Saturday, February 27, 2010

XM/Sirius radio

We've been subscribers for several years and each time we think about canceling, they give us insane prices for six months.

I love/hate the service. Love it because it's commercial, static and, for the most part, DJ free. I hate it because it's like they have a stable of 1000 songs they rotate and nothing more.

For example, I might be listening to a station and a cool song I haven't heard in years comes on. Something obscure enough to be cool, yet popular enough to be known. Then, I'll be listening to the same station the next day and that same song comes on.

Maybe it's the station? Right now, I'm listening to 80's on 8 and just heard one of my favorite songs, Easy Lover by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey (don't tell me you don't love that song!). Now it's Why Can't This Be Love? by Van Halen. Another good song that I loved in the 80s.

Now, I suppose there's only so many songs they can choose from the 80s. Even so, there should be a whole bunch, you know? But it wouldn't surprise me to hear either one of these songs in the next few days (or maybe another awesome one I heard earlier, You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates).

At least they're cool songs, right?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Weekly update

Hello friends. Sitting at the computer on a Sunday night, weeding through hundreds of pictures snapped in the past week, listening to Fountains of Wayne and freezing my tail off in the basement.

In other words, things are cool.

What weather lately, huh? Sunny, but cold! Brr! I am seeing signs of spring everywhere and I can't wait! Some friends and I took advantage of the weather on Friday and took family portraits. We hit up Kelsey Creek Farm out in the Wilburton area of Bellevue and spent an hour or so looking cute (them) and taking pix (me). I have a lot of work to do, but and I'm excited about the potential of these pictures.

I've been doing a lot of reading too, both fiction (currently: Dennis Lehane's A Drink Before the War) and non-fiction (mainly about photography, of course). Though this year's pace is a bit off last year's. I think it's been due to some big-ass books I've read. And maybe all the photography books, too.

My second-hand Blackberry is starting to act funny too. The battery cover is taped on now thanks to Riley dropping it a few months ago. That's no big deal. The phone just locks for no reason. It'll be sitting in standby and I'll hit a button to light it up and... nothing. Just the spinning "wait" symbol. The good news is that my contract is up and I'm eligible for an upgrade. The bad news is that an upgrade costs money and, well, money's tight. For now, it's the Blackberry.

Had a Lund Bros. gig the other night. Went ok, I suppose. Played with a so-so band called Full Life Crisis, and a really eclectic band called Bone Cave Ballet (ok, I hate the name too!). BCB was very good at what they did. Two girls singing wicked harmonies, a really solid band behind them and some really gothic, indie, proggy music. Does any of that make sense? Next up is the Scheme at the New Frontier in Tacoma on Friday.

Kids go back to school this week. I'll hopefully be able to catch up on photo editing (Yakup's recording sessions, plus shooting some more for him; Ben's birthday from last week; the McCaskill family shoot; various shots on location, including my friend's motorcycle shop, Twinline Motorcycles) and job hunting and taxes and stuff.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hi everybody

Still here. Still doing my thing. Been spending most of my blogging moments updating P365. So far, haven't missed a day. Still am enjoying it and looking forward to learning, shooting and posting.

I have another project scheduled. This one is doing some family portraits of some friends. I told them to set the expectations waaaaay low. I've been boning up on reading all about portrait photography and the like as well. Hopefully the weather cooperates (next Friday) and that I'm able to "connect" with the kids. (We all know each other pretty well, so that shouldn't be too difficult)

This will be a busy music week. Tomorrow night I have Lund Bros. practice for the first time in a month or so. We were supposed to gig a month ago but Chris was sick and we had to cancel. I think he's better now so practice should be on for that.

Thursday brings the first Scheme practice of 2010. The gig LB had to cancel on was originally offered to the Scheme, but both Gregg and David were out of town in Hawaii at the time (supposedly separately!). We will need the practice as we have a gig next week on the 26th.

Then on Friday, after my photoshoot, I have the first Lund Bros. gig of 2010, at the Skylark in West Seattle. Still following me?

In addition to that, I have to edit/primp/preen some pictures I took of my friend Yakup's side project. He hired me to shoot some more recording studio pix of him, a bassist and a drummer on three separate days. Kept me busy and got me out of the house to do some photography, so that was cool.

If only I could do all this cool stuff and make a living at it!