jon lion

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To be the master is my dream

All I've got to do is believe (I Believe)


juke
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Confidence, and changes

Hey there LiveJournal. Since the last time I updated where I wasn't sure what to put here, I've started really getting involved in the YouTube community, so much so that I am now fully aware of many flaws and strengths it has and have gained lots of self confidence along the way. I spent August doing a video every day, I put out about 55 in total including music videos for other people, content on other channels and some of them I was quite proud of, such as a behind the scenes for Tomska's The Fallen (which I also featured in).
I've grown the channel MidTeaVlogs a fair bit, and networked loads, grown in confidence in myself and my abilities, and even got back into freestyling and beatboxing in public which was a thing I'd not done since the Fort Minor days. Overall, I think I'm feeling a lot happier.
I quit my day job to make videos full time, and that's a bit of a stress financially but the joy I get day in and day out doing this outweighs that.
If you'd like to watch what I do, head over to http://youtube.com/midteavlogs and say hi.

I hope you're all well.

Jon

juke
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Hello out there

Do you still use this site? I haven't ventured over here for a while. I don't even really use Tumblr much anymore. I'm all over YouTube and Twitter, and occasionally on Facebook... what's been happening in everyone's world?
I've put out my second music video, also for Leddra, and it was single of the week on a bunch of radio stations which has been great, as MidTea's been given some lovely remarks as a result through radio interviews and the like. I'm currently working on a bunch of things for many different people, mainly Becky CJ and Leddra but lots of others along the way, and MidTeaTV passed 100K views a short while back.
If you want to know more, drop me a comment and let's catch up!

jon lion
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Updates

Since I last posted, my video Focus ended up winning a Limelight Award, and has passed 40,000 views. It's still up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_DL18ExQM8

I've started doing MidTea Sessions - videos I film and edit of musicians I enjoy. My most recent pair are for a singer called Leddra and she's doing pretty well view wise. Some of them are a bit slow to be picked up and watched but Leddra's Give Me Love [Ed Sheeran cover] ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLpDU3KpbI ) and Shiver ( http://youtu.be/aG8OHwfF86Y ) are doing well. You can watch all of them up to this one here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL04A492B00D7093C0&feature=plcp

I've also got Facebook.com/MidTea going a bit more, and I'm constantly editing. People are requesting my services and that's a good look too... life is alright.

jon lion
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Ryan Keen - Focus

Last year, I joined Ryan Keen on tour and filmed parts of it for a music video which was directed, edited and animated by Andy Shackleford. I filmed all the live action and we spent a day doing the office scenes separately. The video is now out and you can pre-order the EP and single on iTunes, too. Click below for the video. Hopefully LJ will embed it, too. I'm very proud of this - my first music video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_DL18ExQM8


jon lion
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Wow it's been a long time

I didn't even realise I hadn't updated since Casey got married. It's been a bit of a mad one. I run a photo-a-day at http://365jon.tumblr.com but I haven't even kept up to date with that. After returning to New York from Canada, we celebrated my birthday with lots of friends, including Emma (Aussie, friend of Jacquie's & mine), Scott & Tina, Nick (Brit who flew out with me), Sara and Vanessa. I was pretty drunk in this photo, but I was 26, so you know how it gets.



New York had some great moments. I returned to England quite content to not rush back to New York though. Not because I didn't enjoy myself - I thoroughly did - but I also felt refreshed with a sense of purpose and since May I have been putting that to effect.

I'm still single, but I'm not lonely in the way that I felt away from New York. I've been to several football games, seen a lot of friends, made some new ones and built my own Rockwood-like experience each Sunday night at an event one of my new friends runs, called W.E. Love Sundays.

Within days of returning, I made friends with a girl called Kal Lavelle who I'd heard was opening for a musician called Ed Sheeran. Ed was slowly getting more popular - at the time he had about 40,000 followers on Twitter (@edsheeran), lots of them from a video he did on SBTV, and his great song The A Team had over a million views on YouTube. Kal was playing a night that I decided to go along to, and as a result I ended up one of the night's photographers (they're called Lyrix Organix). I spoke to Kal and got on well with her. I went to another of her things that she ran every Sunday and loved it. It was homely, relaxed, the music was good and a singer I spoke about on here in 2008 and onwards, called Fiona Bevan was also involved and friends with them all.

Other performers there included a guy called Antonio Lulic and someone called Ryan Keen and those four have been very supportive and inclusive the last couple of months in particular, including going on tour with Ryan whilst he opened for Ed Sheeran at sold out dates throughout October (which I have lots of photos on Flickr of - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jondbarker/sets/).

I've had some of my photographs published - the Hackney Gazette and Banquet Records have made use of some, Antonio is going to be using one on his website for the main banner and so on.

I started writing for Thankfolkforthat.com and Thehouseofcoxhead.com, and just got back from a weekend in Manchester to see Coxhead and his sister, and watch Ryan, Kal and Antonio play a show.

And whilst I'm tired and very busy, I'm happy. I'm freestyling more, beatboxing more and doing silly things. I'm taking lots of photographs and I am being supported by people and encouraged along the way. And pearl and the beard were here two weeks ago and blew everyone's mind.

I'm happy, you know?

jon lion
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So the good man Doomsdayblaze is married.







