Portlandia Sans Vokal

So I’m not sure how my “Portlandia” playlist exactly got “viral” but it has been picking up a couple subscribers a day.  What kind of music is it?  I would consider it the hipster/indie pop variety.  Dance and folkish style music combined in one.  It’s a lot of what people would go out to music festivals to see or listen to when they are BBQing or joy riding even.  I guess in that sense, it’s pretty versatile.  What I like about it is that you can’t really identify a time period with this music, it just seems like it’s morphed all the generations in one.  From the hippie days to the folklore of Simon & Garfunkel to the synth days of the 80s but the present vibe of today’s music.  Music really has transformed greatly from what it used to be in that we are in a digital world where we can mix styles of analog and digital.  I think that’s pretty dope and for that reason, that’s the reason this would have to be one of my own personally most played playlists I’ve made on spotify

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As for Sans Vokal, the title explains itself.  It’s my instrumental playlist but I think it is also one of the coolest ones I’ve put together mainly because there are so many different styles of instrumental music incorporated in it, from smooth jazz to flamenco to rock to soul to funk to I don’t know.  Each track puts you in a place where lyrical music can’t.

Spotify really has revolutionized how we hear music.  Before you had to pay music in order to hear it or listen to it.  When you’re exposed to music, the industry has to realize that you will spend your money more towards things you like – seeing them live, buying their physical/digital copies of their music regardless, their paraphernalia and their music spreads like wildfire even to people who can’t afford to buy their music.

With that all said, music has such a wide audience now because you can listen to every type of music on one place.  We don’t have to listen to just what’s popular but you can search such a vast directory of music until your heart is content.  That’s pretty cool.  It’s a great time to live in and experience.  We’re given so many opinions about things and connected to the world in such a way that things don’t feel so vast anymore.  I need to travel more because I find so much more about music that way, as well.  It’s been a while. 

Photo Bucket List

So it’s easy to get content with taking pictures with your phone but I miss the process of composing a picture and capturing a moment that a typical person couldn’t get on an every day basis.  I’m wondering if I should save up and buy a new body.  My 30D still does wonders but I want to capture more full body work and step up my lens game.  Let’s get a couple bills paid down first and we’ll go that way.

Portraits that I want:
Flock of birds in motion 
A “magic hour” candid photo of people 
Sun and shadows
Waterfalls
Smiles. I don’t take enough pictures of people. Need to change that.
Motion stills

and Weddings.  JK. 

#Hemingway

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It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

– Ernest Hemingway

NOV: Fast.

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Seasons turned but not really. The year is coming to a close pretty quickly but yet it seemed like a long year all at the same damn time. The Formula 1 race track (Circuit of the Americas) debuted its first race this month and drew in a lot of interest and ran smoothly. The Houston Texans had a fast but successful regular NFL season so far and hopefully can carry it on into the post season.

There’s a lot to reflect on but there’s a lot I want to change as well. A new decade of life is incoming next year and I want it to be a positive one. I also hope to get on the bike a lot more than I am right now. My legs don’t have the power I used to have and hopefully I’ll get to tinkering with modifying my bikes or maybe upgrading. We’ll see. 

Oct: Persist

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This has been a long, arduous month. A lot to figure out, a lot of stress, a lot of events but also a lot of memories. The weather is actually hitting the fall as this is being written. There’s been a lot of finding a balance of healthy eating, fitness and activity. Work has been a toss up but I’m definitely ready for some action and a busy momentum because the inverse doesn’t usually work well. Because well, that’s why they call it work.

I’m just ready like the seasons and time, to move forward. There’s so much artillary room on my superhero utility belt but I have to actually get holsters on there first to put those items in. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to get those holsters, but I’m ready.

If that doesn’t make sense, so be it. It’s time to accomplish all the things I’ve put on the back burner and turn the heat up. The harder you work now, the higher you are up the hill.  Suddently it’s like you can put everything else on cruise control. I’m not ready for cruise control yet but I want to make sure I’m on the right track to make sure I HAVE that option.  Having everything be easy can numb the feeling of things that are great and what people call success and achievement.  I want to feel proud of those things.

Don’t let your book be written in one section. Write it in chapters and don’t be afraid to close one when you start another. Because sometimes, things that happened in them can make an appearance again in a future one.