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one of the things that i admire and respect most about musicians, is the fact that they are able to not only write music that is often intensely personal, but they perform it, on stage, in front of crowds – sometimes alone.  that thought terrifies me… but it’s also incredibly inspiring.  geron hoy, today’s featured artist, is not only a talented singer/songwriter but i happen to know him personally and he’s one of the most humble, thoughtful and hilarious people i’ve ever met.   he inspires me because he is accomplishing his dream of putting out an album and because of the passion he shows for his music both on and off the stage.  it definitely comes across when he performs, leaving you with the feeling that you just witnessed something very special.  his debut album came out today on itunes and i have been listening to it all morning – his thoughtful lyrics and skillful guitar playing seem to have a wisdom beyond his years. oh and he also plays the harmonica – my weakness!

read on for an interview with geron to get a better idea of what he’s all about, and as you read, listen to the first single from his album, “lady crow.” it’s addicting!

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when did you write your first song, and what was it called?

oh man… a pretty wretched little ditty called ‘near to you.’ god, it was awful. i knew three chords and i took a complete shot in the dark just to see what would happen. but some of the friends i had back then would sing along to it and ask me to play it. that was enough to get me to write another.

if your music was a place, where would it be?

there’s an image on the back of a record i have. i think it’s james taylor but i can’t be sure.  i’d go look, but all my records are in a storage unit in texas. but it’s of these musicians jamming in a dingy room with a wooden floor, an old beat-up piano with a glass of whiskey on it, speakers hanging from the ceiling, the sunlight battling through the cigarette smoke. it just looks like the perfect environment. where i’d want to spend every day. and i remember pointing the photo out to friends and saying, ‘why cant we be there, right now?’

why did you decide to name your album “soldier”?

there’s a track on the album called ‘soldier.’ i recorded that song with my friends about four years ago in new york before i had a label, and it’s the song that got me signed because one of the owners of the label fell in love with it.  the song itself is about fighting with everything you’ve got for something when you have no control over the end result.

is there a certain song you’re most proud of?

they’re all my babies and i constantly tell them to keep cool…

you’ve lived in a bunch of different places, is there one that has had the most influence on you personally and/or musically?

i went to new york when i was eighteen. that was my songwriting school. i probably wrote at least a hundred songs in the five years i was there. and kept fifteen of them. there was so much inspiration… living in the city was like being on cruise control at 300 mph.

what’s your favorite venue you’ve ever played in? and is there a particular venue you dream of playing in one day?

if i played at the beacon theater in new york i’d die a happy man. and my favorite place so far i think would be this small bar in the upper west side in new york where i used to play every thursday with some of my closest friends. it was in a basement surrounded by stone walls. we’d drink and play all night and the audience always asked for more. it was a great time.

if you could jam with any musician, dead or alive, who would you pick?

well, i automatically start sifting through all my heroes and i’m incredibly intimidated and awestruck by all of them. so i’m not quite sure who i would pick. townes van zandt? but what about neil young?? but what about mozart??!!! would i have to wear a puffy shirt?? i’d be down…

if your life was a movie what would the theme song be?

“changes” or “ziggy stardust”?, “space oddity”? pretty much anything by david bowie.

if you had a time machine where would you go?

2015 so i could ride a hover board with michael j. only four more years! i can’t wait for the self-drying jacket!!!

if you were deserted on an island what three things would you want with you?

a fire-breathing dragon, a saddle, and wilson.

tell me something most people don’t know about you.

i own a fire-breathing dragon named wilson.

mee

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the album, soldier, is available now on itunes – get it here!

and check him out on facebook or his website!

thank you so much geron!

kesha -Apr 27, 2011, 3:56PM
WOW. Love it! Everyone go check it out!
bunny -Apr 27, 2011, 2:20PM
Love is an understatement!

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Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.
I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”
-Bill Cunningham

The legendary Bill Cunningham has graced the big screen in a rather interesting heart touching documentary about his passion Street Style Photography.
Street Style has been a No1 go to inspiration for me, there’s something so raw and fresh about how people choose to dress, the decisions they make to achieve such a visually pleasing outfit is incredible.
I’ve been waiting to see this documentary for quite some time. He has always been a guy that intrigued me.

Bill Cunningham works for The New York Times as a photographer that shoots and curates the paper’s “On the Street” and “Evening Hours”
This enchanting eighty- something guy rides around NY wearing his signature bolt blue work jacket on his bicycle, shooting silhouettes that excite him “Some marvelous, exotic bird of paradise”
He captures the upbeat fashion Scene in New York recording the changing street life of one of the world’s great cities for us all to see. It shows his lifestyle and how the little in things in life are most important to him.

It shines a light on a guy who needs nothing more than his happy passion.

He has touched my heart in more ways than one. His passion is overwhelming because he loves what he does so much that not much else matters. Street Photography is his life
not just his job and it was great to see that in the documentary. He is world renowned for his work and his pleasant embrace. A true inspiration to anyone!

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“We all get dressed for Bill.”
-Anna Wintour

Have any of you guys seen the documentary yet?

