This past week at a private Christmas party I had the unfortunate experience of having all my camera gear stolen. After 10 years of shooting and many travels, I’ve finally managed to be had by a real-life Grinch. After exploring my options to solve the case, I’ve come up with a cold trail and empty hands. In an attempt to try and offset some of the the costs of new gear, I’ve set up an online store to sell some prints of my work. I’ve narrowed down a selection but would like to note that if there’s any image on my website, or a special request for sizes- you’re more than welcome to get in touch.
I’d like to give a heap of thanks for all the help and many good vibes I’m receiving from friends & family near and far. It’s meant the world to me. After spending days thinking about some of the worst kinds of people- it’s been thoroughly inspiring and heart warming to be reminded by those around me that there’s so many people just the opposite. It’s kept me relatively sane sorting through this. So thank you so much- words on a screen can’t really sum it all up as well as I’d like.
"Normally it’s not this harsh," said Jordan Lee, in a calm yet slightly terrified tone as his gorgeous album unfolded over the absolutely blown-out stereo of a 1995 Honda Prelude. We were bound for Mt. Taurus, the final leg of FMLY Fest Brooklyn.
Only the highest and lowest frequencies survived: unfortunate conditions for any recording, though especially unkind to something as lush and as delicate as Love’s Crushing Diamond. This was the first time Jordan had heard it outside the mixing process. And while self-deprecation is part of his charm, clearly the levels had jarred him. I quickly credited this to the speakers, and we then drifted in wordlessness.
What remained audible was enough to prompt immediate awe, along with an internal conflict of my own: what to say next. Our silence grew; the sun flickered between passing trees, we missed a highway exit. By the end of the second track, all that could surface was: “can you play that one again?”. He obliged, though surely not without concern for interrupted sequence. And he’d oblige again when asked to do the same after the next.
Love’s Crushing Diamond is autumnal in nature, and brilliantly affecting without the influence of personal association or anecdote, but my mind will always return to that late summer morning. That golden drive. That hike, and finally, that performance at the peak of Mt. Taurus. Maybe this somehow compromises the dynamic between blog and musician. But, well, here’s to throwing any unsaid rules to wind (from a figurative mountain, while shouting some real love for a friend’s work of art), after all: perhaps “we weren’t made to be this way.”
I couldn’t be more excited to announce Singles Club today. Part record club. Part music journal. We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help produce and promote the first volume of releases.Our first release will be a 7” from Daniel Bachman, good friend and one of the most talented guitar players around.
Find out more about the club, subscribe for Vol. #1 and learn more right here. Lots of good stuff coming up in 2014.
While looking at pictures taken at FMLY Fest Brooklyn, I came across this one picture capturing one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever experienced due to the power of pure love and passion for art/music.
This happened under the rain during Yohuna’s (Johanne Swanson) amazing set. Everyone gathered around her and her gear, holding up Noah Klein Cuddle Formation’s parachute to protect her gear from the rain as she played her lovely songs. This moment was definitely one of the highlights of FMLY Fest Brooklyn (if not The Highlight). To see how the passion and love for art/music inspired this strong sense of community amongst each of one of us that were there, was truly a gift. Nowadays it is very rare to see that which is why this was truly a beautiful inspiring experience.
So I decided to send Lisa this picture along with other ones (who is all the way in France) to share what a beautiful experience that weekend had been for me. And this is what she did with that picture.. She drew it!!! I’m still and will always be perplexed at how amazing this drawing came out. She is incredibly talented! I hope all of you enjoy it! :)