Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Very Special and Intense Day

Here's a shot I took with my camera phone in the quiet before storm at my gig this morning at the Los Angeles Music Center. The event is called the Very Special Arts Festival. As the name implies, it is a very special and equally intense day with literally thousands of kids gathered together, all with special needs. I'd image that nearly every possible challenge a child can face, from emotional to physical, is represented by the dozens.

It is a day that comes once a year and always gets under my skin for a couple of reasons.

For starters it takes me back in time. I once was a mime, yeah that's right I said mime. It is a long story, for another day, but the bottom line is takes me back, doing something I used to do. I used to teach kids the art of mime. I worked with kids who were both highly gifted and kids who were autistic. I was at my best working with the toughest cases. So the bottom line is, it takes me back.

Next and most complex, it marks the yearly reunion with my main artistic mentor. A brilliant and eccentric artist whose life in SoHo during the 70's and 80's is the stuff of novels. He is also a "Valley Dude."

One time he tried to tell me: "People think creativity springs from limitless choices. No." He said, "Creativity comes from working under extreme limitations." At first I thought he was crazy, but now I know that I was the crazy person.

I only have to think of the sightless girl, who must imagine the world with her hands and ears.

Lastly, it's the kids themselves. On this very special day, they are surrounded by people who don't judge them on their appearance, at least not outwardly. It is one of those days, that you can't show any shock at someones face or body, no matter what you see. Today, one kid's face hit me right in my core. The courage he showed was truly life affirming.

At the gig we mostly create the illusion that we are robots. Many of the kids want to shake our hands to see if we are real. But mostly it seems, they just want shake the hand of someone who isn't afraid to shake their hand.

A very special and intense day.

Monday, April 28, 2008

My Neighbor's Water Slide (The Video)

Yesterday my neighbor rented an inflatable water slide for his son's birthday. They graciously let me slide down it, twice!...

Shot by Marisol with my Camera phone on April 27, 2008 in beautiful Altadena, California...

The "Video Sketch Experiment" continues...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Podcasting 101" on KCBS with Tim Coyne & Lance Anderson

KCBS News segment on the fundamentals and history of podcasting, featuring Tim Coyne of The Hollywood Podcast and Lance Anderson of Verge of the Fringe. Reported by Tech Check's Rich DeMuro... Shot on April 14, 2008 by Tim Kimball of KCBS/KCAL at the Verge of LA Studio 101 at The Brewery Art Colony in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, April 14, 2008

KCBS-TV 'Podcasting 101' Sample Post at The Brewery

From the rooftop patio at The Brewery Art Colony, I shot this little example of how simple it is post something online...

Shot with my camera phone on April 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California...

The "Video Sketch Experiment" continues...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Julie and her Coffee Gallery on YouTube

While hanging at my local coffeehouse, Julie the owner said she caught one of my other videos on YouTube. So I pulled out my handy camera phone and shot her...

April 3, 2008 in Altadena, California...

The "Video Sketch Experiment" continues.

"Midnight Express Notes"

Here is a shot of my crazy-ass notes from my most recent podcast called "Midnight Express" (Full Size)