DC Cardwell’s “I Am Still The Same” video at US film festivals

Student film official selection at SoCal and Newport Beach Film Festivals!

Newport Beach Film Festival -logo
SoCal Film Festival 2012 Badge

“I Am Still the Same”, the remarkable video for DC Cardwell‘s award-winning song, has been selected for two film festivals in California –  the 2012 SoCal Independent Film Festival and the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival!

The film was directed by David McGorlick, a young Melbourne film student. This is a very well-deserved recognition of his talent, especially considering it was his first serious film.

To further illustrate how remarkable this achievement was, at the Newport Beach festival the film was screened amongst a set of major videos from some particularly stellar artists, including The Black Keys/RZA, Sigur Rós, Alt-J, No Doubt and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros!

 In 2011, McGorlick, who was studying film at university, had asked his friend DC if he could use “I Am Still The Same” in a video for an assignment. DC was happy to allow the use of the song and expected the end result to be proficient but not particularly remarkable as it was the first “proper” film young David had ever made. McGorlick ran his broad ideas past the songwriter for approval, but apart from DC’s firm request that there should be “no overacting!” (he needn’t have worried), the entire creative side of the project was left on McGorlick’s shoulders. 

David McGorlick and DC Cardwell Mar 3 2013 (12-CP)
David McGorlick & DC Cardwell

McGorlick shot the video on a borrowed Canon 7D digital SLR, noted for its ability to impart a “film look”. No extra equipment was used and friends were roped in as actors and crew.

The result was an incredibly profound, thought-provoking and even disturbing statement which took some of the ideas in DC’s award-winning song and cast new light on them.

“I think David is an exciting, emerging talent. I’ve worked with a lot of well known directors and can already see David’s aptitude for storytelling and strong visual sense. Definitely keep an eye on him.” – Michael Garcia, former Creative Vice-President of HBO (Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, True Blood etc.

You can watch this astonishing short film here:

I Am Still The Same: The Story Behind The Song
http://dccardwell.com/i-am-still-the-same/

“I Am Still The Same” on IMDb:
http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3021120025/

“I Am Still The Same” at Newport Beach Film Festival
http://newportbeach.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/iamstillthesame_davidmcgorlick_newportbeach2013

[Updated May 2013]

Postcard for DC Cardwell, David McGorlick music video I Am Still The Same

Catapult Song Contest 2012 is now open for entries!

ATTENTION AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITERS – It’s time to enter your best song into the Catapult Song Contest!

I still haven’t quite got over the fact that my song ‘I Am Still The Same‘ won two of the top prizes in last year’s Catapult Song Contest, and I’m still reaping the benefit of my prizes, but already the 2012 contest has opened for entries!

I can’t put a song in this year as I’ve been asked to be one of the judges, which is an honour I was glad to accept. You can see the judges’ profiles here.

For winning two prizes, I received (among other things) two CD replication packages, and I used the first one for Marjorie’s album ‘In Another World’.  I’m busy recording my next album which will also be manufactured for free by the kind people at Replicat! Nice

They’ve been really good to work with, with great communication, good feedback, a very well laid-out website, and a beautiful end-product, so if you’re looking for top quality CD duplication/replication at very competitive prices, go to the Replicat website at www.replicat.com.au or visit their showroom in Richmond (Melbourne). And no, I don’t get commission, I’ll just be eternally grateful for the valuable prizes they donated!

It’s Replicat who run the competition and, while last year’s was very well organised, they’ve made a lot of further improvements to the way it’s set up this year. As they put it on their website:

“We’ve listened closely to your feedback and there’s a long list of new features: new rules for voting and judging, super-fast cloud servers, great search functions, amazing artist pages, direct links for your fans to vote easily and a beautiful new Catapult application works equally well on mobile phones, Facebook, desktop browsers and everything else.”

As they mention, every entrant will have their own Artist Page, and even though I can’t enter, I have my own which you can see (with last year’s song) here (and there’s also a screenshot below.)

So if you’re an Australian songwriter, go to www.catapultsongcontest.com.au now, check out the different ways to enter and to win, and get your best song in there. Last year I didn’t think I had any chance and yet I came out on top, so this year it might be you!

Good luck! ~ DC

DC's artist page at the Catapult Song contest website.

 

Kate Allatt – Locked in syndrome survivor!

Have you ever wondered about the story behind my song, “I Am Still The Same”? Well, it’s based on an article I read in a magazine about a woman with “Locked In Syndrome”, which means she had a spinal injury which rendered her unable to move anything except her eyelids. Eventually someone figured out how to communicate with her. She would spell out letters by blinking. Apparently the first thing she spelt out was “I Am Still The Same”, which I thought was very profound. I think the article said that she went on to write a book, if I remember correctly. I’ve tried to find the magazine again but without any success and I didn’t make a note of the woman’s name, unfortunately. So if anyone knows, I’d love to hear from you!

