Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Life is meant to be enjoyed not just endured"

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with tasks that are set in front of me. Taking over 15 hours of school coupled with a part time job working promotions/events for KSL broadcasting tends to leave me with little time to really sit back and relax. Just yesterday I realized it's been almost an entire month since i've played my guitar. I use to maybe at most go two weeks without playing it.

 Even then I thought it was a almost a cardinal sin. I would spend an hour or two playing my guitar to unwind from a long day at work or school. It's where i clear my head from the world and express feelings i can't always convey other ways. In some ways I feel more like me the moment I pick up the guitar and learn a song I love or write one of my own. I only share this to say don't forget to experience the little things you love to do.

Even if you seem too busy with school or work remember they are what make you "you". Life's too short. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and do what makes you feel free. I for one will do my best to follow my own advice.

Your poker face ain't fooling nobody, nobody here
We've all felt the flame and shed those same tears
Driving home to a one man hell, still counting years, still counting years
Hey brother we're all learning to love again
'Cause that was the real you running through the fields of gold wide open
Standing in places no picture contains
That was the real you, windows down, we could smell the mint fields crying
Sing with the radio to song we can't name
That was the real
You saying, "Maybe I'm not too young to be a cowboy."
Hey brother, we're all learning to love again-Mat Kearney "Learning to Love Again"

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jose Gonzalez - Far Away from Red Dead Redemption

One of my favorite games of all time also happens to have one of my favorite songs of all time. Please enjoy this and if you haven't played this game yet GET OFF YOU BUTT AND GET IT.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Music Picks

Imagine Dragons 
 A band I never really paid attention to til a couple months ago. (I'm lame I know). These guys hail from Provo and Las Vegas so they're pretty much all local guys. I really dig their ep and can't wait for their album coming out in September. Check out them live on Leno! 

Passion Pit
I loved their old cd and the new one that came out a couple weeks ago doesn't disappoint. I might enjoy it more because the vocals I feel are much more refined and the songs are just as catchy as ever. I was so upset when they had to cancel their show in SLC, but thankfully I have their new album to tide me over.

I saw her at foster the people and really liked how much emotion she exuded during her brief set and extra song she sang with foster the people later that night. She also has a style I find refreshing.

Avett Brothers

Ive become obsessed with them ever since I saw them live a few weeks ago. They played this new song off their upcoming record and it's made the wait unbearable. Check out other songs like "at the beach" and "November blue" on YouTube as well.

You've probably heard the song "ho hey" on a few tv commercials, but the band is far from a one hit wonder. They have a folksy sound similar to blindpilot and head and the heart. Highest recommend!

Of Monsters and Men
In the same vein of Lumineers we have this band from iceland who have gotten increasingly popular from their single "little talks" being played on the radio. Check out this amazing live acoustic version!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Personal Experiences and Lessons from Working at KSL

It's been over a year since I began working at KSL (it's amazing how fast time flies) and it feels like it was just yesterday that I began working in the world of broadcast media. It has been the most fun I've ever had and the best job I've ever had. It's been quite a ride these last few months and I've learned a lot of great/funny things about working in the media (especially in promotions).

1. People REALLY love free stuff-

This may seem like no brainier to you, but I don't think I can stress this enough...PEOPLE LOVE FREE STUFF. It doesn't matter what it is, if it's free and you put it on a table someone will take it. Chip clips, chap stick, jar openers (yep we really give those away), magnet clips, you name it and it can be gone quicker than you can say, "Hey, feel free to take some KSL swag." We sometimes get the people who frequent our booths who I know by name. Now I'm saying taking free stuff is a bad thing and I myself enjoy a chip clip as much as the next guy, but you shouldn't be making up family members so you can grab one or two (or three, or four) more things. Wait, how many grandpas did you say you had? and how many brothers and sisters? hmmmm. Also when people try to subtly (well not at all subtly) try to slip a few extra note pads in their purse...If you need them that badly I think an intervention is in order (or maybe a TV deal to be hoarders? cha-ching)

2. It's always better to over prepare

One of the biggest lessons I had to learn early on was to take the responsibility to do prep work myself. KSL owns three radio stations in the Salt Lake area as well as KSL TV and when you put them all together that's a lot of events to plan and set up. With so much going on it becomes clear that you become responsible for the events you sign up and for the extra time to prepare for them. My bosses are busy trying to juggle multiple events at a time and it becomes up to you to put everything together. In essence I have to be really self motivated in making sure everything is ready for you before events. Coming in early to make sure you have everything you need and staying late making sure that stuff is put back and that whoever is working something the next day knows where everything is. A lot of times it takes longer to get stuff together than the actual stuff I work, but I've learned it's better to over prepare than to go to a event/live broadcast missing something essential to it. 

