music

The Soloist

As bloggers, we are all artists, and art appreciation of one’s art is among the most subjective opinions we’ll ever encounter. As artists, we share our images, our words, and our music. I took this image of a man playing for what seemed to be the birds and the trees.

It’s a reminder that we must not let go of what we are most passionate about. As children, and I see it in my own, we express crippling excitement for the things we are passionate about. We see the world as being a place of endless opportunities, free of barriers, and full of love. But we all reach a point where our priorities shift, responsibilities take over, and the things we love to do sometimes take a back seat. I think it’s important to be responsible and cater to our priorities, because the world isn’t just about us. However, I also feel strongly that we shouldn’t lose sight of the things that fuel our passions. We must always remember to play, even if no one is there to witness.

Party for One

Black (& White) Friday: Kops Records

Top Five Movies About Music:

5. 24 Hour Party People

4. This Is Spinal Tap

3. Almost Famous

2. Anvil: The Story of Anvil

1. High Fidelity

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I loved the quote from Weird Al on the sandwich board in the image above!

I absolutely love High Fidelity, and just about every Nick Hornby book. John Cusack was my hero, and for many of my pre-teen and teen years I spent a heck of a lot of time making the perfect mix tape. Weren’t mix tapes an absolutely essential part of the time back then? We made them for friends, brought them to parties, we listened to them in our bedrooms until the tape came spilling out of our players.

Question: Did you make mix tapes? What kinds of music did you mix? Did you ever receive a tape from a special someone? I’d love to hear about it in the comments 🙂

Near my old workplace in Toronto were a few long-standing vintage record stores, and Kelp Records was one of my favorite places to unwind during lunch and brows through their amazing selection of vinyl. These images were taken back in April, and in true hipster fashion, Kelp took the time to pay homage to one of my favorite bands with a nice little window display.

Back in the 90s I completely immersed myself in the grunge scene that took the music scene by storm, but today I am into the slightly more mellow singer-songwriter genre that is dominating the Canadian music scene at the moment, as well as some of the classics from Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot.

At the beginning of the post I shared my top five favorite music movies, but I’d love to hear about your favorites, and any fantastic songs or artists you’d like to share. I’m always excited to explore new music.

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The Beat Goes On

Music is a magical thing. Through my 20s I was fortunate enough to play drums in a Toronto band with three of my best friends in the whole world. When we started we play to a handful of friends that we had to beg to come and see us, when I eventually left the band we were playing some of the larger venues in the city and had opening gigs for The Killers and Editors.

Music transcends languages and barriers, and it can alter our moods for the better. I am so grateful for music and what it can do to and for us, and I get choked up when I see how it lights up the faces of children like mine.

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My Guest Post for WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Today I am the guest blogger for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. My topic, Split-Second Story.

HI all, I am extremely excited to announce the I am the author of this week’s photo challenge. If you don’t normally participate, would absolutely love if you’d do it just this once 😉 You can see the post by clicking here, or on the link below.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/split-second-story/

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I hope you all have a fantastically wonderful weekend, and I’ll be sure to check out all of the incredible entries, when I need a break from unpacking.