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YES!

I have a few naysayers around various parts of Kentucky that keep trying to put me down, and tell me that I’m not going to amount to anything. I’ve got some news for them. The last year, although it has been difficult due to a variety of things in my life, I have been quite successful in a lot of things. Point being: I’ve been doing concert photography for some internationally acclaimed and known bands. For example, last night. I photographed the English-based progressive rock outfit known as Yes. Want proof? Here you go: PROOF.

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2012 – In A Nutshell

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written here. I guess it’s time to start updating this more often, and I believe the best way to do that is to reflect upon 2012.

This past year has bee a tumultuous one, with many high points, and just as many lows to go along with it. However, such a reflection is best suited to start with the worst, first.

2012 started off with a slight bang in the ‘bad’ department. Late in January, my father had a heart attack. Granted, my father and I have never been excessively close as friends, let alone family, I still greatly care for him, and worry. Yes, we argue, and yes, we have had our own… physical altercations. That is in the past, and I still love him, and respect him, despite our hardships. With the revelation of his heart attack, I began to worry how my mother would cope with it, especially with her health having been an issue of the last five years. Thankfully, after it was all said and done, Dad is still doing well despite the heart attack.

Fast forward a couple of months, and one of the worst things to happen this year, occurred. My great-grandmother, whom I was very close to, passed away in April. Her passing was incredibly difficult for me, and I still have a hard time accepting the fact that she is gone. The wonderful woman helped keep my head about myself when it felt that all hope was gone. Still, I have no idea what I’m going to do without her.

June seemed as if things were on the up and up for me. Started talking to someone, and really enjoyed her company. However, things took and incredible and DRASTIC turn, and everything just fell apart. I’m not going to go into specifics here, all was said and done, and it’s over. No looking back.

These last few months have been stressful for me for a variety of reasons, which, once again I will not be going into detail over. Life happens, and you just have to move on.

Now to focus on the more positive aspects of life in 2012. For starters, I began my endeavor as a concert and event photographer. I have to thank Mr. Jonathan Newsome for giving me the chance to do this. It has been an absolute joy to go out to concerts and photograph bands as they are giving it their all on stage. Artists that I have been fortunate enough to photograph this year are: Lost River Cavemen, Sixth Floor, Gravel Switch, HURT, Undead Anna, Stellar Revival, Black Stone Cherry, Judgement, Stonecutters, Machine Head, Sylosis, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, and In Flames. Several of these bands are some of my personal favorites, which just makes the photography even more fun.

Not only to mention photography, but Mr. Newsome has also allowed me to write album reviews, and even interview artists for Unsung Melody. The site, despite the difficulties we had had a few months ago, seems to be doing well, and is on the up and up. I have to say that it has provided me some of the most fun I’ve had ALL year.

Another positive aspect of the year: I got a dog. Yes, she’s a boxer/labrador mix that I named Isis. She’s incredibly hard-headed, but she is definitely a loving dog. To top it off, the cat and dog both get along SO well! They are like sisters, in that they fight one minute, and cuddle and love each other the next.

I guess it’s time I start wrapping this post up, as I’ve got a lot to do before the end of 2012.

And with that, I bid adieu to 2012, and welcome the new of 2013. Happy new year, and I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe night!

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Vacation!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a bit of a late post, as I’ve been back from vacation for almost a week now, but I figured I would update about it. I took a short trip to Chicago, which turned out to be an absolute blast.

On Monday, the vacation began. Around roughly 11:30 AM, I left for Chicago. Leaving Owensboro, I was invigorated and excited to be driving up to Chicago. About half way in, the thoughts began to creep in.  “Am I crazy?! I’m driving TO CHICAGO!”. It was totally worth it. After arriving in Chicago, I came upon a nice, not-so-little traffic jam. Traffic had been backed up for roughly 2 miles, and it was very stop-and-go. While in the jam, I came to the realization that I needed to be in the left lane to remain on the correct freeway. No sooner than after I turned my signal on and started to watch for a clearing, the driver of the car behind me was kind enough to let me in. Never has that happened in ANY city I have ever driven in. Owensboro, Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Louisville, etc, etc. I was in complete shock and awe that someone would be kind enough to let someone through.

Finally, my arrival to O’Hare International Airport was a frenzy. I had arrived to pick up Matt and Greyson. Was quite an interesting experience driving through the terminals, just to find your friends. Traffic was nuts, and the taxis were nuttier. However, we quickly managed to get back onto the freeway and on our way to the hotel.

After the hotel check-in, we decided to meander out into the town and find some grub. Consequently, we made the decision to go eat some Chicago-style stuffed-pizza at Giordano’s. Absolutely DELICIOUS! Afterward, we finally headed back to the hotel to drink a few, and pass out.

