Journey to Sunflowers

Journey to Sunflowers

Have you ever had those times in your life when you had a plan or goal, but then the journey was definitely not what you pictured? Yeah, that’s what happened to me yesterday.

Okay, you know it’s sunflower season when you start seeing your Instagram newsfeed with them. #FOMO (fear of missing out). Let’s be real now… Anyways, I decided to get a group of us to go yesterday. On the way there, I remember seeing a bunch of cars parked on the main road. My gut told me to park there, but I didn’t. So, we got there around 7 pm, but the sunflowers were small and miniature. We wanted the mammoth ones, so we decided to go on their website and look at the map (Pictured below - the arrow is where we were). 

 
 

As you can see, the map didn’t say where they were. At the same time, I was contemplating to go back to the car and park where my gut told me to. But we decided to keep on walking to another field because almost half of us were trying to get their daily goal of 10,000 steps. We asked a couple people if they knew where they were, but they said it was also small and miniature. I happened to take the lead. So based on the map, I decided to go on the (long) path where it will eventually lead me to the sunflowers that are on the top right. Should not have made that choice, but I did. We walked through corn fields, muddy trails, cut thorns.. all in the heat, with bugs flying.. It was just horrible! Throughout the journey, I didn’t get a bad attitude or got discouraged because I focused on getting to the mammoth sunflowers. Haha. We eventually got to the field where they were and took pictures all sweaty and what not. It was not the original plan we had in mind. We missed golden hour, but we still made use of it.

This story just reminds me so much of our spiritual walk. On this journey called life, we all strive to be the man or woman of God He has called us to be. But through that journey, there are many challenges and obstacles that we go through. This is because we choose to do this or say that when the Holy Spirit is telling us, “No, focus on Jesus". In this story, Jesus is the mammoth sunflowers. Romans 8:28 says, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Yeah, we fall short, but he uses our pain and joy to shape and mold us to become who we are created to be. Focus on Jesus, and in the end, it will be all worth it.

June Vibez

June Vibez

It's SUMMER! Who's not excited?! Here is this month’s creative boost as yall enjoy the start of it! It's on Spotify and Apple Music called “jne vbz”:

Spotify | Apple Music

Here are this month’s song choices chosen by our own creatives:

1901 by Phoenix

Slow Burn by Made in Heights

Blessings by Chance the Rapper

Classic by The Knocks, POWERS

Friends by Francis and the Lights, Bon Iver

Future/Past by John Mark McMillan

13 by LANY

Fantasy by Alina Baraz, Galimatias

Savannah by Relient K

I Don't Know by Nick Hakim

Dust by Kings Kaleidoscope

Made Alive by Citizens & Saints

You Don't Know About Me by Ella Vos

Safe and Sound by Rebelution

Omen - Motez Remix by Disclosure, Sam Smith, Motez

Never Stop - Live by Mosaic MSC

Wild Love by Cashmere Cat, The Weeknd

- MD

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Leaving You by Audien, Michael S.

Now or Never by Halsey

Closer by The Chainsmokers, Halsey

Hope Has Found Us by Waken

Oceans Away - Sam Feldt Remix by A R I Z O N A, Sam Feldt

No Response by Mutemath

In Our Blood by Fenech-Soler

Say My Name by ODESZA, Zyra

- Matt Walters

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Obscured Vision

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May Flowers

May Flowers

May is when people starts getting into that summer mode. School's starting to let out, so people are either graduating, traveling, or taking summer classes. Here is this month’s creative boost as yall enjoy the start of summer! It's on Spotify and Apple Music called “may flwrs”:

Spotify | Apple Music

Here are this month’s song choices chosen by our own creatives:

Love Like We Used To - Lenno Remix by Captain Cuts, Nateur, Lenno

Tightrope by WALK THE MOON

Cowards by Raleigh Ritchie

Ecs by Abhi//Dijon

Back it Up by THEY.

