Monday, March 3, 2008
The Many Faces of Tim Reynolds: Guitar, Guru, Goo
Tim Reynolds spent the last eight years traveling the country by himself, acoustic guitar and effects pedals in tow, with only his thoughts for company. A guitar maestro best known for his work with Dave Matthews, Reynolds is now leading his own band, TR3, on a national tour.
Still, eight years is a long time to go solo, and all that solitude eroded his social barriers to the point of comfort, clarity, and cum.
“In the 80s I had a job where I was putting up shelves, and I made a band called the Loud Cum Band,” Reynolds says, speaking to me from the TR3 tour bus in Cleveland in late February. He starts gagging on his laughter, his TR3 bandmates—bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier—doing the same in the background.
“We had one song called ‘I am cum,’ one called ‘I eat cum’…this is a young man working at KMart being a little frustrated. The whole sound was the sound of clanging shelves at KMart with the little screws.”
When pressed for an sound clip, Reynolds growls slowly, one syllable at a time, “I AM CUM.” He stops to giggle. “It was a very mindless kind of thing.”
Reynolds is not all ejaculate. He takes Buddhist teachings seriously, noting that, “Bad days are always like the guru. In Buddhism, your most important guru is your biggest problem. Your bad day, a fearful thought, that is the teaching to how to control the thought. If you stop for a minute and hold it—that voice in your head is OK, if you don’t let it be a judger and let it go by.”
All that perspective has led to two prongs of interest, the first being his insistence that, “The future evolution of humans is a conscious decision to stay present and bring in love.” The second, meanwhile, is a distinct amorousness with music in a metaphysical dimension, with Reynolds asserting, “The present is an infinite moment, and music represents that. When you play live, that’s just the present. When you have a recording, that involves both things: a past and present. It can bring up a sense memory from childhood, like total recall. To me, music is all about bringing that love, as it were, into the now.”
Reynolds’ last album was 2005’s “Parallel Universe,” a solo effort. With TR3 back after numerous incarnations and an eight-year hiatus, one might expect his focus to be back on songwriting—which it is. But still, after so much time alone on the road, could you really blame Reynolds for appreciating the…err…benefits of company?
“TR3 psychically goes back to the 60s. We have things that are all kind of spewing out in real time, like a wad of cum.”
Like a wad of cum?
“Unlike most of my interviews, I have my clothes on,” he says. “We’ll do another one in the future, and I’ll be naked. I am naked underneath my clothes, and I’m aware of that. It’s very sensual, you know. My skin is busting through my jeans.
“We’re all naked in here right now,” Reynolds assures me, referring to himself and his bandmates. “We’re not touching each other yet, but we will be soon.”
Stay Seminal, Tim Reynolds
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