Tag Archive: art


Hey, did any of you actually click the link in my YouTube description box to get here?!  If you did, let me know!  If you didn’t, welcome and please let me know what brought you here.  I’m so curious!

So, when I first started posting YouTube videos last March, it was a way to share some of the recordings I had worked on over the years.  I used to post them to MySpace back in the day, but needless to say, that became… irrelevant.  Anyway, my first two songs were more “studio” based, but when talking to some close friends, they wanted to see something a little more raw…  Back in December, I posted the first of my One Take series here.  Granted, I never intended it to be a series, but it was really fun to do.  With studio based recordings, I can record takes over again and cut/paste accordingly.  With this series, it’s like performing live and I really love live performances.

This past Monday, I got a chance to record a song (or two) with my good friend, Tricia.  We used to sing together all the time for church and special events.  She’s got a powerful set of pipes!!  Not only that, but she’s got an awesome, irreverent sense of humor that I love.  We did a LOT of laughing that day.  😀  The other thing I love is that we can talk about stupid stuff, but also stuff that matters in life.  It’s always a joy to have that kind of friendship.

Why did I pick the song, “Take Me to Church” for this recording?  From a musical standpoint, the song is beautiful and emotional, filled with all these gorgeous minor chords that I am forever drawn to.  I guess I like angst-y songs?  Lyrically, my interpretation of the song is that it’s a scathing criticism of religion and how many individuals have taken advantage of others in the name of “religion.”  It also hints at the (ir)relevancy of the church in people’s lives (e.g. – “my church offers no absolutes”).  There was a pretty good read on why people are leaving church here.  I think songs like this are great because they show us how we can all do better at actually being loving, kind, present, and relevant, not only as individuals but collectively.

I hope you enjoy the video.  I’m sorry the audio isn’t that great.  Most of my gear (both recording and video) is in California still, so this was a pretty barebones setup.  Please let me know if there’s a song you’d like me to consider recording or if you’d like to collaborate!  Thanks for reading!

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Trying something new!

My roommate and I did Tag video!  Neither of us have ever done one of these types of videos before, but it was super fun to do.  Amber made the background nice and cozy looking.  I got to do Amber’s makeup for the video.  I actually got to use my prime lens since I had a second person around to actually focus my lens.  I think every time I get to edit a video, I learn new skills too. I’ve been loving that, especially in light of all this new found free time I have.  Let it be known, I’m not just sitting around – I’m totally learning new things and new skills!

Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqccoLgMQZc

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Life is Beautiful

Greetings from Vegas!  I’m getting ready for day two of the Life is Beautiful festival and it’s going to be a good lineup.  If you haven’t heard about this festival, it’s happening this weekend in downtown Vegas with music, food, art, and seminars.  So much cool stuff all in one place!  The great thing about this organization is that it’s dedicated to “helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams.”  This festival is one of the biggest events that they do, but they also have an online forum, meant to allow people to connect and inspire each other.  I can get behind that.  🙂  You can check them out at www.lifeisbeautiful.com

Walking…

I’m kicking myself.  There were a few shots earlier today that I should have taken, but I passed them by, thinking I would be able to find something later on in the day.  Today’s lesson:  take time and stop for art because it sure didn’t wait for me…

Today’s picture is from my walk home…

Yes, I am a Chicagoan and yes, I can handle my fair share of snow.  Nonetheless, I’d be much happier if I could take a picture that looked more like this today…

Enough with the snow!  Bring on the spring!