[I wrote the song very quickly and recorded in a somewhat casual, rough way as a demo for myself, but it had a good feel so I left it as it was and it went on to win the Catapult Song Contest in 2011. And then my young friend David McGorlick made the masterful video for it which has recently been selected for the SoCal Independent Film Festival in the US.]

Anyway, a little while back, on Facebook, I met a wonderful woman from the UK, Kate Allatt, who had a similar story but with a big difference. Kate actually recovered from Locked In Syndrome! This is a very rare occurrence but Kate is a very determined woman who doesn’t let anything get in her way and she just wouldn’t let an “incurable condition” like Locked In Syndrome stop her. Seemingly by sheer force of will she made herself learn to move again. She attributes this to determination and the increasingly recognised phenomenon of “neuroplasticity” whereby the brain is able to teach itself new pathways to perform functions when the original neural pathways are put out of action. The first word Kate spelt out by blinking was “Sleep” because she hadn’t slept for two weeks and longed for sleeping pills to help her. And the first part of her body she was able to move was her thumb, but now she’s back to almost full capacity, and, in fact, is far more physically active than most of us!

Of course, when I came across her I couldn’t resist sending her a link to my song on Youtube and she made some lovely comments which made me feel that I had managed to at least capture a tiny part of the sort of feelings that a locked in person suffers.

These are the comments Kate made on Youtube about my song:

Kate Allatt (image from her website)

“I am astounded! Very well done. You have captured my feelings superbly. What a great soundtrack to my books Running Free and Gonna Fly Now! 7/2/10 brainstem stroke with locked in syndrome. The wheelchair, the mirror, I was the same person inside, not a patient number. I was a cripple to look at but the same Kate inside. This video describes my emotions in the early months of ICU. Then the Rocky theme tune best describes my fight back to full life and kids. Thank you so much.”- Kate Allatt (Youtube comments 7 Feb 2012)

I’m glad I saved her comments because not long afterwards, my Youtube channel was shut down suddenly and I had to start again! I checked with Kate today and she said it was fine to quote her.

We keep in touch, and I was chatting with her again today about her appearance on the “The Science Show” on ABC Australia Radio National. You can hear it HERE and I highly recommend it as a nice introduction to her story, only about 9 minutes long but definitely not dull – Kate is NEVER dull!

Which brings me to Kate’s mission… since she made her remarkable recovery, and it’s not very long ago, she has written two books, appeared on numerous high-profile radio and TV shows, and has become an in-demand inspirational speaker. She’s determined to increase awareness about stroke recovery, neuroplasticity, positive care for stroke survivors and locked-in patients, and also in more general terms about the benefits of positive-thinking and determination on health and other aspects of life.

Kate has a very warm and winning personality and for this reason she is really good at getting her point across so you will enjoy getting to find out about her on her website (KateAllatt.com), on Youtube, in her books etc! She also has a blog you can follow.

You’ll be inspired too!

~ DC

PS: for those of you haven’t seen it, here is my song, “I Am Still the Same” which was inspired by Locked in Syndrome:

Also see:

Kate Allat: Locked-In-Syndrome Survivor

“I Am Still The Same” Video At US Film Festivals

TO BE CONTINUED…

New Live Album you can download for FREE!

By public demand (one person) here’s a 12-song live album of my gig last week with Victor Stranges & Samuel Cardwell at The Chandelier Room.

You can preview it and download it for FREE – just click on this link which will take you to the album on Bandcamp.

TRACK LISTING

1. Is There Someone To Thank? (Victor)
2. Peace And Love (DC)
3. My Happiness (Victor)
4. Let’s Make This A Good One (DC)
5. When The Morning Comes (Victor)
6. I Am Still The Same (DC)
7. Know Me (DC)
8. Not Alone (Victor)
9. Something Worth Voting For (DC)
10. Hello Me To You (Victor)
11. A Minute Of Your Time (DC)
12. I Don’t Want To Hear Your Crying (Victor)

Click here to listen or download for free!

DC Cardwell wins Catapult Song Contest… twice!

