Frame from yesterday’s film shoot with Steve

Frame from yesterday’s film shoot with Steve

Steve and I spent the afternoon in Echo Park shooting pieces of what may become a music video. Rick couldn’t make it, and I trust that things worked out the way they were supposed to. A few things about working with Steve that I really appreciate: a) He never overthinks anything. We pick a location, and he finds what he feels is the best shot and directs from there. b) His approach is relaxed and fun. In between shots, we’re joking or talking about our lives, eating tacos, hiking, etc. We’re not in a rush and we’re not taking anything too seriously.

There was this conversation we were having throughout the day that I enjoyed. In a nutshell, we both agreed that ultimately the most important thing for both of us is to keep writing, keep creating, and continue to release the best projects we can. My major realization in the last year has been exactly this. Moving forward every day in some small way, making sure that each project is better and more ambitious than the last, collaborating with other people who love what I love…. AND THE REST WILL COME… OR IT WON’T! That part really isn’t up to me. And it is extremely liberating to let go of expectations and just focus on the music.

We’ve been making films and writing songs since we were kids, and we probably always will.

In other news, I’m working on a new song with the working title of “golden child”. I always have many, many song ideas in various stages at once. But this one has been at the forefront of my mind since valentine’s day when it came to me. I don’t have any lyrics yet really. But I have the melody and chords, and two strong sections so far. By the time I finish the song, I hope to have reflected on my relationships back home, loss, and giving myself permission to be who I am. I thought I’d have more to say about this, but it isn’t flowing very naturally, so that is all for now.

Ashton York