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My Alaskan Creations

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A quick blogout to my Uncles website for ‘My Alaskan Creations’. Several easy do-it-yourself projects you can do to make beautiful works of art! Show some support, especially all you locals 😀

Webpage: http://myalaskancreations.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyAlaskanCreations907

Back to World War I

A few items that belonged to my Great Grandfather who fought in France during World War 1. Photographs by Ian Amidon

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Be A Hero

Be a hero.

Photos by Ian Amidon.

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The Last of the Makers Mark

The last of the Makers Mark after the annual This Is How I Drink My Bourbon BBQ!

Photo by Ian Amidon

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Happy Mother’s Day from Kuparuk!

Mother's day sign built out of scaffold.

Mother’s day sign built out of scaffold.

Assembled by four scaffolders for Mother’s Day! Each letter weights about 40-50 lbs and the distance from the road was about 100 yards over uneven bumpy tundra. The sign was assembled safely for all to see!

A Taste of the Good Life by Strange Vacation & Ian Amidon

A Taste of the Good Life by Strange Vacation / Ian Amidon
Lyrics/Music by Jon-Paul Bakaric & Mark Warren
(Guest vocals by Ian Amidon)
Inspired by Ian Amidon

Last year I was one of five people who got to collaborate with ‘Strange Vacation’ on a song that I couldn’t figure out how to finish. I usually think of short stories in my head for each song idea. Usually relating to things I’ve personally gone through or maybe a friend has gone through. We began exchanging emails and lyrics.

The perspective was originally in the third person telling a story about a guy and a girl, total strangers to one another, who struggle through the break down of their relationships. Both feeling abandoned and alone, they begin dreaming about one another. They feel close to each other in their dreams but as soon as they get to see each others faces and who this strange person might be, the world ends. They end up waking up alone again and realize that change doesn’t come to them, they have to go out and make the change themselves. The song was mainly dark and sad but I wanted it to feel as if it ended on a positive note of hope.

“Hey Ian figured I’d give you an update on the song and to say the least I’m excited about it. Its got a real different feel unlike anything I’ve ever done but I think you’ll like it none the less. I like it so much I’ll probably end up using it or some form of it on my up coming release. Like I said I totally understood the topic you were getting at cause I have felt that way before and I decided to come at the lyrics from a slightly different perspective but totally same concept. It ends with a positive message which is cool. I’ll send it over to you probably tomorrow maybe sooner. Hope you like it dude”

– JP

The song evolved into the first person perspective of the male character, which I think ended up being the best decision, thus opening up opportunity for a second song based on the female character sometime in the distant future. I hope you all enjoy it and I want to thank JP and Mark for writing inspirational music people can relate to. It’s real and it’s raw.

(Verse 1 – JP)
Woke up they were gone
Gone so far away
Those that I love
Gone so far away
I’ve been searching for
Some one new to come along
Singing the saddest songs
Spilling what I feel like

(Chorus – JP/Ian Amidon)
Some nights I fall asleep
And dream that the world ends
When I wake I feel alone
Like I’m lost inside my head
I need to find that one
Cause she’s that one
That one thing that keeps me alive
A taste of the good life
A glimpse of love of life

(Verse 2 – JP)
Loves upon us,
Just days away in fields
But her touch it feels so real
The air it feels so clear
Its hard to describe
What it truly feels like
Riding life passenger side
Everything can change in a minute
Everything can change in a minute

(Chorus – JP/Ian Amidon)
Some nights I fall asleep
And dream that the world ends
When I wake I feel alone
Like I’m lost inside my head
I need to find that one
Cause she’s that one
That one thing that keeps me alive
A taste of the good life
A glimpse of love of life

(JP)
Everything can change in a minute
(Ian Amidon)
Everything can change in a minute
(JP)
Anything can change in a minute
(Ian Amidon)
Anything can change in a minute

(Chorus – JP/Ian Amidon)
Some nights I fall asleep
And dream that the world ends
When I wake I feel alone
Like I’m lost inside my head
I need to find that one
Cause she’s that one
That one thing that keeps me alive
A taste of the good life
A glimpse of love of life

Symphony X (Live on 70,000 Tons of Metal – 2014)

Enjoy your morning with some Symphony X, live on 70,000 Tons of Metal, filmed by Ian Amidon. watch in 720/1080p quality!