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Cousin Affect – University of Arizona

Well I said I was going to put up some footage from our show at the University of Arizona…about 5 months ago…please accept my apology! Sometimes things get too busy and priorities shift, and once you’ve been away, it’s always harder to come back.

The setting, the stage, the weather, and obviously the band were all beautiful this night in Tucson, AZ back in October. For not having a show in quite some time (and having no practice), we were surprisingly sharp. The show went off without a hitch, and the T-Locs (Tucson Locals…U of A term…) were very accepting of our sound. It was an incredible experience for me personally since I attended school there from 2002 to 2006. Here’s a little highlight video I put together. Enjoy!

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He Shoots! He Scores! Hey, Goalie…

On Sunday I played ice hockey for the first time in my life. Any of you who are close to me know how huge of a hockey fan I am, and now the rest of you have been warned. I’ve spent lots of time on roller blades, but very limited time on ice skates. I hadn’t skated in about 5 years. Needless to say, I was a bit behind these guys that had been taking this instructional class for a few months, but I’ve always wanted to play. With all the things coming up in my music career this Spring, I see this as perhaps my last time for awhile to get out there and make it happen.

This is me standing in front of the goalie. A player out of the frame shot the puck towards the goal, and the object of the drill is to deflect the puck with your stick past the goalie. In this entertainment industry, I have noticed that lots of people take themselves way too seriously. Sometimes you have to take a step back, and have a solid laugh at yourself. And why not share an opportunity for others to laugh AT you?? So enjoy.

I will go on record to say that the puck WAS deflected…and that it DID go into the net. Check the goalie. He looks behind him. If you’re wondering, it’s my sister laughing mercilessly at me. I love you too.

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The Good Ol’ Hockey Game

This is not all about music. This is hockey. And this is why I love it. That’s all.

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The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

Thanks for everyone’s patience! I’ve learned that working out video editing glitches can be quite time consuming. In any case, we have seemingly solved the puzzle. If there is any discrepancy between the audio and video, just know that it wasn’t due to my lack of attention to detail (2005 throwback). That’s just how technology can be sometimes. But on the computers I’ve checked it on, it all looks good!

This is the first time I’ve spent a considerable amount of time on a cover song. I have mixed feelings. Unfortunately, in the age of The American X Factor Idol Voice, no one seems to be very interested in hearing original music anymore. Most local music scenes are even pushing out original local artists for cover bands. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cover band, but if we aren’t careful, cover bands might be playing the same set lists in 30 years! At the end of the day, I had to make this song my own a little. It’s just the only way I know how. Everything you hear was recreated or created in my studio. In relation to the time I put towards my original music, this endeavor pales in comparison so I hope you enjoy what came of it. I am happy with how it turned out. If you like what you see/hear please comment or, more importantly, share with your friends! There are links in the video to my original music. I still have this dream that someone will be covering a song I wrote someday.

Until then…

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She’s No Katie Peterson

I know I told everyone I would have the video I’ve been working on up today, but I’ve decided to wait just one more post. It is, in fact, finished, and I’m really happy with it. However, due to all the technical difficulties I’ve had, I want to put it through a few more tests before I launch it on the blog. As a result of this, I may or may not be creating a Vimeo account immediately for any and all videos to follow. YouTube just isn’t the place for high quality video!

In lighter news, this is an incredible video I saw recently. It hits me on more than a musical level as well. This song always reminds me of my sister, Kate. She would sing this song to get the family laughing when I was a kid (was?). When she’d hit that long high note, my mom would lose it. For any of you that have seen my mother take laughing to the next level, you know what I’m talking about. She just can’t hold back. There are a few things I can remember vividly making her do this, and this is one of them. I love my mom and sister.

Let’s get serious though, this girl is ridiculous. Seeing videos like this makes you realize how much talent is out there…just walking around in Walmart (ish). It’s scary. She’s the real deal, and I have absolutely NO idea who she is. Anyway, I love this song, and I’m not afraid to admit it. If you don’t get goosebumps watching it, then…don’t watch it anymore. I do feel sorry for most of you though. Trust me. This girl is good, but she’s no Katie Peterson.

The new video will be launched on the blog on TUESDAY (instead of Monday) at 4pm EST. Looking forward to it.

