Excerpt from an article I wrote for Fresh Print Magazine -
"In my opinion, if you can teach them to fish, you can teach them to use a camera. Empower these people by giving them the ultimate control of how they are exposed to the outside world. Give them the camera so we can see and visually experience their world through a new lens."
I was wandering through the neighborhood Dollarama one day just a little too close to the Valentine's goodies. Peaking at the packages when something popped out at me. One of the candy hearts said "YOU ROCK". Well it didn't say it. "YOU ROCK" was barely molded into its surface.
When I had the package in my hand I had thought as far as ahead as making some kind of picture for Valentine's Day that I could post to my Instagram page. The message aligns nicely with the music theme I have going on over there.
I return home with the package of candied hearts. Once home I dumped them out on top of my freezer and proceeded to pick out the ones that said "YOU ROCK". I had to get right down to the bottom of the bag before I had all five colors.
Then it was a matter of shaping them into the flower pattern and deciding whether to shoot on a white or a black background. That turned out to be a simple decision. White washed out the colors. Black makes them pop.
The hearts, candies, flower shape, "YOU ROCK" message, and even the star shape at the center all combine to send a loving declaration for Valentine's Day. Even if I am the only one that gets it.
(Yes, in case you're wondering, my mother did tell me not to play with my food. Sometimes life is just that much sweeter when you disobey. XOXO)
Joshua Radin was the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel of love. I thought it was profound when he admitted he never thought he would fall in love. Then he found "The One". He wrote a song to tell that special someone how he felt. They didn't get the message. So he wrote another song, and another, and another ... until he had an entire albums worth.
So there is hope. Maybe, just maybe, if all men stopped acting like dogs, had the same outlook as Joshua Radin, and understood that "the wooing never ends", there would be an equivalent drop in the amount of bitchiness in this world.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!
The house erupted when Alan Doyle came on stage last weekend and filled us in on his plans for the evening. After he had thanked everyone for including his show in their Friday night party schedule he informed us that he was doing a DOUBLE SET!!!
One side of the brain (the one that loves music) is thinking OMG I couldn't be any luckier. The other side (the one that knows I am there to "work") is saying OK. Let's really listen and see if he can pull this off.
I can Testify to the fact that he more than pulled it off. Musicians half his age would have had a hard time pulling off a double set. Some can barely make it through a single.
By no means, am I the only one that felt that way. After two one hour sets EVERYONE in the audience stayed behind for the encore. I have been to hundreds of concerts. I have NEVER seen such an enthusiastic performance and enthralled audience. I think everyone in the Danforth Music Hall last Friday night felt the same way - "I've Seen A Little but it ain't enough."