A former life, and a great new album

It was Summer 2002. Boston, MA. Berklee College of Music. The 22 Fenway building. Psychology. This era, a part of my past I’ll probably never come to terms with, was a scattershot mess of idiocy, aimlessness, and uncertainty. I now refer to this as my former life, much of which is better forgotten.

My Psychology teacher, Eddie, a former brick mason turned licensed hypnotherapist and psychiatrist, was an amazing man, whom I still talk about to this day. For better or worse, I learned more about myself in that class than I have anywhere else to date.

On day 1 of this class, we did an exercise to memorize everyone in the classes’ name. Alliteration: choose a word that starts with the first letter of your name, and create a catchy way for everyone to remember it. I was, for example, Jammin’ Joel.

Sitting next to me in that class, on day 1, was an up and coming drummer named Kendrick Scott. Or, should I say, Kama Sutra Kendrick. He was going to be taking a few weeks off in the middle of the semester to play with Stanley Jordan (yeah, holy crap) in the Middle East somewhere, so he was kind of a big deal. I’ll never forget when I sat front row for a mind blowing hi-hat solo in tribute of Elvin Jones, which was performed for the man himself sitting 10 feet away. I’ve always admired his ability to rise to the moment. And his newest album is special in the same way. So much so it caused me to spend several days to piece this disjointed thought together.

So check it out on whatever medium you prefer. It’s modern, but it’s classic. It’s easy to listen to, but complex. It’s definitely a new favorite. It’s Kendrick Scott Oracle’s “A Wall Becomes a Bridge”.

St. Patty's Day.

Emma and her friend Landon took some pictures together for St. Patty’s day. I’m amazed at how much mileage a backdrop, a speedlight and an umbrella can give you. My flash might finally be ready to retire though, seems to have a bit of trouble keeping up these days.

Had Bangers and Mash, and a delightful Troegs First Cut IPA for dinner, was a delight.

Year One.

Emma is already one. She ate a lot of cake, definitely experienced her first sugar high, and resulting mega nap. All in all it was a good time.

11 Months

We have been taking photos of our daughter at every month for the first twelve months. Over Christmas, I acquired a really cheap fixed lighting set, which I believe is for video, but decided to use it as some fill lighting for our daughter’s 11 month old pictures.

I used one of the lights facing her on the left, and had my strobe positioned overhead just off to the right. It worked really well, and among all the photos, one random one became my favorite the instant I saw it. Has a very artsy vibe, like it could be hung in an art gallery.

As my sister titled it: “Baby with Rattle, 2018”


Louis Cole. So much wow.

Louis Cole is among one of my favorite musicians of all time. He’s been around for at least 8 years, but his work with his band Knower, and his recent solo work is starting to go off the charts good.

Need evidence? The backing band for this video is comprised of some of the top musicians alive right now, and they just showed up to be part of it. (Kneebody just hanging out and playing background, that’s high level. Just crazy.) Also, this is just generally amazing.