A well-known musician and songwriter has just released a new album titled Hollywood Ain’t A Calling with a produced music video for the title track which was directed by his son
Longtime musician Michael Yurich is back with a new album of blues and rock songs, titled Hollywood is not a vocation.
Yurich says the album contains songs that address current issues of the day.
“I wrote a song called Run for cover when they stormed the capital [in the U.S.] but I kept the nuances to avoid politics,” says Yurich.
“The world is really fucked up.”
The singer-songwriter notes the challenge of having too much information at your fingertips.
“There’s a lot of information out there, but not a lot of useful information. There’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t really make sense…too much is happening and our society is falling apart. Those who have money keep their money, those who don’t lose their jobs and don’t. It’s a sad world.
Yurich tells a friend of his who lives in Los Angeles about the problem.
“I feel sorry for him because he is a few nodules away from living on the streets,” says Yurich.
“At least in LA it’s warm enough to live outside. But I think in some ways our society is disintegrating.
The first single from his new album is the title track, Hollywood is not a vocation.
He was inspired by society’s obsession with fame and how popular culture, especially film and music, has lost its inspiration.
“I don’t like a lot of new movies. The quality of filmmaking is better technically, but good movies tell good stories and Hollywood has gone downhill. I think they’ve run out of plots and stories.
Yurich’s son and filmmaker, Jade Yurich, who works in the film industry, has once again taken on the task of shooting a music video for his father.
Young Yurich previously directed and edited his father’s film love in limbo 2020s video Identity album.
This time, Jade Yurich (and Angelica Falco for Post Production Support) tackled the album’s title track.
“I narrowed down the approach from last time,” he says.
“That song was pretty lyrical, so making sure we had all the best bits in the bank and having a well-planned strategy for what the green screen visuals would be like was a lot of work.”
Despite all the challenges, the director still loves the process of making videos for his dad.
“Compared to love in limbo, this video was much heavier in post-production. There was a lot of stuff happening in the frame with more playful effects coming through in the final cut. My dad and I both wanted to make a fun comedy video and I think we accomplished what we set out to do.
The video captures a more playful side of the performer.
“It was completely intentional,” says the filmmaker.
“There’s a level of satire in it all, almost like one of our favorites, George Carlin.”
The video features a barrage of found clips ranging from old movies to TV footage, featuring the Kardashians, Gucci shoes, George Clooney and Billy Bob Thornton, among other images.
“My dad told me the song was based on swing and the music of that era, so I started researching swing movies and finding little bits that would go well with the solos,” says Yurich .
“At the end of the day, the song grooves really well and we want people to dance to it, so we incorporated the dance tracks as a way to do that.
The video clearly addresses the concept of the Hollywood star system.
“Things have gone wrong,” says senior Yurich.
“It’s not real anymore. It’s based on popularity, not skill.
Yurich acknowledges the underlying humor in much of his writing.
“I do what I do,” he laughs.
“I think I’m a bit of a crazy, quirky character sometimes.”
The singer tells a story of when he “met and partied” with comedy duo MacLean & MacLean.
“They really made me laugh,” he says.
“They were both comic and political. Music is also political. Everything that happens becomes a fad and everyone jumps on board, I don’t like that. If you do something well, you should be recognized for what you do well. If you are a classical musician, so much the better. A great blues musician. A great rock musician. But you know there are a lot of fake people. It’s all about fads right now and fads are not a way of life.
When talking about fashions, the singer shares a story of going to a hippie commune in the 1960s.
“Was I a hippie? No. I went to the commune and I did not feel comfortable. I saw Leonard Cohen in a park in Toronto. I think there are worthwhile causes and then other causes where people just like to raise their voices and pretend to be in a band. [The hippie concept] somehow washed off after a while. It was a good cause at one point, but after a while things escalated with drug use and street life and it was just bad news.
The father-son team plans to produce another video for the album, potentially for the COVID-inspired track called Nobody knows.
Jade Yurich thinks a similar approach to the last video would work well.
“It could be trendy and work,” he says.
“But since dad doesn’t like fads, as you can see…may need some convincing.”
For the songwriter, being true to himself is still his approach to writing and life.
“Don’t be afraid to be yourself,” he says.
“If other people are judging you for what you do, don’t lift a finger for them. It’s very rigid in music right now… I thought that by putting a diverse collection of songs on the album, I would be able to not have songs that sound the same. I always try to reinvent myself. »
Hollywood is not a vocation features Josh Norling on saxophone, Valerie Powley on vocals, Greg Kobe on vocals, keyboards and all arrangements.
“Greg did so much work on the whole album,” he says.
“I worked very hard on this CD. I wanted to present a lot more instruments and offer more innovative and original guitar parts.
Unlike the 2020s Identity album, Hollywood is not a vocation will not be available on streaming services.
“Last time, we put the album on streamers (Apple Music, Amazon Prime, Spotify) but it actually didn’t make any profit,” says Yurich.
“This time I’m selling my own CD for $20 available via shipping or digital download link.”
The CD or download can be acquired by emailing Michael Yurich at email@example.com.
Physical copies of the album will also be available at upcoming concerts as the Sault music scene reopens post-pandemic. Watch the Hollywood is not a vocation videohere.