3. Think on your feet-

Anyone who works in broadcast media and media promotions can tell you about stuff going wrong from time to time (or most of the time? I kid I kid) and the proverbial shit hits the fan. At those times it's always best to over prepare (see #2) for every possible circumstance. What if it gets windy and rainy outside? I sure hope I brought some sandbags to weight down the tent!! Power outages? Bring a generator! Sound system dies 5 minutes before your suppose to drive on a parade route? (true story) take it down asap and play the station through the car stereo! Sometimes you just have to wing and go with your gut and trust it. From my own experience it almost never fails! When something doesn't go write just make sure to remember it in the future to make sure it doesn't happen again. I've been able to see myself becoming more meticulous at planning for any unforeseen circumstances.

3. Never be afraid to ask questions-

As I said before sometimes It's hard to get the whole story on events your working with so many going on all at once (summer will be a killer), but that doesn't mean you should be afraid to ask questions. If anything it means you should be more assertive in asking them so that you know what your in for. Why try winging something when you have the knowledge and experience in front of you of your superiors or even co-workers? Like the saying goes two heads are better than one. The more you know about what's expected and what's going on the better.

4. DJs and News Anchors are human! Just like you and me (expect are way cooler)  

Surprisingly TV/Radio personalities aren't nearly as scary as they seem! I've been able to talk to them a lot at events and realize they're actual just regular people (with very public jobs). It's been awesome getting to know them and to be able to learn more about how they got to where they are. They have kids going through high school, fishing trips, family reunions and weddings. It's really cool to hear about it because it's something you don't think about much when you hear/see on the radio/TV. I really enjoy a good conversation and love to be asked about their hobbies (they especially like to talk about stuff not revolving around work). It's been awesome to make such a connection with them!

5. A good attitude can go along way-

No matter how hard of a day at work it's been I've learned to have a good attitude. How many people can say they do what I do and get paid for it?? I've had a lot of crappy jobs in my life (Carl's Jr., Target, concrete cutting, plumber) which have really humbled me in knowing what a great job and place I work at right now. If I can project that to the listeners and the viewers then that's like half the job right there!

These are just some of the things I've learned in the last year and I can see that they've not only helped me learn about how media promotions work but how to become a better and more responsible person in my whole life. I look forward to learning and experiencing more in this next year :).

Monday, May 14, 2012

"We read to know we are not alone"

There's something that has been on my mind and has bugged me  for awhile and that is that I love reading and I find it sad that we have a hard time finding the opportunities to read ( i can understand it being a challenge to find the time, I myself have a a huge backlog of books myself.) books can be a larger and more engrossing experience. I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on. I was really obsessed with star wars when i was a kid. I loved animorphs, harry potter, and tons of other great books. Reading the book of mormon changed my life and a lot of books have opened up my mind to looking at the world in different ways such as 1985, frankenstein, the alchemist, the peace giver, catcher and the rye. I remember reading the 6th and 7th harry potter books in 4 days as i went camping with my family. there's nothing more therapeutic than spending time outside in the peace and quite enjoying a good book. don't get me wrong i enjoy playing games, watching movies as much as anybody, but there's nothing quite like reading a perfectly paced book. I would never trade the time i've spent with a great book.  

I remember working an event for my job where I met an adult who couldn't reading my heart was crushed and made me thankful for the blessing it is to read. how many of us actually have been grateful for that gift? I understand we live in a world where we are busier and where we often would rather watch a quick tv show online, check Facebook, watch netfli rather than reading a good book. To me It illuminate my imagination and opens my mind to new ways of thinking and ideas. Studies have show if you don't use your memory, it becomes more and more difficult to remember facts that you have read.It is really satisfying to look at a shelf of books and say, "I've read every one of those!"I felt this way once I read all 7 Harry Potter books. I don't mean to stand on a soap box with this issue but i just wanted to hopefully shed light on why reading is so important in my life and hope that this post can make someone buy that book your friends have been talking about or maybe a series that you've always wanted to check out. Give reading a chance and you won't regret it! (sorry if that last line sounds like it's from an after school special). 
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. 
 - Confucius

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries. 
 - Descartes

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quote of the Week

“Do you remember what a cultural phenomenon homemade nachos were? If you are under thirty, you probably don’t even realize there was a time when people didn’t have nachos. We just stood around eating crackers.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quote of the Week

“Good books are as friends, willing to give to us if we are willing to make a little effort.” 
 Gordon B. Hinckley

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Life's a Happy Song

So I know it's been along time since I've shared some new music with all of you so I thought I should pick up the slack and share not just like one or two bands but five bands I've been totally enjoying over the last few weeks! I tell you what there's not much like listening to some good music to cast worries aside. C.S. Lewis once said, "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." I hope you enjoy a few of my fav tracks and as friends your able to have these songs that have touched me can touch your heart as well. Check these bands out in your free time. Trust me they're legit and you won't regret it.

