If you close your eyes while listening to Ran Blake's Driftwoods
(Tompkins Square, 2009), you may find yourself transported into the grainy, low-key black and white world of a 1940s or '50s classic noir film. Try to leave the theater and something quietly, without much fanfare draws you back into the story. This is the music of Ran Blake. While the vaguely familiar exists, there's enough hidden in the shadows of Driftwoods
to make each listen seem like a world premiere.
His interpretations of the classic, traditionally vocal pieces contained on Driftwoods certainly require active participation by the listener. And as in all forms of art, it's what's created between artist and receiver that truly matter. One can easily lose the familiar, but Blake insists that it's up to the listener to decide whether he's successful in conveying the original message of the song.
AAJ Contributor Tod Smith spoke with Blake about his passion for film, how Blake finds links between art and reality, and the nature of his music, which now spans nearly six decades.
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