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December Background – Jackson Browne

"Tender is the Night" - Jackson Browne (2011)

“Tender is the Night”

It’s been a crazy year and yet, here we are, bundling up in layers from the cold, sharpening our shovels for impending snow, dodging old men and soccer moms out doing their holiday shopping, and counting down the days until 2013 or December 21st, if you’re a Mayan.

Growing up, I always enjoyed the holiday season, but never really knew what coming together with family was truly like until I was out of high school and in college. That’s when I realized that family wasn’t accessible the way they were when I was a kid; people move, jobs change, and we all scatter around like jacks tossed on the ground.

It wasn’t until I didn’t have my family at arm’s length anymore that I started to learn, and am still learning, about the value of time spent and time received. The first half of 2012 feels like I was sprinting through the New York Marathon while I spent the second half as equally busy, but with a better handle on the pacing. I’ve come to realize that I’m starting to slow down, and not in a “I’m out of college, this is sad, where did my life go?” type of slow, but a “take a deep breath, live in the moment, and take it all in” sort of way.

About the Image

Well, enough with all the reflections and sappy nonsense, let’s talk about our new desktop background, the last one for 2012. I went the entire year without a single concert image and I couldn’t help myself; I love music and I love photography so getting to experience both at the same time is a thrill beyond almost anything else I know.

A few years ago, I rediscovered Jackson Browne and I did it in a way that would forever change my view of him as a musician. In high school, when I was really into classic rock, Jackson Browne was the guy who helped The Eagles get started with “Take It Easy” and he did that song in Forrest Gump… ummm… “Runnin’ on Empty,” but that’s where our relationship ended –  just the singles and nothing more.

Flash forward to 2009 and you’ll find me stumbling upon one of my favorite songs ever written, “The Pretender,” featured in Mr. Holland’s Opus. I immediately downloaded the song and discovered it was Jackson Browne. This was followed up by a discovery of Jackson’s acoustic live albums and a mass downloading and listening to those for a solid six months.

Since then, I’ve put Jackson Browne firmly up on my list of greatest “writes for the average American” songwriters, only to be shared with John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. What’s that mean? For me, these three have captured what it means to be a middle-class, hard-working American and all aspects of life and relationships experienced there.

Anyway, to wrap this up, last year Jackson Browne made a stop off in Peoria during the same week as my birthday and, as if that wasn’t awesome enough, he was performing… you guessed it… solo acoustic, just the man, the piano and the guitar, like those albums I have played so regularly over the years.

Wait… there’s more! Not only was Jackson playing a solo acoustic show near my birthday in my city of residence, but he was doing it in the theatre, which, for me, means perfect access to shoot with my camera. And, that’s what this photograph is: the great Jackson Browne, playing his music in the way it was originally written – stripped down and honest.

Please Note: I’m trusting all of you with these images. They are copyrighted, but I wish they didn’t have to be. With that in mind, please use them for their intended purpose and please don’t “steal” them; stealing is bad. Thanks!

Tuesday Viewsday: November 2012 Desktop Background

Author’s Note: Thanks to user (that’s me) error, the following post is being published the day after the election, but let’s pretend it’s still Tuesday!

Coming Apart - November 2012 Desktop Background

Coming Apart

Happy Election Day everyone! Isn’t this exciting? This is only the third presidential election that I have voted in, but somehow the air seems is a bit more charged than usual these days with anticipation about the outcome.

Remember, no matter who you vote for, I always encourage everyone to embrace their democratic calling and go vote.

In other news, my once-lush garden is now a bare patch of soil once again. This past weekend was the first time I can be home without traveling or meeting with clients so I was able to winterize the yard and the garden. Can I just say that Brussel sprouts are a b*tch to uproot?

And, of course, as if we didn’t have enough reminders that winter was quickly approaching, Saturday evening marked the fall back on the clocks. Is it just me or is the following day after always so much longer? Caitlin and I were working our tails off all day and when we looked at the clock, it was only 2 p.m.

Anyway, winter is approaching fast and I’m finally able to start my wrapping up of this year’s projects and photo edits. It is also that time of the year when I’m able to invest in new camera gear in preparation for next year’s shoots; there’s more to come on that soon. So, while we are all waiting for the snow and the cold to chase us inside once and for all for 2012, share in the last few rays of November with this free desktop background.

And, as always, there are versions for computers, tablets, and smartphones. Enjoy!

Please Note: I’m trusting all of you with these desktop backgrounds. They are copyrighted, but I wish they didn’t have to be. With that in mind, please use them for their intended purpose and please don’t “steal” them; stealing is bad. Thanks!

Desktop Background – October 2012

Illinois

Illinois

And just like that, summer is gone. It seems like we were just fighting off the sweltering heat and now we are flipping the thermostat from “cool” to “heat” and emptying the dirt from our potted plants.

With October comes mixed feelings from this photographer. Beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges light up the horizon like beacons among the greenery and make for a wonderful backdrop for portraits.

At the same time, the light fades from the sky so much more quickly now at the end of the day; by the time I’m home from the office, I’ve got about an hour to shoot if I’m lucky. Soon, I’ll be driving home in the dark, but with every winter comes another spring so I’ll just hold on to that.

While we all wait and watch as the days get shorter, enjoy this month’s free background available for desktops, tablets, and smartphones!

Please Note: I’m trusting all of you with these desktop backgrounds. They are copyrighted, but I wish they didn’t have to be. With that in mind, please use them for their intended purpose and please don’t “steal” them; stealing is bad. Thanks!

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