ATLANTIC CITY — The Absecon Lighthouse here is receiving attention now and will be receiving more early next year from an unlikely source — MikelParis, the keyboard player for the rock band O.A.R., which is short for Of A Revolution.
Paris spent most of Saturday afternoon filming at the lighthouse, which is the third tallest in the country, for an episode of his online travel series called TuneTrek.
TuneTrek features Paris visiting interesting places, usually of historical importance, where he takes still photographs, shoots video and films himself playing one of his original songs.
The full video will be ready for viewing early next year at his website mikelparis.com and his YouTube channel, but Paris already put pictures up of the lighthouse’s Fresnel lens and a photo of himself with weekend lighthouse keeper Bayard Moran at his Instagram account, instagram.com/MIKELPARIS
“These are projects of passion. I’m doing what I love. I’m probably the first person to play guitar and sing at the lighthouse in 150 years. That’s pretty awesome,” said Paris, who added the lighthouse episode will last between five and eight minutes when he finishes it.
“It’s cool. It’s the first lighthouse I have done,” Paris said.
The now closed Showboat Casino Hotel led to Paris doing a TuneTrek at the lighthouse.
O.A.R. was playing the House of Blues Atlantic City inside the Showboat. Paris looked out his window and saw the lighthouse.
Paris found it curious that a lighthouse was located in the middle of an urban area. Paris made a mental note that he would check it out the next time O.A.R. played in a casino here.
O.A.R., which has sold out Madison Square Garden in New York in the past, played Saturday inside the Showroom at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.
Paris, who lives in Queens, New York City, said his TuneTrek series, which started in 2012, combines all his passions — travel, history, architecture, adventure and music.
A member of O.A.R. for the past nine years, Paris said he will have 32 filmed episodes by the end of this month, but only 10 have been released so far.
When the Absecon Lighthouse episode is completed, the song that viewers will hear Paris playing is titled “Flow” from his first solo release from 2007.
Each TuneTrek segment features a song Paris never used in any other episode.
Previous places Paris has filmed include Indianapolis Union Station in Indiana and the Old St. Johns County Jail in St. Augustine, Florida. Paris is creating his series in the hopes that he will be able to land a broadcast or cable deal in the future.
Even though the casinos here play host to hundreds of musicians and singers during the course of a year, Moran, 74, of Galloway Township, said they never stop by the lighthouse.
“Jimmy Buffett is a great lighthouse aficionado ... but he has never been here,” said Moran, who added Paris filmed his musical performance in the watch room. “It’s great publicity for us. We need as much publicity as we can get.”
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