Just Wanna See by SHAED

Dear No One by Tori Kelly

Pink + White by Frank Ocean

Compromised by Tim Atlas

Hero by Family of the Year

Peanut Butter (Moon Boots Remix) by Alison Valentine

STICKS & STONES by CASS

Doing Good by Milky Chance

- MD

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The Hype by Cookie Jar (Only on Spotify)

Better Give U Up by FKJ

Sleepyhead by Passion Pit

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

Classic by The Knocks feat. Fetty Wap & Powers

Swim by Fickle Friends

Sleep (Conrad Hillis Remix) by Little India

Start A Riot (Dave Edwards Remix) by BANNERS

I Feel It Coming by The Weeknd

Chained To The Rhythm by Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley

Sugar by Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates

- Matt Walters

 

 

April Showers

April Showers

April is a fun month. It's when the warm weather starts to peek through a lot, so that means adventure. Here is this month’s creative boost as yall explore! It's on Spotify and Apple Music called “aprl shwrs”:

Spotify | Apple Music

Here are this month’s song choices chosen by our own creatives:

More Colors by Kidswaste. Chelsea Cutler

It Is Well by Toulouse

Firefly by Mura Masa, Nao

Drive (Stripped) by Glades

What You Know by Two Door Cinema Club

Goodbye by filous, Mat Kearney

Do It Right by Martin Solveig, Tkay Maidza

Falling (Whethan Redo) by Opia, Whethan

Human by Rag'n'Bone Man

There Will Be Time by Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal

I Need a Forest Fire by James Blake, Bon Iver

Hold On by SBTRKT, Sampha

Jamie All Over by Mayday Parade

"April is the month where I start to adventure outside. Since the weather gets warmer, who wants to stay inside?! Not me. Here's a list to old & new vibes. As you start making plans for trips, take a listen! Just don't forget about coffee, on your adventure! ;)" - MD Latulola 

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Spotlight by Mutemath

In Our Blood by Fenech-Soler

Be Honest by R.LUM.R, Attom

See You Later by The Violet, Van Ward

Fly Away by Bird Passengers

Burn Fast by Bryce Fox

Clocks by Coldplay

Someone That Loves You by HONNE, Izzy Bizu

Mercy by Shawn Mendes

Hotel Pools by Roy English

Stop for Nothing by courtship.

It's Gotta Be You by Isaiah

"Who's traveling this summer? Now is the time to start making those plans! While you're at it, listen to some of the songs I enjoy... maybe not... But just how I like to explore different places, you might enjoy exploring different music. They alone will take you places! Take a listen! You might come across an artist or adventure that will change your future with good vibes." - Matt Walters

 

Making of the "Let There Be Light" Video

Making of the "Let There Be Light" Video

I know this is long overdue, but here it goes…

People have come up to me and ask what camera we used. And to everyone’s amazement, they were always surprised. Well, to answer the question, we used an iPhone. We had to use what we had in our hands. Remember what I said last time, small beginnings. With a big project, we had to start small yet again. As Winston Churchill said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

PRE-PRODUCTION

Equipment. That was the first thing that came to mind. What cameras, lights, and stabilizers were we going to use? The only camera that the team and I had were our phones. As time passed, people heard of our project and they let us borrow equipment. Can someone say blessings on blessings on blessings?! But there were still challenges. For example, we had lights, but no diffuser. (Skipping ahead here) During production, we had to set the lights in a way where it wasn’t harsh and looked over-exposed. But the team made the best of what we had.

PRODUCTION

The next question was when… (insert thinking emoji). We all were in a transition season, so scheduling a time when everyone can come together was another challenge. But we found a day and the magic started to happen. Shooting Day. Everyone got together, got setup, then LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! We used two cameras and did 6 whole run-throughs. Initially we had one shooter, but the team stepped up. One camera was a still shot, while the other was a moving shot. Then it was a wrap! (Sidenote: when we work together as a team, greatness happens)

POST-PRODUCTION

Man, this one was a personal challenge. Editing is the fun part. I love it, but it was getting all the shots. For some apparent reason, some of them were not coding correctly into the editing software. When I imported it, it would be audio only and not the video. I’m thinking, “How can I edit a video without the video”? I got frustrated big time. But I’m a half glass full kind of person, so I asked for help, researched, etc. Still couldn’t get it, until I prayed. Guys, prayer works. After I prayed, I tried one more thing that I can think of, and it worked! (Praise break) Then edited the final touches and the final product was ready.

