The Results Are In!

So the last time I updated this page I was promoting a ukulele competition I had entered.  Two years later, Bushman has finally announced the winners and…….. (drum roll)……..

I didn’t win anything.

But I am very happy to say that I was given an honorable mention for my Everly Brothers cover, so huzzah!

Evidence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, props to 4th Place winner Patty who I started following after I saw her submission.  She’s super cool and things so go check her music out: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9d5uD4Ty1x4Se83Or-Lwjg

That is all.

Finding Sunnydale

I recently made a pilgrimage with a good friend and fellow Whedonite to Torrance, CA, aka real life Sunnydale from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  It’s something we’ve both been wanting to do for a while, as the show and all the people involved have influenced us so much.  It was also on the way to our summer apartment so we figured, why not!?  During our short trip we visited two of the most significant locations in the show: Sunnydale High School and the Summer’s residence.

Our first stop was the high school, and as soon as we pulled up, we could barely contain our excitement.  After seeing those front doors over and over throughout the first three seasons, it was a bit unreal to finally be standing in right in front of them.  1015386_673241736023141_1992784900_oWhen we reached the stairs leading to the front entrance, my friend starting jumping up and down saying, “This is where Xander skateboarded and ran into the handrail in the pilot!  That bench is where the Scooby Gang sat!  There’s the tree where Willow twirled that pencil in the air!”  It was pretty awesome.  We spent about 10 minutes geeking about the front lawn before picking up our jaws and heading inside.

As we entered the high school, walking past the summer school attendees who were probably oblivious to THS’s historical importance, our glee did not die down.  We soon reached the courtyard, home to the many lunch scenes, hallway1008265_673241009356547_577456824_o conversations, and of course the infamous graduation/ascension ceremony of season 3.  It was a bit sad to see it crumbling and under construction with the main outside stairs completely demolished, but we still felt privileged to expand our vision of it beyond the usual rectangle.

We continued to search around the campus looking for other filming locations we  recognized and saw the gym, the auditorium,920930_673242202689761_1401177773_o and possibly the new SHS campus featured in season 7.  We even came across the section of hallway where Angel does a bad thing in season 2 (my friend painstakingly took the time to recreate the scene).  Our campus tour concluded shortly and we decided to head to our next destination a few blocks away.

As fantastic as it was to see Buffy’s home, it was a bit weird considering we parked in 1015142_673242076023107_1569655327_ofront of what was in reality a private residence.  However, we soon got over our worries of giving off creeper vibes and fully enjoyed the moment, sitting outside for a good 15 minutes taking pictures and resisting the temptation to ring the doorbell and pretend to be knife saleswomen.  We also made a promise to someday buy that house, restore it to how it looked in the show, and occasionally open it for tours (not sure how likely that is but that would be excellent).

All-in-all, it was a wonderful day and a fully satisfying experience as a big Buffy fan.  If you ever are in the neighborhood, I highly encourage stopping by as long as your visit is respectful of the current residents/students of those locations.  You might also want to check out UCLA, as parts of season 4 were filmed there (the bit with the flyers in 4:1 was filmed on Bruinwalk outside of Kerchoff Hall).  I’ll leave you with a cover of the theme that I did for my friend’s birthday:

Bushman World Ukulele Contest

Last September I entered the ACT Openfilm Contest with my “Take the ACT” song and actually won 2nd place and a scholarship that’s currently helping me pay for university.  So in order to make Contest September a thing, I decided to submit three entries to the Bushman World Ukulele Contest (the thing Julia Nunes did).  I’ve been playing the uke for a little over a year now and figured this would be a good way to measure my progress.   I also got to hang out with my friend Ann and film before we left for opposite ends of the country for school.  Ann directed, filmed, and edited both “Won’t U Please B Nice” and “Actor Out of Work” and did a fantastic job.  I am immensely grateful for all the work she put into these videos and look forward to working with her many more times.

Here are my submissions! (with little tid-bits about each)

Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers

I’ve been listening to the Everly Brothers since forever.  Seriously, since the womb, so it was about time I covered one of their songs.  I love their harmonies and sad tones and even though a lot of their songs are pretty depressing I always feel content after listening to them.  This is one of my favorites, along with “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Crying in the Rain.”

Won’t U Please B Nice – Nellie McKay

I first heard about Nellie McKay when a high school friend wanted to do a duo performance of “Sari” for a talent show.  I fell in love instantly.  Nellie is incredibly talented and is able to perform a diverse range of musical styles from rap and reggae to folk and blues.  This song is from her debut album “Get Away from Me” and is originally played on piano, but ended up working just fine for ukulele.  I think the best part about filming this was bonding with Ann over the beheading of our mannequin Shimmy Dean.  It was quite a violent process.

Actor Out of Work – St. Vincent

Although I dearly love the other two artists, St. Vincent is definitely my favorite.  I happened across her while surfing iTunes and have been striving to be as awesome ever since.  I actually applied to the college she went to and I am proud to say that I got accepted, but ended up going somewhere else for a variety of reasons.  Anyways… this is  the first song I heard from her, and it’s from her album “Actor” (which is my favourite from her).

And that is all!  I hope you enjoyed them all, or were at least slightly entertained by the handful of weird facial expressions.  The contest has been postponed until November 1st, and when more info about voting is available I will let you all know.  Until then, click here for the contest site which has more information about the voting process and prizes.  Thanks, and enjoy!

Turn the Sun Down

Last year, a friend introduced me to this show called Daria.  At first I was a bit skeptic because not only was it an MTV original, it was also a spin-off of Beavis and Butthead, which I consider to be a form of punishment reserved for those in the 9th circle of hell.  However, I was quickly proved wrong, as it is actually filled with smart dialogue, quirky characters, and an abundance of cynicism.  There’s this one special called “Is It Fall Yet?” that takes place during summer vacation, and seeing as though my vacation is coming to a close, I figured now was a good time to cover it.  So, voilà, le cover.