On Friday, September 12th, 2008 Redhouse presents a screening of the film "Everything's Coming My Way: The Life and Music of Gordon Thomas" followed by a Q&A and performance with Thomas. The show starts at 6pm, doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets: $25 general admission
Call (315) 425- 0405 or www.theredhouse.org
Everything's Coming My Way explores not only the events of Gordon's life, but the personal and financial sacrifices that allowed him to follow his dream; his determination to keep making music in the face of almost total obscurity; his mystical theories on luck, love and the soul; the spiritual source of his strength and inspiration, and the fundamental issues of the creative process itself that his life and work imply.
The film also follows Gordon as he sees his dreams realized: performing his music live for the first time ever, and discovering the audience that he never knew he had.
This in-depth character study tells Gordon's life story and reveals the spiritual philosophies that have kept him going. The film also examines the appeal of Gordon's strange and wonderful music, including the testimonials of fans such as Canadian musicians Gonzales, Mocky, and Taylor Savvy and pop musicologists Irwin Chusid and Citizen Kafka.
Gordon is a former big-band trombonist, a born storyteller, and an artisan who makes all his own clothes with a needle and thread. His songs -- catchy and simple, peculiar and personal -- are a kind of musical folk art.
For years, Gordon Thomas' life was a mystery even to his tiny but devoted fan base. His strange and wonderful music circulated among a network of musicians, collectors and aficionados, with barely a hint as to when, where or how the songs were created.
Through a trail of amazing coincidences and fascinating characters, we have managed to find Gordon Thomas. Now 92, he is still making music and dreaming of success. "I've written about 200 songs," he told us, "and I've recorded about 100. So I'm halfway through."
Gordon has had a fascinating life -- from immigrating to New York from Bermuda in 1919 at the age of three, to watching the rise, fall and rebirth of Harlem; from playing in Dizzy Gillespie's big band in the 1940s, to recording in the heart of the New York music scene of the 60s, and on to today.