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high country avetts

one of our reasons for dropping by telluride last week was that the avett brothers were playing a free show in the mountain village on wednesday.  i’ve grown to really enjoy their music over the years.  but what’s the best about the avetts is their live performance.

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i’ve shot and written about this band numerous times, so i feel like i’m just beating the drum here, but their intensity is no joke.

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you just have to see them live.

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one thing they did mention a few times was that they were really feeling the altitude.  telluride mountain village is well over 10,000 ft.  and though their music lacked no heart, it wasn’t as spot-on as they usually are.  but no matter.  i still enjoyed it thoroughly.

if you ever have the chance, GO SEE THIS BAND.  you will not regret it.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009

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avett again

the avett brothers apparently love dallas.  i saw them again last thursday night at the granada for the second time in four months.  and only months before that, they performed another show here… but i missed that one.

  

once again, they brought the intense energy and raw sound that their fans have come to expect.

  

  

  

  

  

and again, it was a very enjoyable experience.  i highly recommend this band.  live especially, but i have also been enjoying their albums.  check them out as soon as possible – they’re going to be big…

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2008

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the sight of music

when people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they have never had and never will have.  ~ edgar watson howe

my friends and family might say that i’m obsessed with music.  i would like to think that i’m not obsessed with anything, but i will whole-heartedly admit that if music were not a reality, i would not want to be alive.

were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead.  ~ benjamin disraeli

without music, life would be a mistake.  ~ friedrich wilhelm nietzsche

so it always happens that i love to shoot these things that i am most passionate about, but practically, i just shoot music for fun.  it’s very hard to make any substantial living shooting music.  however, a few months ago, i went to an avett brothers show with a few friends, and captured some images that i really liked.  they were different than any performance work i’ve done before, and i’ve been thinking of entering them in a contest or something.

  

i just received an email today about the pdn/ billboard summer music photo contest, and i decided it might be fun to enter a few images.  but it’s very hard to edit your own work sometimes, so here’s where you, the lovely passer-by, come in…

  

please help!!  the deadline is august 29, and i’d like to narrow these down to 3 or 4 of the best images for two of the categories, performance and spontaneous moment.  it’s always better to have many sets of eyes seeing from many different perspectives, than just one.  so, either email me directly (andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com), or post your comments here… please!

thanks much in advance…

the only proof he needed of the existence of God was music. ~ kurt vonnegut

  

a painter paints pictures on canvas.  but musicians paint their pictures on silence.  ~ leopold stokowski

  

music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  ~ berthold auerbach

  

music is the language of the spirit.  it opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.kahlil gibran

men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.  ~ henry david thoreau

  

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2008

 

 

 

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