Seattle’s Mojo!

As Seattle old timer. I think Amazon is adding to the Seattle vibe in a very positive way. This is also do to Paul Allen’s development of the South Lake Union area. It went from being a run down/warehouse part of town to a booming and modern area of town. I have been spending more time town town lately and Seattle is really hiding its grungy under belly.

~mojo

Here is the article that inspired this post about Renee Erickson opening a restaurant and bar in the Amazon Spheres.

Photo credit: JEREMY GONZALEZ

 

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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!

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 !

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

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!

 

Charles Dickens changed the world

I love this perspective on how Charles Dickens changed the world.

Give me 5 minutes a day and I'll give you a happier, more successful life

charles-dickensIf I voted for the best writer of English literature, I would vote for Charles Dickens. His writings about orphans enlightened and changed the way people perceived homeless children and brought about great positive change for them. The photo is Dickens as a boy.

Dickens had to quit school and go to work in a factory after his father went to debtors’ prison. He had very little formal education, but he became one of the greatest writers of English literature. He enjoyed more popularity and fame than any writer of his time.

One reason his writing is so good is that he published novels on installments. That means he published a little each week and eventually the writings made up a complete novel (similar to blogging today). He got feedback regularly and changed his writing accordingly.

Many believe his extreme poverty as a child drove him to succeed even though…

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Lyrics of the Week – War Pigs

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“War Pigs”

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death’s construction

In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds, oh lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor, yeah!

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait ’till their judgement day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, world stops turning
Ashes where the bodies’ burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour

Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees, the war pigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings, oh lord yeah!

Writers Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward

Lyrics of the Week – Your My Best Friend

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Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Ooo. you make me live
whatever this world can give to me
It’s you, you’re all I see
Ooo, you make me live now honey
Ooo, you make me live

You’re the best friend
that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine
And I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
You’re my best friend

Ooo, you make me live

I’ve been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You’ve stood by me girl
I’m happy, happy at home
You’re my best friend.

You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love
The things that you do
You’re my best friend

Ooo, you make me live.

I’m happy, happy at home
You’re my best friend
You’re my best friend
Ooo, you make me live
You, you’re my best friend.

Lyrics of the week -Simple Man

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Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day

Oh, take your time don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
Go find a woman you’ll find love
And don’t forget son there is someone up above

And be a simple kind of man
oh,Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me son if you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
oh,Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me son if you can? Oh yes, I will

Boy, don’t you worry you’ll find yourself
Follow your heart and nothing else
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
oh,Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me son if you can?

Baby be a simple, be a simple man
oh,Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man

 By VAN ZANT, RONNIE / ROSSINGTON, GARY ROBERT