I did a little guest editing stint for storychord.com, which is one of the cooler places for creative minded people on the web. Storychord is a tricky animal, as it asks editors to combine fiction, an image, and music to create a unified experience that’s more than the sum of its parts.
The issue features R.J. Caputo’s photography, Scott Barkan’s music, and Mary Cool’s writing. The combined experience for me is one that starts off in a dark, slightly sinister place, then opens up into a strange and wonderful world of possibilities. I hope that readers, viewers, and listeners come away with the feeling that a door has been opened.
Finding things that play nicely together is the hard part. I read a lot of work from a ton of talented people, looked at art for days, and listened to more music than my ears can handle. Ultimately something about these three pieces had an off-kilter kismet that got me very excited.
R.J. Caputo’s image is a journey. Your eye travels through it the way your mind walks down a story.
Scott Barkan’s song Flightless Bird has a jangly, powerful sound that manages to be both raw and rough, but perfectly orchestrated with delicate attention to minute detail.
Mary Cool’s story, well… how could one resist? I had the pleasure of hearing Mary read part of this and I immediately began to suffer from the worst case of idea envy I’ve ever had in my life.
Storychord is an important place to me, as its editor, sarahspy, gave me an early break and hopped on board with a piece that no one else would touch. That kind of creative spirit is important and necessary.
I invite you all to give these fantastic people a good look, listen, and read.