Welcome to this week’s “WHAT I’M DIGGING VOL 4 (THE VALAL ESSENTIALS). I have received great feedback so I thought I’d kick off this week with what I’ve dug up from the blogosphere.
New Little Dragon in the works! Great piece by Yours Truly! A great glimpse to the creation process in this short video. Looking forward to hearing this new record! Watch!
Big up King Deluxe for passing this my way. I have played several cuts from Segilola on my show. Bambooman is behind the production and creates one of the of the coolest sounds!
I just recorded a session for Boston’s WBUR/Here and Now and included this version in my selections. I mean, how amazing and beautiful is this track stripped down and in an acoustic arrangement? The Disclosure version hits hard but this takes the holy cake. Sam Smith really does his thing on the chorus accompanied by the strings.
Have you seen this doc yet? Well what are you waiting for? I believe you can watch it on Vimeo! I had the pleasure of talking music with Cheryl Dunn, the film’s director and producer. Cheryl captures the art of street photography and documents the various styles by folks with cameras. I think this might be my 4th post on her work. Peep below.
Last but not least, if you are not hip to Baratunde Thurston, the please get to know him! I loved his story in Fast Company which he breaks down a cleanse from social media. You can read about it here. He has been a source of inspiration in how I approach social media with on the fly blogs and podcasts.
Can’t wait to see this movie! I have raved about it and the filmmaker Cheryl Dunn for months on this blog. I had the honor of chatting with her about her songs of inspirations a couple of years ago. And now it seems as if the movie is out (well if your on the East coast). Once I get word that it will be playing here on the West coast I will let you know. find out more info here.
Hanging with Cheryl and talking music was one of the inspirations behind me picking up the camera and exploring my neighborhood and also every where I travel. Please support this movie when it comes to your area.
Big thanks to Cheryl Dunn for this wonderful gift I received in the mailbox today! I sat down with her a year or two ago prior to her contribution to the Art In The Streets exhibit at Moca. The night before we chatted I did my research and immediately felt a connection to her work. Her film projects which I viewed on vimeo instantly struck me! Her candid chats with NY folk including Ricky Powell instantly affirmed my belief in her ability to not only capture visual beauty but to communicate and capture the essence of honesty and beauty in people! Listen to our chat as part of KCRW’s Guest Dj Project! If your able to find one of these bad boys then pick it up! Actually pick up anything Cheryl Dunn! Go google her work and thank me later!
At times I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing with this blog, the snapshots, the archives of things that I love but I believe in some kind of way I am documenting the things that around me. There so much life around me that I feel that someone has to capture these moments in real time only to be posted in 12 point font and slated through a jpeg. I sat with Cheryl Dunn as part of KCRW’s Guest Dj Project and realized through my research that I was not alone. Cheryl captures moments, people and time in a such a unique way. She captures the spirit life. At times broke and at other times just people on a quest of a positive existence and nothing more. I love that! You can listen to my chit chat with her here!