I was browsing around Vimeo the other day on our Roku and found these Amazing videos of Music created through Nature and wanted to share them with you. Nature has a way of Enspiring people in the most interesting ways. Check them out and enjoy !
My Family and I got invited by our friend Will to go toPedalfestin Oakland this year and at the last minute we decide to make our way out to explore what it was all about.Pedalfestis a free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun! We decided to take our son who is very much into skateboarding, biking and strolling around on his razor scooter. So we weren’t too surprised that this was by far one of his most favorite festivals that he’s been to in the Bay Area. He gave it a five star rating so coming from a 9 year old I know this is a definite favorite destination for the kiddos.
Our first stop was at the Whiskeydrome which had a 30 foot bowl like shaped drome you could ride around in. Way cool and scary at the same time but these guys knew what they were doing and it was like chewing gum and walking at the same time for them.
I recently just found out that I won a pair of tickets to the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend. From the great team over at Craftzine Blog *smiles*. It’s by far my most favorite Festival in the Bay Area because it’s what the Bay Area is truly about Creating, Culture and Innovation. I’ve Fallen In Love with the Bay Area since I have been here and it’s by far been a Home away from Home. I didn’t get a chance to go last year but I did go in 2010 with the two Love’s of my life. We had such and awesome time and there was something there for each and everyone of us to learn and be excited about. We learned about the Tech Shop where you can go and start building whatever your heart desires. We now officially have one here in San Jose which we were waiting for patiently for. Our son got a great surprise when we came across Lego’s Galore in the kids area. He’s always been a huge fan of Lego’s and of course what little 8 year old boy isn’t? and any grown kid too? Except when I’m stepping on them in the middle of the night trying to get to the bathroom *lol*. Now my new little one will also be joining us for the festivities and she’ll be well entertained. If you haven’t checked out what Maker Faire is all about you should cause if you your the kind of person who like’s Creating and DIY this is your kind of Faire. I’ve always been a Nerd at Heart so I’m so Happy I get to see my Community Thrive and Enspire! Check back and I’ll have Tons of Picture’s from our Maker Faire Adventure !
Although DJSmiles Davis has only been DJing for a few short years she has a knack for mixing and an ear for music that can’t be denied. Starting out as a professional dancer having nurtured her talent as a performer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, she also worked with Lauryn Hill as a movement coach and back up dancer for Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. She soon discovered her talents on the wheels of steel and began acquiring early fans for her impeccable music sense. People always told her that she had great song selection. The last few months she has been developing her skills and she can proudly say “I’ve graduated.” DJ Smiles Davis is ready to take her personality and talents to the next level.
Her transformation from professional dancer to DJ was a natural artistic progression that started when she was injured. Her rehabilitation led her to be a little burnt out on dancing at the ripe, young age of 21 so she naturally turned to her first love, music. She listened to all types of music when she was younger, from Beach Boys to the Beatles and indie rock to electronica. Because she lived a number of places as a child her musical influences are varied and that’s evident with the soulful selections that give her mixes and DJ set such a distinct sound. Smiles motto for creating the perfect blend, “My inspiration is different every time. Sometimes I just beat match and pick a specific set of songs for the mix. I don’t like to force it and other times I just pick whatever sounds good together.”
Smiles is known for her charismatic grin and dimples that have already caught the attention of America. She was featured in a national McDonald’s commercial as the only female DJ in a room full of guys, holding her own and snagging a nice amount of screen time. Smiles has also played at a number of incredible private events and she recently did her thing at Erykah Badu’s Jam Session in L.A. at the legendary Viper Room.
As a DJ she always tries to make sure that she observes the crowd at any place before she gets on the turntables. Smiles explains, “I watch the people before I start my set. I experiment with what works and I like to change up the energy. Being able to get a good response out of people that should be the ultimate goal of a DJ.”
Her style of playing always elicits a great response from people and she wants to make sure that she always makes a memorable impression with her listeners. More than just a party DJ, Smiles is able to translate emotions and feelings into her mixes, which is a talent in and of itself. So get ready to see a lot more of this beautiful DJ with the big personality and the effervescent smile in 2009!
I absolutely love this story! and I love Journey. Shoot, who doesn’t?! When ever I get the chance to go and get my karaoke on and crakin. I Always pick “Don’t stop Believing”. It brings the house down, every single time. Trust me even if your the most inexperienced singer you’ll still get the crowd to sing along with you and get a great applause after. It completely changes the atmosphere of the room.
I’m even more in love with this story because its such and beautiful inspirational story of the Philippines. Which is a culture that is so close to my heart because I feel such a connection to it. Let me explain, My mother remarried when I was 6 and she married into a Filipino family and so grew up in a Filipino family. My younger brother and sister are half Filipino/native. My older Sister and Brother are Filipino. My son is part Filipino/Indian/ and Belgium so I always make sure he knows his every day heroes from all the cultures he comes from. I think it’s absolutely necessary for him to have great role models that make it no matter what their circumstances are.