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Hello, I’m a working class creative.

I’m currently writing, recording, and procrastinating on this blog.

I’m also sharing photo/video prompts on Instagram to jump-start your creativity!

Idlewind is meant to instigate artistic projects in my community with friends/collaborators, and to encourage working class artists elsewhere to believe in their creative projects and see them through. I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

Make art. Make haste.

j

Noteworthy 9.21.19

Hi folks, how about this wonky week?! Here’s to the next one!

Recently, I heard about a group of Nigerian filmmakers making epic movies on their smartphones. There is so much hope in my heart watching these young kids doing the best with what they have. This is the definition of taking the reigns of your craft and progressing at all costs. This is talent, passion and commitment coming together. I applaud you from afar, young creatives. Keep doing your thing!

You bet your ass I watched the Raul Julia documentary this weekend. My goodness, he was astounding onstage and I would have straight up murdered to see him live. Much like any person of color who aspires or once aspired to make the theater their livelihood, watching his story unfold reminded me of the insurmountable obstacles to becoming a working and successful theater practitioner. I have learned that Raul was proud and unapologetically Puerto Rican, opened the doors for so many, and lived an incredible life. One of the great American actors of his generation and an inspiration.

Also, shout out to u/TheDeadpooliNAllofUS for sharing this gem of a cover in the Radiohead subreddit. Lots of gold there, one of my favorite communities.

Be well this weekend and make art, make haste.

OKA 25 – The Funny, The News, The Spooky Scary. (feat. Coffee & Bailey’s)

Okay here we go!

On this episode, we’d like to share our first reaction to Bill Burr’s hilarious new comedy special, Paper Tiger.

We try the Reddit News Headlines Recap under a time crunch, and Maddie gives us some immediate responses after checking out the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT (the first chapter). Scary spooky movies are definitely not her thing.

Come one, come all! Have a good week, folks!

J&M

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The Highlights are here!

This weekend, I got to share the first of many videos I put together for the Oyster Ridge Music Festival. The last few weeks have been intense with cataloging and syncing the footage of the six cameras I was working with. It was also my first deep dive into DaVinci Resolve, so I’ve been learning as I go and completely feel like I came out on the other side with some DaVinci assurances. It’s unbelievable the program is free to use, it’s a great tool.

So as the coming weeks unfold, I’ll be posting interviews and performances from all of the bands, in an effort to capture the spirit of this phenomenal experience. I have to take a step back and let my heart fill with gratitude: I’m fortunate to work on something that truly speaks to what I love and want to advocate for. I can’t imagine a better cause to contribute to than to a festival that brings joy, community, and the performing arts to our great state. It’s a real privilege to capture the talent on that stage and to work with such kind, wonderful people. To get to work on this festival is truly a dream.

See you next year!

j

Noteworthy 9.10.19

Happy Week Folks!

I had this all typed up on Saturday and forgot to hit PUBLISH. That’s never happened before. Tends to happen when life gets in the way. Loads of noteworthy content came to mind these couple of weeks, thanks to my YouTube wanderings and escapist mind frame.

  1. Working on highlights and other content for the Oyster Ridge Music Festival, so I went to one of my favorite live performance videos from the last few years: This documentary about the Largo venue in Los Angeles. To do produce a work like this, specifically for live performance arts in this segmented form, is one of my dreams. Maybe something like this is possible in Casper? We shall see! But for the time being, it serves up a fresh batch of inspiration for me to work on the videos soon to premiere online! Stay tuned…
  2. Did I mention I came to terms with my affinity for notebooks this week? I feel an eagerness to start writing when it feels immediate, rekindling my love of notebooks is to fire up that old obsession with filling a page. So much so that this week, I finally started working on a song I’ve had in mind for over three years! I have a backlog of music that need lyrics, including a collaboration with my pal Dust Jones– So I’ll need all the momentum I can get! I stumbled upon this article outlining the various types of journaling. It’s given me some ideas this week on how to start using my notebooks for something other than creative writing. I also found this one, which just gave me more notebooks to purchase. I have a problem now.
  3. Re: Working on my songs in the near future, I’ve been looking out for solid free resources to produce beats DIY style. Reddit and this guy were super helpful!
  4. And lastly, I’d like to share a track that has been the soundtrack of my daydreams and scribblings: Michael Kiwanuka’s Cold Little Heart. This song absolutely destroys and gets me to that place just beyond the horizon where I can see my characters clearly…

Enjoy and have a great week, friends.

j

OKA Episode 23

Hello folks!

Here we have an interesting episode where we talk about two things and then some:

First off, we discuss Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a delightful award-winning series we just started watching. If you haven’t seen it, stop by for a listen!

In lieu of picking something off the headlines, Madd and I thought we should look at reddit for inspiration and decided to check out the top headlines from this past week to find one uplifting headline. Might be the way to handle headlines moving forward, we’ll see!

And lastly, we wanted to get into the Disneyverse for a moment and talk about one of our favorite movies from childhood: Aladdin. We may have gone on a magic carpet ride express tangent about Disney’s insatiable lust for power, remakes, and our anticipation for Disney Plus. What the hell Disney, shut up and take our money…

Bye friends, have a great week!