Morning came early. Too early. Such a brightly cordoned room it was, when the curtains were pulled open. After finally pulling ourselves together, it was time to hit the streets. The three of us meandered around town, and finally found the Rosemont CTA Stop, and decided to take the public train system the rest of the day. $14 for a 3 day pass is incredibly cheap, particularly given the fact that the stops go throughout most of the city. INCREDIBLY CONVENIENT!

Our tour of town eventually led us out toward Lake Michigan, and the Shedd Aquarium. $35 for an aquarium ticket is rather high for me, so we eventually found out that they have an $8 general admission ticket that we took advantage of. All we wanted to do was see some of the fish, not the ‘Dora and Diego 4-D’ feature they have. Sorry, but we aren’t children, and do not have children… yet. It was certainly interesting, some of the fish they have.

Next stop: WILLIS TOWER. It’s not the first time I had been up to the Sky Deck, but it was certainly the most fun and entertaining. Being with my best friend was a bunch of fun. It really made me realize just how much I probably missed last year when he went backpacking across Europe. Originally, the plan had included me on the trip, but I didn’t have the money, nor vacation time. Maybe we can do that in a few years.

After we left Willis Tower, we hopped on the trains and started to head back to the hotel. It was almost time for the big event! Around 6:15, we left for the venue. Arriving roughly around 6:30, I was particularly surprised at two things. One, the entire arena had LONG lines going all the way around it. Two, we managed to find an open door and got in and got to the front row of the floor, quickly.

Before the opening act (Combichrist) took stage, people all around us took the time to get to know one another. It was quite fun, meeting people that traveled near and far for this show. The people in front of us had been waiting in line since 4:30 AM, and they were from Kansas City, MO. The fellows behind us were from Detroit, MI. And the guy directly to my left… well, he was from Paducah, KY. Was particularly surprised to be standing next to someone from a city so close to me.

Finally, the MAIN event. Rammstein took stage, and it couldn’t have been more amazing. Between getting pushed and shoved into the barricade when the crowd would surge toward the stage, and all the flamethrowers the band used, we were literally stuck between a rock and a hot-spot. Their performance was incredible, and they sounded absolutely phenomenal in a live setting. I couldn’t have enjoyed it any more than I did. Perhaps I’ll update this later with a more detailed description of the show.

After the show, we packed it in and went back to the hotel. Drank a few, and crashed out again, only to start a new day as quickly as the last one. I made the decision to return home instead of traverse the city with the guys, as I was tired, and I had to drive back, while they had a flight home scheduled. So at that, I dropped them off at the CTA stop in Rosemont, and took to the road.

So, it was certainly an enjoyable and exhausting mini-vacation, but it was certainly something I needed as well.

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Roadtrippin’ It

In just a little over a month, I’ll be going to Chicago with one of my best friends. I absolutely cannot wait. This time, my trip to Chicago will include true friends, great music, and amazing memories.

My first trip to Chicago involved me, my wonderful friend Katie (who I need to bug more often), several acquaintances, and a former friend. Of course, during this time, I was unemployed and incredibly bored with my life. Enter my former friend: he had a spare ticket that he didn’t want wasted, and offered it to me. The artists in the concert were Dave Matthews Band, and Willie Nelson. My ears perked up when he mentioned Willie Nelson. I could care less for DMB, because although they are great live, I consider them to be rather overproduced and boring, musically.

However, the trip was fun. Went to a concert, which was presented to me as being a free ticket for me, because I was absolutely broke and unemployed. Enjoyed the show, so on and so forth. Within the next month, I finally got a job. Not a week after I was hired on, he started prodding me, wanting me to pay him for the ticket that was, in what was presented to me, as a free ticket. But, of course, I went ahead and recouped his costs, because that’s just how I roll. Should have seen it coming though, because months later, he proved he wasn’t a true friend. Anyway, enough of that story, and lets get back on the Chicago thought.

I absolutely LOVE that city. There’s something absolutely mystifying about Chicago. Is it the atmosphere? The people? The architecture? I don’t know, but I absolutely adore it all. This time around, I’ll be going to see one of my absolute favorite bands. It’s the first time in over a decade that they have toured in the US. The last time they toured, they actually got banned from playing many places IN the US. Also, they are German.

Yes, I’m going to see RAMMSTEIN

Rammstein

Rammstein

I’ve been wanting to see them for years, but they hadn’t played in the US in well over a decade. Finally, they are touring here, and I cannot wait. This trip to Chicago is going to be absolutely amazing. My best friend of almost 10 years, one of his best friends, and I are going to see Rammstein, and just have a blast. I couldn’t ask for much more.

