Year 2/Day 156

Year 2 - Day 156

We took a road trip to Berkeley, CA today.  Just the two of us.  I found a list of “fun things to do” around the area online and found that near the Berkeley campus was a neat hippie shopping district.  Aside from the crappy, grey weather it was awesome.  We found out that they not only had another Rasputin store but also Amoeba Music.  Talk about trying to restrain ourselves from spending hours there and tons of money today!  :)

We also found a really cute metaphysical shop and I got a beautiful piece of labradorite.  Plus the clerk was really cute and nice to talk to.

Got hungry…and stopped for a yummy slice of pizza from Fat Slice.  We also got some ridiculous chili cheese fries before we headed home.

It was a great day.

Year 2/Day 155

Year 2 - Day 155

One “fun” thing Will and I have done while we’re out here is music collecting.  There is this amazing store called Rasputin which sells new and used CDs.  I have such a varied taste in music and I’m always willing to try out new music.  Well…jackpot!

They have tons, I mean tons, of cheap CDs.  Most of which I’ve never heard of, but what I did was go through them and pull out ones that looked interesting.  Then, once I had a stack of interestings I’d look them up on YouTube and sample a song or two.  If I liked it – I bought it!  How fun!

Prisca Strother

Welcome back to day 1.

I’m so excited to start this journey, and to see where it takes me.

I figured I’d start with a woman who gives me goosebumps when I  hear her sing.  Prisca Strother.


I first heard her live about 1 1/2 years ago at Eddie’s Attic.  I’ve been following her ever since.  My hope is that one day she’ll put out an album that I will listen to over, and over again.  :)

Her website –

Also, her youtube page has many, many wonderful videos to watch –


Shake The Dust

Today was a great day!

Work was good (minus the almost unbearable heat) and I made lots ‘o money.


After work, I headed to a place near Grant Park called Grocery on Home.  It’s a cute, small, music venue where I was about to see my favorite spoken word poet, Anis Mojgani. 

Wow.  It was a little surreal to see him perform.  I’ve seen so many of his videos, but this was live!  In person!  I actually spoke with him after the show, bought a book (that I apparently already had), and he signed the book.  :) 



Mieka Pauley, a musican, also played tonight and she was great too.  I bought a copy of her cd as well, and I can’t wait to learn more about her stuff. 

Here’s a link to an interview with Matt Arnett, owner of Grocery on Home.

And if you haven’t seen or read any of Anis Mojgani’s work, please check him out.  I promise you’ll love him!

ATL Collective presents Jeff Buckley – Grace


Tonight Will and I saw an amazing show by ATL Collective, Jeff Buckley’s Grace.  ATL Collective is a super tallented collaboration of local musicians who cover albums from start to finish. 

This show was no exception.  I first saw them at Eddie’s Attic last year, and that’s how I was introduced to Prisca and Faye Webster. 

Tonight I was introduced to a few more musicians that I can’t wait to learn more about – Landon Pigg, Adron, and Marshall Ruffin. 


Music is such a beautiful thing.  It seeps into every crack of your soul and vibrates perfectly.

Day 65

Day 65

Yay!  I had a day off today!  The last one for about 8+ days.  :)

At least it was a fun one!!

Steve showed me a new park where I can go and take pictures.  I got a few good ones today, but I wasn’t really dressed to photograph.  Now that I know it’s there, I plan to go back and try again.  :)

Later this evening, Will and I went and saw Montana Skies (That’s who the pic of the day is).  The show was awesome!  I even got to meet them after the show and got a signed CD.  :)  Good times.

Day 36

Day 36

So, my story today has nothing to do with my photo of the day.

Today, or should I say this evening, has been one of those days where I ended up getting lost in the internet.  Have you ever had one of those days?  You know, your simply checking your timeline on Facebook, and wind up clicking on a video link.  You notice an interesting looking link on the right side of the page, and click to see what that’s about.  Next thing you know, you’ve been watching videos for hours, and have found 2 new bands that you now love.  :)

That’s kinda what happened to me.  Tonight, I have been exposed to Lindsey Sterling and Pentatonix.  WOW!  First of all, what amazing musicians!  Secondly, what amazingly different styles of music they are.

Lindsey Sterling ( is a classically trained violinist, who plays with electronic sounds and dances with reckless abandonment.  She is fan-tas-tic.  I will absolutely be getting some of her music as soon as possible.

Pentatonix ( is a group of out-of-this-world vocal musicians, who harmonize without using instruments, only their voices.  Double wow.  These guys are crazy good, and again, I want their stuff ASAP.  :)

After doing some basic research on these two artists, I came to realize that they both got their start on TV talent shows.  Who knew!?  Lindsey Sterling was on America’s Got Talent, and Pentatonix won The Sing-Off.  Lucky me, today I was introduced to them, and can now enjoy the music that they create.  :)

There may be a lot of crap (for lack of a better word) on the internet nowadays, but it’s days like today that I can really appreciate the good ole World Wide Web.  Social media may be crippling our youth from actual social interactions, but with it, we can also share things of great inspiration and beauty.  We can expose people to music/art/ideas that they possibly never would have witnessed without the internet.  For that, I am grateful for technology and the connections that can be made.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to share MY love of photography to “strangers”.  Although, even with that, I beginning to make new friends and share memories.


Day 33

Day 33

Today’s picture is more of a snapshot of a typical Monday night, rather than an artistic photo.  For the past month or so, I have been going to Eddie’s Attic in Decatur for open mic night.  I absolutely love this place!  The tickets are cheap, the atmosphere is cozy, and the music is great (mostly).

It’s exciting to see new artists trying to “make it”, and becoming a part of their journey.  It’s also a great opportunity to pick up some new music that would be hard to find otherwise.  Tonight, Small Houses ( was the winner, and he totally deserved it.  Great guy, great music.

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