Joe Henry, Sam Phillips, and The Long Play:’s Video Blog #2

I’m still a beginner when it comes to iMovie. But I’m learning a little every time I work with it.

This episode, in which I learn that ten minutes is too long for this sort of thing, covers some of my favorite recent music. And it has a couple of surprises for you.


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  1. Jill
    October 26, 2009 at 11:25 am — Reply

    Jeffrey, thank you so much for this wonderful interview with Sam and for helping her promote The Long Play. As you know, I’m very biased where Sam is concerned, but everything she has created on The Long Play is fantastic, and the EP “Hypnotists in Paris” brings me joy every time I listen to it — her song writing is phenomenal. Everyone needs to subscribe to The Long Play — what a beautiful gift she has given us!

  2. October 26, 2009 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    That’s the way to make the LookingCloser vlog visually interesting — interpretive Sam Phillips interview performance-art! =)

    Those are some tasty snippets from Allen Toussaint and Joe Henry. Speaking of music like Henry’s that defies easy categorization (kinda rock, jazz, post-rock, ambient, etc., etc.) if you don’t know about them you should check out Tortoise. They are my favorite band – a kind of rocky, jazzy, totally instrumental ambient goulash — which is how that brief Henry clip struck me, and immediately made me think of Tortoise. You can check out full-length clips from their recent album: “Beacons of Ancestorship” on Thrill Jockey label website (see tracklist on right sidebar).

  3. Rob Birks
    October 26, 2009 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    Phillips, Shaw & Overstreet – Not much of a name for a law firm, but they are three of of my favorite artists.

  4. Timothy
    October 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    Now you just need to start a video blog series about the creative process . . .

  5. Cheryl Russell
    October 30, 2009 at 5:36 am — Reply

    Nice! Really liking your vlogs–relaying good information while having fun. 🙂

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email