In celebration of the June 3 release of Songs from THE LION (Paper Music/ADA), the debut full-length record from award-winning American singer/songwriter, guitar player and playwright Benjamin Scheuer,The New York Times’ Well Blog is premiering the video for the album track “Cure.” View/share the video at http://nyti.ms/286hI89.
“Cure” focuses on Scheuer’s treatment for and recovery from advanced stage cancer. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Baynton, who was inspired by the photography of Riya Lerner, the video is the latest in a series of award-winning collaborations between the pair. Baynton’s video for Scheuer’s “Weather the Storm” recently won the Public Choice Award for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards, while Scheuer and Baynton have won prizes for their two previous collaborations on the videos for “Cookie-tin Banjo” and “THE LION.” Songs from THE LION is currently streaming in its entirety via The Bluegrass Situation at http://bit.ly/1sITyzV.
Scheuer will mark the album release by hosting a one-night-only gallery show with photographer/collaborator Riya Lerner at the Leslie Lohman Prince St. Project Space in New York City on June 7, featuring images from the pair’s limited edition 2014 artist book Between Two Spaces., of which The New York Times notes “The poignancy of Mr. Scheuer’s and Ms. Lerner’s images arises from the implacable effect that estranging clinical spaces impose on previously secure domestic places.” The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with free admission; 50 percent of all proceeds from the show’s sales will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On June 10, Scheuer performs at the Rubin Museum of Art’s “Naked Soul” ConcertSeries in NYC. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1Sqadnu.
Songs from THE LION—available now for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon—features music from Scheuer’s critically acclaimed one-man musical memoir THE LION, which has played sold-out runs off-Broadway, in London, and at theatres around the United States. THE LION recently celebrated its 200th performance of the National Tour. Scheuer wrote Songs from THE LION as he was playing gigs around his hometown of New York City. “I was singing about my dad, who died when I was thirteen. Singing about a romantic relationship I was in that went well until it went bad. Singing about my diagnosis with, treatment for, and cure of advanced stage cancer.”
Scheuer goes on to elaborate, “Record producer Geoff Kraly and I decided that we wanted the production on Songs from THE LION to fulfill the same purpose that the lighting, set design, directing, acting, costume design and all that stuff fulfills in the theatre show. In many ways, this album sounds the way I hear the songs in my head while I’m performing THE LION in a theatre.”
The record features performances from drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails) and bassist Chris Morrissey (Sara Bareilles), was engineered by Grammy Award-winner Pat Dillett (Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne, Nile Rodgers) and mixed in part by Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, David Bowie).