Sophie’s song

Steve Ball runs the audio team at Microsoft. Buzz and I were comparing notes the other day of all the people we’ve met at Microsoft. We both agree that Steve’s our favorite guy and the guy who we’d most like to hang out with.

I think this video explains why without even trying. He’s creative. Nice. Soft spoken. Never says a bad word about people (even when I know they’ve given him cause).

This video is NOT an interview. It’s just him playing guitar to his daughter — he’s quite an accomplished guitarist and he’s studied with some of the greats (Robert Fripp, for instance). I’ve played this dozens of times over the past few months since I recorded it and it just makes me happy. His daughter is an angel baby. Can’t wait to go to Seattle again to meet up.

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18 thoughts on “Sophie’s song

  1. That’s pretty sweet that he plays for his daughter, would be a cool thing to be able to do for my new one coming around the 23rd of Nov.

    Might have to pick up a guitar and learn a couple songs.

    Cheers.

  2. That’s pretty sweet that he plays for his daughter, would be a cool thing to be able to do for my new one coming around the 23rd of Nov.

    Might have to pick up a guitar and learn a couple songs.

    Cheers.

  3. Martin,

    First off, you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.

    Problem is you have no clue about why this media was made, how it was made, or why it has all the problems you discuss.

    It was made with a cell phone. No tripod possible. Impossible to hold steady.

    Second, I made it to remember Steve Ball’s daughter and didn’t even plan on making it public (and hadn’t for several months).

    Third, I focus my lens on what catches my eye.

    Fourth, if I had tried to capture this “professionally” I would have missed the moment. As it was I missed the first 20 seconds cause I couldn’t get my cell phone out of my pocket and get it turned on fast enough.

    Fifth, since you obviously know so much about creating media I’d love to check out YOUR video blog so I can learn how to do this right.

  4. Martin,

    First off, you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.

    Problem is you have no clue about why this media was made, how it was made, or why it has all the problems you discuss.

    It was made with a cell phone. No tripod possible. Impossible to hold steady.

    Second, I made it to remember Steve Ball’s daughter and didn’t even plan on making it public (and hadn’t for several months).

    Third, I focus my lens on what catches my eye.

    Fourth, if I had tried to capture this “professionally” I would have missed the moment. As it was I missed the first 20 seconds cause I couldn’t get my cell phone out of my pocket and get it turned on fast enough.

    Fifth, since you obviously know so much about creating media I’d love to check out YOUR video blog so I can learn how to do this right.

  5. Sweet. Very sweet. It’s so nice to enter on Scobleizer to read something tech-related, and to see instead such a sweet moment :)
    Thanks!
    Now, back to reading tech stuff :D

  6. Sweet. Very sweet. It’s so nice to enter on Scobleizer to read something tech-related, and to see instead such a sweet moment :)
    Thanks!
    Now, back to reading tech stuff :D

  7. Rob nice clip. If you’re digging that you should check out Jose Gonzalez. He’s a Swede but his background is South American so it makes for some interesting listening. Touring in North America right now.

  8. Rob nice clip. If you’re digging that you should check out Jose Gonzalez. He’s a Swede but his background is South American so it makes for some interesting listening. Touring in North America right now.

  9. It’s a nice video but slightly ruined by what can only be described as poor camerawork. I would suggest,

    1) not just alternating between two shots (baby > guitar close-up). It annoyed me, for example, that I didn’t get to see Steve’s face until the very end. Any accomplished guitar player (or any musical instrument, in fact) will tell you that a guitar is played with the whole body, not just the fingers and hands. You miss the nuance, depth and meaning in such a beautiful tune by reducing it to a mechanical process between fingers and strings.

    2) Less “jittering”. If you cannot keep your camera smooth, use a tripod. It gives the person watching a headache.

    I iterate these points only to provide constructive criticism, because you do have the potential to create some good video. Have you ever been properly taught how to use a video camera, or have you always thought your medium is less important than your product (a thought that you would not be alone in the thinking of)?

  10. It’s a nice video but slightly ruined by what can only be described as poor camerawork. I would suggest,

    1) not just alternating between two shots (baby > guitar close-up). It annoyed me, for example, that I didn’t get to see Steve’s face until the very end. Any accomplished guitar player (or any musical instrument, in fact) will tell you that a guitar is played with the whole body, not just the fingers and hands. You miss the nuance, depth and meaning in such a beautiful tune by reducing it to a mechanical process between fingers and strings.

    2) Less “jittering”. If you cannot keep your camera smooth, use a tripod. It gives the person watching a headache.

    I iterate these points only to provide constructive criticism, because you do have the potential to create some good video. Have you ever been properly taught how to use a video camera, or have you always thought your medium is less important than your product (a thought that you would not be alone in the thinking of)?

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