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“We’re like chocolate in the sun, and in this heat we are melting into everyone.”

Concert PhotographyLast week I was invited to see an actual music concert.  The kind where it’s loud, and dark, and really cool to tell your friends all about.   I thought about who I would ask to accompany me to the show, and ultimately decided on my very own, music loving, eleven year old daughter Olivia.

When I told her about it I could tell that she was really excited by how wide her eyes grew.   It would be her first concert.   I knew she would absolutely love it.

I listened to the self titled, debut album, One eskimO, from the critically-acclaimed English band,  a few days before learning of the concert opportunity, and I immediately fell in love with their infectious sound.

I wanted to create a sound of my own: magical, ambient, filmic, acoustic, beautiful and meaningful. I wanted to write about how I felt about life, love, losses and failures, highs and lows, even heartbreaks. But also about how amazing human life is and how mind-blowing our very existence is.—Kristian Leontiou, lead singer

Leontiou set out to create this beautiful, atmospheric sound, and he totally succeeded.

A live show can make or break a musical group.  If their album sounds great, but their live show sucks, I am instantly turned off.   One eskimO’s live show was incredible. All four of the band members contribute to the creative structure that makes up this band.   There’s a talented acoustic guitarist, Pete Rinaldi; an insanely wild drummer, Adam Falkner;  an amazing percussionist/bass guitarist, Jamie Sefton; and—of course—the dreamy voiced lead singer, Kristian Leontiou.

Here’s a little snippet of video from the concert we attended at Smith’s Olde Bar. (Yes, we were that close.)

I’d like to extend the opportunity to win One eskimO’s CD and a t-shirt! All you have to do to be entered is leave me a comment in the comment section telling me what the last live show you saw was.   I’ll announce the winner a week from today!

[Disclosure:  I was provided with the CD and tickets to the show, and by doing the review I am entered to win one of six gift-cards.   I was not paid otherwise, and all the opinions are purely my own.]

18×24 Poster Print Winner Announced

Flower Photography

As determined by RANDOM.ORG; the winner of the 18×24 Poster Print is Bridget! (@IveyLeagueMama)

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!
And thank you to for letting me host the giveaway!

I love my sisters because they touch my heart!

I love my girlfriend, my sister…because in the midst of my panicked phone call that my own family wouldn’t take me in while I contemplated the probable end of my marriage – without hesitation to her own crowded home she invited me and my children in. To love and support…to talk and to veg. To just be.

She is my rock through this.
–Sarah, Redefining Perfect
Winner of the Dress Barn clutch

“Just tell me why you love your girlfriends, your sisters,” I said.

The answers I got where incredibly touching.   Thank you to all for sharing.  And congratulations to Sarah!

In appreciation of my awesome readers, I’m giving away a print from Large Format!

Giveaway prize: (1) 18×24 poster print

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents

How to Enter: Tell me what holiday photo* you’d like to print.  Better yet, link me to it!  I’d love to see.

You can tweet about the give-a-way for an extra entry, just make sure you let me know that you did so with a link to your tweet!

The winner of the print will be announced on November 30th, 2009!

*For participating in the give-a-way, I will be getting an 18×24 poster print, too.  When the contest is over I’ll show you which picture I’ll be printing to display in our living room!  I can’t wait.  Oh, but that means I have to get the picture first.  Better get snapping!

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