Tick Tock Tick.. How Time Slips Away: My Son’s 44th Birthday!
Every year for my son’s birthday, I do my best to create & produce a meaningful video that spotlights a part of his life.This video centers around his love for basketball, The LA Lakers 1988 repeat championship season and the song he wrote at 12 years old and co-produced with his friend Kelly O’Connell, (where are you?) Henry Merritt (RIP) and recorded by big brother the energetic & thriving Kerry Gordy.
As I gathered and searched photos and old videos in my archives, I employed the help of Conor Mahoney to make the digital scans and Tony Best to structure the edit. It took many hours of search, find, scan & edit and then I saw on the internet a fabulous time-lapse slideshow of Marilyn Monroe and I knew I had to produce one for my son! I contacted the company, www.slideshow-metamorphosis.com and then corresponded with graphic artist Ida Engel from Israel. For the next month I gathered, she photo-shopped and I provided Stefan’s instrumental of “Meet Her at Tomorrow” track and together we came up with the sequence. I drop-boxed her 50 photos and we used 29 photos but typically 20 photos is what she uses with a music bed of royalty free music.1 minute slideshow 1975-2019
Lakers Rap 1988 RT: 5 minutes
September 3rd Celebration 2019
For the first time in years, my son wanted a low-key at home celebration with just his Dad & I, and girlfriend Jasmine. On Tuesday September 3rd we met at his lovely Tennis Ranch in Malibu and spent hours in his garden, another hour looking at past and present videos, The US Open and enjoying a lovely eggplant Vegan lunch that Jasmine prepared. We had the most delightful, heart-felt time with our son and Berry & I laughed how ironic the name we called our “baby in waiting” had indeed turned-out to be the earthy, garden growing man that we predicated. As we watched him till the soil, unearth the potatoes he planted and cut down the greens for our salad, we marveled at the pre-baby name that we once called him…that cute non-gender name….SHOVELS…..
Special thanks to Mario Escabar, who accompanied Berry (Dadfoo) Gordy and not only took these lovely group photos including our gran-dogs, Whiskey, Shylee & Spice but was very helpful in garden planting & harvesting tips !!