April 5th, 2011

In The Open: Young the Giant & Jon O' Brien

I was turned on to the amazing In The Open series by Jordan Lejuwaan of HighExistence.com. I love music, mountains and the outdoors which means I can only absolutely freakin’ LOVE In The Open!

ABOUT In The Open
We are people who love music to put it simply. Ranging from writers, designers, photographers, and cinematographers we all love music equally and want to spread as much music as possible in just about every format we possibly can.

Forewarning – Jon O’Brien “Family” definitely not the lightest of songs … but I listened to it 3 times in a row on two separate occasions and I’m about to press play again. I love it.

In The Open #2: Jon O’ Brien – Family from In the Open

Finally, music … it’s not about the big production anymore. It’s back to being about … the music.

Musicians go for a hike to a majestic place and play. <- I wish I got to say that more! Bravo Young the Giant!

April 5th, 2011

Daily Doodle - spring. birds nest.

Daily Doodle - Spring. Birds Nest.

I can’t remember exactly, but my best guess is this doodle is 10+ years old. I’ve sold, given, thrown or had taken away about 80% of what I once owned. If you ever feel obliged to do the same, scan or hold onto to your art! Some creative work holds a piece of your heart and that’s a beautiful thing to hold onto and share.

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March 28th, 2011

I Love your Soul. Have a listen to the truly lovely Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

“I think to be human, Love is all we need!”

Green Couch Sessions • MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD from Green Couch on Vimeo.

Equipped with his guitar and warm smile Michael Bernard Fitzgerald took the time to play us a song . He is currently driving his white van across the Country on tour for his album The MBF Love LP. He started in Victoria with a show at Lucky Bar and made his way across the straight to play in Vancouver at the Biltmore. We met up with Michael before the show to film a session and decided to set the couch inside the sculpture “We” by Jaume Plensa, perched at the edge of Sunset Beach. It was definitely a pleasure meeting Michael and think all of us at Green Couch can say the goosebumps weren’t just from the extremely cold february day. Don’t just take our word for it, stay tuned to hear this amazing session!

Check out more amazing videos from brilliant Canadian artist!

The Greencouch Sessions were partially inspired by the amazing Take Away Show series who made me fall madly in love with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. [side note, they are currently on the very unique outdoor Railroad Revival Tour with the truly phenomenal Mumford and Son's AND Old Crow Medicine show]

For me there’s something about fresh air and music that tends to equal magic! Coming across and being able to share such lovely videos, moments and sites like these is the number one reason I love the internet! For the most part about 95% of TV just numbs my brain and makes me lethargic. Online I find inspiration, motivation and share in moments of joy with strangers around the world. It’s beautiful.

March 6th, 2011

Incredible Dance Video 'La Prevue par 4' from Juste Debout - The sickest dance event in the world!

The dancers are:  Marion Motin (from quality street and swagger crew), Julie Moreau (from swagger crew), Nicolas Medea (from R.A.F crew), Marvin Gofin (from R.A.F crew). Filmed by Yoram Savion & Benjamin Tarquin http://www.YAKfilms.com

Juste Debout is a world wide street dancing festival held in France.  The final event is held in Bercy with over 140 dancers who compete before an international jury of 13,000 people who come to the event and 45,000 spectators worldwide.  Dancers are selected after a 2month international tour.  The six major disciplines include: Locking, Popping, Hip Hop New Style, House, Experimental Rock and Top.

March 2nd, 2011

Listening to: Tough at the Top by E-Z Rollers

“Once I had a dream, we were young and once invincible”

This song, it won’t get out of my head. It’s older but at the moment I’m needing to hear it once a day – otherwise I just start singing it over and over again.

March 1st, 2011

Daily Photo - Lonely Games (♥ Seuss series)


A collaborative daily photo!

The original photo was taken by Matt Smink of a Harry Lemon Monkey in Uganda near the White Nile.

I got the original file to play with in photoshop and paired it with the Seuss quote.

February 25th, 2011

Daily Doodle - Tribal Energy

Daily Doodle - Tribal Energy

February 25th, 2011

My First Tattoo(s)


Done at the super cool and fun California Emporium in West Asheville by Wade Elder.

My tattoos took about twenty minutes. I spent 2 days and quite a few hours at the shop while Chase had his left sleeve finished with all sorts of beautiful shades of blue by the very nice and talented Emily Roberts.

I’ve known that I wanted a tattoo on my right arm right there in blue since I was about 18.  What exactly I wanted was in limbo til about a year ago.  There was this day and this moment and this series of fantastic events that lead me to get the spiral.   Without going into to much detail it’s a reminder to myself that I’m not fucking crazy for living my life the way I do.  The minute Wade put the stencil on my arm there was a rush of overwhelming emotion and a sigh of relief that it was finally there.  There’s always the question of regret with tattoos … this symbol, this reminder to me, it comes from the happiest most exhilerating soulful spiritual part of my being … I’ll never regret reminding myself of such a thing in such a way.

The decision for the X came back in October after coming out of deep depression when my life fell apart piece by piece by piece.  It was the greatest learning and humbling experience I’ve ever had.   The X is a reminder of 1 verse from one song by the XX who’s album cover is simply an X.   “I think we’re superstars” If you’ve ever read The Alchemist I think the meaning to me would be similar to saying we all have a ‘Personal Legend’ it’s a reminder to follow your heart and to try to be the best person I can be every day.

Break time

Love and tattoos :)  A Valentines Day gift that I’m very grateful for.  Getting tattooed at the same time was totally fun and beats the hell out of chocolate and flowers.

February 24th, 2011

Daily Photo - Be who You are (♥ Seuss series)

Daily Photo - Be who You are

Inspired by my love of all things Seuss this is the first in a series of my favorite quotes!  The fire dancer was at my good friend Kayla’s backyard BBQ in Asheville, because it’s Asheville and stuff like that just happens here.

February 10th, 2011

Listening to: Slow, Hot & Sweaty by JJ Grey and Mofro - PLUS concert pics from The Orange Peel in Asheville!


I saw JJ Grey & Mofro at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on Oct. 23, 2010.   I had never heard of them before and just wanted to get out of the house.  I was invited by a great friend Neil who had an extra ticket and seemed very excited about the show.  I listened to a few tracks online before I went but really had no expectations.  Funny thing when you don’t expect anything, that tends to be when some magic happens!

JJ Grey & Mofro was hands down one of the very best live shows I have ever seen!  EVER!  You have never seen such a group of talented musicians have so much fun on stage, the energy is infectious.  The crowd … fucking trashed, dancing, singing, nice FUN!  After the show I’ve listened to much of the recorded music and I’ll tell you know it does no justice.  It’s absolutely nothing like seeing them live.  If you ever get the chance to go see them live, do yourself a favor  … GO, and have some fun!

JJ Grey & Mofro TOUR DATES