So I made my first piano cover this week. It ended up taking me about 6 hours- editing and all. I have almost an hour of footage that consists of me messing up, getting sidetracked, and pounding my fists on the key board. So, I decided to put it in a video. My main goal with it was to make people laugh. But I also wanted to make a statement. COVERS ARE HARD. Until I made this, I never realized the patience, determination, and TIME that is put into song covers. It took me three days to arrange and learn the piano accompaniment plus the 6 hours of filming and editing. It’s not easy. It has to come from a really passionate place. Making that cover was exhausting, frustrating, and so so satisfying. So, here’s to all those crazy motherfuckers who do this once a week. They make it look easy, and I’m inspired.
"So maybe if you stop trying, You know then, you can take some of that energy and turn it on yourself, and then you become more attractive to yourself. You attract the right things, when you have a sense of who you are. It’s tough at 15 to have that, well it’s tough at 41 to have that. But I think that the way in is to stop trying!"
Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara began taking pictures of her grandmother, Misao, 13 years ago to commemorate her rich life. Along the way, the photographer came across a beautiful bond between her now 88-year-old grandmother and a cat named Fukumaru, whose given name roughly translates as “good fortune circle.” In her photo book titled Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat, Ihara captures the affectionate tale of these two best friends doing everything together.
Looking through a selection of photos from the book, one can see the genuine friendship and warmth between the inseparable pair as they keep each other company throughout their daily lives. It was nine years ago that Misao first found Fukumaru abandoned in a shed, described as an “odd-eyed kitten.” While the cat had its own ailments and hearing disabilities, the two have continued to grow old together, enjoying the beauty of everyday life against the stunning backdrop of nature’s fields.