Looking down from Embarcadero Center. Photographed using Lensbaby Composer Pro II and Edge 35 lens.
I have remarked on numerous occasions that this year seemed to go by exceptionally fast. There was hope, excitement, optimism giving way to a mixture of frustration, cynicism and resolve as the pandemic and political situations dragged on and darkened. I have seen the goodness in many people, while I have witnessed the worst in others. But our personal year at CatSynth was a rich one filled with many experiences.
Most notably, the new album Meow Meow Band is out. I am really proud of the music, the presentation, the collaboration with other musicians and everything out it. Please do take a listen if you haven’t already. It was also a chance to reconnect with the city, go out on the road and into the desert, and start experiencing live music again. Of course, most of the time this year was spent here at HQ with our music, Sam Sam, and Big Merp. I always value time alone with my cats, music, and ideas and this moment in time has provided ample opportunity for that.
It’s been another strong year of growth for CatSynth TV. The most popular videos continue to be our synth demos and tutorials, but I’m also proud of music videos, highway videos, and expanded review series. There were fewer videos total this year. We took more time to get them right, but also time off to focus on other things (like the album). Trying to find that balance between the drive to always do more and the limits of time and resources will always be a challenge. We close out the year of videos by spending some time with Sam Sam and Big Merp.
We at CatSynth are grateful to all of you who chose to join or continue this journey with us in 2021, whether here on the blog, on CatSynth TV, or on social media. It is a fool’s errand to guess what will happen in the coming year, but we do have many goals, aspirations, and hopes; we will take each day as it comes.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and health and joy in 2022.
We close out the year with a bright, optimistic photo from Salesforce Park (atop the transit center) in San Francisco.
The skyline of our beautiful city, as seen from Treasure Island. The Bay Bridge is on the left edge, and the antenna is on the right.
North Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Atrium of the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco. Coloring in Adobe Lightroom.
Returning to a favorite subject of mine, the sculpture Icosaspirale by Charles Perry at Maritime Plaza in San Francisco. The “velvet” and bokeh effects were done with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens.
Looking up at Four Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. Taken using a Lensbaby Edge 35 lens.
A “Thomasson” – an architectural feature that no longer serves a purpose but is still maintained – along the Lyon Street steps in the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco.
To find out more about Thomassons, please check out SF Thomassons Performance Tour and many other posts.