Lyrics of the week – Carry On Wayward Son

cover_56177862016_rKansas has been a favorite of mine since I was a teen. I listened to Leftoverture on my record player over and over. I’m sure my parents were sick of it. I love their sound with all the strings, the story telling. Of course I spent a great deal of time looking at the album cover art. I miss that about music. I can easily spend a few hours just looking at my album covers in my collection. Almost a lost art.

“Carry On Wayward Son”

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

Ah

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high

Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I’m dreaming,
I can hear them say

Carry on my wayward son,
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man,
Well, it surely means that I don’t know

On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Tossed about, I’m like a ship on the ocean
I set a course for winds of fortune,
But I hear the voices say

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more no!

Carry on,
You will always remember
Carry on,
Nothing equals the splendor
Now your life’s no longer empty
Surely heaven waits for you

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry,
Don’t you cry no more,

No more!

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My kids got some video skills. Prince Blaine/Domino’s Music video!

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I’ve got some talented kids for sure. Yeah I know all parents say that. I get it but no really!

Over the last number of years as I have been doing corporate video work one benefit is that I have some cool gear. By gear i mean video cameras, DSLR’s, GoPros , lighting and sound equipment. I surly don’t mind and neither do my boys.

Ever since they where young they’ve been into making videos. It started with Thomas The Tank Engine doing stop motion stuff. You know frame by frame. You know take a photo move the object take another photo. When you sting them altogether you get movement. A great way to learn video production. Well it worked. They both are now very efficient behind a video camera as well as in the editing room. Even has taken it a step further by going to Bellevue collage to get a degree in Media Arts. His passion is motion graphics, Special effects.

Anyways I digress. The reason I started this post was to share their latest project. It’s music video for our neighbor Blaine. He is an aspiring artist who happens to be also working a Damino’s Pizza. Anyways Blaine put this song together about working for Damino’s and how much he operantly digs it. Hi apparently slightly modified the beats of 50 Cent. Well you just got to check it out.

Peace!

~mojo

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Check out my latest adventure. Camping on the Olympic Peninsula !

New York Trip – Multi-Media workshop

Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 8.55.44 PMI ran across this video I produced with my students of the ASTD Multi-media workshop. That was a really fun trip! I really enjoyed the people and sights of New York. I need to get back again soon.

The workshop focused on creating rapid video and audio without spending a ton gear. Desktop video and audio production.

 

 

Road trip to La Push Washington on the Olympic Peninsula

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I thought I would share some sensory from my trip to the Olympic Peninsula. It was in June to celebrate my oldest sons Bryce’s Birthday.We started by talking the Edmonds Kingston Ferry

over to the Olympic Peninsula. Once across we would take State Highway 307 turning on 104 north. We followed 104 north till we hit Interstate 101. Follow 101 around the top of the Peninsula to the Pacific Ocean.

I love this drive. Here is a music video I created out of the GoPro footage on the Jeep. It was really my Teardrop campers first real outing. I am very please on how it has trended out. Few more tweaks and I think I will have it setup they way I want.

We camped in a camp ground out side of Forks Wa Called More Campground. Great place to stay but can be sold out in the Summer. You may now that is vampire country. Its the setting for the Twilight series. If you are a fan this place is a must.

If you do make it over to the further most tip of Washington state there are some fantastic beaches, parks and viewpoint. I recommend taking a several days and driving around the loop. You have to see the rain forest. For sure explore the Olympic National Park.  I love this resource by the National Parks Conservation Association.

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La Push – Cave island

We defiantly found lots cool places to hang out and explore. La Push beach is one of my favorite beaches in the Pacific. We spent some time there. I love photography and there was lots of birds including one of my favorite to photograph is the Bald Eagle. I was able to get nice on close to one for some great photos.

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It was a great place to watch birds, boats and people. Lots of sand to play on. We watched the Coast Gard guys towing in a fishing vessel it seemed to almost get away from them at one point.

 

 

In-between the camp ground and La Push we found a great little place on the river to kayak, cool down in the water and have lunch.

 

 

I would have liked to have spent more time on the Peninsula but it was just a weekend get-a-way. We’ll have to get back out there soon.

Happy travels!

~mojo

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Lyrics of the week – Paradise

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“Paradise”
Written by John Prine 
When I was a child, my family would travel
down to western Kentucky where my parents were born.
There’s a backwards old town that’s often remembered, so my times that my memories are worn.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.Well sometimes we’d travel right down the Green River
to the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill,
where the air smelled like snakes and we’d shoot with our pistols,
but empty pop bottles was all we would kill.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.Well, the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel,
and they tortured the timber and stripped all the land.
And they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken, wrote it all down as the progress of man.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.

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Peace,
~mojo

Lyrics of the Week – True Colors

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“True Colors”

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Show me a smile then,
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing

If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

[Whisper:] Can’t remember, when I last saw you laugh.

If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors
True colors are shining through

I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow.

The Cat made me buy it – Mojocat

IMG_4157.JPGI am often asked what the origin of the name Mojocat is. The truth is it’s multifaceted so I often give an abridged version. Back in hight school I studied Radio broadcasting at the Yakima Valley Vocational Skills Center. Evan though being a DJ was the most sexy part of radio I was fascinated with the advertising part of radio. I think one reason was that I seemed to have a knack for creating the commercials especially voicing them. I enjoyed doing character voices. Most days during class when I was not on the air you would find me in the control room voicing promos or just goofing off playing with the tape recorder.  I gained a fascination for the storytelling aspect of advertising. I was always researching and learning about advertising approaches or the story behind the creative. My carrier as a radio star was short lived but I did spend a great deal of time in the advertising world including selling radio advertising for on of Seattles last top 40 station.

