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New Album Released; New Pics on Flickr

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since our amazing tour in Egypt…and here I am, 2+ weeks into my 10-week sabbatical, realizing that I hadn’t blogged in over a month. Nice going. ;P

In any case, I’ve been busy taking photos (uh, like non-stop) and going through the BoodahJoo archives to begin the process of getting ALL of our publishing catalog online.

The first release is an album of ambient/trancey/hypnotic music by yours truly and my co-publisher/co-writer and longtime collaborator, Fred Fung. The album is called Music To Design By, and that’s specifically what it is for…background music while you create.

Now, don’t get to thinking that this is yet another long, drawn-out, ambient, musical mess of textures that never resolve. On the contrary. In fact, this album contains 18 songs, each of which have several different movements (different melodies, metric modulations, key modulations, feel changes) and each piece effectively ‘fades’ into the next, creating a seamless string of melodic and rhythmic content without ever stopping. If you like this kind of buddha-bar meets Dirty Harry meets Brian Eno + Moby kinda vibe, this might be your cup of tea. Check it out! It’s 63 minutes long, and every piece of it was actually played…nothing sequenced. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and several other online retailers.

On the photo side of things, I’ve been having great fun with my Canon7D, mixing up the lenses (favoring the 50mm, f/1.2) and trying to capture interesting bits, here and there. I’ve now standardized on Flickr as my photo hub, so any/all pictures (moving forward) will also bear the BoodahJooPictures stamp. Here’s a few samples…

Welcome Back...yard.
Rick in the Case, morning light
The Grinch
Morning Desert Haze

There’s lots more (including a 50-pic slideshow of the ‘best’ shots from Giza) and I’ll be uploading more new pics in the coming weeks.

Happy Holidays!

Blog on.

It’s Been A Long Time, Now I’m, Coming Back Home

Hello, my friends! Well, I’m sure many of you caught my Beatle-reference in the subject title of this blog. If not, then you need to seek out the new Beatles Remasters (specifically, Rubber Soul) and check out the song, “Wait”. That aforementioned is the opening line…and it just gets better and better (all the time!).
In any case, as many of you know, there have been some recent changes at Adobe and as such, a few of our friends/colleagues/team members are no longer part of the ‘extended family’….most saddening is that the Evangelist ‘team’ (as many of you know it) has been dissolved. It’s been sad, it’s been rough, and I really can’t say any more about it. However, in the midst of it all there was some light, as my colleague Paul Burnett decided to whip-up a little video (via JibJab) as a remembrance to ‘The Greatest Team There Ever Was’ (so I’ve titled it). It was the greatest team I’ve ever been a part of, and I’ll never forget the incredible times we shared together, times that we shared with ALL OF YOU around the world. It’s the Adobe Creative Suite Elfvangelists….check it out, and smile…

The Greatest Team Ever – Adobe CS Evangelists from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

Now, shifting gears…this video recently appeared on MacVideo’s “Movie of the Week”. It’s actually my “Share the Love” demonstration from the FCPUG Supermeet in Vegas (filmed April ’09). This will give you a pretty good glimpse at the ‘flow’ of these shows, and also showcase the true ‘integration’ that we offer between FCP and CS4. It’s live, it’s Vegas, and it’s me and 1600 of my closest FCP friends 😉 Take a look…
Jase live at the FCPUG Supermeet, Vegas, April ’09
Lastly, I’ve received many Qs/comments via Twitter how people can contact (and continue to follow) Rufus. Rufus’ Travelogue is still online, but you can find him at his new blog HERE. Be sure to drop by and share some love with my dear friend.
“Wait, ’till I come back to your side; we’ll forget the tears we cried.”
Blog on.

The Business of Inspiration…and Remembering The Inspirational

Hello, my friends. Inspiration is defined as:
The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions;
a. a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul;
b. the divine guidance from the writings or words of a person so influenced.

As I officially approach my mid-30s (yes friends, I’ll be 35 this year; and that’s totally FAB) I’m consistently reminded of the people who’ve inspired me. And not only have I never forgotten them, but their faces, what they said, how they said it, and how their influence shaped the entire course of my path in life began to make a lot of sense. It’s no real surprise that I ‘took to the stage’ to talk about, share and evangelize great audio & video products; but it’s more than that. It’s about truly connecting with people, and instilling an idea, a notion, something within them, that makes them want to do great things. Period.
And the more I started thinking about my job as an Adobe Evangelist, I’m not only in the ‘evangelism’ business…I’m in the inspiration business; the business of not only spreading the word, but giving the words meaning, life, purpose. That may seem rather ‘heavy’; after all, we’re talking about software, right? But talk to any designer, any web developer, any musician or videographer; there’s a passion in what they do, and an absolute (love/hate/fire/water) relationship to the sytems and applications they work in. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what we (the Evangelists) are here to do. We Inspire! (see the Evangelist Video on Vimeo)
Having already found some inspiration (The Beatles): at 17, in the home studio…with hockeyfrilla!
adobe cs4 production premium inspire evangelist
Evangelizing today: Coming soon to your city…:)
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I will admit that I’ve been very fortunate over the years. From as early as elementary school (we’re talking age 6 here) I have fond, crystal-clear memories of the first, truly inspirational character in my life, one who (inadvertently) paved the way for my love of all things music, and especially, piano. Her name: Elaine Benedict; “Mrs. B.” as we called her (after all, this was First Grade!). And from there, it continues on throughout high school, college, and right up to the start of my professional career.

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