In May I shared my 30 Day Movie Challenge, which listed 30 categories of my movie favorites. Having enjoyed making such a list, I did it again and recently completed the 30 Day Music Challenge to name a song per category each day for one month.
For the past month, I’ve followed a coupe friends’ lead by taking part in the 30 Day Movie Challenge. This involved responding each day to 30 categories about movie favorites. Now that the “challenge” is over, here’s a collection of my responses — many of which I’ve reconsidered, but I’ll leave it.
Favorite Movie: Breaking Away
Last Movie I Watched: Mad Dog with Soul
Favorite Action-Adventure Movie: Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Favorite Horror Movie: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Looking through my archives, I realize just how many photographs I shot of Samuel “Meuwl” Harshbarger, who we lost seven years ago today. Though there are plenty of images Sam already on this site, I always seem to find more I want to share — including the first image I ever took of him in 2006 (above) and the last in 2008 (bottom).
This past weekend I went to Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown for a Peaches show. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out the opening act was a familiar name — Christeene. Christeene is a drag artist from Austin performed by Paul Soileau. When I lived in Austin, I knew many of Christeene’s creative collaborators including PJ Raval and Otis Ike. So I’d met Paul and photographed Christeene on a few occasions. This is one of the tamest images I have of Christeene from a 2010 show with Katey Red and Big Freedia at Scoot Inn in Austin.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently joined Men in Blazers to name his soccer team comprised of only musicians. I haven’t seen Lars’s list, but because he is a mediocre drummer who likes to sue music fans, I’m sure his lineup is about as interesting as any Metallica album after 1991. Instead, I’ve come up with my own team. Some are musicians who have in fact played. Some I only wish did.
Fleetwood is 6’6″ and as Fleetwood Mac’s drummer has quick hands and is used to sitting in the back while the glory happens in front of him.
I recently read Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 feature with Descendants frontman Milo Aukerman. As part of the 5-10-15-20 series, artists talk about the music that made an impact on them throughout their lives, five years at a time. I got to thinking about this for myself, and since Pitchfork will never ask me, I thought I’d share my own.
5: Elvis Presley
Pretty much all of my early exposure to music was from riding in the car with my father. That involved a constant rotation classic country such as Conway Twitty and George Jones or oldies like Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. Most of all, it was Elvis, his favorite singer.