In dealing with my liver issue, it’s been hard to keep busy and keep my mind off of it, which helped contribute to my lack of updates on here. So, our trip to Washington, D.C. two weekends ago was our first real outing in a long while. Speaking of D.C., is the title too punny? Yes? Probably? There’s a reason for it, I promise.
I was hoping to wait a while before doing my next music post, but the perfect mixture of a funky work schedule and a blizzard left me with very little time to go out and take photos like I had originally planned. It all worked out, though! On Wednesday, I received Australian native Troye Sivan’s debut full length record Blue Neighbourhood on vinyl. I included this album in my top records of 2015 post in the CD section, but I feel that it wasn’t given the attention it deserves since it came out so late in the year. Since writing that post, I was able to dedicate a lot of time to Blue Neighbourhood and it has definitely become one of my most spun records so far in 2016.
Wow, I can’t believe we’re at the end of 2015! I also can’t believe that this blog is nearly a year old already. It’s been so fun capturing the year in photographs and using this website as a platform to get my thoughts out there. Everyone who has mentioned my blog to me in conversation has heard me say how ‘accidentally therapeutic’ this process has been for me. I honestly started this blog for two reasons: to help others who may be going through something similar and to hold myself accountable for keeping my health in the forefront and to make sure my life and my diseases are two separate entities that live alongside each other and not at the mercy of one another. I had no idea that in my attempt to help others that I’d be opening up a passage way that would end up helping myself more than I ever thought possible.
I took a different (& new) approach for my blog this week! Since this blog started back in February of this year, I’ve been showing all of you what types of adventures and activities I get up to on the weekends. Lately I’ve been inspired to do more iPhoneography using new techniques and skills that I’ve been studying from some of my greatest inspirations on Instagram and other social media platforms. With that said, I decided to challenge myself by preparing for this weekend’s post by documenting not just my weekend, but an entire week of my everyday life using nothing but my iPhone 6. That means that all the photos in this post were taken and edited (with a free app!) with just my phone.
Once in a while – when you least expect it – you come across an artist that just completely catches you off guard. Usually in the last place you think it would happen, too. When I’m looking around the internet for new music, I could research for hours without finding anything that leaves a lasting impression. Then there are other times when I’m just surfing through the radio stations on quick commute home and I come across a song that changes everything. That’s pretty much what happened when I discovered Ben Howard.
I’m really excited to share this post with all of you. First of all, I love sharing music and admiring the time and dedication that goes into producing a physical medium when it comes to music. Second, this was my first ‘product photo shoot’ I’ve done in a long, long time. I’m pretty proud of the way it turned out!
In 2013, I learned about a small band out of Hannover, Germany called Client. They’re an alternative grunge band who reside on a tiny independent label called Street Survival Records that, as far as I know, is run by just one guy across the pond in Germany. For such a small label, the packaging and presentation for Client.’s first full length LP, Joy Is The Only Treat, really blew me away. I would go as far to say that this is my favorite record in my entire collection as far as presentation is concerned (it’s also one of my top 10 albums of 2014).
Erik & I have taken up hiking this winter for two reasons: 1. I don’t like the monotony of exercising at a gym and 2. it’s hard to ride a bicycle in the snow and ice. I received a fantastic pair of Columbia hiking boots for Christmas a few months ago from my mother, so we didn’t waste any time getting out in the wilderness to start exploring the parks in our community.