You know how Facebook reminds you of memories 1-infinity years ago? Today I was reminded of my love for exploration that I seem to have forgotten, along with my passion for photographing candid moments and statements; whatever they may be.
In honor of SXSW, here’s a link to my album from attending 2 years ago at the ripe, innocent age of 23.
(pro tip: click the Facebook logo in the right corner to open the entire album)
Have you ever wondered what lies behind the mirrored glass of Floppy Disk Repair Co. in Austin, Texas? This secret society of cocktail proportions aims to remain accessible solely to locals and those in the service industry, but there’s more to tell than just that.
I broke down everything there is to know about this Austin speakeasy and then some.
Got a new lens and have been playing around with it to figure it out. Being who I am (a complete and total music enthusiast), what better way to play than by shooting some live music in my very own city?
Check some of the photos out here, and stick around for awhile, won’t ya?
The sound of music will never get old.
The battling between drums and vocals, the cohesion between guitar chords and the banging of a tambourine in between; these are the things that I’ll never take for granted.
Because of music, we’ve all been in love, had our hearts broken to then be pieced back together bit by bit.
Because of music, we’re able to share the feelings we can’t put into words.
We’re able to communicate in ways which the english, and all other languages, fail us.
Because of music, there’s no such thing as borders and boundaries.
There’s no such thing as the inability to communicate.
Because of music, we have human connection, and if that’s something you take for granted or fail to see, then you need more music in your life.
You need to open yourself up to the journey it can take you on.
You need to let go of all dispositions, tape on some headphones and put your Spotify/Pandora/Itunes/Soundcloud on shuffle.
Be one with the music, forget where you are, and go where it takes you.
and what’s real is Chance The Rapper.
Now, don’t get discouraged because you’re not a rap or hip-hop fan.
That has yet to deter anyone I know from liking Chance.
Why? Because he’s real, that’s why.
He doesn’t rap about the club, or women in a degrading way.
He raps about his life, his struggles, his successes.
He raps about the real world, and I for one recognize, and salute, him for that.
I don’t regularly watch Saturday Night Live, but I’m subscribed to their YouTube channel. Although I admit that YouTube hasn’t shown me everything the minute it happens, I’m happy that today it showed me this video by the one and only Chance The Rapper.
Why am I particularly happy it was this song on this day by this artist?
That’s simple—I’ve been listening to him, and this song (on repeat . . . No seriously)all morning.
His movements on stage are his own, his lyrics are his mind and soul.
He is who he is, and I for one love him, as an artist, for doing so.
Sometimes there are collaborations that don’t work out.
Sometimes there are collaborations that get radio play.
Then sometimes, there are collaborations that happen on the MTV VMAs Stage that are truly of epic and raw proportions.
This performance was one of them, and it was a nice glimpse back in time to the MTV of my youth; the one that actually played music.
I think by now everyone knows how I feel about Twenty One Pilots, so without further adieu, here’s Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky circa 2015. If this doesn’t inspire you on round one of run through I challenge you to come back later today and watch it again, then let me know what you think!