Greenfield Township musician enters The Black Lodge, covers ‘Twin Peaks’ theme
GREENFIELD TWP — In 2017, the supernatural drama “Twin Peaks” will return to television after more than 25 years without an episode. Some have waited more than two decades to revisit the rural Washington town — longer than Greenfield Township resident and “Twin Peaks” fan Stanley Kaminsky has been alive. The 22-year-old graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications was exposed to the pilot episode of the show in a class on cable television.
“I’m not really a big TV fan overall, so I wasn’t looking forward to the class,” Kaminsky said. “For some reason as soon as the episode started I felt like my eyes were glued to the screen. I was obsessed from the get-go.”
Recently, Kaminsky combined his obsession with his musical experience — he joined his first band in 8th grade — in a cover of “Falling,” the theme from “Twin Peaks.” The original, written by series composer Angelo Badalamenti and writer/director David Lynch, was performed by singer Julee Cruise and released in 1990.
Kaminsky’s rendition, performed under his stage name Stanley Michael, shoves his vocals to the forefront and turns the haunting ’90s song into an acoustic ballad. In his YouTube video for the track, Kaminsky embodies the series main character, Dale Cooper, an FBI agent sent to Twin Peaks to investigate the death of local teen, Laura Palmer. Kaminsky-as-Cooper performs live from The Black Lodge, a supernatural location visited throughout the series by Cooper.
The Syracuse graduate hopes to draw the attention of “Twin Peaks” cast and crew with the video; he’d like to use his work as a musician and his degree in radio, television and film to contribute to the show’s new season.
“I just thought it’d be silly to try to contact Showtime, which is the network that’ll be airing the new season, so why not just do something creative with it; why not create a video with it wherein I’m dressed as Special Agent Dale Cooper and it looks like I’m in The Black Lodge and performing the theme song,” Kaminsky said. “I figured that would get attention better than a simple email or a CD.”
So far, Kaminsky said he hasn’t received any replies from the social media accounts associated with series cast and crew, but he’s optimistic.
“If you look at any of the Twitter pages of any of the cast and crew, a lot of them interact with people who tweet at them and the same goes for their Instagram pages,” Kaminsky said. “I haven’t received anything back. I just uploaded it.”
Kaminsky said his music has been his main focus since graduating, but he also plans to continue his education with an independent study of the David Lynch filmography, including the soon-to-be released season of the writer/director’s eerie ’90s television show — something Kaminsky is hoping to study from the inside as a musical contributor.
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