Desktop Background – April 2013

Low (2012) - a row of lillies outside the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, DC

Low (2012)

Well, it’s that time of year again. The pranksters will be all over the Internet and in the offices of America, pulling off hijinks on their fellow man. Unfortunately for me, I’ve given up that lifestyle for the most part so I have nothing planned this year, not even for you fine people. The truth is, and this really is the truth, it crept up on me and I was not ready so I’m just going with the “I’m too grown up for this” mindset, even though we both know I’m not.

With that said, I’m going to do the opposite of an April Fool’s joke… I’m going to do something nice with absolutely no strings attached. Can you believe it? Right now, some of you are thinking that this has to be a joke. That’s the crappy part of April Fool’s Day – no matter what you do or how nice you are, everyone thinks it’s just fake and the bomb will drop any minute.

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Well, dear folks, I promise you that you will wake up tomorrow and see there is no hole in the ground from where that bomb fell because there isn’t one this time. Simply put, not only did I forgot April Fool’s this year, but I forgot about March completely. Not the month, but the free downloadable background. I had one made up and just never got around to doing the blog post. So… for April, you get not just one, but two free backgrounds to add to your collection and use this month.

The first one is a shot you may have seen before if you have browsed through my portfolios. I took this shot during last year’s trip to Washington, DC. I already did a blog post about these lilies so we will just skip over the story (there really isn’t much to it… I laid on the ground to get the angle and people thought I was acting funny) and move to the more exciting tale of the second shot.

Promises in the Dark

Pat Benatar, singing, with husband Neil Girardo playing piano

Pat Benatar (2012)

As anyone who knows me personally can tell you, not only am I a professional photographer, but I’m also a professional musician. I’m also a total music nut. You know the guy who can tell you which guest players were on which tracks on a particular album? Yeah… that’s me.

Growing up, I was raised on a whole range of music. My dad introduced me to southern rock, Johnny Cash, the Highwaymen, Kenny G, Garth Brooks, The Judds and more while mom covered Motown, 80’s pop, classical jazz, classic rock like Simon & Garfunkel and the Beatles, and more. One of mom’s favorite singers was Pat Benatar; she was especially envious of Pat’s long black sailor coats that she wore onstage.

When I started diving headfirst into my own musical exploration in high school, and then, college, I quickly fell in love with Pat’s sound as well. When she announced a tour date in Bloomington, Illinois when I was in college, I bought tickets immediately. Unfortunately, the place was pretty bare and the turnout was horrible for such a rock legend. But, even with that going on, Pat, and her band, including her amazing guitarist husband, Neil Girardo, came out and rocked the hell out of the place.

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When I left that night, I thought I’d never see Pat perform again. She had admitted to being tired of being on the road at times and I felt that this last round of touring would make her want to stay home and call it a day for good. Imagine my surprise when I found out she was hitting the road again last year, only three years after I saw her the last time, and this time around, she was coming to the Peoria Civic Center.

The first time I saw Pat, I wasn’t really into photography, and regretted not having a camera worth shooting with then, but this time around, you better believe I grabbed my trusty 70-300mm lens and hit the show. As you can see, I ended up with some amazing material and I’m so very glad I got to see her once again.

No matter what anyone might say, she is simply one of the greatest female voices of this generation and can still rock her ass off to this day.

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