To celebrate Mary Virginia’s birthday, I put together a little slideshow of some of my favorite photos and videos from the past year.
You can watch it below, or here.
There are two things I think of when I watch the slideshow.
First, I am woefully out of touch with new music. I think the last “new” band I listened to was Something Corporate in 2002.
Tom is shaking his head reading this, but it’s true whether he likes it or not. His old Avail albums from high school do not count as “new” music.
Second, when Tom and I watched this together, he asked if it made me cry. Nope, and here’s why: If you’ve ever made something like this, you know that through the editing process you end up watching it over 500 times in 2-second intervals. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past week or so, watching, editing, fixing, moving, adjusting volume levels, getting frustrated with my software, watching again. So when I watch this it’s with a critical eye, fixating on things I’d rather change. By the time I finished and exported it, I’d almost memorized the order of the photos. The whole thing practically becomes rote.
Then I showed it to David. He loves the slideshow I made for his birthday, but he might love this one even more. As the slides rolled, he shrieked, “There’s me! There’s Mommy! There’s Caleb! There’s Pops! Look, Mary ‘ginia, there’s you! THERE’S LIGHTNING A-QUEEN!”
Several photos, and all the videos, make him laugh out loud, and every time the song changes he says, “This is my favorite song!”
Watching him enjoy it so much made me enjoy it anew.
I hope you like it, too.