Helen -May 02, 2011, 6:15AM
Any idea when it's coming to Britain? Sounds amazing.
kiera -Apr 28, 2011, 2:49PM
saw it. loved it. wrote about it. http://kieraradman.blogspot.com/2011/04/highly-recommend.html

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one of our designers had the coolest hair style yesterday- she braided ribbons into her hair! she said it’s actually really easy- knot the ribbon into your hair at the start of the braid, making sure the ribbon is longer than your hair. Read more »

Sierra -Apr 26, 2011, 1:47PM
WOW. I want to do that to my hair! http://gypsymadness.blogspot.com/
Karacter -Apr 26, 2011, 11:27AM
Love it!! http://www.karacterblog.com

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she drapes herself in fabric the color of the earth and sky so she blends with the landscape as she walks barefoot, careful so as not to disturb the life that calls the ground and trees home.  she gathers petals and leaves that have fallen and uses them to adorn her hair and body, soaking in their energy.

she lives by the sun, loves by the moon, dances with the stars, sings with the wind and grows with the trees.

click on images for sources. check out our nature girl collection here.

sasas -Mar 16, 2012, 8:07AM
I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this info for my mission.
Jennifer -May 22, 2011, 5:09PM
This reminds me of this shoot! http://theinvisiblethread.com/2011/04/22/rain-dance/

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amazing photos from our facebook fans…so inspiring.

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“the sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you.”

Jessi -Apr 26, 2011, 1:43PM
As I'm viewing this post Dear Prudence came on Pandora. Weird!! Love the inspiration! xoxo Jess www.thejessiproject.blogspot.com
-Apr 26, 2011, 12:11AM
♥ the sunflower pic!

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“those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

- rachel carson

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FarizaOthman -Apr 25, 2011, 10:37PM
thanks for sharing. This so beautiful qoute for today!!
Elle B. -Apr 25, 2011, 2:56PM
This is a gorgeous quote...I wrote it on my hand so i can see it all day :)

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There is no meal I love more than breakfast. Maybe I’m a bit too enthusiastic, but I truly believe it has magical powers – who’s not happy after a delicious morning meal, right? Case in point, my “Morning Glory Toast.” It’s a simple recipe that I made up the other day to cheer up my roommate and best friend who was having a rough weekend, and it was a big hit! I think it made her feel a little better & hopefully it can bring some sunshine into your lives too. =)

Ingredients:

1 Slice of multigrain bread

1 Egg

¼ Avocado

3 Half slices of tomato

Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Grease skillet and crack an egg into it. Cook the egg sunny-side-up style. Salt & pepper egg while in pan.
  2. While the egg is cooking, place bread in toaster, slice tomato, and cut up avocado.
  3. Once toast is ready, spread avocado, place tomato slices on top of avocado, and then top it all off with the sunny-side-up egg.

I like to slice the entire thing in half and pair it with a glass of OJ. Hope you like it!

haydn -May 19, 2011, 5:10AM
Awesome work! I wish I could make one for myself after getting up from bed... http://www.buychristianheels.com
Pasion -May 01, 2011, 12:10PM
Made this for breakfast this Sunday morning! Delish :)

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artist juliana santacruz herrera‘s work has been popping up all over the blogosphere lately but i could not resist posting… she filled potholes and cracks in the roads and sidewalks of paris with colorful fabric, and the results are beautiful and look so fp!

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found via honestly…wtf.

erika -Apr 25, 2011, 4:37PM
this makes me miss Paris MORE and MORE and MORE. especially because i think i know where some of these places in Paris are.
sara -Apr 25, 2011, 3:42PM
wow.... its like love is seeping up through the cracks of the earth.... penetrating the sidewalks and spilling out into the city. love this.

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our third aussie guest blog post comes from another favorite of ours, the lovely liss of daydream lily!

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One of my favourite things about life in Australia is summer road trips!

Open roads, windows down, making a mix for the trip, road stops in little country towns for coffee and muffins, stopping off to explore, documenting the trip….
bliss!

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Liss from Daydreamlily (http://www.daydreamlily.com)
Liss’ new online shop Stylemilk (http://www.stylemilkshop.com)

get more fans on facebook -May 11, 2011, 10:10AM
You made some decent points there. I seemed on the web for the problem and found most individuals will associate with along with your website.
Vanessa -Apr 23, 2011, 3:57PM
lovee daydream lilly, have been a fan of them for ages <3 flyingindreams.tumblr.com

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stop by and say hello y’all!

Tove -May 22, 2011, 11:13AM
Plaese open one in san fransisco!!!
Jade -Apr 24, 2011, 4:52PM
Yaaaay! Goooo Lissa! You're going to be the best employee ever! :)

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xoxo

Lea -Apr 23, 2011, 8:37AM
Too cute! <3<3<3
gucci borsa -Apr 22, 2011, 9:59PM
wonderful!

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we are looking for an associate planner for retail/direct to work here in our home office in philly! for information about the position and to apply, please click here.

ldm -Apr 22, 2011, 11:35AM
hi! i've seen you guys blog about your colleague working at your office in hong kong. i'm actually from hong kong looking for a job after spending around a year in fashion marketing and PR. i would love to explore any opportunities to work for a company like free people! feel free to email me :)

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