Sunday, December 30, 2007

so great:

Peace. - Caleb

Friday, December 28, 2007

A few months ago, I helped host a concert in my friend's basement. Two bands played: Paper Route and Canon Blue.

Give them a listen. They are amazing.

And, if you like free things (who doesn't, really), you should go and download Canon Blue's Halcyon EP for free.

Peace. - Caleb

Thursday, December 27, 2007

You know, hair is a funny thing.

Today I shaved and had my hairs cut. I hadn't shaven in a month, and I hadn't had a hair cut in 3 months. This is due to me not wanting to do/have either of these things done (aka lazyiness), but also because we haven't had a wedding to shoot recently.

Well, we have a wedding this weekend...

Here was the progression:

Me with "beard" and longer hair:

Me with "beard" and shorter hair:

Me with goatee and shorter hair:

Me looking like a man you don't want hanging around your kids:

Me look like a cleaner version of Me:

Peace. - Caleb

P.S. Thanks Jason Wallis for wasting time with me and taking these pictures.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I'll have pictures up of my Christmas as soon as I get back to Birmingham.

Until then, enjoy this audio clip of what a Christmas consisting on 1 Grandfather, 1 Mother, 1 Sister, 4 Brothers, 6 Nephews, and 7 Nieces, sounds like.

Listen HERE.

Peace. - Caleb

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Due to a random series of events, I typed the words "Christmas Dragon" into Google Images this afternoon. Here are a few of my favorites:

Peace. - Caleb

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My friend Jenna is a beautiful human being.

The first time I met her was at my friend Cary's birthday party. After that party, I didn't see her again until we randomly started attending the same church community group.

A few months back she moved to Cleveland in order to work on her Master in Composition degree. I rarely get to see her, so when she came in to town for the Holiday's, I had to take a few shots.

The film will come back in a couple of weeks, but until then:

It rained a little while we were shooting. It was nice.

Peace. - Caleb

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A few things:

1) I'm in New York, but I'll write more about that when I return.

2) I bought two Annie Dillard books today. Who knows when I'll read them.

3) I starting writing my "'Open Hand' Life Goals" the other day. Here are a few on the list:
- Have one of my pictures on the cover of a vinyl
- Learn to DJ
- Write & Publish a Children’s Book
- Live in another country for over a year

4) I very much love coffee and hot tea.

5) I also very much love the illustrated work of David Sankey:

6) Prayer is always needed.

7) Music is woderful.

On that note, I think both of these songs fit two different shades of New York City:

Radiohead - Videotape (Loud Pipes Remix)
Andy Smith - Trust Me

(Get Andy's entire album for free HERE.)

Peace. - Caleb

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Two things:

1) A random shot of my grandfather, Papa.

He's such a stud.

2) An amazing song by Nick Drake:
River Man

Peace. - Caleb

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

This is Larry. I met Larry because he sat in the chair next to me in B terminal, Gate 89, yesterday evening. He and I had both missed the flight to Nashville that morning, and had been waiting for the 7:32PM flight all day.

Larry had two carry-on bags with him: a small, brown-leather messenger, and a cloth baby guitar case with the name "Taylor" stitched on the front. I took out my earbuds, and started the conversation. Eyeing the Baby Taylor case, and pointing with my finger, I asked, "How long have you been playing?" He gave a slight chuckle, which all long-standing guitarists do, and replied, "Oh, I started when I was about 16."

Larry had a playful baritone voice, which seemed to testify to the deep-set wrinkles on his face, the callused and knotted digits of his hands, and the nicotine flavored air of his presence; all while seemingly swinging from a single strand of amusement which ran through his life. I continued my questioning, "Are you a musician in Nashville?" "I was for 25 years", he sighed, "Now I live in Ha-waii." (The way he said the name 'Hawaii' told me he had either lived there a very long time (and had naturally adopted the native pronunciation of the state), or he was trying very hard to pronounce the name in a different way than most.)

The conversation continued for a few more minutes and including his excitement about visiting his grand-daughters (whom he hadn't seen in 2 years), a not-quite-healed-scratch on his left thumb (which he received while mountain climbing 7 years ago), and the fact that he used to play bass for Johnny Cash.

....that's right, the Man in Black himself.

Larry explained that before Johnny started touring with his solid set of musicians, he would call Larry up whenever he was playing in Nashville. After he told me this "no big deal" fact, I knew I had to hear him play. Apparently Larry was on a similar brain wave. He slowly unzipped the cloth case, and removed the Baby Taylor from her cradle. He handed her to me saying, "That's Koa wood. Ha-wiian wood." I cradled the small acoustic body and placing my fingers around the neck and attempted to play my best 'E' chord without making the Baby cry. Thanks to my 1 previous guitar lesson, I was slightly successful. As I handed the guitar back to Larry I asked, "Do you want to strum a few chords?" He replied with these:

Peace. - Caleb

Monday, December 10, 2007

I am currently sitting in the Denver International Airport, waiting for my flight to Nashville. I missed my flight this morning, which isn't the best thing in the world, so I've been pushed to the 7:30PM flight. I've spent this time giving in to a couple of recommendations I've received over the past few months. Firstly, I started reading the book "Atonement", by Ian McEwan. I think 6 people over the last 3 months have suggested I read this book. I'm only a short way in, but it is shaping up to be a very good read. (There is also a movie based on the book coming out soon.)

The second recommendation comes for the vocally brilliant Shara Worden. While at WorkPlay, she decarded that everyone should see the movie "Le Vie En Rose" (the story of the amazing french vocalist Edith Piaf). It just so happened that it was on sale at an airport media island, so I bought it.

....fantastic. Such a sad story, but so great. I own it now, if you would care to borrow it.

So many things happened while I was in Denver, a couple of which were on international news stations. I'll write more about that later, when I have composed my thoughts. In the meantime, please pray for the families who are suffering.

Here are a few things to leave you with:

Shara Worden:
Piaf Cover

Peace. - Caleb

Thursday, December 6, 2007

best senior picture ever....

Click HERE to read the story....

Monday, December 3, 2007

Please take some time and watch the Muppet Movie.

You can watch the entire thing on YouTube, and it all starts here:

Peace. - Caleb

I have to say, I love December. This morning I awoke to a very cozy room, and had no idea it was cold outside until I stepped out the front door.

It is a wonderful thing, winter. This is the time of year for fires, hot chocolate, music, jackets, toboggans, and travel. In my case, the traveling aspect of the season includes two unique and special places: Denver and New York.

This weekend I'll be flying into Denver, CO, to go visit my friend Colleen. She and I have been friends since we were knee high to a water-buffalo, and being that she recently moved out there to pursue a job in the nursing field, what better time to visit. I've never been to Denver and I'm very excited. Colleen has been planning the weekend, and I have no idea what's in store.

Then, on the 14th, I'll be heading to the Sleepless City of New York. I'm going on this trip with my friend Cameron, and we'll be staying with the great Rob Culpepper while we are there. This will be the first time I've seen Rob since he's moved to NYC, so this should be a great visit. Cameron and I have no official plans on how we are going to spend our time, so if you have any suggestions, comment away!

I've shot off a few rolls of few recently from different event, and I'll be dropping those off to be processed and scanned soon, so needless to say: New Pictures Coming Soon.

Here's the song of the day;

Click Here

Peace. - Caleb


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