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[by Francis Zera]
The end of a year is a great time for reflection, and at times, for kicking oneself in the pants for past indiscretions.
It’s also a great time for optimism for the coming clean slate of a year – a blank calendar for the year ahead feels, to me, anyway, like an icon of opportunity and promise.
Before looking ahead, though, it’s a great idea to look back at the year that’s ending and make a list of the things that went well before focusing on what didn’t. You’ll often find that the first list is far lengthier than the second, and that list of positives becomes fodder for updating your marketing plan to take advantage of those ideas in hopes of generating future successes.
I’ll even go first; here’s my list:
The economy. Companies are again seeing the value in commissioning quality photography, and are spending money on commissioned marketing collateral, albeit a bit more carefully than in the past. The times, they are finally improving.
Creative options. Photographers and videographers continue to see ever-expanding options for the tools of their trades, and the strong economy makes this a good time to consider trying something new or exploring a new specialty.
Educational opportunities. Social media continues to magnify the educational opportunities available to creative professionals, both with formal courses of study and a plethora of free informal tutorials. Learnin’ is good for you. Do it.
Unexpected successes. We’ve all had them. Appreciate them, learn from them, and be grateful that things didn’t go the other way.
Gratitude is important (not that I wasn’t thankful, mind you). Focus on what’s going well rather than only on the negative. If nothing else, you’ll save money by having to buy fewer antacids.
What were you grateful for in 2014? Even if you don’t choose to leave a comment below, take a moment to reflect on all the positive things that have come your way in the past 12 months. I’ll bet you’ve more to be thankful for than you first think.
Francis Zera is a Seattle-based architectural and commercial photographer. He teaches the business curriculum in the photography department at the Art Institute of Seattle, and recently completed an M.A. Ed. in adult education and training. You can check out his work at zeraphoto.com and follow him on twitter and Instagram.
Austin, TX -- Building on its celebrated self-titled debut album, Austin-based acoustic band Wood & Wire is set to unveil a follow-up release, The Coast, on February 3, 2015. The Coast, a coming-of-age collection of original songs with a coastal theme, Wood & Wire worked again with Grammy-nominated engineer and producer, Erick Jaskowiak. From J Studios in Nashville, the fitting pair came together to produce a fine album featuring mature songwriting, skilled arrangements, and memorable song forms.
Representative of the group’s substantial musical chops, title track “The Coast” is a perfect blend of style and lyrics. Guest Jason Carter’s mountainous fiddle intro winds perfectly into Fisher’s chanting bass. The almost orchestral bluegrass arrangement makes listeners sway, rollick, and empathize right along with Kamel as his wailing tenor channels the sea, “With salty water come salty folk, full of salty jokes and flair, and they’ll stare you down with blood-shot eyes and say it’s the salty air.”
Highlights include the traditional-leaning “Anne Marie,” story songs like the tragic ballad, “The Good Son,” and “Greener Grass,” a lamentation over time wasted “always chasing greener grass.” Smith’s extensive banjo skills stand out in his original instrumental, “Elucidation” and “Dancin’ On My Grave.”
As its name suggests, Wood & Wire is a young acoustic band with a love for pure music played well. In 2011, the group exploded onto Austin’s bluegrass and old-time-music scene while quickly gaining a national fan base through appearances at notable festivals and venues like Old Settlers Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and the IBMA World of Bluegrass. It was icing on the cake, then, when they also garnered a last-minute appearance onstage at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
In 2013, Wood & Wire opened for Yonder Mountain String Band and released a self-titled debut album to much acclaim. In 2014, the group continued gaining momentum, touring heavily and working on a follow-up album set for release February 3, 2015.
A culmination of distinct musical personalities, the band’s influences range from Led Zeppelin to Doc Watson – and everything in between. “We’re from all over the country,” says Bassist Dom Fisher, describing the resulting sound as “strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms.”
Fisher, a New York native with a degree in Jazz Studies (Double Bass) from Ithaca College, formed the group along with Guitarist Tony Kamel, whose rich, textured vocals provide lead for the group. In 2012, the two added banjoist Trevor Smith, which, says Fisher, “really put us on a different level.”
Smith, who had been playing music with Fisher, Kamel and other local musicians at a weekly bluegrass jam at Austin’s Flipnotics, actually grew up playing classical piano. After attending his first bluegrass festival, he picked up his main instrument, the banjo. “I was perplexed by the sound of it, and I had to figure it out,” says Smith, who later added guitar and mandolin to his talents.
Wood & Wire rounded out the quartet last May with the addition of mandolinist Billy Bright, a veteran player who has worked with legendary artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and Vassar Clements. A Berklee College of Music attendee, Bright adorns the music with his unique style bred from influences like Matt Mundy, David Grisman, Mike Compton and “every other mandolinist I’ve ever seen or heard.”
For its second album, The Coast, Wood & Wire returned to J Studios in Nashville to work with Grammy-nominated engineer and producer, Erick Jaskowiak. “He is an amazing guy, chock full of positive vibes and so good at what he does,” says Kamel. A coming-of-age collection of original songs with a coastal theme, the album builds on the band’s debut, entertaining fans while drawing back the curtain on members’ substantial musical chops.
In the studio and on the stage, Wood & Wire continues to share its passion for pure music through heartfelt performances across the country.
Wood & Wire will celebrating the release of The Coast with tour dates this Spring.
January 9 – Bugle Boy – LaGrange, Texas
February 13 – The Parish with Shotgun Party – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW! – Austin
February 20 – Winter Wondergrass – Edwards, Colo.
March 6 – Big Nac Festival – Nacogdoches, Texas
March 18 – Music City Roots – Franklin, Tennessee
March 27 – Fitzgerald’s, Houston
May 30 – John Hartford Memorial Festival – Morgantown, Ind.
July 25 – Rockygrass – Lyons, Colo.
Find out more about this exciting band at WoodAndWireBand.com.
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