Welcome to the first of my series of Special Reports as I inch closer to the 300th post.
Don’t mind me mumbling. Commentary is my only option for talking points.
I couldn’t be more excited to release this post as I’ve been wanting to do it for a very long time. The initial idea was to gather up all my “Last Call…” pictures and turn it into a video. As I was collecting it all, it turns out that I have too many to fit into one song. And so I decided to narrow it down to what I think favored the most by my blog readers. I actually did one a long time ago with the post, Kaleidoscope World, but the pictures and music are separated. I wanted to kick it up a notch as one whole video. I had this idea in mind for a very long time, but I never knew what the process is on how to create a video with pictures. When sixdegreephotography posted one for her anniversary post, it gave me inspiration and confidence that I’ll be able to execute it. I BEG of you to see the video she created.
It’s not hard to create. The hardest part was timing each pictures to match the lyrics of the song background. I had everything perfectly timed, but when I uploaded it, it didn’t do what I wanted it set up. The majority is still good, but some portions the timings are off. I used KilpMix application to create this. The very first Last Call picture is also the one I put first on the video.
I had this idea for a very long time, and for me, the song selection is crucial. I listened, listened, listened to my CD’s trying to find the right song to use for this video. The very first song I really had in mind was Francis M’s “Girl Be Mine”. But due to circumstances :D, the song doesn’t fit anymore. I wasn’t sure if I want more of a feel-good or lively song. I was thinking maybe a Dave Matthews Band, possibly “Two Steps“. Or maybe a Jack Johnson. I thought of instrument-only songs. The closest one was “The Great Release” by LCD Soundsystem. Another is one of the scores of the movie, The Social Network. But having a movie soundtrack, I thought, is pushing it too much. I also had this guy, Adam Monroe, in mind. He does amazing covers and plays piano incredibly. The ultimate closest was “Arizona” by Kings of Leon. Sound-wise it is perfect, but the length is insufficient for me and the lyrics just don’t fit well.
I ended up with “You’re Free To Fly Tonight” by Savage Garden. Yes, Savage Garden is that 90’s duo band that a lot of people think are cheesy. Their albums and songs are excellent in my opinion. When I was thinking of the song to use, I was only deciding on sound. When I collected my Last Calls, I found that a lot of the pictures matches with the lyrics. I love the lyrics. It was inspired by a poem. You can interpret it in many ways, but the very bulk of the song meaning is actually about death, a dedication to someone who died. And so I have the right picture to end the song. see BLAQUE. I love, love playing this song when I’m on the road driving at night.
When I don’t know how to end a post, I resolve into posting a Last Call picture. 😀 It doesn’t necessarily be a winning picture. It’s also great for when I have a distinct picture but it doesn’t really belong to the very core topic of my post. Thank you for always paying attention at my Last Calls … here is The Best of Last Calls…
Here is MK Photographs and his post – Thank You, Mom!