I was born in Brooklyn, New York, so the lyrics of these two songs really hit home, Empire State of Mind by Jay Z, and Empire State of Mind Part II by Alicia Keys.
"Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There's nothing you can’t do. Even if it ain’t all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams i'm gonna make it by any means, Baby, I'm from New York. These streets will make you feel brand new, The lights will inspire you, Lets here it for New York, New York!
While making my music list I added Jay Z's song to the list of music that include Lady Gaga's "Paaparazzi", "One Day" by Matisyahu, and "Forever" by Chris Brown among many others. Everyone in the studio was moved by the music and after the last day of shooting my digital tech sent me other song's to add to the list and thanked me for turning him on to some new songs.
The right music on a shoot can make a huge difference as you shoot so take the time to put music together that make you feel good. You'll be surprised how everyone else in the room will feel and when they hear these songs after leaving your studio or photo session they will always think of you.
This week in New York was great in so many ways. I went to a Knicks basketball game, (and they won) and sat court side with one of my best friends, Leon. I hung out with my good friend, Gerard and his son, and my Godson, Jayson. I had dinner with my wonderful Sony client and shot a good friend on my off day. One of my highlights was a firstl meeting with my new literary agent for my new book project on MLK day. I will spend this weekend back in Los Angeles perfecting my proposal to send out by Monday to New York on my deadline of January 25th.
Our dreams don't always work out when we want them to but I believe they work out when they are supposed to. In 2009 I worked on a project I called "The Secret Project" and I couldn't find a publisher for the project. One agent told me if I'd brought the project to her two years earlier she'd have a deal in five days for me, but because of the economy she wasn't sure she could sell it. It never sold but I still have all the work and after mentioning it to my new book agent we will try and revive it and make changes. In the mean time we will sell my other project and I'll keep you all informed as the project takes off.
Always Dream Big,
Matthew Jordan Smith