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Syba, the patriot. More below.

Official video for “Faces” from the “Other Places” album by Beloved Binge.

I can’t recall the exact year, but I probably wrote Faces in Seattle around 2004. We recorded the song in 2006 at Zero Return Studios in Atlanta’s Cabbage Town neighborhood. It was our first “professional” recording experience, and one we’ll not forget soon.

Recording “Faces”

Rob and I crammed in about 14 songs in two days, including mixing and mastering, all analog.  Our recording engineer smoked non-stop, and Rob exhibited nicotine withdrawal symptoms as we made our way home.  The engineer, who was friendly and kind to us, was so authentically in love with analog that other employees had to remove all computers from his mixing/recording room prior to his arrival (to avoid upsetting him).

We took our analog reels and left that studio smiling like clowns. But not as scary.

Creating the “Faces” video

Due to other obligations, a video was never made for this song. Well, almost a decade later, I’m correcting that!

On our last road trip/tour I took a series of photos as we traveled across country touring with our band and visiting family.  I called them “Syba Selfies” since they were of our dog Syba in all the places we visited.

It was a ton of fun to capture all of Syba’s varying expressions and map out our route in the little Westfalia Vanagon passenger mirror. Hope you like it too!

PS…

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Video editing by Porch Life Productions
Photos by: Eleni Binge with iphone
Actor: #SybaSelfie
On this track: Drums = Rob Beloved, Guitar & vox = Eleni Binge
Dog: Syba, 13 year old husky/shepherd
Locations: Everywhere from NC to NYC to Toronto to Seattle to California to New Orleans to Tennessee and back.

It’s easy to stand

Milan Kundera

…when everyone else is standing. But I’ll get into that momentarily.  For now – I just finished another excellent book by Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.  Calling it a book seems crude somehow, for in these pages Kundera no less than invites you to dive into the fundamental workings of society at large and humanity in the specific. Aphorisms glide from character to paragraph, and beyond recognition there is an understanding that articulates itself so fluidly you hardly notice since you agree so enthusiastically. Kundera is one of about three or four authors that makes me feel … Keep goin’

How to make better decisions, tip #2/3

Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work

Explore how to make better decisions using the tools and principles shared in Dan and Chip Heath’s book Decisive.  This is the second of three installments, where I share tip #2: Playing the role (implementation). Read act one here. Number two tool to make decisions? Play the role (no acting experience necessary). Once you have made your decision predictions using nothing other than your fake friends and wild imagination, it’s time to test them out a little before investing too much. Here are a few of my favorite ways to change “either/or” into “and,” thus both “widening your options” and … Keep goin’

I don’t like people

Beloved Binge

In my other life, I am the drummer for “misfit pop” duo Beloved Binge.  One of our more popular songs, interestingly enough, is about not liking (but trying to like!) people. I’ve uploaded a new video for the song – and wanted to share with you, too.  Featuring old Atari E.T. video game footage, and other space adventure, because: Nothing says alienation like aliens.   I don’t like people Do you like people?  How are you trying?     … Keep goin’