ROCK IT - David Shriver Tribute song and film
Short film and song about David Shriver - His life and times as one of America's first and most famous Fender electric Bass players
Short film documentary and original song tribute to one of America’s greatest Bass players David Shriver. Formerly with Eddie Cochran’s band and later with Latin sensation Trini Lopez, this journal of David Shriver’s musical life features world-famous actor, author and musician Mickey Jones. Together Lopez, Shriver and Jones traveled the world and made Pop music history with several appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - selling millions of albums and sold-out concert halls across the globe. After many world tours and sharing the stage with the Beatles and even Las Vegas’ original “ Rat Pack “, Mickey Jones went on to play for Bob Dylan and then Kenny Rogers and the First Edition before making his mark in Hollywood as an actor. Mickey Jones flew to Washington State to play drums in the studio and add to the narrative of this important film of one of the most prolific Bass players to ever come out of the USA. This documentary about David Shriver also serves as an extended tribute to all the unsung heroes of the music industry whose names may have been forgotten but whose contributions to the history of music shall live forever. Jones and Shriver remained best friends for over five decades, now Mickey helps to tell the story through music and conversations with producer, writer Bruce Maier.
David Shriver was an American Bass player who became famous in the late 1950's playing for iconic guitarist and Rock idol Eddie Cochran who lost his life in a tragic accident in England just a few short years later. It didn't take long before David was hired by Latin sensation Trini Lopez and they traveled to Europe to perform with The Beatles, sometimes as the headliners depending on the record sales of each of the groups - David was already a living legend according to the boys from Liverpool. Paul McCartney signed a photo that read: " To David Shriver, the cleverest American I've ever met ". David circumnavigated the earth dozens of times with Trini Lopez and drummer-actor Mickey Jones, who has starred in over 130 movies from Total Recall to the TV shows “ Home Improvement “ and " Justified " on FX where he currently is featured. Mickey Jones volunteered to play one of the two drum tracks on this recording and to be interviewed, giving us a special insight to the amazing journey of David Shriver and their travels together as best friends.
ROCK IT - The David Shriver film and song was created by producer-writer Bruce Maier and his co-producer Calvin Lee Taylor. David Shriver , Bruce and Cal were friends for over thirty years. David was in The Bruce Maier Band at the time of his passing in early 2012. Bruce and Calvin loved David Shriver as a friend and musical brother so much that they along with Northwest favorites, Backfire Band headed up a 4-day memorial Jam session that even attracted Nashville producer Jim Ritchey to participate and play for the events. Bruce subsequently wrote all the words and music to the song, Rock It, with the intention that through music the world would not forget David Shriver. Then it occurred to Maier that this was just the tip of the iceberg; the fact that David was always just a side-man, happy to contribute to a good working show and earn a good living doing what he loved and was best at, music. How many others are there out in the world who are not being remembered for their contributions to other artists and perhaps a films enduring fame? Bruce Maier realized that there was indeed a larger picture beyond the scope of just his and a few friends' memories of David Shriver. David immortalized through a great song and short film would possibly make people remember the great works of countless others in the industry of arts and entertainment. The costs of producing a quality recording and film vary so much today due to the fact that technology has brought us to the point where digital recording and film equipment are affordable for nearly anyone and are available everywhere. But it's who is in charge of this technology and what kinds of creativity and experience a producer, director, engineer or songwriting - performing artist can bring to the table. Bruce Maier's 50 + years in the music industry include being a published songwriter with national radio exposure, band leader with four decades of experience fronting a band and also in the capacity of television producer-host in Arts & Entertainment. His background in sales and marketing are also noteworthy as the publisher of popular Internet Music Magazine, www.damngoodtunes.com since 2007, Bruce has been helping artists all over the globe to gain the one thing they need the most - publicity! Working tirelessly with a dedicated team of volunteers, Bruce has propelled his vision of helping musicians, songwriters, producers and engineers to tell their story and to gather international attention and exposure. He utilizes all the experience of his dedicated team including Cal Taylor, Studio engineer and owner Craig Pittenger of Hilltop Studios and Red Williamson of Newspin Photo of Olympia Washington. Now that others such as Northwest Rock-Pop legend Clayton Watson ( Everybody's Boppin' ) have joined in to lay down the most amazing double-drummer recording along with Mickey Jones, this record is destined to become a Rock-Pop, highly danceable Classic! A fantastic music track to an incredible short film - we expect this video to go viral on the internet and the story will be shared with millions, but we need your help ! Please donate to this worthy project ROCK IT !
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges could possibly be in the area of something about working in the Pro-Tools recording environment though it is now considered to be the industry standard software, Virtual and unlimited tracks can be inviting and challenging at times but the potential of this new era in recording audio means that we can do things today that we only imagined just a few short years ago..Also working with physical packaging companies, there is a remote potential for them becoming back-ordered in which it may take a few extra days to physically manufacture and / or ship back out to us. I have worked with Disc Makers before and always had great results though!
In our listed rewards table I have offered that in the event we exceed our goals and any one of three potential donors were to give $5000 or more, I will personally fly to any location in North America and perform a 1 plus hour concert at no additional costs to the donor, It would be an honor to do this but I must limit it to early Spring and Summer 2013, due to schedule conflicts, so that could be considered a challenge to someone but I am sure this could be worked around easily.Meeting and performing for fans of this film and soundtrack would be the greatest measure of our efforts and yes, there is every possibility of creating a Road show for the promotion of Rock It.
Health challenges: Of course for singers we all fear the dreaded cold season, especially when we are recording. The audio doesn't lie! However, the vocals are already done or " in the can " as we say. No one knows from one day to the next what may come, but everyone working on this project are in good health though drummer Mickey Jones mentioned above is on dialysis three days a week, awaiting a kidney transplant. His drum tracks were completed by the 28th of October, 2012. The fact that he flew from Los Angeles to Seattle for zero compensation is a testament to the validity of his personal dedication to this film and song.
My team has already done much of the hard work in the pre-production,some of the filming and recording of much of the audio including a historical blending of the drum talents of both Clayton Watson and Mickey Jones. Though Jones and Watson never played together in concert, each had worked with David Shriver for over a dozen years which gave them the heart and insight of how to make this song really Rock...the way David would have loved it! Everyone on this project has been enthusiastic, giving their 110% every day since it's inception. It is unimaginable to not see this film and sound track through completion. I cannot think in terms of risks rather, only in terms of further expansion through greater outreach in the marketing end of the project. We expect this film to go completely viral on the internet, attracting the attention of large music-related corporations and broadcasting entities which will welcome the idea of a future full-length feature film. There are no challenges to my personal commitment,as David Shriver was one of my closest friends and musical mentors . His story needs to be shared and I, with my half-century background in music production, marketing, sales and internet publications fully intend to exceed my teams' original goals and expectations. Bruce J Maier / producerLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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