Monday, August 24, 2009

Oh, My Poor Son, He Has...

... very odd people on both sides of his family tree. Entertaining, but odd.

His uncle, Bob Kroeger, probably fits both adjectives. Bob is one of the most interesting people I have met in my life, and I met him a long time ago. Bob is the youngest brother of Adam's late mom, Mary, and I taught him his first guitar chords in his family's basement in 1965 or thereabouts.

After that, Bob went on to graduate from the Berklee College of Music and to a career in... oh, gosh, lots of stuff. He is the only professional croquet player I know, for example, and his audio and visual creations are not famous only because we (as a civilization) haven't come up with neat verbal tags within which to categorize them.

Which leads to this blog entry: three collaborations between Bob and two of his nephews, Adam and Bill (Bill is the older son of Bob's late brother, the eldest of the Kroeger siblings, Dick.) Adam provides some of the voiceovers, Bill works guitar, and Bob provides absolutely everything -- concept, music composition, and sense of disconnect from every frame of reference we ordinary people depend on.

WARNING: These videos are completely safe for work in the traditional sense: no pr0n. On the other hand, they may be NSFW if anybody looking over your shoulder thinks that your sanity is suspect.

ADDITIONAL WARNING: Not everybody "gets" this stuff. If you don't get it -- if you think it's just precious self-congratulatory vapidity -- well, okay. You're probably not alone.

But I'm not with you. Or maybe I will be as soon as I stop giggling. In about 2039 or so.

Movie Trailer
Concept: Bob Kroeger
Music: Bob Kroeger
Guitar: Bill Kroeger
Voices: Adam Harrington, Bob Kroeger

Tank Farms
Concept: Bob Kroeger
Voice: Adam Harrington

Pumps on Spools
Concept: Bob Kroeger
Voices: Bob Kroeger, Adam Harrington

Bob Kroeger, Christmas 1966, with his very, very young nephew, Doug. Amherst, Massachusetts.

Bob Practicing his Craft:



William said...

Hey Woody,

Adam forwarded your blog posting and just want to say, nice write up, I have always enjoyed bob's and adams work and was glad to be thrown in the loop.
I remembers bobs recordings calling operators back in the day.
Hope all is well wih you!

Sherwood Harrington said...

Yo, Bill! Great to hear from you! I hear a bit here and there from Adam, but I hope we get to meet in person before the century gets to be too old.

Thanks for checking in!

Bob said...

Hey Woody - I am overwhelmed by your beautiful presentation of my
projects. It is great to collaborate with family!! I have endless more projects just
waiting to be completed and uploaded to YT. I Have Time On My Hands Productions may have to go public. With Love, Bob Kroeger

Brian Fies said...

That's the best thing I'm going to do today, and it's only 8 a.m. Thanks.

Ronnie said...

I loved 'em. Profound, portentous, all that good stuff.

Sherwood Harrington said...

Bob, I'm honored. Thank you.

Adam said...

This is a bit of a bitter-sweet post for me. I've always considered Bob's work to be a well guarded family secret. A Chenango in-joke if you will.

Ah well, if you love something, set it free... etc. etc.

ronnie said...

Fun stuff. "Tank Farms" immediately took me back to the dry BBC documentaries the CBC used to play on Sunday afternoons when I was a kid. Except "Tank Farms" was more entertaining and informative.

Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

More, more! I can't even pick a favorite.

Sherwood Harrington said...

Oh, ms. cat, you mean stuff like this?