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Purple Rain was recorded live! Witness the brilliance of Prince.

I've long been a fan of him, and regard him as one of the best living musicians and one of the greats of all time, but this video has brought that appreciation to a whole new level. 

I never knew this, but Purple Rain, the classic and perfect anthem of the 80's, was almost entirely recorded live at a real concert. There were a few overdubs to add strings, guitar riffs, and such, and a few sections were cut out, since this version is 13 minutes long. But for the most part in, the bulk of the song is intact and was performed live, in one take, including the famous guitar riff going out, which he more than likely made up on the spot. 

Oh what I would give to return to the era when pop musicians were this talented. 

The Recording of Purple Rain Live w/Commentary
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I've decided that if there is one characteristic necessary for success in the creative fields, it's having a thick forehead. 

Because on everyone project, there comes a point where you hit a wall and it will go no further. The idea runs out, you can't figure out what you're after, the vision is fuzzy, the psyche is low, the gear isn't working. And you either say that's it, that's as far as it goes; or you kneel down in front of it, like a samurai confronts his enemy, and you slam your head into it as long as you have to until you break through. 

Then with blood running down your face, you see clearly— and the project moves up to the next level. 

Vision, skill and gear are all important, and in that order. But if you aren't willing to bleed your way through the wall, you'll get shut down before long.
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Preventing Cable Company F*ckery, aka, Net Neutrality.

"The Internet as we know it is not broken— and the FCC intends to fix that."

This topic is of vital importance (and is also well done an entertaining). Net Neutrality is the building block of the internet, and is the basis for the free speech and level playing field that has launched startups and toppled governments. If this happens, it will be a huge step back towards a system where only a few people truly have a voice and those in power are the only ones with influence.

"These companies have Washington in their pocket to an almost unbelievable degree. The guy who used to run the cable industry's lobbying arm, is now running the industry tasked with regulating it. With the fact that they are basically overseeing their own oversight, it's no surprise that cable companies are basically monopolies now."
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Creative Style

Finding your own style is a long slow process of figuring out all the things you don't like. What you're left with is your style. The hard part is coming out of that process with love for what you found, instead of just hating on everything you left behind.
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Cool!
Even cooler because I got one of those last weekend in "olive" w/no hood.

Was clearance at REI for 140 and with my credits and coupons I paid 30 bucks out of pocket.

I wish they would tell you what the jacket with a standard fleece and base layer would equate to in some sort of cold temperature like they do with sleeping bags.

I'm still wondering if it will be as warm as the Patagonia I've been using for the past 7 years.


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Possibility is a wide as the space you create for it.

The wonderful yoga teacher Meghan Stockdale dropped that little bit of wisdom on me this morning. It really resonated with me and reminded me of a thought I was had the other day.

A big part of creativity is allowing yourself to indulge in ideas that you're 97% sure are stupid. That's where you find the magic. That's where you find new techniques. That's where you find you're style.

I used to get in trouble for intentionally doing things that were stupid because I wanted to see what would happen, now I make my living doing it.

Go and do likewise. 
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Powerful stuff.

The recent ruling in #Egypt should be bone-chilling to anyone who cares about photography, writing, journalism or free society. 
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Sooo slick. The biggest problem I had with FCPX so far was the inability to adjust the speed ramping transition time. It never seems to feel right, and I always wanted control over it. Now I do, woohoo!
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No wait. I think I get it. 
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Nice Vid Ben!

What a nice setup he has!
I gotta buy a barn!!

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Just got done with the memorial service for my grandfather, and what a life! I loved hearing story after story of what a life well lived sounds like, and hearing what he meant to so many different people, especially to his kids.

Learning more about his life has certainly raised the bar for how I hope to live my own. He was an honest, hardworking man, who held nothing higher than his family and faith, and believed that success and good fortune were to be used to help others.

He taught me a lot about perspective and if you ever asked how he was doing, no matter what was going on, the answer always came back the same— Fabulous. When my mom asked how he was doing, on one his last days in the hospital, she got the same answer— and he said that was excited to be going home.

I wasn't able to come down to Florida while he was passing, but I spent a day, wrote this song and sent it to my mom to play for him, so a part of me could be there at his bedside.

I was honored to find out this morning that this was the song everyone chose for the processional as we carried his casket out.

Rest in Peace, Pop!

http://soundcloud.com/generalbenson/fabulous-going-home/s-9iTq4
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My condolences, Ben. Remember the fun times spent with him.
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I'm a professional Adventure Photographer. Staf Photographer for BACKPACKER, Mag, Climbing Mag, Urban Climber and the other publications of the Active Interest Media Outdoor Group.
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Professional Adventure Photographer, DP, Pentax Shooter and Tall Guy. Life's an adventure, shoot it!
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Survived High School. Went to Beklee College of Music for a bit as a Drumset Performance Major. I didn't find photography, it found me. I'm 6'7 and it's not as cool as you think. I was once accused by a landlord of living too moist of a lifestyle.
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