Good Old War

Avalanche City


Family of the Year

Avett Brothers

Friday, April 6, 2012

Favorite Concerts of 2011

Ok so I know I'm totally late on this blog post but with busy school and work schedule I think I deserve a free pass just this once right? please? Oh and I know that Guns N Roses aren't really in their "prime' anymore but I couldn't help but put them on this list because of a love of 80's rock and the fact I got to go because of my job working for arrow 103.5 so that alone makes it worthy of the list.

Foo Fighters
Ben Folds
Head and the Heart
Guns N Roses
Arcade Fire
Winsdor Drive
Small Town Sinners (RIP)
Joshua Radin

Quote of the Week

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.-George Washington

Friday, March 30, 2012

Quote of the Week

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” 
-Audrey Hepburn 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Inspiring Quote of the Week

So I love quotes and I probably spend a good amount of time looking for inspiring ones on the internet and in books.  I thought maybe I'd share some of my personal favorites on the blog once a week. Let me know some of your favorite quotes! 

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. -- William Shakespeare

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

More proof George Lucas has gone insane

I have to say the more I see of Kinect Star Wars the more I think it's going to suck. When I first saw this game I thought it had some potential. It has pod racing and lightsaber battles so how could you screw that up? How about adding a dance game? Yep, they decided to add a "Dance Central" type of mini game for some reason. Nothings quite as disturbing as watching stormtroopers dancing to a Village People song. Yikes. (fast forward to about :50 sec in). 

Friday, February 3, 2012


All the trees and the dead leaves
it must be fall-ing in love with you

all the sand in my pockets hand
i wish you'd start hanging out with me

baby won't you come with me
there's someplace that i wanna be
help me out by holding onto my hand
the stars are out, the crowd's thinned out
walk with me down to the water
and the horizon will be the only thing we'll see

all the neon, the phosphorescence
it can't be serious right now

we roll our jeans up, wade out a little
splash around to make the colors grow

ah ah

maybe we could take a ride
down to where the hills collide
fireflies are calling out your name
and the grass beneath you feet it just smells so sweet
no i can't love anymore than i do today

all the times that you were scared
you were ok cause you'd be here someday

na na na na na
where'd you get that face
na na na na na
your dank face

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Inspiring words

All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
Conan O’Brien 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut

It never ceases to amaze me how many creative minds are online.  A few years ago Casey Pugh dissected Star Wars: A New Hope into 473, 15-second clips and asked other Star Wars fans to recreate one of these clips however they wanted to. He then stitched these clips together into a full-length remake of the film. The Director's Cut is finally online so check it out. I think it's one of the coolest/funniest things I've ever seen. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Martin Luther King

With Martin Luther King Jr day coming up tomorrow I thought it was appropriate to write something and share his famous speech. I admire men like Martin Luther King for his undying passion for equality and for trying to make the world a better place. He believed in the teachings and philosophy that Ghandi taught of nonviolent protest and though he died relatively young his words have and will continue to echo for generations. Ghandi once said, "be the change you want to see in the world" and he truly did all he could to follow that saying...I hope I can do the same. 

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
                Free at last! Free at last!
                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

-Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington
August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Something to Think About

“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”

-John Steinbeck

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Years Goals

I like the term goals as apposed to resolutions. I always have felt the idea of resolutions to be a rather tall order. To have a resolution to me means to resolve something in your life once and for all. I think this is a good idea in theory but the idea that I won't go back to doing something again seems a little to ambitious which may be why so many people fail at them. I decided goals were probably the better way to go. My mission president taught me that it's much easier to keep a goal if we simply take it day by day. Then it doesn't seem so hard of a task! So here are some of the simple goals i'm trying to get done this year.

  • Eating healthier-less eating out and focusing on eating more veggies. 
  • Limit my soda intake-one soda a day at most. 
  • go to the gym twice a week and staying active whenever I can't find the time to go. (I think having a kinect will help with this)
  • do a good deed and say kind words every day. 
  • read, read, read! 
  • pay fast offerings
  • keep a scripture study journal
  • go to the temple twice a month 
  • making decisions more prayerfully
  • Play a show 
  • Finish my EP 
  • Decide on a specific major
  • Move out of my parents place