Crosswalk

Crosswalk

I took this photo last year, around August I think, while walking through Chinatown with a friend. Every time I look at it I try to think of a short story plot to go along with it.

PORTRAIT SHOOT

PORTRAIT SHOOT

Had a great time on Friday with Jen G. in the studio for head shots/portraits/fun photos. We spent most of the time in the studio shooting with the new Fujifilm X-T1, my first time shooting studio with the camera, then grabbed a few in the nice afternoon sun in the backyard.

Thank you to Jen for a fun shoot!

 

THE WORLD FAMOUS FRANKY FRITZ BAND

THE WORLD FAMOUS FRANKY FRITZ BAND

I’m hard at work on my second book, the follow up to 2013′s The South Coast. Meanwhile I’m working with many different authors on their covers, typesetting and more.

Coming soon is The World Famous Franky Fritz Band by C.J. Levesque. I’m very excited about this one. Carl (C.J.) is a friend of mine and he has put years of work into this book.

It dives deep into the world of the Jazz Age and an up and coming trumpet player working to make it big. Watch for a post about the book being available to order from all the major stores.

CHASING TENENBAUMS

CHASING TENENBAUMS

I’ve been a fan of Wes Anderson’s since Bottle Rocket, his first film. It was small, simple (simple for Wes Anderson) and quirky, but you’d expect that. Over the years his films have become bigger in ways while still maintaining a ‘small film’ feel. (Disclaimer, I’ve seen all of his films except for Moonrise Kingdom, just haven’t gotten around to watching it yet).

We took in The Grand Budapest Hotel on opening day, a rare feat in the world of having a toddler. We found ourselves drawn to the imagery, pulled along by the story, never confused. But after we walked out into the afternoon sunlight we looked at each other and said at the same time ‘not as good as Tenenbaums.’

And there you have it. Every director has a film they’ll never direct better. Every band has an album they’ll never record better. Every author has a book they’ll never write better.

Wes Anderson has Royal Tenenbaums.
Quentin Tarantino has Pulp Fiction.
Fleetwood Mac has Rumors.
Barbara Kingsolver has The Bean Trees.

But at least they keep trying.

I do recommend Grand Budapest, if you like Anderson’s quirk and circumstance. Ralph Feinnes puts in an incredible performance and the cast is chock o’ block of Anderson regulars and some new faces.

ROYALS REDUX… AGAIN

Is Lorde’s Royals on its way to being one of the most covered songs? Though Bruce Springsteen singing it in Lorde’s homeland of New Zealand may have been close to jumping the cover shark.

Here’s Chvrches doing a pretty good cover.