J&M

Writing and Editing Night

Podcast night didn’t work out so well last night on account of me collapsing into bed without much warning. It happens from time to time and I have to forgive myself. Yes, I lost a night to work on the editing for the podcast as well as the big videography project, but some days the body just wants a good night’s sleep. So that brings me to tonight: I’m settling in to give the latest episode of Our Kid’s Asleep a final pass and will be working on the Music Festival Highlight to deliver sometime this week. I’m really looking forward to sharing some of the performances captured. I feel completely immersed in the magical weekend! But for now, I’ll try to stay focused and bring about a new episode of the podcast now that summer is winding down and the workload is getting manageable at the office. August was a busy busy month, but incredible rewarding. I’m so lucky to have a job where I can meet people who are working hard to better themselves, no matter the circumstance. I’m inspired by all the folks I meet and work with, so it kind of pushes me to follow my gradual progress, even after five o’clock rolls around. I’m optimistic I will wrap up my videography commitment in September and shift focus to writing my short story collection and recording some music. Hopefully I’ll have a week or two to chip away at these side projects and when the time comes, I’ll start sharing some updates.

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In order to manage my time a bit better, I went back to the pocket agenda, which now goes with me everywhere. As much as I’ve tried my Google calendar, I really struggle with the app on my phone and using the calendar online. I much prefer seeing the week and scratching dates and times and deadlines on a tangible page. It adds a warm sense of urgency that I can’t get from my online calendar. It may sound old school, but I have to go back to the things that make me efficient, and discard the rest.

Good news: I’m sleeping better. It’s not perfect, but I’m making a habit of getting good sleep at least three nights a week (to start with). I’ve noticed I have more energy, I’m sharper at work, and I’m following my creative instincts to some really good ideas lately. I used to think that I would only have time to write or edit or record if I stayed up ’til three in the morning every night, but I’m changing my tune after all this time. There’s enough daylight hours at my disposal, I’m sort of learning to use them! And to be honest, it’s not so much that I’m taking drastic, well regimented steps at this time. My rule of thumb has simply become to do one creative thing a day. So here’s what I am choosing to do to help myself:

  • I’m carrying my idea notebook with me.
  • I’m documenting my progress on my calendar.
  • I’m taking a break when I need it.

It’s not much, but it’s a start. I also wanted to document my diet but that’s been a shit-show. That notebook is starting to become a thesaurus for regret. We’ll see how that one pans out. Regardless, we’re making little strides to keep up the creative side in this complicated, tiring, working class world.

Be well and make some art when you can. I’ll try to do the same.

j

Ruminations of Autumn and Cyan

I wanted to share this on Throwback Thursday but work took me out of town. So here you have a weird #flashbackfriday moment, some words and music made by my friend Ahren and I long ago: When we were in a synth pop long-distance band called For The Benefit. Much love to you all and happy Friday!

j


Sick to my stomach
Sick to mySELF
Sick to my surrounding
Sick to lesser grace

Oh, this daddy long legs on the wall
So watchful, pondering the fall—

Sick to my stomach
As the autumn leaves
Descend in rows
Descend finality

Oh, this daddy long legs on the wall
Flies out the window with the baggage
Into the fall

Out the window, treading by
A suited man
Resembles many things—
Among them, walrus head
A bushy paintbrush under nose
And shaven head
Who knows? Who knows?
Perhaps he’s all alone;
Searches for the proper
Walrus-lady mate.

Oh, this daddy long legs on the wall
Comes close, unlatching ruminating hearts
Into the fall

Out the window, treading by
A redhead woman
Gliding paths surveyed by animals
Cyan still hides in her soul
I heard she was the dog
Who knows? Who knows?
Perhaps she’s all alone;
Searches for the proper
Collar-wielding mate

Oh, this daddy long legs on the wall
Comes close, unlatching ruminating hearts
Into the fall

Sick to my stomach
Sick, the hopeless life-wheel
Sick, the window frost: indecency
Sick, the lifeless Autumn renovator

Oh, this daddy long legs on the wall
Comes close, unlatching condescending farce
Into the fall

Who knows? Who knows?
This may be all the bliss received
Before the fall

Noteworthy 8.25.19

Hello Void!

Hope the weekend is treating you well. We’ve gone and had a good time so that means less time in the household to write up a new batch of noteworthy links. But better late than never!

Ben Folds was a staple of my college playlists. Some songs of his still take me to that special time. He recently came out with a new book and he’s started to share some of his songwriting wisdom. Here’s a little segment from earlier this week on morning television.

I’m considering taking some of my blog posts every now and then and turning them into something tangible, like a little zine. I would do this often as a kid, but the practice fell out of favor in my mind over recording like a madman. I’m thinking it would be good for me to step away from the computer more often and use my hands to create something. I long for the organic and tactile more than ever. In my research, I found this great issue in the great Reddit community of zines, by u/thecorndogbaron, entitled: Cookies as an Allegory for the Loneliness of a Human Heart.

Need a pickmeup to get the week started? Check out this old clip of Buddy Rich dueling Animal on Sesame Street. Hard to keep a smile off your face!

I leave you with one of my favorite songs growing up. Included in the superb Mission Impossible cash grab “Inspired by the Motion Picture Soundtrack,” Powderfinger came into my life at an impressionable time and their track guided years of uncertainty as I began my teenage years. It rings with so much melancholy for me it’s insane, but it’s a hell of a song nonetheless.

Be well and make art, friends. Have a great week,

j