When I first picked up a camera, I started capturing people in a specific moment, I loved it, I still do. Through photography I learned to really enjoy and comprehend the art of storytelling. Over the past 4 months I’ve documented Jon Bellion, Blaque Keyz, Bernard Julien, Travis Mendes, Mylon Hayde, Joe Scuccimarri, Andre Lyles and George Benavides, all rehearsing for their first show in NYC on December 19th at SOB’s. The show sold out. During each rehearsal I studied their body language and the relationships between them, both of which helped me document their journey leading up to the show. 

The process was a challenge for everyone involved, late nights going over the set-list, leaving the rehearsal studio at 2 am to catch the train for their 9-5, even missing the gym and having to work-out while rehearsing (Jon and Travis). A few of the songs were difficult to learn to play live but once they got in the groove there was an organic flow of creative energy. Each band member has a story to tell, in this documentary I tapped into each one. You’ll learn their individual stories and discover the immense respect they have for each other as masters of their dedicated crafts. 

To help film the actual show, I enlisted the assistance of Stan Chan and Cali Prince, meeting them during the rehearsal process. Instead of starting to shoot, I asked that we first spend time simply watching and studying the band member’s interactions. As rehearsal progressed I pointed out details and moments I wanted captured. Taking this extra time to learn the movements and mannerisms of the band turned out to be invaluable while filming the concert. 

This group of guys are not just band members, they’re a family, and I am extremely inspired to work with such talented individuals. Being a part of this project has also made me a better filmmaker. We are Beautiful Mind! 


December 1974

It has been speculated on Dark Horse that it’s status was  possibly  a  concept album. ‘Harrison’s character, “Hari”, begins the album in concert – “Hari’s on Tour” – after which the listener learns of the trappings of his rock 'n’ roll lifestyle, with “Simply Shady”, and his unhappiness at the root of it, in “So Sad”. By the end of the original LP’s side one, Hari has denounced all things māyā and begins side two determined to “Ring out the old, ring in the new”. This determination becomes defiance in the title track, after which Hari, his identity and purpose re-established, is able to embrace the universal in “Far East Man” before re-affirming his faith and spiritual journey with the album closer. Dark Horse to be a “remarkably revealing album” and writes: “Any voyeur who wanted to know the intimate details of his personal life didn’t need to buy national enquirer they just needed to hear this disc."While bemoaning the state of Harrison’s voice and the "sonic patchwork” nature of the set, resulting from the truncated approach to recording, Leng notes that both “So Sad” and “Far East Man” were received positively when first released on albums by Alvin Lee, Mylon  LeFevre  and Ron Wood , respectively. The difference in winter 1974–75 was that, by championing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music segments during the tour and neglecting his duties as an ex-Beatle in America, Harrison had “committed the cardinal  counterculture sin – he had rejected 'rock 'n’ roll’.

On the back cover, Harrison is pictured sitting on a garden bench, the back timbers of which are apparently carved with his name and that of the album. Similar to Harrison’s attire in the outdoor scenes of the "Ding Dong, Ding Dong” video clip, Simon Leng refers to his appearance here as resembling the Jethro Tull character “Aqualung”. Terry Doran’s photo, given the same orange hue as the one inside the gatefold, was also used on some European picture sleeves for the “Ding Dong” and “Dark Horse” singles around this time.


Before & After!

Mylo did so well with his haircut today!!! He sat by himself for the first time and he didn’t whine or cry or try to escape or anything like I thought he would attempt! He was very serious the entire time. He didn’t even flinch with the razor at his ear, he just talked about his shoes instead. I kept telling him the entire time how impressed and proud I was of him while specifically explaining everything the hairdresser did. Afterwards they offered him a dum dum and he tried to take the entire basket! Cutie.

As for the cut, I really like it except for the bangs. I’m not a fan of blunt straight across bangs that short on boys, but I think within a few weeks of it growing out, they’ll look a lot better. I really like the style, though! I’ve been playing with it all day.

I can’t wait until he’s old enough to tell me how he wants it, though. I always feel pretty guilty when we cut it. Hahaha