Lights On

Hello and good day to you where ever you are reading this post. It is March 25 in my world and we are well into social distancing etiquette’s. Anyhow, I have been doing pretty much the same as I have been doing in the past year. Sitting at my desk for as long as I can and doing other things when I can’t sit. I am home alone 8 hours a day five days a week. Now with this pandemic and grocery stores becoming an essential business, I see hubby one less day. He has said that it has been nice hearing shoppers say “Thank you” frequently and being appreciative. Anyhow, it really has been business as usual as I am always looking through old files. Sometimes, opening one file may spark my imagination or ignite a memory or good feeling. Yesterday I was looking for pics of hubby and his band mates. I made this short clip of some of the photos that were taken at a local dive bar here in the Coachella Valley, The Red Barn. That place hung tough and tried their hardest to remain open, while abiding by the ever changing rules and pandemic guidelines. I knew their struggle and felt it. I worked it for years at the Brass Elephant. Thank goodness we never had to deal with much more than a temporary closure for a few LAC Health violations. There were times when we, the bar staff had to put our own money together to buy supplies to open the bar for the evening. If you know the term marrying a bottle then you too, are well versed in the struggle of bar businesses. So, truly, my heart goes out to them and I hope that this community watering hole will return as well as all the other local hang outs like the Tack Room, Henry’s Sport’s Bar & Grill and The 19th Hole. I was looking forward to the future here in the Valley, just a few months ago. I still am looking to the future. Anyhow, three wave pools were in the works for the Coachella Valley. One most notably a wave pool that pro surfer, Kelly Slater’s Wave Company, is bringing to the valley. Will these things still happen? I sure hope so. The valley and all us people here sure need it and the jobs it will create. So, staying positive for what the future brings.

Hubby played in a local cover band and I am the unofficial band groupie. I take photos and videos of all their gigs. I haven’t really been doing it much lately like I used to. Pain makes it difficult. Besides, I have 3 or so years of footage to go through. I pooled up all the Red Barn files and had a hard time picking video and photos as I had so much to choose from. I was looking for fun and happiness and I found it. It is easy when you have a bar, live music, dancing, and fun people.

I have photos and video of so many different places the Ghosts have played. I could make a video for each.

The guys play classic rock covers. At all gigs you can always hear or see some one clapping their hands or singing along to “their song”. I know it happens to me when I am out checking out live music. I have been going through past photos and video from all the live music that I have been to with my camera in the past three years. I have enough for a feature length film. I think about all of those people during this time and hope they are doing well and hope to support them when they are back out playing again. I am trying to keep the Spotify going in my background so that some of the artists that I follow can get a little help. You never know every little 1/10 of a cent can’t hurt, right? If you have any suggestions for me to listen to send them my way!

I will add another installment to Throwing Fire Into the Water tomorrow as I am still editing (rewriting). Thank you to all of you that have been reading and have messaged me! I really appreciate it! I look forward to reading your stories as well.

Take care dear reader, where ever you are social distancing today. Be well, be curious, be cool, be kind and thank you for stopping by.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. morishige says:

    I love reading the part where you say that shoppers now say “thank you” frequently. 🙂

    And beautiful clips! You captured the gig beautifully. 🙂

    Stay safe there at Coachella Valley…

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    1. Good morning to you! Hope you and your family are doing well during this time. It is amazing that people tend to take service workers for granted. Hubby said that people were not as rude as they usually are. So sad, but true. Glad that people are being nicer. Hope it lasts.

      Thank you! I have so many clips from from that band and as well as many of the other bands that I have followed. It is a passion of mine, that is photographing and video taping live music. Have a peaceful day and thank you so much for reading!

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      1. morishige says:

        It seems like people are adopting new habits these days. They are more friendly with fellow human, they start to care for their surroundings–I do too I guess. Yes, I hope it lasts.

        You are a really great photographer. It’s not easy to “catch” a moment. It needs good eyes and the abillity to tell a story. And for those who are on your frame, the photos are gonna be remembrance about their past. 🙂

        Have a wonderful day!

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      2. Hello there! Yes, it is a great trend that we are experiencing that is for sure. Our president has decided it is best to continue social distancing till the end of April.
        Thank you for the ciritique. You are quite skilled yourself as I always looks at all your photos as it is the only ticket anywhere now-a-days. Sorry, I really have been slow at reading the story that goes along with all your beautiful photos. You too are telling great stories with just the photos you are displaying.
        I always worry that people think I am weird for taking photos. Trying to get over it.

        Enjoy the day!

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      3. morishige says:

        I read some news about the outbreak in the States. I hope you’re doing well there.

        Well, thank you very much for the compliment. It means a lot since it comes from a cool photographer like you. Taking photographs is a wonderful thing. You make people and things eternal.

        For me, sometimes I wonder whether or not people are rolling their eyes reading my posts, because I only write every-day stuff about me walking on the streets or going somewhere by trains, planes, and automobiles. 😀

        Have a nice day!


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