

66 became 55

they put a cyclone in the center of town
they fought for all those parking spots from miles around
seventy-five feet high and a mile and a quarter around
all that light, all that color, all that sound

now shirley went all l.a. and normal wants to be las vegas
so jackpot boats float down the river where huck finn said “big jim saved us.”
and there is a coin or two for every girl and boy
if you think you earned it, it could not have been a ploy
you know that story. it’s old. ’cause history never changed it

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
hey, 66 became 55

66 is off to the side
because it’s the service road of 55
½ the town
is ½ alive


Summer Echoes [2012]

highlights of this summer’s recordings…


direct soundcloud link