I live for challenges! (not really.. quoting someone from a movie) In all honesty, challenges = growth, and who doesn’t want to grow? Yes, growth is scary and stretching. But growth is what makes endless possibilities, as an individual and a team. So excited for future projects. Bring it on! (not the movie though..)

-MD

3 Tips for a Better Product

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"Your product should be a reflection of your heart. Over time, I’ve learned that mimicking someone’s skill or product is not going to make me a creative."

March Madness

March Madness

Who do you think will win March Madness? Most of yall's brackets are probably messed up, so here is this month’s creative boost on Spotify and Apple Music called “mrch mdnss”:

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Here are this month’s song choices chosen by our own creatives:

Better Off by SPZRKT

Monument by Mutemath

Wild by Local Sound

Where You Are- Reimagined by Hillsong Young & Free

Midnight City by M83

Where I Wanna Be by ARIZONA

The Sound by The 1975

Escape by Zoology

Something Good Can Work by Two Door Cinema Club

All I Want by Red Rocks Worship

Kings & Queens by Brooke Fraser

Kids by OneRepublic

"March is an eventful month for me. It's planning time for the summer, preparation for easter, organized meetings at work, and it's time to hit the gym. March is definitely madness! What better way is there than to keep those good vibes and keep calm through the busy month by listening to alternative, electronic pop, and acoustic music? I hope you find yourself keeping your cool by listening to this month's selection!" - Matt Walters

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Get You by Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis

Heights by Shallou

Uma by Panama Wedding

Ignore by Abhi//Dijon

Impossible - Jax Jones Remix by LION BABE, Jax Jones

Flight Mode by Mr Sanka

Concrete Wall by Zee Avi

Nice by RYE

Frustrated by R.LUM.R

Maybe by Social Club Misfits, Chris Batson

Hallucinations by dvsn

Turnin' Me Up by BJ The Chicago Kid

The Light by Jordan Rakei

"March. Hmm.. Spring starts this month & I'm pretty estatic about warm weather. I dislike the cold! && I don't really watch March Madness until the final 4. But, this month I'm sharing with yall some of my favorite underground music. Enjoy! Do you. Love people. And drink coffee." - MD Latulola

Blog Cats

Blog Cats

At a coffee shop reflecting how good it is to be outside in 73º weather in  f e b r u a r y  of all months! But, I digress...

February Fever

February Fever

Couldn't wait for this month’s creative boost? Well the playlist is on Spotify and Apple Music called “fbrury fvr”

It's the heart, not the problem.

It's the heart, not the problem.

Sometimes we need things repeated to sink in and I kept coming back to the thought of the heart itself. It's the heart, not the problems that surround. And so I began writing from that perspective.

January Jams

January Jams

Did you listen to this month’s creative boost? The playlist is on Spotify and Apple Music called “jnury jmz”

Making of the "I'll Believe God" Graphic

Making of the "I'll Believe God" Graphic

"Matt always told me that great things come from small beginnings. In this case, we were starting small. Knowing myself, I can be a little bit of a perfectionist. I did not know where to start with creating an album graphic, but I went with it."

I'll Believe God (Single)

I'll Believe God (Single)

One thing I've always wanted to do is go through an entire songwriting process from end to end in a digital delivery platform. So, I set upon this project back in April of this year as a way to push myself outside of my comfort zone.

Launch Day

Launch Day

There's just something about launching out into an unknown area for the first time. It's exciting, scary and definitely requires confidence and faith- believing God for the things unseen, as it were.