"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks we're striking thirteen."
-George Orwell 1984-
Ever wonder why we read certain books, watch certain shows or listen to certain music?
Is it to talk about those things with others on Instagram? Probably not.
To use another Orwell quote, "If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Picking a book or song or show is less about entertainment as it is wanting to curate the language that influences my thoughts. For similar reasons I run every day. Seeing the world, even if it's the same place over and over, while on a run is seeing it for myself. It requires focus but allows for moments to explore thoughts. I can adjust the speed the world comes and change direction whenever I wish. If I couldn't run, I'd find similar stimulus in walking or meditation. No matter the medium, chosing the paths, books, music, shows, stage, and canvas will, with any luck keep the mind free and expanding with language and thoughts.
If you want to see what music, books, gear and activities Im into, the guys at @kaenon curated my "Outsider kit." Check it out using the link in my bio.
53 years ago today, Bob Dylan was in the Columbia recording studios in New York City playing music that would shake the music scene then and into the future. I was raised on his music. His sound was unique but I had no idea what the man behind the music looked like until I was maybe 7 or 8 and going through my dad's records. Dylan is on the cover of all of his early records but the cover of Bringing It All Back Home was the most interesting to me so I opened it up. When I saw the picture in the lower right corner(2nd image) it matched the image in my mind. He is playing the piano, leaning into the mic with his soul, harmonica holder near his mouth and wearing a pair of dark sunglasses. Then my dad explained why BIABH was so divisive. How half the album was acoustic and the other electric. How fans booed him at the Newport Folk Festival. He played on, always in whatever style he wished to sing and dressed however he wished to dress although almost always in dark sunglasses. I won't ever write a "It's Alright Ma" or shake the world when I pick up an electric guitar but I can wear a pair of dark sunglasses and for a moment at least, project my inner outsider. For everyday wear and tear, I love rocking Strand in Matte black with Green Mirror.
Piano and guitar photos by Daniel Kramer January 1965.
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Astaxanthin is found in its highest natural concentration in microalgae and wild Pacific sockeye salmon. It is also found in krill, algae, red trout, shrimp, crab, and lobster. Its vibrant red pigmentation is what helps give these marine animals and plants their intense coloring. BioAstin, Hawaiian Astaxanthin, is sourced from fresh water microalgae.
It's CONTEST TIME! Submit your photos for a chance to get styled out with some @olukai and @kaenon gear seen in the photos above.
The contest theme is "ANYWHERE ALOHA" and here's how you can enter:
Tag 3 friends in the comments below. Then follow @jake_of_all_trades, @olukai, and @kaenon to be eligible. Submit up to 3 of your best photos of what "ANYWHERE ALOHA" means to you. Hashtag your photo entries with #anywherealohacontest. The contest begins now and ends next week Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6pm Hawaii standard time. All entries MUST be your own photos and MUST be posted on or between the entry dates...repost if you must! Lastly, your profiles must be public so that we can view your entries! The contest will be judged on what we feel best exemplifies the meaning of "Anywhere Aloha" in one photo. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
GOOD LUCK and get CREATIVE!