Franklin Massie’s Undergraduate Thesis: Working With Your Favorite Animal

from left: rick maxwell, franklin massie, kenneth shultz (photo by Jason Collins “Professor DumbleDork, although writing a 30 page thesis on ‘The Paradox of Nietzsche’s Analytic Techniques Employed in his Genealogy of Morals,’ would be a dream come true, I would rather do something not boring.”  These are the exact words of Franklin Massie (not really) that sparked the beginning of his senior thesis – the first of its kind – at Hampden-Sydney College.  The project was to record a full length album, and Franklin asked if I would produce it.  Coolest.  Thesis.  Ever.


Promo Photo by Jason Collins, Delirious Photography
Promo Photo by Jason Collins, Delirious Photography

The goal: to demonstrate the developmental process of songwriting, from the start (i.e. pen and paper scribbles) to finish (i.e. in your iPod/iPhone/over-sub-woofered-sports-car-stereo).  After Franklin wrote his tunes, he and I headed to the studio with our awesome friends:

It was a glorious 10 day session, and Franklin earned an A+ on his thesis.  You are the rock god of scholars everywhere, Franklin Massie – thanks be to you.

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2 Responses to Franklin Massie’s Undergraduate Thesis: Working With Your Favorite Animal

  1. chase says:

    thanks for the internship oppurtunites on this album. will look great on my resume.

  2. Matt Morton says:

    Sports journalist. Thanks for the URL haha!

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