Honouring HONY

"I don't shake hands. Do you know why? It's because of the ebola. It's in the city, ya know. Yeah, it's already in the city. They know. They're just tryin' to keep a lid on it. You can't be too safe. So I don't shake hands. I'll bump elbows though."

Haven’t done this before. But I think this is the perfect one to start on.

We are all inspired by someone. I’m not talking about ‘oh my mom inspires me to keep going every day because she loves me no matter what’ kinda shit. Although my mom is pretty incredible. I mean more creatively. If we are a musician, we draw inspiration from past songs. If we’re a director, we watch old movies. Now if you blatantly rip it off… well then you’re just being a douche bag. It’d be like playing the opening riff to Johnny B. Goode moments after announcing to the crowd that this is a new tune you just wrote last night (that’s kind of a half Back To The Future reference… but only half).

Brandon is really rad. Dude’s got a crazy back story. Part of it includes picking up everything and moving to NYC in 2010… much to his mother’s chagrin (although I’m sure she’s an incredible woman). There he set out to document the lives of thousands of New Yorkers. Photographing them in their daily life. As time moved on, B included little captions from each person he photographed; the answer to a question, a story, an observation. Anything, really. And it brought these photographs to life. Brandon aptly called this adventure Humans of New York. If I could make only one referral all year, it would be that you check it out.

I just got back from five days in NYC. The first couple were work, but the last three were for me. I decided to try and get lost in New York. Not the streets, trust me the way they’re named makes it almost impossible to not know where you are. I wanted to get lost in the culture. The buzz. The life form that is New York. I decided to chat with anyone who wanted company, and stay only as long as the conversation lasted. I met some incredible people. My five days in NYC will go down as one of my favourite trips of all time.

This collection of people and stories are in honour (yes, honour… I’m Canadian) of Brandon and all the rad shit he’s done with HONY. Everyone has a story. You just gotta be willing to listen.

"People are always takin' pictures of me. Some of 'em even send 'em to me. What I don't have is pictures of you. [He gestures for my camera]. Let me take a picture of you and you can send it to me. I want to remember the moment too."

“People are always takin’ pictures of me. Some of ’em even send ’em to me. What I don’t have is pictures of you. [He gestures for my camera]. Let me take a picture of you and you can send it to me. I want to remember the moment too.”

"You like the scale? People always stop for the scale. I've had it forever and people have always liked it. It's a good scale."

“You like the scale? People always stop for the scale. I’ve had it forever and people have always liked it. It’s a good scale.”

"It's crazy. I think I wasn't even born yet when [John Lennon] died. But here I am. And people are always here takin' pictures. They never knew him, but they all want to see it."

“It’s crazy. I think I wasn’t even born yet when [John Lennon] died. But here I am. And people are always here takin’ pictures. They never knew him, but they all want to see it.”

"I don't play 'cause I sound like them (great musicians of the past). I play 'cause I like it. I like to play. I like the people. I play because I got to."

“I don’t play ’cause I sound like them (great musicians of the past). I play ’cause I like it. I like to play. I like the people. I play because I got to.”

"Alright, so I was applying for this construction job last summer. I had to go through all these kinda tests to make sure I was good for the job. The last one was a drug test. So they bring me in the lab and said 'sir, we're gonna need a sample of your hair. Are you alright with that?' I said back to them 'of course I am, I put drugs up my nose, not in my hair.'"

“Alright, so I was applying for this construction job last summer. I had to go through all these kinda tests to make sure I was good for the job. The last one was a drug test. So they bring me in the lab and said ‘sir, we’re gonna need a sample of your hair. Are you alright with that?’ I said back to them ‘of course I am, I put drugs up my nose, not in my hair.'”

"Oh yeah, I'm a director. I direct all kinds of stuff. But right now I'm workin' on my music. You know how it is. You jus' gotta be out here every day, doin' your thing. You gotta keep workin' at it. That's the only way we're gonna make it.'

“Oh yeah, I’m a director. I direct all kinds of stuff. But right now I’m workin’ on my music. You know how it is. You jus’ gotta be out here every day, doin’ your thing. You gotta keep workin’ at it. That’s the only way we’re gonna make it.’

"I don't shake hands. Do you know why? It's because of the ebola. It's in the city, ya know. Yeah, it's already in the city. They know. They're just tryin' to keep a lid on it. You can't be too safe. So I don't shake hands. I'll bump elbows though."

“I don’t shake hands. Do you know why? It’s because of the ebola. It’s in the city, ya know. Yeah, it’s already in the city. They know. They’re just tryin’ to keep a lid on it. You can’t be too safe. So I don’t shake hands. I’ll bump elbows though.”

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