Archive for August, 2010
As you guys might know by now I like vintage furniture. I found this chair on the curbside on the way home a few weeks ago and I turned around to get a closer look. I was driving Dawns car so It wasn’t going to fit. I decided to walk up to the door just to make sure the people were getting rid of it. A nice lady came out and said she has had it for a long time, at least 40 years and her dog chewed it up. She really liked it but wasn’t going to do anything with it. The first person I thought of was Dawn. I decided to take it home with me and Dawn is going to redo it sometime with some cool fabric. I will post up the finished product when completed.
I was shooting some pics for Noble Dog a few weekends ago in Dallas and I was walking around the stage trying to get a cool shot. I was walking on the side of the stage and noticed Taylor in between these two big speakers. I stopped and watched for a moment and thought it was a pretty cool shot. I always like seeing the cables and mic stands and other misc. stage items when I shoot a show.
I’ve said this before but when I go on the road with bands and see what they go through to play their music every night its truely amazing. Life on the road is not so exciting. It does have its moments but from what I have seen its a long, tuff road that has its ups and downs. I am privileged to be able to call the bands that I shoot for my friends. Even though I am not in the band they always make me feel like I am part of their family. They let me in their circle of trust and that means a lot to me. I document what I see and I try to capture what they go through the best I can without invading their space. When they have a bad night, I have a bad night. When they don’t get paid enough, especially after traveling a few hours to play for 45 minutes then that pisses me off. I understand every club and venue is different and eveybody pays differently too. The club has to make money because they have rent and employees. I know the band has to make money so they can put gas in their car, pay for a hotel room, fix a flat tire, etc. The music business is tuff. Owning a club is tuff, being in a band is tuff. I give both much respect for doing what they do. So next time when you are out and about listening to a band in whatever city you live in rememeber what these guys and girls go through every night. Don’t forget about the tip jars. If it costs five bucks to get in the door maybe put two dollars in the tip jar. If you are buying beers then you can afford putting in two dollars in the tip jar. If you get in the club for free or on the list then you should be able to at least put something in the tip jar. Heck, if you see one of the band members at the bar, maybe buy him or her a drink , tell them thanks, you guys sounded great. You will be suprised how much of that will go a long way.
I was in Dallas this past weekend to shoot some pictures for Noble Dog. The guys are originally from Dallas but now make their home in Austin. I really love shooting at the Granada. They really take care of the bands that perform there. Saturday night was great. The band truely put on a great show that night. From the opening song, Swamp City to Why Pictures? and ending the night with Train Song which had the drive of an old iron horse steaming down the tracks. http://www.myspace.com/nobledogmusic