Photo by Alan.
According2g is 4
My, how time flies.
4 years ago on this day, I launched According2g.com. At the time, I had no idea where the path would lead, but I just put one foot in front of the other, took out my camera, snapped some photos and started writing – 7 days a week!
Flash forward 4 years later and because of this blog, I am now friends or friendly with so many of my heroes. I’ve had the oppotunity to see and meet nearly all of my living heroes in the realms of music and art. My stories have been reposted on home pages of internet titans and some of my favorite bands, which continues to blow my mind. Earlier this year, a video I took of the closest thing we’ll probably ever get to a Smiths reunion and the went viral and landed me on Rolling Stone and NME’s website, two publications I’ve been reading ever since I was a child! Because of this blog, I had the opportunity to host an episode of “Weird Vibes” for MTV, a channel I’ve been watching since it launched in 1981. Because of this blog, I’ve had the chance to talk to hundreds of my idols and for all of these things and so much more, I am eternally grateful!
In addition, since I launched this blog, here’s a few “by the numbers” statistics:
- I’ve written approximately 700 posts about encounters with some of the world’s biggest celebrities, artists and rock stars.
- I’ve written close to 800 concert reviews.
- I’ve written over 800 posts about art exhibitions.
- There are 1460 days in a 4 year period and the only counting these reviews and experiences, in 6,300 plus posts, I’ve experienced over 2,300 events, which equates to over 2 events in a day, 7 days a week!!! I challenge ANY blog in the world to live up to these standards: taking your own photos, experiencing the events first hand and writing about them, 7 days a week. Many other blogs are much more successful than me, but they are nowhere near as hard working. And that is a fact!
I will not lie and tell you that this blog has helped my bank account as of this writing (but it’s coming, so I’m not worried), but no matter what happens, these amazing life changing experiences can never be stripped from me and that is something you cannot put a price on.
I would also like to put it out there in the world that I am looking to host or appear on more art/rock/celebrity based shows and also would love to collaborate with artists on songs. If you didn’t know, I’ve been known to write some pretty kick-ass song lyrics (however, I cannot write music, so I need your help!) I would also like to work with artists on a new line of T-shirts that I have brewing in my head, so if you or anyone you know can help me achieve these goals, please get in touch.
Back to the blog…
I thank all my readers for sharing these stories in their social media circles.
I thank all the artists whose works have inspired me to keep writing even when it seemed like there was no light at the end of the tunnel, and when you think of all the technical glitches and stress that comes with blogging 7 days a week, this feeling happens a lot!
Last and certainly not least, I thank YOU for reading this.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
All my love,
G of According2g.com
3 years ago on this very day, I was just your typical songwriter and published author with some words, some photos and a dream.
Flash forward 3 years later… According2G.com has posted original content 7 days a week ever since.
By the numbers: over 10,000 one of a kind photos have been posted, over 5,000 posts are live and from the feedback I have received, I’ve turned people on from across the globe to artists and musicians they wouldn’t have otherwise discovered! For that, I am truly proud. There are a lot of blogs out there on the net and I can tell you from experience that you will rarely find a site that is updated as often as this one is, with insight from someone that actually attends the events they write about.
As a result, my stories have been quoted by bands and news sites that I love and in addition, artists and musicians who are my heroes have shown me tremendous love and respect. These are the kinds of things that money can’t buy.
You cannot even imagine the hours I spend going to events, researching stories, uploading photos and writing blog posts. For the smiles I hope to put on your faces every day, this labor of love has paid off in spades.
Please feel free to pass these stories onto your friends and colleagues. Post them on Facebook and your favorite social networking sites! Follow me on Twitter @according2g. Get in touch with me and let’s collaborate on an art or music project! Most of all, please bookmark the site and check back daily!
Thanks so much for your love and support. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Photos by G. Art by Alexander McQueen.
"Savage Beauty" by Alexander McQueen. Now showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through July 31, 2011
“Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen is not just the name of a retrospective of the late fashion designer’s wearable works of art and Haute Couture. “Savage Beauty” is a perfect two word representation of the life of an extremely creative artist whose life was cut short when he committed suicide in February 2010. Here’s a few things you should expect when you go see “Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: you’ll most likely experience a minimum of an hour long wait to get inside the exhibit (which is beyond worth the time investment). You’ll also see 6 galleries (The Romantic Mind, Romantic Gothic and the Cabinet of Curiosities, Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Nationalism, Romantic Primitivism and Romantic Naturalism) filled with some of the most interesting and creative designs the fashion world has ever seen. It’s no wonder that celebrities and musicians alike (such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bjork) wore outfits designed by Alexander McQueen. The looks he created are unforgettable.
Not only are the fashions he designed mind-blowing (from outfits made out of feathers, horsehair, metal, glass, fresh and fabric flowers, wood, razor clam and muscle shells) but the presentation of his works is also incredible. Each room has a distinct (and equally spooky) vibe to it. Clips of past runway shows appear on video screens that are sometimes shown encapsulated inside a large mirror box, sometimes shown as a wall projection and even appear on the ceiling on a large flat screen TV. Sound effects of suffocation are ever present in each room as if to foreshadow McQueen’s death from asphyxiation. It’s both savage and beautiful.
The "Armadillo Shoe"
If you are not in the New York area, you can see a couple of video tours of this incredible exhibit on New York Magazine’s website or on the official website of The Met. “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen runs until July 31, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (located at 1000 5th Avenue in New York) and should not be missed under any circumstance.
"I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to look at things." - Alexander McQueen