A smidgeon of Small Moments by Above & Beyond learned entirely by ear (and I’m deaf, by the way—lost the ability to hear high pitches). There are two keyboards playing in the original track, so I only got so much. Took about 30 minutes to learn.
I can also tell my keyboard is off a bit—either that or I really can’t hear the pitches. Need a new one eventually. I’ve had this bad boy for 9 years!
I cried just about the whole time. Incredibly beautiful.
I can’t even handle this song sometimes…
Literal freedom and literal liberation. Reflections on 2013.
"I’m coming clean: I’m not ashamed to feel, what is alive and still very real, with who I am."
Photography at the end of every video is copyrighted to me at Kairos Photography.
Disclaimer: “Underwater” is copyrighted to Meron Ryan and Rameses B at Monstercat.
It’s below freezing and you’ve been walking through people’s goddamn cough clouds all day. At this point, soup is fucking inevitable but don’t grab some condensed crap. Your body needs some vitamins, not a shitload of sodium. Roast up this bad motherfucker and elevate your soup game.
ROASTED TOMATO SOUP
1 28 ounce can of plain, peeled whole tomatoes (get one that is low on sodium, check that motherfucking label)
3 teaspoons of olive oil
4-5 cloves of garlic (still in their skin)
1 medium russet potato
1/2 a small head of cauliflower (about 1/3 pounds)
1/2 a medium yellow onion
1 tablespoon of diced fresh rosemary (if you need to use dried, use only 1 teaspoon)
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 1/2-3 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
Warm up your oven to 325 degrees and grab a rimmed baking sheet or big ass roasting pan. Pour 1 of the teaspoons of oil on the baking sheet and smear it around evenly to make sure nothing is going to fucking stick. Drain the tomatoes but save the juice in a separate glass, we’ll use that shit in a little bit. Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise and place them cut side up on the baking sheet. Try to keep about 1/3 of the sheet empty for future veggies. Roll the cloves of garlic in the oil on the pan, and place them near the tomatoes. We want to leave the skin on the garlic so those little bastards roast and get all sweet. Add a small pinch of salt over the tomatoes and roast all that in the oven for 30 minutes. If you can’t remember to check the clock, set a timer. If you can’t do either then why the fuck are you in the kitchen with sharp objects?
While the tomatoes are roasting, skin the potato and chop it, the cauliflower, and onion up into dime-sized pieces. You want to end up with around 1 cup of chopped potato, 1 1/4 cup chopped cauliflower, and 1 cup chopped onion. Toss them all together in a bowl with the remaining oil, rosemary, thyme, and a small pinch of salt and pepper. After the tomatoes have roasted for 30 minutes, add the seasoned vegetable mixture to the pan, spread it out as much as possible, and roast all that shit for another 30-40 minutes. You just want to make sure the potato and cauliflower are tender and a little golden in some spots. Take the pan out of the oven and let it cool for a couple minutes. Squeeze the garlic out of its skin; it should pop right out and smell fucking dope. Add the rest of the shit from the baking sheet and the roasted garlic to a blender and pour in the broth. Run it on high until the soup looks smooth. Pour all that into a pot on the stove, warm it over a low heat, and add the remaining tomato juice you saved from the can (it should be around 1/2 a cup). If you want a thinner soup, add the extra half cup of broth but I like it thick. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or herbs to get it right for you. Serve hot with some bread so you can mop your bowl clean when your spoon becomes fucking useless.
Makes enough for 4 mugs or 2 regular bowls
As promised, here is my playlist of 2012. While 2013 was a year of breakthrough, freedom, and liberation, 2012 was my year of profound identification—at age 23, I finally understood myself as a whole. Some of the lyrics in this playlist seemed to foreshadow events (explained in the first few songs) that happened to me in 2013; it wasn’t the typical “my music describes me” feeling. Obviously the sound is what usually attracts us to a song first for any of us, right? Being hard of hearing, I don’t get the lyrics until I look them up. So often when I become attracted to a song, I almost never know what it’s about. I underestimated greatly what I was about to experience, but it was so much more than I would’ve bargained when it came to my life. This playlist gets a progressively sadder, more mellow sound that searches for a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy!
1. The Great Divide (Seven Lions Remix) - Velvetine
I don’t even think I can find the proper words to describe why this is the most profound song in my life. It was the dubstep song that made me fall in love with dubstep. It was the song that made Seven Lions one of my most favorite producers. It was the song that reminded me of my naïvety in early, early adulthood. When I posted the photo that said “This is for everyone brave enough to cross the Great Divide”, there was nothing that lacked integrity or sentiment about it. Period. In fact, I begun writing about my own “great divide” last year (I often talk about it in my videos—I titled the story “The Divide”). Unfortunately, the events of my own great divide wasn’t a path I should’ve taken, but did, paid the price, then had to figure out how to venture away from. It’s songs like this that make me grateful for hearing what I can, because I can empathize. And with that empathy, I can create. I owe all my creativity to it.
2. The Sun After Heartbreak - Paul van Dyk, Arty, & Sue McLaren
I always tend to love the most unpopular tracks on a Paul van Dyk album ;-) This was the first song to land on this playlist at the time. Out of all the songs on his album Evolution, this was the one that stood out above all the rest to me. It was extremely hard to obtain the lyrics at the time—but what I could make out was essentially this philosophy: “Chin up. Step outside, breathe in, and remember that your life is not over. Actually, it’s only just begun.” I didn’t realize how much I would need to remember this myself last year.
3. Love Is Not Enough (Original Mix), Love Is Not Enough (Synkro Remix) - Above & Beyond, Zoe Johnston
On a whim, I actually bought the Synkro remix first (along with Seven Lions’ You Got To Go Remix) during a road trip. I absolutely love Zoe Johnston’s voice. When I finally obtained the original mix, I immediately looked up the lyrics: She gives just enough sincerity to allow you to feel what she is saying: “And I’ve had too many good cries for you. And this is my time to say goodbye to you. In my heart of hearts, I know there’s more love left for you, but love is not enough. I’ve learned to see this journey through…One day, you will fly away from here. And one day, you’ll leave your hurts behind.” I didn’t realize her words would actually come to play later in my life the way they did.
4. You Got To Go (Seven Lions Remix) - Above & Beyond, Zoe Johnston
I listened to this song A LOT when I went on photo shoots in San Francisco between 2012 and 2013—it was my “work song”. In September 2012, I shot the Golden Gate Bridge, then last year I did a shot of the Bay Bridge that wound up landing in an art gallery. I like to think these lyrics had a lot to do with it once I got hold of them: “Move your feet, feel how sweet it is…Keep on, little dreamer. Keep hold of all that you are.”
5. Days To Come - Seven Lions & Fiora
“Hurts will come undone: All that we’ll become. Rise and fall behind, weightless in rewind.”
6. Come Home - Alpha 9
7. Her Lullaby - TyDi
8. Alchemy - Above & Beyond, Zoe Johnston
9. Lights (Bassnectar Remix) - Ellie Goulding
10. Timestretch - Bassnectar
11. Beginnings - Soundprank
12. Below Us, Polarized - Seven Lions, Shaz Sparks
13. Stranger - Jaytech
14. The Other Side - Tenishia & Susana
15. Timelapse - Jaytech
16. Hymn , Seven Hundred Thirty Nine, The Gathering Darkness - BT
17. Burning From The Inside (Tenishia’s Frozen Mix) - Tenishia & Tiff Lacey
18. So Much More (Ambient Mix) - Andy Moor & Carrie Skipper
19. We Own The Sky - M83
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