DC Cardwell took out both the overall winner award AND the judges favourite award for his song: “I Am Still The Same” (see video below).  Presented in 2011 by Underground Talent, and hosted by Replicat Music, Catapult Song Contest had a record 3000+ song entries from over 1500 Australian based musicians.  The contest was judged by a mix of audience votes and industry judging.  Judges included Australia’s most celebrated Music Director – John Foreman, Nova FM’s national prime time drive host Tim Blackwell and Australian Idol winner and multiple Aria charting artist, Natalie Gauci.  Of “I Am Still The Same” John Foreman said:

Fantastic evocative vocal tone and great lyrics. Nice vocal layering builds the song. The song successfully creates an atmosphere that captures the story of the lyrics. The video clip does also help to tell the story. Together with the clip it’s a very moving song.”

As part of the prize, DC won over 1000 free CD pressings from Replicat, over 30 hours of marketing mentoring from Underground Talent, graphic design package from Josi Designs, mixing  from Simon Paul Studios and Mastering from Mano Musica. To see DC’s artist page on the Catapult website go to catapultsongcontest.com.au/artists/dc-cardwell.

Catapult Song Contest's Facebook wall
Announcement of DC’s win on the Catapult Facebook page.

New Beatles solo covers – check ’em out!

Hi – DC here!

We came back from a trip to Ireland a few weeks ago and on my return I decided to focus on updating my Youtube channels and adding some more videos.

I have new original songs in the pipeline but people on Youtube seem to love covers so I’ve been knocking off a few and plan to do more as it’s kinda fun and easy 🙂

My latest two have both been Beatles’ solo songs.

Just yesterday I filmed this version of John Lennon’s “Love”

And last week, after seeing the George Harrison documentary by Martin Scorsese, I recorded this ukulele version of “Here Comes The Sun”.

I hope you like them. Please share on Facebook and via email. And if you’re on Youtube, I’d LOVE you to subscribe to my channels so you can hear about each new video I upload.

Here are the links to our three channels.

Thanks for watching & listening!

~ DC

PRESS
“Melbourne’s DC Cardwell is a singer-songwriter that should appeal to fans of Neil Finn and David Grahame, and he has the ability to excel on both the slower, acoustic numbers as well as the up-tempo pop gems. You’ll only need to go a few tracks into Some Hope to realize this as the beautiful, gentle opener “I Am Still the Same” and the lovely, spare “Birthday Present” are followed by the catchy power pop of “Peace and Love”. Aside from these three, there are plenty of instant classics to go around like the breezy “Way With Words”, the harmonica and handclaps of “A Minute of Your Time”, and the jangly “Tom is Everybody’s Friend”. 16 tracks in all here, so it’s quality and quantity.”  Steve, Absolute Powerpop

“DC Cardwell creates a heart felt acoustic gem here, full of wonderful melodic hooks and a Ray Davies styled vocal. The gentle minor chords and harmonies that open “I Am Still The Same” are both brilliant and poignant. “Birthday Present” is another example of solid composition and a revelatory Harrison styled guitar break. Some of the mid-tempo ballads (“The Quiet Ages”) are like magical combinations of both Paul Simon and McCartney.”  Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic

“I have a great respect for your songwriting and style. You have a unique delivery that for the uninitiated conjures the vocal prowess of Thom York blended with the edge of John Lennon and a tip of the hat to Bob Dylan.”  Doug Mitchell (Recording engineer/producer),

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Stuck In The Middle With Chet And Sarah

Here’s the playlist from Triple R‘s Vital Bits on Sunday. It’s nice to be played amongst company that’s not just stellar but… help me, what’s bigger than stellar? I also find it cute that I write a song with a few vaguely jazz chords in it and get slotted between Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker. I’m not quite sure that I can compete with the likes of them, but happy to be at that party.

~DC

here we go again – ray charles

good morning heartache – billie holiday

just to be home with you – shane mcgowan

the beast in me – johnny cash

play with fire – tex don and charlie

smoke gets in your eyes – dinah washington

in the dark – norah jones

gloomy sunday – mel torme

fly… night bird – roy buchanan

since i’ve been loving you – led zeppelin

wee wee hours – eric clapton and chuck berry

georgia on my mind – india arie

that lucky old sun – ray charles

walkin’ – miles davis

fever – louis prima and sam butera and the witnesses

lovely day – bill withers

twilight – elliot smith

born to be blue – chet baker

i am still the same – dc cardwell

but not for me – sarah vaughan

modern love – last town chorus

waiting for the tide to turn – dingoes

monique’s song phone-in

melancholy march – julie london

ain’t never been to spain – henry wagons

sometimes –melanie horsnell

someday – tracey miller and andy baylor

i blew it – henry wagons

over in glory land – tracey miller and the sunbeams

25 stations – my friend the chocolate cake

sinnerman – nina simone

workin’ in the coal mine – lee dorsey

new york mining disaster 1941 – bee gees