Although this is my photography site, this post has absolutely nothing to do with photography. You may or may not know that I'm actually a professional musician by trade. I play drums and this guy has blown me away with his ability to multi-task. I play a lot of different styles of music, including afro-cuban stuff which definitely pushes the hand-foot coordination, but what he's doing is something different, not just putting things into place rhythmically, but also melodically while at the same time singing lyrics and not just a melody. It's impressive, very impressive. I'm definitely a fan of Paris Monster, this New York based drum and bass duo is pretty amazing. To see what I'm talking about check out the live performance of "Vision Complete."
Two of my friends just posted this video on Facebook and I thought I would post it here because it's pretty amazing. It'll make you think twice before you judge someone or tell them they can't do something. This guy inspires me both as a musician and a human being.
Awhile back I was talking to my good friend Brian Lima, who is also an amazing photographer, about whose work he follows. To my surprise he told me Bryan Adams was one of his favorite photographers, to which my response was "Bryan Adams, the musician?" Turns out Bryan Adams is an extremely well established fashion/portrait photographer and a lot of people don't realize it. He's had a very successful career in music, but even without his music income he'd be pretty busy as a working photographer. He's worked on campaigns and has been published in a lot of popular magazines. You should check out some of his work and you'll see why he's been successful in this arena outside of the music industry www.bryanadamsphotography.com.
My Music of the Moment post for today features two songs by Raphael Saadiq. I discovered his music while listening to Spotify on one of my many random solo road trips. I really love his throwback sound that pays homage to all of the great soul/R&B/Motown groups of the 60s. It's a sound that has influenced many of today's artists, but at the same time most of those performers don't capture the feel or groove that really makes this genre of music so awesome. It was really refreshing hearing Raphael Saadiq because he really understands what this type of music is all about. If I hadn't looked him up I would have thought I was listening to some recordings from the late 60s that I had never heard before.
You may or may not know this about me, but aside from being a photographer I'm also a musician. In fact, music is my main profession and something I'm extremely passionate about. Music plays a roll in almost everything I do and is a big contributing factor in all of my photo shoots. For most of my shoots I'll create a playlist specifically for that shoot. I was using my iPod, but now I primarily use Spotify since it has almost every song I could possibly want to hear and always introduces me to great new music I would have otherwise missed. So, with that being said, I've decided to create a blog series I'm going to title "Music of the Moment." with this being my first post in the series.
For my first "Music of the Moment" post I'm going to share a song that I just stumbled upon a few minutes ago by the Wallflowers called "Reboot The Mission." I've always liked Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers and this is a song I had never heard before. I just discovered it on Black Dog Films awesome website.