How often do we reach the end of a year and ask ourselves "where did the time go?"
Maybe you have always wanted to pick up a guitar, open a sketch book, get into better shape, or get more sleep at night. What is stopping you?
We Are Not Special is a project focused on changing the way we organize our days, the way we spend our nights, and examines the endless possibilities in our communities and culture.
The project snowballed from wanting to start a new hobby, to taking on a list of goals, all to be completed in one year and so this blog will serve as a scrapbook of our progress as we explore the limits of our imagination this year. So what are you waiting for?
(Surprisingly, this is one of the only photos picturing us three goons. Unflattering, but necessary haha. Guess we were either having too much fun or taking the photos!)
I met Ross in the summer of 2011 when me and Shawn moved to Jasper AB for the summer to work at Jasper Park Lodge. He was a chef and we happened to have a mutual friend. Flash forward a few weeks, and we were buds; whether it was hiking, partying at the Atha-B or eating Bits and Bites in our dungeon rooms making characters out of them, he always provided comic relief to life.
He didn’t get back to us with answers for a month, but when he did, they were the most meaningful and honest. And that’s a testament to the kind of person Ross is; he’s a spontaneous, adventure-seeking, never a dull moment kind of guy, and you never know when you’ll hear from him or see him next.
I never knew when Ross would pop up and knock on my door in Jasper to hang out, and never expected him to bring me and Shawn breakfast at 6am on the day we left. All in all, Ross is one of the few gems who lives life to the fullest and makes friends with anyone and everyone he can wherever he goes.
Well here it goes… the 12th song of my little effort.
I have been so busy finishing the school year, going to grad shows, celebrating birthday’s and everything in between, that I have been barely able to sit down and recording stuff. On the bright side everywhere I go there seems to be a guitar to noodle on, so I have spent a lot of time writing. I just haven’t had much time to sit down and learn more recording stuff, or lay down some solid tracks.
The good thing about these busy weeks is that I can just sit down and experiment with some ideas I have been having. I literately just got dropped off at my apartment about 3 or 4 hours ago and I was able to pump out this tune. This week I really just wanted to focus on guitar melodies, and look at vocal arrangements. I have gone a little reverb heavy on the past few songs, but I do like the sound. I think I’m going to try and mix it in better and find less cliche ways to use it.
I have caught up on sleep, as I hope all of my fellow graduates have, and can now post with some sanity under my belt.
What an awesome week! If any of you had the chance to check out the 2012 Sheridan Illustration Grad Show and Illustrationism conference, I’m sure you’ll agree what a handsome crowd of people we are. I know all of my friends will be successful in whatever random path this program tends to lead people in.
Here’s some of the only photos I have of my installation, blurry and all.