Have you ever looked at a photograph and felt like you’ve gotten the story, felt the emotion behind it, or have been transported to that time and place? That’s exactly how I felt when I saw the images of today’s wedding. It all began with a friendly dare.
Maria and Andregus met in 1999 during their freshman year at Fayetteville State University. She was a cheerleader and he was on the football…
“It was cool to photograph the wedding of two of my dear friends, a wedding date that happened to fall on my own birthday. Quite the gift to do what you love and to document memories for your friends that will last a lifetime.”
Zoë Pictures’ Johnny J. Jones on photographing Ashley and John’s wedding on August 8th, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.
A fan of weddings that are a bit more intimate (and fun), Johnny added, “They got married in a small art gallery and then basically had a house party in a bed and breakfast joint. It was dope.”
Martha and Justin’s love of science – he’s an astrophysicist, she’s a biologist – were clearly evident at their Durham, North Carolina wedding but the Bridesview team especially loves the test tube table markers and the wildflower centerpieces, as well as the way Carolyn Scott Photography managed to capture the fun spirit of the day!
About a month ago I mentioned that I’ve wanted to play with a Moog for thirty years. I’ve been rather enamored with the idea of the Moog ever since I saw Micky Dolenz play his Moog in “Daily Nightly.” Well… last week I got my chance!
It was one of those totally unplanned things. I was in North Carolina for a wedding and spent a couple of days exploring Asheville. My hotel shuttle passed a building with some funky artwork on the side, and I thought Hey! That looks like a Moog. Wait… That really does say Moog. A few minutes later (with the help of my phone) I learned that it was Moog factory and they give tours!
The tour starts in the Moog showroom where you can play with the synthesizers and theremins currently produced by the company. Yes, I said theremins. Robert Moog’s first business venture was selling theremin kits in the 1950s. He was successful enough that he put himself through college.
If you are unfamiliar with the sound of a theremin, think of the theme song to Star Trek or almost any horror or sci-fi movie from the mid 20th century.
Our wonderful tour guide demonstrated some of the techniques used to play a theremin. Theremins are played by ear and muscle memory, to some extent, and are a tough instrument to learn. There are only about four real theremin masters in the world today (all women, by the way).
Our guide also explained the basics of how a Moog synthesizer works, and gave us a brief history of their development.
We also got to walk through the currently factory (Moog’s fifth. The first was in New York) and see all the different models in various stages of assembly.
Today’s Moogs come in all different sizes.
The Mini Moog Model D is being produced again. It was introduced in 1970 as the first portable synthesizer.
“The guy’s name was Paul Beaver and he told me of this new musical thing called a Moog synthesizer. I as entranced. ‘You mean it can create any sound in the universe?’ I asked incredulously. ‘Any sound at all,’ Paul replied confidently. I had to have one.” - Micky Dolenz, I’m a Believer.
Moogs are all assembled by hand. Although they do sell some through some retailers like Guitar Center, most are made to order.
This one will have a larger three-tier cabinet.
“A few weeks later, we ere in the studio recording a Carole King tune called “Star Collector.” Mike was on guitar, peter on keyboards, and I was on the Moog synthesizer… At the time, all I could do was make it sound like a flaying saucer, so that’s what I did.” - Micky Dolenz, I’m a Believer
Before or after the tour, you can play around with the theremins and synthesizers in the showroom. They set you up with headphones, so you can make as many flying saucer sounds as you want to. It’s great fun.
If you are ever in Asheville, North Carolina, I highly recommend the Moog tour. You will learn a lot about the history behind one of the most iconic instruments in Monkees history.