Thursday, January 24, 2013
New song inspired by Louise Brooks
Last year, Ross Berkal released an ebook called Benevolent Siren: Remembering Louise Brooks. It tells the story of Berkal, who as a young man in the early 1980s, had the experience of meeting and befriending the then older and reclusive Louise Brooks. The story of that friendship is chronicled in his self-published ebook. (It is also referenced in Barry Paris' 1989 biography of the actress.) Berkal also released Youthful Places, a small collection of poetry which contains "MLB," a poem about and dedicated to the actress.
Last week, I received the sheet music (piano/vocal arrangements) for another 2012 Berkal release, For A Childhood Friend / No Dreams Are Wasted / MLB (CreateSpace), a 28 page anthology of three melodic, original alternative rock ballads including a reflection on one's youth and relationships, a homage to the visionary Polish author and artist Bruno Schulz, and a recollection of iconic silent film actress and author. Thank you Ross. Here is the YouTube video for MLB.
Ross Berkal was born and raised in Massachusetts. While a young man he had the unique experience of meeting - and later developing a friendship with - iconic silent film actress and author Louise Brooks. The story of that friendship is chronicled in his book Benevolent Siren: Remembering Louise Brooks. During the 1990's he relocated to New York City where he established himself as the founder, songwriter, and bassist of the alternative rock project Dahlia, which performed at many of Manhattan's best known venues including landmark rock club CBGB's. He presently resides in the metro-Boston area.