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For My Dad: Songs of Fathers and Sons

Post Update, Father’s Day, June 21, 2015:
Remembering my Dad, and all the inspiring men who are fathers, striving to be good examples, good men, in times of struggle as well as joy. My father died two months after I wrote this post but I carry the many fine memories I have of him with me every day. On Father’s day I also like to revisit these songs of Fathers and Sons, Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” and Cat Stevens “Father and Son”.

My wife and I just had an interesting discussion about these two songs and the meaning of their lyrics. She correctly pointed out that they are sad songs, and that they are about fathers who had little time for their kids. And it’s true, I had a much richer life experience with my dad, who did spend time with me when he could. But he also dealt with the inherent struggles of life, having to be gone a lot to keep groceries on the table and missing out on a lot of poignant moments with his kids. I am grateful I had him for my dad. These songs are not about him or what my specific childhood was like, but they are songs that resonated with me as a young man, and I think they hold up to the test of time as examples of great storytelling and songwriting.

For My Dad: Songs of Fathers and Sons by Trace ~ October 30, 2010
My life has always been full of soundtracks, songs that resonate in any given situation. As I was thinking of my dad and all the twists and turns this world has brought to our lives, two songs began to seep into my consciousness from my past. Both were favorites of mine as a young man feeling my way out of the nest my parents so carefully laid for me. Now they come back to speak to me again. I hope you will enjoy these musical tales of fathers and sons as much as I do.

Great live performance of Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin, with a quick insight to family life at the beginning:

Cat Stevens – Father and Son (Live):

My dad, John Ready and mom, June Ready in 2005

My dad, John Ready and mom, June Ready in 2005

I am thinking a lot about my dad today, John F. Ready. Big John, Big J, we’ve called him lots of names, most of them nice. My dad is a great man, who always tried to do the right thing. Now he’s in poor health and at 82 is facing the end of his years with us. I cry and laugh as I think of the times I have had with my dad. He’s a man of integrity, honest to the core. His sense of humor and bright outlook have carried him and our whole family through many ups and downs, and he remains today jolly, with a twinkle in his eye. He’s also a man of great spiritual depth and wisdom. I know that he is at peace with himself and with God, and that brings me great comfort. While none of our lives are perfect and we might regret some of our words or actions, I know my dad loves me and I love him. I am proud to be his son.

Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

Like this? Help Trace keep his wheels on the road for the photo series “Vanishing Texas” and continue posting to this blog while juggling in “the freelance life.” – HERE:

Vanishing Texas Photography by Trace
Supporters receive my undying gratitude and a free copy of my music CD, “Prosperity Street” by Trace Relations Band

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5 Tips for Freelancers – and ALL Entrepreneurs

There are many lessons I have learned in more than 25 years in the business of television and video production (this is my 20th year as a freelancer).
Here are five tips I would consider KEY:

5 Tips for Freelancers – and ALL Entrepreneurs

1. Build strong alliances with other freelancers in your line of work and related fields.

Networking and keeping in touch with other directors of photography, photographers, writers, producers and related freelancers has been key to the longevity of my business. Some of them are my direct competitors, but I consider them allies.

Often a job will come up that I am too busy to do so I will refer the client to someone else, who I trust and is equally qualified (and who will not try to steal my client). This works both ways: I have gotten many shoots and writing jobs through this network of freelancers.

Additionally, people that I meet who work in related positions, like sound mixers, make up artists, gaffers and grips are valuable resources. Clients will sometimes ask these people if they know a director of photography or writer-producer who would be a “good fit” for their project.

Another spot where this helps is in gear acquisition: We are often asked to provide cameras or related equipment on a job that I don’t personally own. Usually I know another freelancer who has the piece of gear and will gladly rent it to me for a discounted rate if they are not using it on the shoot day. This is cheaper than getting the gear from a rental house and builds a good rapport with the other freelancer who will then, in turn, be more likely to refer me on a project that they can’t handle.
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The Freelance Life: Hitting the Reset Button

“In taking stock of ourselves, we should not forget that fear plays a large part in the drama of failure. That is the first thing to be dropped. Fear is a mental deficiency susceptible of correction, if taken in hand before it gains an ascendency over us. Fear comes with the thought of failure.” – Douglas Fairbanks

I am taking stock of myself this morning. This quote from Douglas Fairbanks reminded me of the mentally crippling nature of fear. It is the root of all inactivity, a sign of regression instead of progression.

It is important for me to take a step back, take stock of all I am doing, examining what’s working for me and what’s not.

Merging "work" with creative

Merging “work” with creative

I reached a point of overload at the end of 2014. Multiple projects have been started, some pieces complete, others needing more time and work. This blog, while rewarding to me on a psychological level, is only moderately successful in reaching larger audiences.

I struggle with the ups and downs of my production business TraceProductions.com as I have for 20 years now. The video and television production business has been rewarding. My career has taken me all over the world and given me a (mostly) steady income and incredible experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But it is a changed business. For too many reasons to go into here, there is nothing but downward pressure on pricing for many of the services I have traditionally provided for my clients. I stay busy and am grateful for the work I have but it is less profitable than ever before. I have grown and moved on, learning and developing new skills that continue to enrich my life’s experience. Read more…

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Road Trippin’ the South this Summer, Come along?

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
– Martin Buber, Philosopher (1878 – 1965)

My wife Lauren and I love a road trip. It suits us. I have flown thousands of miles in my career, and much prefer driving the back roads than sitting in an airport, any day. She is in total agreement. We enjoy the time together, stopping where we want, when we want; the adventure of being on the road, with only a brief outline of the trip planned. Read more…

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At a blogging crossroads, 172 Posts, Now What?

Listening to: “Road to Nowhere” – The Talking Heads

Yes, I feel like that sometimes, like I am on a “road to nowhere”. But then I look at where I have been, what joys and pain this life has brought my way. And I realize it is a road that has already lead me somewhere – to be who I am today.

Is this post about blogging? YES.
My blog stats tell me that I have published 172 posts and have started drafts for 144 more.

Is it a road to nowhere? No. My writing goals are long term. I never expected for it to reach a huge audience right out of the gate. I have met some great people through interactions on this blog, and have learned a great deal about myself in the writing process.

Writer - Director of Photography Trace Ready

Writer – Director of Photography Trace Ready


I know my weak points:
Consistency
Brevity
Relevance

I am working on those things.

Here are two thoughts I like to keep in mind:

Just because something hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t.

Writing and art of any kind (music, painting, photography) are cumulative efforts and lifelong pursuits, not something you do just to make money.

I will keep writing, learning, traveling, shooting stills and video, singing and all things that make me feel alive, as much as I can, as along as I can. Hearing that something I created (a blog, a video, a still, a story) touched someone, in some way, always makes my day.

If you’ve read this so far, THANKS. What have you seen on my blog that resonates with you?

Reaching a larger audience with all of it is a goal, a hill to top. But the journey is the fun part. Let’s see how far we can go.

Thanks for tuning in, I promise at least a hundred and seventy-two more.

Trace

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Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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