One of the things I absolutely love about being on holiday and seeing friends I’ve not seen in so long is the intimate, genuine joy that greets each face. Seeing Casey for the first time since I turned 21 (I am turning 26 tomorrow) and picking up where we left off immediately, that was pretty amazing. His family giving me hugs and thanking me for looking after him back in 2004 when he first came to England to party, his friends being so welcoming, meeting up with Jaz and Sidrah who I know from the old LiveJournal days, dancing away to assorted hiphop, soul, and baby making music… it was all a lot of fun, and an open bar didn’t hurt matters.

There was a lot of energy last night. A lot of love and I’ve never been happier for someone getting married. I somehow unintentionally caught the bouquet when it was being thrown - I was sitting at a side table and it veered away from the queue of ladies behind the bride, Sarah, straight to my left hand. I quickly passed it on to Jas, who was collecting as many flower arrangements as she could, but couldn’t help but laugh at circumstance.

Everyone’s been great this trip so far. Lots of hugs. I live for those. Lots of big smiles, continuous chatter, sky gazing, singing harmonies and ridiculous emceeing. Songs and people. Life and music. Living. Being. I am content and tired.

My friend Nick joins me tonight, and then the fun will truly begin.

jon lion
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we're talking for the sake of hearing a voice
but not hearing a word spoken, or sentence said
the tension is dead due to how little we care
the dwindlers stare on, as the end is met
its not really something that scares me you see
when you're that low, you're already below sea level
and my seems shed, all sunbeams have been left
the light in the tunnel's a train
full speed ahead

i was listening. i didn't hear nothing
i was listening. you didn't say much
i was listening. i didn't hear nothing
i was waiting to hear you ask what's up

i've been sat here speaking but you keep interupting
seems the media's punctual punctuation is functioning
as the stopping and start over fresh of our actions
so i could sit in pain, as you refresh twitpic captions
and i nitpick back at you out of minor frustration
that you take as me hating you and soon the room's vacant
with some words you'll regret having been the last said
the light in the tunnel's a train
full speed ahead

i was listening. i didn't hear nothing
i was listening. you didn't say much
i was listening. i didn't hear nothing
i was waiting to hear you ask what's up

now i hear you pleading, asking why the body bleeding
didn't say you need me, didn't ask to be near me
didn't speak up. didn't do a lot of things
let you walk away with the last words troubling
didn't get help, or advice from another one
let it build up til it really smothered you
couldn't find an alternative to death
the light in the tunnel's a train
full speed ahead.

clarification - i am actually fine in case someone worries. the first line came to me and the rest just flowed from there

jon lion
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Mike

jon lion
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Writing and recording

In New York, I'm possibly going to be recording something with some of the lads from hiphopverses, including Meda - if - I can actually write something I like and if I can agree on a topic with the rest of them. I've not really recorded anything for an audience in years, or with a purpose, so it'd be nice to actually do something. Rez is doing a beat but I need to find something I feel a bit more if I'm honest. I can't see where I'd be meant to sit on this one. Trying to come up with lyric ideas, and so far I have an obscure flow written earlier which is as follows:

Let me give you some diversity,
I'd wordlessly convey a state of feeling
if I had the kind of hands that could paint,
but I'll make do with all I can, in spraypainting cans
just creating a chance to birth something that was great
I find I'm already late to most fads on the street
And when I start the last verse, well I'm late on the beat
Last to repeat what is said far too often
But better late than never, taking chances and rock them
Getting higher than skyscrapers in Gotham
Seizing the day by its balls just to knock them out of the park
I'm here in the dark room recording citizens as they bark
A sinister past might surround story telling
Two skimasks, one quick witted felon is spelling the
end of my purpose, a world less this wordsmith is
worthless, a virtue like patience is worth it, so wait

The question is, where would I take that, or would I even be able to fit that in?

drinkandshout
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You know the rules, fam

Its been five months since I was last on holiday. That's an incredibly long amount of time. I hadn't even realised that til writing that sentence. Five months since I was in New York. Next month, I'll be going to Italy with Vanesha, just for the chance to walk everywhere and say 'when in Rome' (I still don't really get what that means...), and the month after, I fly to New York for a few days before visiting Casey aka Doomsdayblaze for his wedding in Canada. He's one of my oldest LiveJournal friends and its going to be excellent. I leave Canada for New York and spend my birthday there, and on Saturday at 11pm, Nick booked his flight to join me for New York. I'm SO excited to introduce Nick to my New York friends. If you've been here since the beginning, you'll know that Nick and I have been friends since 2001... something else I hadn't really thought about til writing that sentence... through bullying at school, past relationships, travelling, spontaneous ridiculously awesome moments in life, musical interest and pizza. To bring him to New York to try the food, meet the people and see the things that make me so happy is just so exciting for me.
Still working out accomodation for me and him but life makes me happy right now. Still no update on the female sitch in my life, but I'm not rushing it. I think fatigue is a big factor in how I feel when alone, but its OK to be alone. I have a lot of men and women in my life that I love as family and I'm not ashamed to be alone when I have so much positive things happening. I'm genuinely so fortunate, especially in the face of the struggle and turmoil happening in Japan. Everyone we know out there is apparently alright, which is good to know. I'm just like... I'm feeling good.