Today I listened to the US Soccer team’s Department of Defense, Tim Howard talk at this years Experian 2014 Client Summit. In addition to fielding questions about the challenges he faced during his miraculous performance in this years World Cup, Tim also talked about growing up with Tourette Syndrome.
I’ve long held the belief that overcoming some monumental personal challenge is a prerequisite for incredible accomplishments later in life as it changes your perspective and definition of what it is to struggle and overcome. The routine disappointments of day-to-day life are thrown into relief when you have something much larger to compare it to and I wondered if this is a common thread that ties together the athletes at the top level. I was fortunate enough to get to ask him a question about this and managed to record his thoughtful response.
I just finished helping Peter Pap, a nationally respected expert on antique textiles take down his show on Madison Ave. today. I shot this video last week to promote the show and it was a great experience to see into the world of collectible textiles; some dating back to the 1800’s.
After lots of tweaks and fiddling I’ve polished my portfolio website, www.GavinShelton.com. I think everything came together really nicely. Feel free to check out the work that I’ve made so far, and feel free to share it with anyone who’s hiring creative researchers. Awesome!
Today’s subway sound is of the Hare Krishna’s in Manhattan on the F line. Every time I see Hare Krishna’s in the City it reminds me of my great friend Lola, who went to school at Columbia and originally told me about the religious group. Having heard more about them in Steve Jobs’ biography I was glad that I got to listen while these friendly and jubilant folks were having a jam session. After a few trains passed and I taped a few minutes of their chanting I dropped a dollar in their donation basket and they gifted me with a new book on yoga.
Todays subway sounds come from Mississippi Cotten, a young Illinois native playing performing original blues tunes around the city. He graciously let me record his performance of, “Sitting on top of the World,” an older blues standard written in the 30’s by the Mississippi Sheiks and that he’d first encountered on a Howlin Wolf record.
We had a great chat after which I stumbled upon his website which he regularly uses as, “Just a chance to share music and ideas in their raw stages” on a semi-monthly visit.
A few years back I happened on Coffitivity; a website that serves up cafe soundscapes to thirsty listeners.
As I’ve been job prospecting in Brooklyn I’ve visited many of the boroughs burgeoning coffee houses. On the last visit to my local caffeine stop Urban Vintage I sat down and taped the sounds of old-timey music, creaking floor boards, odd steam hisses, and porcelain clinks. If you’re trapped in a cubicle and need a little coffee-house chatter to concentrate, feel free to take a listen.
My favorite part of commuting in NYC is all the great music you’re exposed to in the subway. Diverse, live performances of (literally) underground music is something I’ve grown accustomed to in the city and one of my favorite bands I’ve happened upon is Bird Courage who can frequently be found playing in the Metropolitan platform on the G line.
Frontman Erik Meier was kind enough to play my request, “Stone” a song of theirs that has a chorus that I’ve been humming for the past few weeks. Give it a listen and check them out on Twitter or Tumblr, and consider picking up some of their music on Bandcamp.
Here’s something that I found from a number of years back; an old podcast that I’d made at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. While I’ve been steadily sharpening my video chops I love audio storytelling as I feel like the restrictive medium engenders more creativity.