Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music Debuts ‘Little Cristine’ Video

Musician/author Mickey Leigh and his band mates in Mutated Music debuted the video for their latest single over the weekend.

The group debuted the video for its new single ‘Little Cristine‘ Friday.  The video features the group performing its new single against a CG created backdrop of a subway alongside footage of the band in studio.  Additional video effects are incorporated, such as multiple clones of Leigh himself in some scenes.

 

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The song’s musical arrangement presents a sound that is easily comparable to works from the likes of The Ramones.  That should come as no surprise since Leigh’s brother is none other than Joey Ramone.  On another even more intriguing note, Leigh’s own vocal delivery conjures thoughts of fellow famed singer Huey Lewis, as do some of the song’s guitar riffs.  It sounds like an odd combination, but it works very well here.

“For all the blabbering about politics and messages, I haven’t lost sight of what attracted me to rock ‘n’ roll and why it was love at first sight — the fun,” he said. “I miss fun rock ‘n’ roll songs. So, I was inspired enough to write one about a guy and his girlfriend having fun. Can you imagine that? It’s called “Little Cristine,” and we did have fun. It’s Mutated Music. I’m working on rescuing rock n roll — one song at a time.”

The debut of ‘Little Cristine’ and its companion video comes less than a month after Leigh and company debuted the video for their then latest single ‘Two Kinds Of Law.

Leigh talked about the song’s topic in a recent interview.

The concept that there are “two kinds of law- one for the rich, and one for the poor,” is not exactly one that came about recently,” he said.  “I first heard those words many decades ago, in a book and film called “In Cold Blood”, and, though said in different words, in a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. I just, recently, felt compelled to write a song about it. Very compelled.”

“The importance of “equality” and “justice for all” has come to the forefront of our lives like never before and, it’s a message that needs to be repeated…repeatedly,” he added.  “There aren’t many ways to repeat a message repeatedly without boring people to tears, aside from immersing it in a catchy chorus and irresistible rhythm.”

Much as is the case in the group’s new single, the musical arrangement at the center of ‘Two Kinds of Law’ features its own throwback sound.  It takes listeners back to the rock and roll from the golden age of the genre, the 1970s.

More information on Mickey Leigh and Mutated Music’s new single is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://mickeyleigh.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MickeyLeigh

 

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Duets Does Hit One High Note

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Despite what the major critics may say, Duets is actually a surprisingly good movie, especially in comparison to other ensemble movies such as Valentines Day, New Year’s Eve, etc.  Sure it’s slow at many points and drags on probably more than it should.  But what ensemble movie doesn’t suffer from this.  The story behind the characters is what gives Duets its heart.

While the movie focuses on six characters, the real story behind duets is between that of Todd Woods (Paul Giamatti) and Reggie Kane (Andre Braugher).  When Todd and Reggie first meet, Reggie had just robbed a trucker with whom he had hitched a ride.  Todd, on the other hand was drunk out of his mind, and completely messed up.  During the course of their cross country journey to the Karaoke Championships in Omaha, Nebraska, seeing what Todd has let himself become causes Reggie to have a change of heart.  Rather than try to rob Todd, Reggie actually becomes reformed in a sense.  He even tries to get Todd to see what he is throwing away by getting Todd’s wife to come see the state in which Todd has gotten.  In the end, both Todd and Reggie become good friends, leading to quite the bittersweet ending to the movie.  Essentially, their story can be summed up in one word:  Redemption.  Both Reggie and Todd show that redemption is possible in a variety of situations.

The story between Reggie and Todd is the central point of Duets.  Some may argue in disagreement over that.  But the amount of emphasis placed on their journey makes their story come across as the heart and soul of the movie.  That isn’t to say that theirs isn’t the only good story presented here.  The story between Liv (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her father, Ricky Dean (Huey Lewis) while somewhat weak is a heartwarming one that shows even after such a long time, the pair is able to come together, and be a father and daughter.

Billy’s (Scott Speedman) story is perhaps the weakest link in Duets.  Audiences know that his reason for hitting the road was that he came home one day to find that his wife had cheated on him with one of his friends.  He ends up running into Suzy Loomis (Maria Bello).  Suzy is a karaoke hustler, for all intensive purposes.  Audiences don’t really see very much of this story as again, most of the story focuses on Todd and Reggie.  That’s honestly perfectly fine.  Had the story focused solely on Todd and Reggie, Duets would have been a far better movie than it was with the added storylines.  Those extra stories felt more like filler material than anything else.  That aside, Reggie and Todd’s story alone gives Duets just enough heart to stand on its own merits.  Because of those added stories, most audiences probably don’t “sing” Duets’ praises.  But any audience who can see past the extraneous storylines in this movie will see that it does actually have a high note that makes it an enjoyable watch.