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Allen Stone – Unaware

Hey folks! I had a very different idea of how this post was going to look. I looked forward all weekend to putting up an original video of mine, but it was not to be. I’m currently having some technical difficulties with the audio. Although a majority of people probably wouldn’t notice, it is the curse of being a perfectionist when it comes to things like this! I was up all night trying to make it happen, but to no avail. I will figure it out before Thursday. I will figure it out before Thursday. I will figure it out before Thursday. Just psyching myself up.

This is Allen Stone. He’s an incredible singer. He sounds like something completely different than he looks. He’s one of my biggest inspirations in music, and this is the first video I ever watched of him singing. Thanks, Daniel Park (for showing me this video). I have seen him live, and he’s just as good. Watch it through to the end. There’s pay off. There’s no way I could have a “Inspired to Inspire” section and not include this guy. Enjoy everyone! I will figure it out before Thursday. I will figure it out before Thursday…

Ok. Back to work.

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Embry Riddle – Prescott, AZ

I am back in Chicago, and I already miss the group. I can’t wait to get back in October.

The time leading up to showtime is often hectic and hurried. Lots of times there is a band in front of you frantically (or as is the case with lots of bands…taking their sweet a** time!) trying to clear their gear off the stage. More often than not, you set up your stuff, you plug in, you do a quick sound check, and you’re off and running. Most audio engineers (apparently they don’t like when you call them “sound guys.” found that out the hard way) use the first song or two as their sound check. I always adjust my set lists accordingly. I’m certainly looking forward to the days when our sound checks are more like this one. Once we got set up, we were able to jam for a solid 30 minutes to make sure everything sounded perfect. It is such an advantage when schools allow us to do this, and I feel like the show experience is exponentially better when we’re given this opportunity. Most bands will agree, but I think it’s especially important for the Cousins to have perfect sound. This is a video I put together using the “sound check jam session” as the backing audio. It’s nothing special, but I feel it gives a little insight into how much the 7 of us love being around each other and how honored we feel to be able to play music for people who want to listen. Check the video out in HD 1080p (HD settings are under the video, on the wheel icon closest to the center). Make sure to watch all the way to the end for “Timo’s Final Thought.” See you again in October, Arizona.

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This’ll Get the Princess

I feel like anything I say about this video will take away from how unbelievably awesome it is, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, folks. For anyone who knows me, video games (more specifically, video games on Atari, original Nintendo, and Super Nintendo…okay, I’ll throw in Nintendo 64 too…) have a special place in my heart. I’m not going to try and act like Mario and I haven’t been through a lot together. I consider him a friend, a partner, a mentor, and a referee (Mike Tyson’s Punch Out anyone?). So I’m sure you can understand why this video hit home for me. I’m sure some of you may be a few of the 22.5 million views this video has, but don’t act like you don’t want to watch it again. If you haven’t seen it, take 2 minutes out of your day to travel back in time through one of the sickest warp tunnels this side of Koopa Beach.

Please take a look at some of my other posts if this is your first time here. I welcome all comments.

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A Change is Gonna Come

This is Oscar. We ran into him while filming in downtown Chicago last week. He was nice enough to let us film him singing. In fact, he may have been the nicest person ever. Excluding my mother, that is. Nice try, Oscar. Anyway, he shares his music performing on the street every weekend. You can see his love for music in his face. And you can see it in the face of the man sitting on the wall behind him. He is an incredible singer. It’s crazy to run into talent like that on the street singing for change. I exchanged information with him and am working towards collaborating on a track soon. Stay tuned. For now, enjoy this classic from Sam Cooke.

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I Want To Be Ordinary

Kenney and I walked around downtown last weekend and captured all sorts of cool footage. We were trying out some different settings and techniques on our camera. Some of the shots turned out pretty interesting. I love the “I want to be ordinary” sign. Sometimes I think people need that reminder. I threw this video together quickly to share with all of you. Once the video was completed, I transferred it to my laptop, took it into my music studio, and recorded myself playing piano while watching it. I had not written the song prior to watching the video and let the images directly inspire what I was writing. Everything was made up on the spot, and it was all done in one take. It was a fun challenge. Enjoy the video and leave me a comment if it inspires you in any way.

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