Archive for September, 2012

Today my daughter “shared” a video on Facebook of a talented young lady by the name of “Lindsey Stirling”. Lindsey has come across the idea of combining “dubstep” with her style of violin playing. I became amazed at her ability to contort her body into all manner of form while playing during her video of “Crystallize”. Young ladies prancing around the stage while playing violin are nothing new, think “Celtic Women Tours”, but Ms Stirling seems to do it with new charm. Perhaps it’s her innocent demeanor and facial expressions that carry you away on her musical journey.

A quick jump over to “YouTube” yielded a whole slew of Lindsey videos and music to enjoy! I eventually found one of her on “America’s got Talent”, where she received both “kudos” and harsh criticism, which she seemed to easily handle. This is one artist to watch as she delivers a wholesome, enjoyable experience. I wish I could be there with my daughter to see her when she takes the stage in Arizona.

I highly recommend the trip over to http://lindseystirlingviolin.mybigcommerce.com/ to pick up her album. And no, I don’t get an affiliate cut on this one!

© 2012 Lindsey Stirling

This past week I had accompanied my girlfriend to her annual convention of Maine Counties. Well, actually my band was hired to play after one of the dinners but I was there helping (a little) and enjoying the final days of summer. It was all pretty tiring but we made it to Friday, which was the free “Lobster Dinner” we were promised. Since it was at a park along Boothbay Harbor I brought the camera that I had remembered to pack. I had been thinking lately of doing some new creative work and I wanted to make a point of owning as many of the pictures that I use as possible ( avoid paying for someone Else’s work). So down to the waterfront I went with my old Sony 4mega pixel camera (one that I had bought five years ago to shoot images for eBay sales).
I must say that there was a wealth of imagery to shoot. The Sun was darting in and out of light cloud cover and it presented a good amount of light and shadow. I’m interested in the idea of repeating a image over and over in a piece of work (something I learned in my old design class), so I sought out some rock and sand formations. Along the way I spotted some nice shots so I snapped a couple.
The real fun came though when I started playing with the after effects in Picasa 3, Google’s free image software. I hope you enjoy these. Oh, and if you’re wondering what this has to do with playing drums, remember that I said my band did play one of the nights. I’ll talk about that in another post!

Boat launch at Boothbay, Maine