Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Course / Second Course

First record with the sides named "First Course" (A) and "Second Course" (B) I've seen.  In 2004, to promote the Soul Session program on KRUX 91.5 fm I wrote a piece that was published in The Roundup, NMSU's student newspaper.  The clip is linked from the Feliciano cover image.  If I could make beats the track I'd sample from this record: "Where Is My Woman", Second Course. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

"IIIrd Batallion (1987)"

My father during the Drill Seargent years.  Sometimes I'd wake up two hours before my time, 4 a.m. and could hear him getting prepared for the regimented schedule planned ahead.  Strict, disciplined & always on time.  Some of my favorite gifts I recieved from my Dad were his watches.  I knew a few kids that grew up with aspirations to follow their father's into a military career.  Since as far back as I can remember, I was most influenced by my father's creativity.  When I first started writing, I'd try to copy his penmanship, sketches and signature.  On most LPs that he owned, he'd always sign a certain part of the record with his signature style.  One of those records, Thriller.  I've got a few people I regard as having been influential in my life, but it all started and continues with my father and mother. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Seventh Child"

"The book's title resulted from the fact that Uncle Malcolm was a seventh child.  In African mythology, and science, it is believed that the seventh child will emerge as a leader of his people.  Malcolm also considered seven his favorite number.  That's why, when he was head of Temple Seven in Harlem, he named three other temples in New York City 7A, 7B, and 7C.  He also noted in his autobiography that "among over eight thousand other seats in Miami's Big Convention Hall [for 1963 Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston championship fight] I received seat number seven.  Seven has always been my favorite number.  It has followed me throughout my life."  (Preface, xii)*

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Thundercats

Today I finished prints on my first photo shoot with flag football squad, the Thundercats.  Shout out to the team, a hilarious group of unique kids with bright futures and a cool lineup of coaches & parents.  To the Candelaria fam, much thanks and love.

Wouldn't it be cool if we created trading cards post season from the sport leagues that the kids are involved with and celebrate them for the celebrities that they are?  Imagine that. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

"Feliciano (1968)"

One of the greatest albums I've ever heard.

The story of Jose Feliciano & the Star Spangled Banner: YOUTUBE

Thursday, November 04, 2010

"The Sound of Philadelphia"

On Side Two heard the childhood-familiar Soul Train anthem "TSOP" produced by Kevin Gamble and Leon Huff (1974). 

"Take good care of yourself..." -The Three Degrees

"Chess Everywhere (The Week)"

Was reading a Washington Post article about Tuesday's elections and seen an advertisement for The Week Magazine.  The advertisement included two magazine covers, one of them of the illustration included above.  Did some searching on google and found out through Ebay that it was an October 2009 issue and shortly after stumbled across illustrator Fred Harper's website.   The image above is linked to Harper's www location, check it out.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

"Sun (Hues)"

This evening, I'm walking incline towards Sam's store, saw the Sun, and asked myself:

"How can I not take a picture?"  Ran back for my camera. 


Converse 45' Series*

"Happy Just To Be Like I Am (Taj Mahal)"
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Monday, November 01, 2010

"To Pearl Tso"

"There are two ways of making a good living.  One is the result of hard working, and the other, the result of imagination (requires work, too, of course).  It is a fact that labor and thrift produce a competence, but fortune, in the sense of wealth, is the reward of the man who can think of something that hasn't been thought of before.  In every industry, in every profession, ideas are what America is looking for.  Ideas have made America what she is, and one good idea will make a man what he wants to be." ~Bruce Lee*

Letters of the Dragon; Correspondence, 1958-1973*
'To Pearl Tso', September 1962

"Scene (11.01.2010)"
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Before the Thundercat shoot.