Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mid-Week-ism...

I could've SWORN today was Friday. It's been a weird week. I've been pretty busy, yet the week's been going by super slow. It should go by super fast if you're busy right?

This week's been full and productive, but it was all for work-work: my Aunt's company. But I did however, go out and grab a drink with a couple friends in between it all. That's always fun and relaxing.

As far as girl "J" goes, it's conflicting. I think I'm too sensitive about these things. She texted me yesterday. It was semi-significant only because it's usually me striking up the text conversations. She wanted to know how my week was going. After the past "bleh" Valentine's weekend, I've been in the "whatever" stage of it all. You know, I was going to give it maybe one more date or so to play it by ear. But then this little sliver of light happens (I know, it's really not), and immediately my romantic mode kicked in, thinking up good ideas for another date. I want to shut it off. The idea? Ice skating. She's never been, it's physical/close, and you know, I'm awesome at it. lol. The first sport I actually ever learned was ice hockey at 7 years old (I know, who would've thought that especially in the middle of Los Angeles?). But yeah, I know-I know, stop giving into it. True... true. Must quell the romantic ideas. What I'm going to do is this though: I'll throw her a curveball and not even ask her to hang out this weekend. She's got to have a desire to hang out with me too right? We'll see what happens. At this point I want to be able to say "I couldn't care less", but I do. A little bit.

It's all conflicting. She may actually like me a ton, but she's such a closed off person that it doesn't show and therefore I don't see it going anywhere. What's weird is that most of her close friends that I've met and immediate family all added me on Facebook. Is that supposed to mean something? Or are they just facebook-friend trigger happy? Either way, I'm done with all the thinking.

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Josh's Surprise Party cont'd
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J didn't make it to this party even though it had all of my closest friends that I wanted her to meet. She instead attended an outing with several friends welcoming back an Army friend that returned from Afghanistan. Probably the best reason ever to have if you don't make it to a get together that's important to me.

ANYWAYS, Here are some pics from the past weekend's Surprise Birthday Party we threw for one of my best friend's... Josh. 3 out of the 4 members of the band Morrownow too! By the way, I'm a goof:


-I've known some of these guys since age 4, literally sharing candies and food with each other during lunch breaks every DAY. I'm the guy trying to eat my friend's head, and birthday boy is in white.


-Had to throw in a normal picture of me (left) with my bud Austin.


-This is my friend Jason almost collapsing from laughing so hard for 2 solid minutes. Why? Because of the picture below...




-And yeah... that's me there creeping in the background. lol.


-And here are all the couples. Everyone had a significant other. Damn couples. But it was okay, me and Austin were just hanging out, and you know, looking cool... being super, awesome bachelors and all... pfft. lol.

In case I don't catch you guys again this week, have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Surprise Birthday Party for a friend...

I had a good time last night. One of my closest friends - Josh (Also the vocalist/guitarist in the band), had his 24th birthday last night. He was raised to not celebrate birthdays (Jehovah's witness), but ever since high school, you know... all of that changed. His girlfriend told me about throwing him a surprise party about a month ago. Ever since, we've been circulating Facebook messages between 15 people planning it. The plan was for Josh and his girlfriend to go out to dinner at 8pm, and the surpriseriserers were to arrive at her house around 9pm. They came home at around 9:45pm, and of course, his closest and longest friends were there to greet him. During dinner, he actually texted most of us at the house about hanging out that night! LOL. So we all texted back responses like "Eh." "Maybe." "Can't." and my own, "Maybe. I have something to do first." Lol, he took it well though, he didn't want a big deal for his birthday anyway.

So he walks in, and... Take a look for yourselves:

Josh's Surprise 24th Birthday Party from Morrownow on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Recording Studio...


-Left to right: Bryan, Tom, Josh, Jason-

-Me on the left after only 2 hours of sleep the night before.-

So as you all know, I'm managing a rock band that consists of three of my closest friends. If you're a newcomer and didn't know, you do now. YOU'RE WELCOME. Just kidding. The band is called, Morrownow and I'm most likely going to talk about them every so often as it's a time full of excitement and progress for them and myself. I've known Josh, the "frontman", lead vocalist, and guitarist, since I was 8 or 9 years old. We both can't figure out exactly when we started being friends, so we just say age 8. He's one of my closest friends, and in my small category of "best" friends. The drummer, Bryan, I've known since I was 14, a good 9 years. He's also a best friend. The other vocalist, and lead guitarist, is Jason. I've known him since I was about 15. Also a best friend. So as you can imagine, my motivation to work and "make things happen" for them is pretty high and it just exists by default. It's pretty cool being able to hang out with your best buds and help them try to succeed in the music biz. Tom the bassist, I've only known since June of 2009 when he joined the band. He's a cool guy.
I guess I'm saying all of this just to reiterate a bit of what I'm up to lately. Also to show how unique and fun of a situation it is. It's pretty fun and exciting. We've accomplished so much in three months than most bands do in years. The things we've accomplished don't seem like a big deal, but it actually is in the whole scheme of things. Especially when everyone has their respective personal lives with work, school, girlfriends, family, and etc. We've gotten a lot of things done in a mere few months.

Things accomplished:
1. Two professional photoshoots. For free. How? My smooth talking on Craigslist. lol.
2. Networking on multiple websites.
3. Video blogs.
4. Band blog and website(to be upgraded).
5. This past weekend, recorded their first 3-song EP!

These are all things that are still underway. Not much traffic on the band's blog, but that's because they haven't played their first show as Morrownow yet. But now that they have a 3-song EP that'll be done by FRIDAY, I can actually do band manager stuff and get them shows! I'll have a demo to work with! Finally a chance to try to make stuff happen. So yeah, that's been on my mind lately. Since they're all experienced musicians having been in multiple bands and such already, it's not a big deal performing. It's performing together and for the first time as Morrownow that will be the test. Not really a test, but maybe more on the level of a quiz. Josh, Jason, and Bryan were a band for a solid year/year and a half back in 2004 out of high school, so they already have that history. After the first show, the plan is to continuously perform around Hollywood, build a fan base, and improve their performances. In the meantime, I'll look into getting them some radio playtime starting with local college radios and independent stations. We've got to get some music critics from LA WEEKLY to write about us too. And in the midst of all of that, I'll keep producing videos with them so it'll be more engaging for the fans to see the band behind-the-scenes and being themselves. There's been 7 videos already actually, they're really stacking up. There'll be 8 by the end of next weekend by the way. I'm going to make a music video using one of the tracks from the completed demo which I'll get a hard copy of Friday, and I'll cut in footage from the video taken over the weekend of the band in the recording studio. If you'd like to listen to the music, stay tuned over the weekend! And if you'd like a CD... Let me know and I'll send you one! It'll be a while (maybe a month or so) until we start producing official CDs, but in the meantime I can send you a regular burned CD (Autographed? lol). Maybe I should do some sort of blog contest later on. Or maybe I should just be awesome and send it to you for free anyway...

I'll leave you all with a less-than-2-minutes sneak preview video I made of Morrownow in the recording studio. I make an appearance in it halfway through also -- that's motivation right there to watch!
(Watching Bryan, the guy speaking in the beginning of the video, it makes me laugh everytime because if you've seen him in the photoshoot and all, or just him in general, his style can look very "hood" or like some shady character. But when you listen to him speak and catch his mannerisms, you can just tell he's a nice, sweet, optimistic dude, and he is! Which is why he's one of my best buds.) Enjoy.

Sneak Peek at Morrownow in the Recording Studio from Morrownow on Vimeo.




Josh looking comparatively similar to a bust of James Brown. A sign?