My career as some point took some turns and I ended up becoming a graphic artist working on print advertising as well as online. I enjoyed learning about branding and using characters to sell products. One time as I was browsing thrift shops I ran across this book titled The Cat Made Me Buy It. I purchased it because it fascinated me that there where so many incidences where cats where used for branding. There are many philosophies as to why cats where good for branding. Cats are strong yet they have a soft side as well. They are dark and mysterious yet the are also loving and playful. The one that I identify with these days as my brand has survived so many evolutions if of course cats have nine lives. This fits Mojocat to a T. mojocat is a survivor. We survived the dot com startup boom and bust. I have the scars to prove it.

add- 90s.pngIn parallel when we where looking for a name for our web design business in the 90’s the name Mojocat just kind of came from nowhere. Ok there was more than likely a few microbrews involved in the multiple creative sessions that produced the name. Some of the details are a bit foggy but it goes a little something like this. Mojo is magic. You see the guys who started the original Mojocat with me all shared a love for music. Not the Austin powers mojo but the mojo that comes from Muddy Waters, Jim Morrison and the Beatles. As designers and developers we like to think that we could work magic. Now what about the cats. We where the cats. The Mojocats. Then lets look at that again. CAT what did we do? The cats that is. Well to go a bit further. We created the acronym CAT Creative Approaches to Technology.  Well there you go Mojocat!

That’s the story, the legend if you will. Now stand back and let us work our magic!

~mojo

Mojocat.com site update

Mojocat_logo_2017I am excited to announce that I am relaunching www.mojocat.com with the refocus on video production, motion graphics and interactive media. The difference is I’m splitting my branding up.

I will point my domain  www.jefftillett.com to my old digital resume

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 4.55.10 PMfocusing on my instructional design career. The domain www.mojocat.com will be focused on my business Mojocat Creative Services. The new Mojocat site is draft one of a site build on WordPress. I have plans on taking this site to the next level but for now I am hoping this simple site will do. I think it does a pretty good job of explaining who Mojocat is and what we do. As acompanion to the domain Mojocat I will leverage the Facebook page www.facebook.com/mojocatcs/

Have I confused anyone yet? I hope not.

~mojo

Lyrics of the week – Foo Fighters-All My Life

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All my life I’ve been searching for somethin’
Somethin’ never comes, never leads to nothin’
Nothin’ satisfies, but I’m getting close
Closer to the prize at the end of the rope

All night long I dream of the day,
When it comes around, and it’s taken away
Leaves me with the feelin’ that I feel the most
I feel it come to life when I see your ghost

Come down don’t you resist
You have such a delicate wrist
And if I give it a twist
Something to hold when I lose my grip
Will I find something in that
So give me just what I need
Another reason to bleed
One by one hidden up my sleeve, one by one hidden up my sleeve

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Will I find the believer?
Another one who believes
Another one to deceive
Over and over down on my knees

If I get any closer
And if you open up wide
And if you let me inside
On and on I got nothing to hide, on and on I got nothing to hide

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

All my life I’ve been searching for somethin’
Somethin’ never comes, never leads to nothin’
Nothin’ satisfies, but I’m getting close
Closer to the prize at the end of the rope
All night long I dream of the day
When it comes around and it’s taken away
Leaves me with the feelin’ that I feel the most
Feel it come to life when I see your ghost

And I’m done, done onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, I’m done and I’m onto the next

Sing it Dave!

Done, done onto the next one!
Done, I’m done and I’m on to the next one!
Done, done onto the next one!
Done, I’m done and I’m on to the next one!

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Done, done onto the next one!
Done, I’m done and I’m on to the next one!


Watch the video and relive a sliver of the 90’s. Long live Rock’n Roll! You can all it grunge if it makes you feel better!

This one is dedicated to my buddy Erick. We shred this!

My Father Ron Tillett

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My dad ripping hills with us at 60 something!

As a parent you realize how tough it is to be worthy of being looked up to. It’s not easy consistently being a great person. The kind of person others like to be around and people would strive to be like. In my role as a parent I have realized how challenging it is to always make the right decisions, to set a good example or inspire my children to be great. I am very fortunate to have had someone my father that I could constantly look up too like. Being a good role model to your children has got to be one of the most challenging things. Your family is not like the rest of the world they see you for who you are, they see you at your lowest. They are there as you struggle through life’s challenges and watch how you try and pick your self back up and get back in the game. I believe that anyone can be great when they are at the top. What makes a man a man, is how he deals with being at the bottom or facing challenges. We all go through tough times. Life changes, loosing jobs, health issues, relationship struggles are a part of life, everyone goes through these things. Some people let it get them down and others grab the bull by the horns take it head on. My father is the kind of man who always took the problem head on and just kicked its ass. I am so lucky to have worked side by side with my dad through out my life. He taught me how to work hard, he taught me skills and he taught me that I could do anything I put my mind too.

I am so lucky to have such a mentor, teacher and life coach like my father. He has always been there and always will. The lessons he has taught me make me who I am today. I am still a work in progress and someday I hope to be worthy of filling his shoes.

I love you dad, happy fathers day!

Your number one son!