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“Vanishing Texas” Photography and Jazz: Finding Beauty in Decay

Old abandoned buildings. Rusty stuff. Forgotten roads. Burned out roofs. As a photographer, I’ve been drawn to places of past dreams, forgotten ambitions, lives lived and gone. When I see them I think of what may have transpired there. And I find beauty in the decay.
Vanishing Texas:
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The unprotected scene
There are plenty of buildings designated as “Historic Sites” by the state of Texas, that are preserved and protected from demolition. What intrigues me are the OTHERS. In small towns and in the cities, there are thousands of other buildings, that may not have any protection. They are pieces of America left to be weathered by the elements, eventually to be destroyed or simply disintegrate. These are the places that are vanishing from the landscape, slowly, over time. Whenever I pass them, I think “Who lived (or died) here?” “What dreams and aspirations did they have?” “What drama unfolded here?” And I know that the next time I pass by, these spots may no longer exist. These are the scenes of “Vanishing Texas”. Read more…

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Top 7 Posts: Balancing Creativity, Business and Social Media

As a writer, photographer and Internet geek, it’s always thought provoking for me to look at Google Analytics on this site. Each week, this tool reveals which posts have gotten the most traffic, causing me to think about the content, and which topics are resonating with readers.

all about these things....

all about these things….


My life as a freelancer in video production, music and marketing is a constant balancing act, between time spent on speculative creative projects, paying clients, social media interaction and evaluating new technologies. I enjoy all of it, but it can get overwhelming to the psyche. That’s why I write about these topics, it helps me to further explore, understand and interact with others who also face similar challenges in life.

I also like to laugh (it’s important!), so I am glad to see #4 “Church Ladies with Typewriters” made the list…

Here’s the list (with links) of the Top 7 Posts from The Social Freelancer ™ blog this week:
(click on titles to read full posts, please share…)

1. Three Reasons to “Like” Twitter over Facebook

2. The Creative Quandry: When Finances Battle Art

3. Review: Exploring Storify, cool new content creation tool

4. Funny! Church Ladies with Typewriters

5. Four Tips for Surviving Social Media

6. Reaching Out: Why Good Content is Not Enough

7. The allure of a Texas River… Photography and Music

Which is your favorite? Why?
Please comment below this post. Thanks for tuning in! ~ Trace
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The allure of a Texas river… Photography

Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source.- Willy Ley
I have always been drawn to rivers. Near them, I can be alone with my thoughts and yet still connected with the rest of the planet. It’s all tied to my youth, and much time spent splashing around in streams, skipping stones and camping with my family, most often near some stretch of serene river.

The feeling of being connected and yet all alone is still with me today, and rivers have become one of my favorite photographic challenges as well.

I have spent much of the last 25 years bouncing back and forth between Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, personally, professionally and musically. In my travels I try to avoid the mind numbing Interstate experience in favor of Texas Highway 281 and the towns and scenes along that path. Recently I took these shots of the Pedernales and Blanco rivers in the Texas Hill Country, compiling a collection of images for a video to the song The Flood by Trace Relations.

Pedernales River, LBJ Ranch, Texas

Pedernales River, LBJ Ranch, Texas


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Video Grooves from the corner of “Prosperity Street”: Trace Relations Music

New track added! “Tell Me What’s the Reason” by Trace Relations with special guest, Dallas’ blues maestro Hash Brown Calway.

This Youtube playlist streams four music videos from the debut release “Prosperity Street” from Trace Relations Band. A smokin’ Dallas based rhythm section combines with soulful guitar from San Antonio, ending up in Texas Blues, and Americana groove territory. Vocalist Tracy Ready funnels 20+ years of bouncing between these two iconic Texas cities, personally and musically into an eclectic debut release, guaranteed to improve your mood.

Click “play” arrow here to see all 4 videos, back to back, with a :10 second introduction. Read more…

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San Antonio Saturday Afternoon Music FUN! Miss Neesie and Tin Can Trio plus Trace Relations Trio

Yes! I get to sing some with great friends and fine musicians in my old stomping grounds this Saturday afternoon. Stoked. Come see us, do the “hello” and groove a bit…
Miss Neesie and Tin Can Trio plays an afternoon set (1-3pm) this Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Boneshakers in San Antonio, Texas. Excellent musicians, eclectic set list, happy faces, these folks always put on a fine show. Jump blues, cajun, gospel, rock n roll… yes, it’s all good….
Like!-> Miss Neesie on Facebook
Follow!-> Bassist, Music Writer Jim Beal on Twitter
The Gig:
Boneshakers
306 Austin Street
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 319-8155
Saturday, April 13, 2013 1-3pm

Miss Neesie and Tin Can Trio on stage at Boneshakers

Miss Neesie and Tin Can Trio on stage at Boneshakers

TWEET UP WITH TUNES, SAN ANTONIO STYLE!
Please use these hashtags for the event: #TinCanTrio #TraceTrio #Boneshakers
If you know me through Facebook, Twitter or this blog, in San Antonio area:
COME ON DOWN, LET’S DO THE “HELLO” AND GROOVE A BIT THIS SATURDAY 1-3 PM

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