A mustang and a green button in Keith Urban’s “We Were” video

Keith Urban’s latest music video looks smooth and easy, but I can assure you that any video you record as a continuous clip is anything but easy. I wonder how many takes they did before they had a keeper? Where did they record this, anyway? Well, I’m glad you stopped by because I have some answers!


Location…

This “one take” video was recorded south of downtown Nashville. It’s not Music Row, as some might think. There’s another trendy little spot called Berry Hill that’s home to quite a few recording studios. The one in this video is House of Blues. Around 1:45 into the video Keith walks in to “The Cave” as seen below in the music video and a picture from the HOB website.


And what do y’all think about Keith’s choice of drink?

Based on the light shining through and the way this particular cup is handled, I’m making a bet there wasn’t any liquid in the cup. Well, I take that back. Maybe on take 1 there was, but after doing this 50 times, Keith was like, “You know what guys, I’ve had enough water!” 🙂

Did anyone else notice something in this part of the video?

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Keith didn’t press that little button that says “push to exit.” I KNEW IT WAS ALL A SHAM!! After all the times I’ve pressed those buttons because I didn’t want to be the guy who doesn’t and then gets embarrassed when the door doesn’t open! If Keith doesn’t press it, I don’t press it. That’s my new motto.

I call this next part of the video, “true friends.” A true friend is someone who says, “Parking’s a bear? I’ll be here awhile, park behind me and we’re all good.” Good job, Mustang driver!

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The video was also shot in vertical format, and released mid-July. If you’re reading this on your phone, click here for vertical video through Spotify. Spoiler: it’s the exact same video, just edited for your phone, so if you aren’t able to see it through the link, you can scroll back up and watch it on YouTube 🙂

Overall, great song, great job by Keith, and kudos to the steadicam operator for all that work!

-Out of the Wilderness

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Jeff Epstein: Murder or Suicide? Is he even dead?

If we can ever get past the fact that this guy was (or is) everything we (or I) hate about entitled (or arrogant) people, and the ugly (or monstrous) things he’s done, the story is quite fascinating regarding how his summer has gone (or is going). I mean, you thought you had a bad summer, but this guy, wow! Here’s a brief timeline…

July 6 – arrested in New Jersey. Getting arrested is bad, but he was in New Jersey, ewww!

July 23 – found unconscious in his jail cell after a botched suicide attempt, reportedly

August 9 – crap hits the fan as interviews are unsealed in civil cases against him

August 10 – found dead in his jail cell after a successful suicide attempt, reportedly

Conspiracy theorists finally have another one to dig into. For me, this is where it gets fascinating. Did he commit suicide with just a 100 thread count bed sheet or was he murdered by the Clinton gang? I’ve also heard it’s possible he’s not even dead! Why that idea is being floated out there is that it could work in the prosecutions favor if his friends/ new enemies/ co-conspiritors (people he’s “entertained” on his plane or boat or people who helped orchestrate things) relax a bit knowing he can’t name them, then boom! he shows up in court and all those nasty folks Bill Clinton who took part in his evil schemes will be up the creek, too.

His net worth was $550 million so I’m walking around now with my head held a bit higher knowing I’m worth more than a multi-millionaire because he’s dead (if he’s actually dead). Well, actually, even when he was alive, we were all worth more than him. Am I right???

So questions are swirling around the fact that he was on suicide watch and somehow still had access to things (bed sheets) that could assist his efforts to end his life. Where were the guards? Why didn’t cameras pick up any unusual behavior inside or outside the jail facilites? What does his brother Mark Epstein know and is he just as shady as Jeff?

Another person to keep an eye on is Ghislaine Maxwell, a close friend of Jeff Epstein. There is chatter she was in on his sex-trafficking schemes. If there’s any evidence proving this, she’ll be in a world of hurt, too. Or she may end up dead if the Clintons have anything to do with it.

So what do you think? Is he dead? If not, where is he and what will happen in the near future? Chime in below and thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Maddie and Tae “Die From A Broken Heart” fun facts about the music video


Maddie and Tae’s new video for “Die From A Broken Heart” features Tae playing the part of the the brokenhearted while Maddy narrates the story by way of the song’s lyrics.

Where in the world?
The setting of this video shoot looks very familiar, since I live in Tennessee… but without knowing for sure, it could be any number of places in this state or the southeast. I’d bet a milking goat it’s not Hawaii, so at least we can eliminate that as a possible location.

Who’s that guy?

