Together We Are Love

After spending the week with RTC in Joshua Tree in March, they’ve kept me pretty busy. I’ve done quite a bit of editing for their Love Cancer Movement, none of which has been released to the public yet. What I can share, was by far the most fun morning of the trip.


We were three videographers and one photographer, split up among groups each day, scarfing down our food together in order to keep shooting the magic happening around camp. On the final full day of the trip, while eating breakfast so fast my mother would be ashamed, another videographer and I were grabbed to shoot a quick walk and talk about Love Cancer. When I thought I might be able to run and brush my teeth before going out for the day, all three of us were asked to just shoot a quick music video.

That’s not something you often hear — just shoot a quick music video. Even in this run-and-gun camping situation I would have liked an hour to plan, but we had mere minutes, and somehow magic still happened. This talented young singer-songwriter is Matt Haslett and the song, Together We Are Love, was written specifically for RTC. We did this in one take with three shooters and someone else running around camp asking everyone to join in.

Magic, I tell you. I edited this in just a few hours. There’s wasn’t a whole lot of footage, but everything felt right on the first pass. This is also the first edit in my life where the Bossman looked at the first draft and said yes, let’s run with this. Magic.


Edit June 30, 2014 — Round Table Companies published my little write-up of the experience on their community site. Hooray!

Modern Old-Time Fiddling

After 11 days of shooting spread out through last June – October, and nearly nine months of editing this school year, need I preface any further?

Modern Old-Time Fiddling: A Master’s Project Documentary

This project was produced in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in 2012.

Julie Elman, chair, Rebecca Sell and Terry Eiler

This project is for educational purposes only. Not for resale.

Copyright © 2012 Heather Haynes and Ohio University.

Featuring and special thanks to: The Amundsen Family/Jubal’s Kin, Ammon Bowen, Bob Borcherding, Buck Mountain Band, Shona Carr, Marcy Cochran, Samantha Cooper, Pete Easton, Fox n Hounds, Lynn Garren, Alys Horne, Alan Jabbour, Heather Lewin-Tiarks, The Marchi family, Harold Maurer, Rob O’Connor, Jenny Leigh Obert, Kevin Samuels, Liz Shaw, Roger Sprung, Fred Swedberg, Chris Via, Charlie Walden and Andrew Zinn

Update // This project has been accepted into the Blue Ridge Film and Music Festival, Virginia Film Festival, and 15 Minutes of Fame Festival this fall!

Henry Reed ’11 (part 2)

Scenes from the second day of the Henry Reed Convention. Here’s something a little closer to fiddles.

edit: for the curious, a more complete gallery is now available

Henry Reed ’11

Over the weekend Sarah and I trekked down to Glen Lyn, Virginia for the first step of my master’s project: The Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention. It’s a apparently quite a small, young convention and definitely a great place to start. We attended master classes with Alan Jabbour, made friends with the Reed family (and others), listened to seemingly unlimited music, discovered Brunswick Stew, thoroughly enjoyed the New River, and of course gathered quite a lot of material.

I intend to make a short video about the convention later this week but for now we’ll follow a tangential style and give you photos of not-music.

edit: for the curious, a more complete gallery is now available

Oh My…

Its official: one of the courses I’ve enrolled in this fall (Color) is being taught by the mother of one of my violin students, who also lives just down the street from me. This could get awkward very quickly.

In other news, I had quite a lovely interview with Picture People in Annapolis on Monday and understand fully that they need to contact my references and their district manager before hiring me. Honestly, I expect a call back by the end of this week, but who knows. The place certainly looked swamped and in need of some love when I went in. And I thought the photo lab in the castle was gross…

Also, the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival was absolutely amazing. I was too enthralled (and sweaty) to take any pictures, but Matt and I have resolved to go every year from now on, so photos will be coming eventually. We saw performances (all wonderful) from Shemekia Copeland, Junkyard Saints, The Bernard Allison Band, Catfish Hodge, Three Dog Night, The Melanie Mason Band, and Robert Randolph and The Family Band, not to mention a harmonica workshop. Everyone there was friendly, etc etc. I bought some beautiful jewelry from these guys, and we ate the best Gyros either of us had ever tasted. All in all: success.

I’m really no good at these titles

Orchestra: today 4-6, tomorrow 10-4, Sunday 2:30-4

As much as I love Bloch’s Sacred Service and enjoy playing with choir… this paper is not going to write itself. In a way it saddens me to think I’m writing my final final-paper for who knows how long. Not that I really enjoy writing, but its a rite of passage I’ve grown used to.

I’ll be home next weekend to photograph a wedding on the 21st and see all the of beautiful people I missed over Easter Break. Perhaps sometime then I’ll work on this paper. And can I say that I do not appreciate upper-level final papers with specific prompts? I’ve been following your syllabus all semester, can you please let me explore what I want now?

Although I suppose a paper on how Jekyll&Hyde foreshadowed super heros isn’t too in line with the class, but it would make for an interesting argument.

odds and ends

Within the next week or so I should be hearing back from both MICA and SCAD on different subjects. It all depends on money though, unforunately. On that vein, I’ve applied for ten full-time photography jobs and heard back from none. Starting next weekend I’ll apply to jobs decidedly not in my field, because I’ve got to do something that gets me health insurance.

Other than that, I’m just trying to finish up two papers (before Easter Break next Thursday) in between all of these orchestra rehearsals. I’ve got a gig-thing with the Bloomsburg Community Orchestra just helping them out for the spring oncert, but its pretty much taking my entire tomorrow and Sunday. I’ll be home next weekend and decidedly working, but no one’s perfect.

For now its off to the gym, class, and pleny of work to keep Friday feeling like a Monday.

Oh right and then there was that part where Sarah came up last weekend. We went into Philadelphia to hit the Liberty bell, Independence Hall, and Franklin Institute. There were cheesesteaks at an almost-sketchy diner and a dinner of cereal. Overall: awesome.

I promise to do more research

Until that time, here’s my electronic music project, cleverly labeled “Project 1“.

Exciting update: Take the time to read this paragraph. Its the funniest thing I’ve EVER run across in a scholarly article.

“In a fascinating piece of research last year, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that most toilets flush in E-flat. This is naturally a phenomenon of crucial concern to Wagnerians. The story related by Wagner in Mein Leben concerning the musical inspiration for the opening of the Ring is well known. Lodging in La Spezia in September 1853, Wagner took to his hotel bed, tired and debilitated by dysentery. He fell into a trance-like sleep and it was in that state that he thought he heard rushing water that gradually coalesced into E-flat arpeggios. This, he claimed, marked the inception of Das Rheingold, though scholarship has sometimes taken a more sceptical view. With the new American research we may perhaps be forced to revise our thinking. If toilets flush in E-flat, could the initial inspiration for the Ring actually have been the flushing of an Italian lavatory cistern?” (source)

Honors Band

I should really be doing further Wagner research right now, but here are some exciting photos from my Honors Band escapades.

I stood behind them:

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