So, I’ve decided to really put some focus on photography this tour. I don’t really know what that means, but one thing I think would be cool is to actually know what I’m doing when I’m taking pictures. I’ve had all sorts of photographers ask me different things about the concert photos I take and I’m tired of telling them, “I have no idea. I just point the camera and push the button when it looks good.”. I even thought about getting some new lenses before this tour, but then realized how much they cost so I changed my mind. The cool thing is that Jim has a really nice camera and awesome lenses so he’s letting me play around.
At this point I can still only say that I pointed Jim’s camera at things and pushed the button when it looked cool, but I’m learning and I’m even going to start writing things down, like settings and F stops and all that.
One thing I’m not sure on is the editing process though. What do you guys think of these? Too “scratchy”? Is that ‘so 2009′? It was late last night when I was editing these so I’m not sure my “arty judgement” was all that great. But this morning I think they still look kinda cool. What do you think? Is a clear picture better than a “roughed up” one? I suppose I could do both.
Anyway, if you guys are cool with it, I might throw some stuff on here during the tour and see what you think. I doubt I’ll do pictures from every show on here so make sure to check out MercyMe’s page too where I’ll most likely be putting pictures up from every show. Appleton, WI is today. Let’s see what happens.
Kristin got me tickets for my birthday and last night it was awesome to get out on a date with her before I’m about to head out for a month. And dang. That show was insane. Now, this obviously isn’t the Nashville show we went to last night. This is however, the same intro to the night and it’s the best video I could find. Okay, first, how ridiculous is that stage? I was completely blown away the entire night.
I’ve been thinking of trying to describe the way they did things, but there’s really no way to explain all the different things they did with their production. There were camera guys hanging from the lights, pieces of the stage moving around, lasers, you name it, they were doing it. Seriously something you need to check out if possible.
Tonight Kristin ”&” I are headed to downtown Nashville to watch Derek “&” Sandra play some music. See how clever that was there? I used the “&” symbol like they did for their album. They were clever first, but it’s fun that I got to join in the cleverness this morning.
Anyway. So, Sandra ”&” Derek are playing tonight for the first time together promoting this record.** What I am excited about is going to a show to watch, going there with my amazing wife, “&” relaxing for a couple hours. Not to mention, I am excited to hear Derek’s new stuff, “&” excited for Kristin to see Sandra.
**Don’t quote me on that. I may have made it up.
Blue and I had some meetings tonight in Chattanooga. We met with the guys from Leeland for a while and talked about blogging. They all seem pretty interested and I’m excited to hopefully start working with them. It was the first time I was able to meet them and they all blew me away with how cool they were. Totally personable, totally down to earth guys. I hope to be able to hang out with them a little more this week during GMA week. (No, it’s not Good Morning America week here in Nashville.)
We were also able to hang out with and talk a while with these guys. Again, super nice, super down to earth folks that love to talk and hang out and get to know people. It was fun to be in a place where the only person I knew going into it was Jeff Culmer, which by the way, celebrated a birthday tonight. So everyone head over to Jeff’s blog and fill his comment box with birthday wishes. He was the one that set up me being able to hang out and talk to the bands so that was really cool of him.
Blue had a great time, sang along with all the songs, and gave some high fives at the end. All in all a good night and a productive one. Tomorrow we are headed to the Fee and MercyMe show. For now, we are headed to bed.
I’m not sure really what that means, but I know that today while I am home with the boys I will make sure to wear something green or pinch them if they aren’t wearing something green.
I didn’t post anything yesterday because I was running around like crazy from about six in the morning until midnight. Starting with playing guitar at church for two services and then meeting up with MercyMe and others at Winter Jam.
For those of you that missed it, Blue and I went up to the arena early and set up a way for MercyMe’s set to be streaming live on their blog. We started setting it up one way and them MercyMe’s amazing crew helped me figure out a way better way to do it. In the end we had streaming video from a professional camera and the audio going into it was directly from the sound board. Not bad for not even knowing if the place had internet earlier in the day. For those of you that watched it, I hope you liked it. Hopefully we can do that more in the future.
Nashville shows are fun if you aren’t working because everyone that’s in town comes out and it’s a big get-together. And even though I was “working” I was able to spend time with a bunch of my friends. I was able to hang out with this guy for a while after the show. Very cool guy and amazing photographer. He was there to take pictures at the show, so it will be cool to see those. I was also able to catch up with this guy and talk about how we never hang out. This guy was there hanging out, and so was this guy. Like I said… a big get-together.
Anyway… it was a late night and the boys are waking up. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.
I literally, just moments ago, received an email from our favorite Northern Ireland singer-songwriter, Foy Vance. Here is what the email said:
I’m in Nashville tonight at the 3rd and Lindsley.
I’m very sorry, but I forgot to put the date on my website…!! oops
I hope you can make it.
I haven’t figured out how I am going to be able to go tonight, but I am going to give it a shot. Here are the details now added to his site:Belfast/Nashville Sister Cities concert. BNC with Foy Vance and Ben Glover, Mary Gauthier, Brian Houston, Eilidh Patterson and Bill Lloyd.
If you haven’t heard Foy’s music yet, you need to. Somehow purchase his album and listen all the way through. Then repeat as needed.