Thursday, September 22, 2016

Singer Michael Bacon finds humor in roughing it, Adirondack style.

Musician Michael Bacon and producer Paul Larson relax during takes of the music video for "It's an Adirondack Thing."
The Adirondacks have a brand new anthem, thanks to composer Michael Bacon.  One half of the duo the Bacon Brothers, Michael has been visiting the Adirondacks every summer, to spend a few weeks each year at his family camp. When the Adirondack Museum asked Bacon to sing at the first Music Fest this summer, the performer wrote a new song for the occasion, one that humorously pays tribute to the time he spends roughing it in a camp with no electricity "just to feed that ol' black fly, for three weeks in July."  When his friends ask him why he drives five hours from Manhattan to be away from the Big Apple, he replies with the title of the new song, "It's an Adirondack Thing."  Producer Paul Larson and Cinematographer Daniel McCullum created a music video for the song on Blue Mountain Lake, near the museum.  Enjoy the song, and hear Michael Bacon explain the inspiration behind it, in this Spotlight segment from Mountain Lake PBS.   The segment will have its television premiere tomorrow night on Mountain Lake Journal at 8:00.  You may also enjoy the music video of the song 
Larson and Cinematographer Daniel McCullum collaborated with Bacon on the music video.
An Adirondack forest proved an appropriate backdrop for scenes in the music video.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Author Glenn Pearsall and I chat about the Civil War


     Families torn apart by the Civil War, a frantic writing process and maple sugar all found their way in as topics for my interview with author Glenn Pearsall this month in North Creek, New York.  He and I sat in front of an audience at the Tannery Pond Center to discuss his first novel Leaves Torn Asunder.  We spoke for more than half an hour, a live version of my "Author Visits" series.   
     We talked about plot, characters and history, but it was his writing process I found the most interesting. Glenn said he did not outline the book, but would instead frantically type the words and paragraphs as they came to him.  Sometimes he said the ideas would rush at him much faster than he could type.  The author also admitted he'd sometimes have whole Civil War battles playing out in his mind as he tried to engage in dinner conversation with his wife Carol!  His wife, by the way, acted as editor and critic during the creation of the novel.
     Board member of the Johnsburg Historical Society Suzie Anderson wrote after the event, "The interviewer, Paul Larson, and Glenn Pearsall easily moved from discussing broad themes, such as the specter of slavery hovering over the nation, to small details of the soldiers' daily life.  The audience appeared fully engaged in the dialogue between Larson and Pearsall from start to finish."
     It was an enjoyable evening that also included a slide show from Glenn showing real places and people who had inspired his work of Adirondack war fiction.  Glenn's showcase of photo concepts for the book cover that did not succeed, plus the one that did, revealed how many authors and book publishers also struggle over decisions about the visual representation of a book.
     Leaves Torn Asunder focuses on subjects rarely covered in Adirondack literature, those of farming families facing the horrors of war, on the battlefield and at home.
     The book release party in North Creek concluded with refreshments and a book signing by the author.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Enjoy two segments of the "Adirondack Journeys" series this week on Mountain Lake Journal.  

The series highlights tourist destinations throughout the region in all four seasons.  

Producer Paul Larson takes us to the Museum Without Walls on the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh.  You'll learn how one monumental sculpture on the grounds encouraged others to sprout up around it. 

He also explores the Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation in Wilmington, New York, home to animals who can't survive in the wild and require care.  

Mountain Lake Journal airs Friday at 8pm, with repeats Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 10am, and Thursday at 1pm.