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You may recognize the guy playing the boyfriend/ex-boyfriend from movies like Bumblebee and Truth or Dare, or his successful character Zig on the DeGrassi TV series. His name is Ricardo Hoyos.

Turn on the radio…
If you look closely, the couple are jamming to Ava Max “Sweet But Psycho” while they’re riding around in the Jeep. The Maddie, Tae, and Ava Max are close in age, Ava Max born in 1994 and both Maddie and Tae born in 1995. Tae and Ava Max are both 5’3″, while Maddie is just an inch shorter at 5’2″.

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The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz who’s done a lot of work with another popular country artist… Jon Pardi. I have a couple of posts about his music videos below.

Jon Pardi “Heartache Medication”

Jon Pardi “Heartache on the Dance Floor”

Let’s get social…
You can find all of these folks on their social medias below…

Maddie and Tae Instagram @maddieandtae

Ricardo Hoyos Instagram @ricardohoyos3

Carlos Ruiz studio site

Ava Max Instagram @avamax

 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

My 2017 Nissan Versa Note – every mile a memory!

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I’m not one to be obsessed with what kind of car I’m driving. Nor am I a “car guy.” I have changed oil, swapped out filters and such, but none of the crazy stuff folks who love cars are into. In fact, my heart leaped at the lyrics of Switchfoot’s “Gone”…

We got information in the information age
But do we know what life is
Outside of our convenient Lexus cages

I have loved those lyrics since the day I first heard them. But that’s neither here nor there. You may think it’s odd I’m posting a blog about my Nissan. Well, I’m odd… so sue me! Actually, don’t. Please don’t!

So why do I love my Versa? Well, it looks good, it runs good, it’s got room for me and my dogs, and it’s my second Versa after my first cleared 200k miles a few years ago. That one was a champ before it went on to new owners. This one is also my first hatchback and I love that about it. The 2008 Versa I had was sedan style, and it was good too, but I find myself enjoying the heck out of the hatchback. Great gas mileage, quiet engine, decent sounding speakers. It’s just a fun car!

Here are a few milestones we’ve crossed in our brief relationship so far…

mile 19… drove off the lot of Hays Nissan of Rivergate, Nashville, TN

mile 37… first song played in the Versa: “Start Over” by Roger Jaeger

mile 234… ran windshield wipers for the first time

mile 3,038… stepped out of the car, dropped my phone and shattered the screen (RIP Motorola Droid Maxx!)

mile 4,280… drove to my friends Kirk and Melody’s wedding in Beechgrove, TN


mile 14,116… drove to Florida to help with Hurricane Michael cleanup

mile 27,395… met up with Jonathan Mills to hand him the 2018 Fantasy Football trophy

There are a ton of things that happened between those mile markers, but those are a few memorable moments. If you have a Nissan Versa, enjoy it! And if you’re considering adding a Versa to your fleet, do it!

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-Out of the Wilderness

God, please Move or Remove

We’re all exactly the same. I know this. We’re human. We have body parts. We come from mothers and fathers. So I’m hoping with that in mind that I’m not alone in this thought, especially to those of you reading who share my belief in the loving God in the Bible…

I often find myself in a place where I’m not just praying… in fact, I know I need to be praying more and more consistently, but it’s more of a begging… pleading with God to move or remove.

What does that mean exactly… well, let me tell you a fictional story about a guy named Greg. Greg loves his job. He enjoys the ups and downs of the business and while not every day is amazing, overall he’s very happy. But days and weeks and months go by and Greg finds himself focusing on the drawbacks of his day to day tasks. He thinks about this a lot and one day he quits his job.

Greg is happy with his decision but every job after isn’t quite fitting either.

Did Greg quit his job too early? Was he aware there was room for growth at that job?

Months and years go by and Greg remembers the good times at the job he once had. Now he sort of wishes he hadn’t given up so quickly, but it’s been years. With every job he’s had since then, he enjoys parts of the work, but knows this work doesn’t reach the bar set by the job he quit.

So he prays for God to help. All he can think of are two things that would solve this…

“God, please move in my life– orchestrate it so I can go back to the job I quit but would appreciate more now. Or remove the desire from my heart.”

