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Tim Morse

Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview with Tim Morse from 2015
MSJ:

It’s been over a year since we last chatted. Can you catch the readers up on what’s new in the world of Tim Morse?

At the end of last year my friend and songwriting partner Bret Bingham and I released an album called “The Mangoes.”  This project is a fun and more straight ahead pop/rock project than my previous work, although we get to explore different musical genres, and there are some short instrumental vignettes. After the intense experience of creating my last solo album Faithscience, it was nice to share the work with someone else and frankly, this album was a pleasure to write and record.  I also have to say that it has been well received and well reviewed, which is nice!

MSJ: What's ahead for you?
I'm currently working on a new solo album that will hopefully be released at the end of this year.  Unlike the Mangoes this will be a progressive rock album, although there will be some lighter songs to balance it out. I'm also very close to announcing a book project that has been percolating for years. I just have to line up a few things in the next month or so.  It will be a biography of an important musician that will come out next year.
MSJ: What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?
The last CD I bought was the reissue of Kevin Gilbert's Thud album.  This is really an example of how to do a reissue correctly with a lovely hardbound book and two additional discs with alternate versions of the songs that let you into his creative process.  As far as newer bands go, a friend just turned me onto Cruise Elroy - their latest album is a wonderful collection of well written pop/rock songs.  They are a keyboard based trio somewhat reminiscent of Ben Folds. If you are a fan of that style of pop then I recommend your readers check it out.
MSJ: Have you read any good books lately?
Yes, someone gave me Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job and I really enjoyed the dark humor found within it.  I've also recently reread Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, which is in my opinion one of the all time great works of fiction.  In the musician biography department I would recommend Guy Pratt's My Bass and Other Animals - a fun, easy to read book about his musical life - especially the years that he worked with Pink Floyd.
MSJ: What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?
The last concert I attended was Billy Childs and that was a fine evening of straight ahead jazz.  However, last year I was fortunate enough to attend the last two shows of Kate Bush's Before the Dawn tour and I have to say it was one of best musical experiences of my life!  She and her team created an artistic experience that I can't imagine being rivaled within the pop world, unless someone like Peter Gabriel or Roger Waters takes on the challenge.  I am really looking forward to the DVD release of that concert later this year.
MSJ: Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?
With all of the entertainment options and electronic distractions in the world I am pleased to see that some people still enjoy the beauty of a musical experience.  Whether it be listening to an album of music in your home or going to see a favorite artist perform live, it is so important and to me spiritually uplifting to listen to music on a regular basis.  So I appreciate anyone who continues to enjoy and be passionate about music. Thanks for your continued interest in my career, it's a pleasure to be interviewed by you.

 

MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2015  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
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