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Thank You For Listening

Hurt – Thank You For Listening

Like the others say, I can know your pain
But I couldn’t get used to it
As another bird has gone
It’s like seven years alone
I just couldn’t get used to it
And I believe in what I see here in your eyes
And I believe in what I see here in your eyes
I believe in what is real
The only thing is pain and it’s so real
And I think you for listening to how I feel
’cause it’s just what I needed, like the pain that made it real
And I finally found out how, because you finally showed me how
It feels to be you, and to be me… and to be me… and to be

Fast forward yesterday, to the things I wouldn’t say
’cause I couldn’t get used to it
Guess everything’s my fault and I shouldn’t do nothin’ at all
’cause I couldn’t get used to it.
’cause I believe in what I see here in your eyes
I believe in what I see ’cause I believe in what is real
If the only thing is pain then it’s “so real”
And I thank you for listening to how I feel
’cause it’s just what I needed, like the pain that made it real
And I finally found out how, because you finally showed me how
It feels to be you, and to be me… and to be me… and to be…
If I could I would I’d do anything to take back the hurt, frustration and the pain it brings
Some of those times you sat alone and realized “fuck!”
That’s not the way you should have wanted it
If all of my actions show
It was good to be you and to be me again.
If all of my actions show, then all of the truth be told and all of my…

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In Flames (Part 1)

So I just got home shortly from the In Flames concert in Louisville. Absolutely amazing. Got to meet the guys in the band, and got some photos and stuff.

Anyway, going to bed. Busy day tomorrow. I’ll elaborate more later.

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Flaw – Recognize

Hmm. Somehow, this song really echoes with me now.

“Recognize”

Well I’ve had enough
Of these selfish crimes
I hurt myself again
Not knowing why
It seems so easy
To leave it all behind
And avoid the truth I think I’d rather just go blind

Then everything erupts
My life has come unglued
And the ties that bind have left me
What am I to do?

Can’t seem to recognize
That stare behind those eyes
Who is this man I see?
Who’s looking back at me?
Can’t focus through the pain
And I am fading into nothing?
The reflection must get clearer

I think I’m cracking up
Like I’ve lost my mind
I hurt myself again
Still don’t know why
I end up the same way
Each and every time
I can’t avoid the truth
Theres just nowhere to run and hide

Then everything erupts
Just like I knew it would
I’m down here on and off
It never felt that good
Is this what I’ve become
My life has come unglued
And the ties that bind have left me
What am I to do?

Can’t seem to recognize
That stare behind those eyes
Who is this man I see?
Who’s looking back at me?
Can’t focus through the pain
And I am fading into nothing?
The reflection must get clearer than it appears to be right now

There must be someone I can see….
Theres gotta be something for me
Show it now, let it go free
I know it’s there waiting on me
Let it out, let it go free

Can’t seem to recognize
That stare behind those eyes
Who is this man I see?
Who’s looking back at me?
Can’t focus through the pain
And I am fading into nothing
The reflection must get clearer

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Jet Black Stare – The River

I’m sick of nine to five
I’m sick of living day to day
so I had to hitch a ride
to take me to the only place

to listen to the sweet sounds of the river calling
calling out to you
you know you’ll come around
things will turn around
she’ll be there for you
listen to the sweet sounds of the river

we used to go there all the time
the time just seemed to slip away
when I need to feel the love
and let the troubles wash away

listen to the sweet sounds of the river calling
calling out to you
you know you’ll come around
things will turn around
she’ll be there for you
listen to the sweet sounds of the river

listen to the sweet sounds of the river calling
calling out to you
you know you’ll come around
things will turn around
she’ll be there for you
listen to the sweet sounds

listen to the sweet sounds of the river calling
calling out to you
you know you’ll come around
things will turn around
she’ll be there for you
listen to the sweet sounds of the river

What do you think of this song? I love it, and it calls to me.

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#10 – Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies

Alice in Chains has always been known for going against the grain, so to speak. So, in 1994, when they released the Jar of Flies EP, it was far different from their previous work. The hallowing and spooky “I Stay Away” is mostly acoustic with Jerry Cantrell’s electric guitar-work pushed back into the mix with the acoustics. A small touch of fuzz-box to the mix gives it a distinctly chilling feel.

Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies

“No Excuses” is a slightly upbeat song. Granted, it’s a rather lyrically abstract song, but it can be construed to be about someone that is important to Layne Staley. “Nutshell” is a lament about how he is all alone, fighting his way through life. The song is very heartbreaking, yet beautiful.

Granted, Jar of Flies is technically an Extended Play, it makes for one of the many albums you should listen to!

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A Funny Way of Showing It

Where to start, where to start… July is already here, and I really have to get started on things. I need to start packing and getting prepared. It’s a long journey ahead of me.

It’s funny, though, how everything is happening. There are three jobs that I have a possibility of getting. It’s better odds than I have here. I may also have a client or two soon, which will be nice.

Also, I’ve got ANOTHER new idea for a website. Work has already begun on that one as well.

Lunch break is over. Time to go.

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