Greg– no, I– am not throwing up an ultimatum to God, I’m not telling Him what he’s got to do and only giving him 2 choices. I’m just praying that He’ll hear me, and know that I’m doing my best to seek Him in this “job hunt”. I know there’s always, ALWAYS, a secret third option so for now I’ll keep praying for God to move or remove, and be on the lookout for that unexpected third choice 🙂

Thanks for checking out my site, and if you ever have comments please share them below!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

Allergies, and mostly in Tennessee

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Hey hey! Hi! Thanks for checking out the post today. Most likely you’ve come here because you relate to something about this post whether it’s suffering from allergies, living in Tennessee, being bored and surfing the internet, or all three! But no matter, thank you for stopping by. If you’re like me, you’re almost to the level of def-con 10 trying to figure out how to overcome allergies. And I’m not even talking about cats, that could be another whole post!

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It seems like all of my adult life I’ve had to battle allergies and more specifically, seasonal allergies. Think spring and summer when everything is blooming and/or hotter than a parking lot in the desert. I remember having such trouble with the sneezing and the itchy, watery eyes, the sniffling and all that… and the sad part is I never really tried to find out why. I just went on with it as a normal part of life. Well, a few years ago I finally began to address this ongoing fight. I became vegan when I was challenged by a friend of mine (check out his stuff here) to give up dairy for a month and see what happens.

Since then I’ve dug deeper into what’s going on with my body during these seasonal allergies (of which I’m suffering even as I type! So obviously the battle isn’t over :)). I had the chance to take those tests tests where doctors or nurses add allergens to your arm to see what causes the biggest reaction. This was huge for me.

Do You Know Your Enemy?

These tests revealed my biggest bully was ragweed. The enemy has been identified! Then the fight became how to address this specific antagonist. What’s kinda funny, too, is that I don’t remember having this level of suffering before I moved to Tennessee, so while I love it here, something’s up with Tennessee, y’all. The last few years I’ve tried to pinpoint a specific defense against ragweed and haven’t quite nailed it down. But last year I made progress. The symptoms were lessened and I even added info to my calendar so I could start preparing for the days symptoms would most likely show up.

So I creep…

Then spring 2019 came around and wham-o! ragweed’s annoying brother crept up on me– tree pollen! Weeks before I thought I’d see the enemy (ragweed allergies), my nose starts running, my eyes start watering and I was caught unprepared. The last 2 weeks have been rough. All the normal symptoms but coming at me twice as hard, it seems. I’ve caught myself many times thinking, “I can’t live like this for 20 more days!” So I set out to do more this year. After some research (for instance, this), I’ve reinstated the use of the air purifier in my house, I’ve bought plants to help clean the air, I wear disposable masks (as pictured above), and I even ordered a mask on Amazon (click here for Amazon link*) that arrived today. I’ll do a follow-up post to update on it’s effectiveness. Here’s a quick look at my defense systems…

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Not to mention, wearing long sleeves and pants whenever I’m doing yard work, staying indoors during the late morning/ early afternoon hours, using the car air conditioner instead of windows down, washing clothes more often, and just generally being more attentive to the environment around me.

Can I get a connection?

With all this said, I want to hear from you all out there who are going through the same things! Any DIY solutions that have worked? OTC medications that have been effective? Tell me, share, let’s overcome this together. Until then, keep up the fight!

-Out of the Wilderness

Removing Google search bar on Android

If you have an Android device like I do, first of all you’re awesome, and secondly, you may have noticed in a recent update there’s a handy dandy search bar locked in at the bottom of your home screen. As customizable as phones are, I hated to say “locked in” but that’s exactly the case! Take a look at my home screen and see what I’m talking about at the bottom.

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Something about it is just awkward. Maybe it’s too close to the 3 bottom touch buttons. Is it one of those things we’ll grow to like and then wonder how we ever survived without it being at the bottom? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure– without third-party help, SearchBarGate is a real thing and per to my conversation with Nokia support (I have a Nokia 6.1), the search bar cannot be moved, removed, or in any way fixed. Here’s the conversation.

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I have to give kudos to Nokia for having sympathy, and appearing to be as annoyed as I am with #SearchBarGate.

Also kudos to you for searching out my books on Amazon… great Christmas gifts for children you love, or even just sorta like.

Ok, there is a solution to this dilemma Google has caused. I found a message board that recommends Nova Launcher, an app that can be used to customize your phone’s home screen, apps, and most importantly, remove the search bar. I’ve downloaded it and so far so good. I’ll update more as the ongoing saga continues but until then, keep being your awesome self… and if you feel motived to make a change, voice your complaints in the social atmospheres using #SearchBarGate.

Any advice or tricks up your sleeve, share in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness