So I’ve been working on a pitch at work for the last three days and today I got to edit some audio for it. It was really great. Okay, well it might have been super basic audio capturing in Garage Band. But it got me thinking. I really miss doing audio stuff. I had to piece a dialogue together for this little animation we are doing for the pitch. The only thing is, I don’t know very many programs. I’m not really great at learning on my own, places like Musician’s Institute are super expensive, and reading books are just so boring. But it was definitely invigorating. I’m thinking about it again. I keep going back and forth between writing and audio editing. The more I think about it, I like writing, but for myself only. I really think putting commercials together and messing with audio in terms of putting dialogue or radio spots is super fun. I had an internship two summers ago where I worked at a studio that produced radio spots. I had an amazing time, but what kept me from pursuing it was the money. It is a rather expensive investment. But I really enjoy doing it. I think I might choose to pursue it as a real career.
Denial. (laughs) I have an old friend who calls me a fame denier. It’s like his bad word for me. I don’t totally deny it, I just um, I think that fame or celebrity, whatever you want to call it, is um… it’s a by-product. And in being so it’s kind of a trap, and it’s not something to be um- that in it of itself, is not something to work towards. I think it’s distracting. So it’s appreciated and it’s humbling and it’s fun sometimes too. I was in a like a 30 person group hug like 4 weeks ago and it was awesome. Somebody grabbed my cock though and I’m not sure if it was a guy or a girl… but once again it’s the good, the bad, the ugly, the groping, whatever- oh! It was in New Zealand. It wasn’t a hard grope, it was just sort of a gentle pull. So, yeah… There are fruits to be picked of this whole fame thing…
Brandon Boyd, when asked how he deals with fame.
“Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.
The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood”, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.“
Ralph Ellison (1914-94) was born in Oklahoma and trained as a musician at Tuskegee Institute from 1933 to 1936, at which time a visit to New York and a meeting with Richard Wright led to his first attempts at fiction. Invisible Man won the National Book Award. Appointed to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964, Ellison taught at several institutions, including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University, where he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities.
View of musician, singer and actor Josh White, holding a guitar, with actress and singer Libby Holman performing in a concert at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Stamped on back: “Libby Holman, Josh White.” Handwritten on back: “Libby Holman concert with Josh White, Det. Institute of Arts, 3-6-45.”
Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library