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!