• Creativity,  Films,  Intention

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 09/04/19

    Hello Everyone! I have had quite a full week of activities with birthday celebrations, a small film shoot in the woods last Monday, and a fun Labor Day pool party. Here is a photo of the BEAUTIFUL birthday cake my family got for me last weekend: Yeah, my family calls me “Don”. It’s complicated. This week, work gets underway for my big film project this fall semester. I am recruiting crew members and talent for a mockumentary that I have been mulling over for a while in my head. More on that later. I’ll also be part of the crew for other film projects currently in development. In addition to…

  • Creativity,  Intention,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 1/9/2019

    Well, another week has passed, and there are roughly 51 more to go for the year. Considering all that may or may not happen in my life over the next 12 months, I am going to take it all one day at a time. That is all I can do because all we have is the day ahead of us. There are no real guarantees beyond that despite our best well-laid plans. School starts back up for me next week, and I am preparing for the changes in my life that will bring. I will spend some time every day this year doing some kind of creative work both school-related…

  • Creativity,  Intention,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 12/26/2018

    Here we are! It’s time for another weekly update on what’s new with me! I have a few things to share as we head into 2019. Let’s go . . . Website Update Some new imagery is going up here at roqueinbloom.com. I am pretty pleased with the layout of the site at this point, and much of that will not change. Expect to see more new photography in the coming months such as the new banner image at the top of the page. 2. Photography Showcase: Phil Woodward Continuing on with sharing photos from a big project I did for a class last semester, I wanted to showcase the…

  • Intention,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review on 9/19/18

    It’s time for another update.  This week, I thought I’d show you a small part of one of the projects I’m working on in school in addition to everything else. So, let’s get this going. 1. Roqué on Youtube. Plans are underway to film a small set of performances at my home of covers I’ve done over the years.  The first installment should be available in a few days. You will be able to view all of it on my Youtube channel. More details will be announced next week. 2. What’s going on at school? I thought I’d take a minute to show part of one my school projects. In…

  • Creativity,  Intention,  Piano,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 8/1/2018

    Hi Everyone, It’s time for another weekly update! Today is August 1st! This is my birthday month! As such, I have a lot to share over the next 31 days! 1. Here are a couple of the newest posts from my blog Tropical Shade of Green (Click on the Link to Visit) : Learn From the Past But Live in the Present. A Morning Routine Will Ground Your Life. Surround Yourself with Good People. 2. Pay what you want for Roque’s Music: In honor of my birthday month and for a limited time, the songs off of my debut album Seahorses will be available on my band camp store with…

  • Creativity,  Intention,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review on 7/25/2018

    Accountability is a good thing.  Sharing is a good thing, and as such, I have decided to post weekly updates on my website roqueinbloom.com regarding my musical and visual art projects that are on the way.  I have reached a new time in my life in which I want to share more about my creative work and ongoing progress I am making on several fronts.  This is the inaugural RWR post, and it will be an ongoing review of the work I have accomplished on a weekly basis. I also feel that if I tell you what I am working on and when it will be ready, then I am…

  • Culture and Society,  Intention,  Uncategorized

    Help To Veto HB 2315 in Tennessee

    Here’s a phone number: 615-741-2001 When you dial it, you can leave a message for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto the extreme immigration bill that the TN Legislature just passed. This bill is called HB 2315.  It is designed to undermine the existence of so-called “Sanctuary Cities” by authorizing every police officer to detain anyone for immigration reasons and initiate mass deportations. THE GOVERNOR HAS UNTIL MAY 22 TO VETO HB2315!! Please call and urge him to VETO this dangerous bill! Here is an excerpt from a statement issued by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC): “HB2315 sets a dangerous precedent by severely restricting the ability of…

  • Developing a New Social Media Philosophy
    Culture and Society,  Intention

    Developing a New Social Media Philosophy

    At some point in recent time, we all got swept under the assumption that we need to have social media as an integral part of our daily lives. Someone somewhere decided that this was good for us, and this mentality became viral. Nowadays, it is perfectly normal to constantly check how many likes you have on Facebook and to post endless selfies on Instagram and Snapchat. Does the qualification of being “normal” necessarily make it right? Does the convenience of social media make it absolutely imperative to engage with it all of the time? At this point, my answer to both questions is no.  I have reached this conclusion only…

  • Peony the Elephant
    Culture and Society,  Intention

    Fight the Power of Social Media

    What I have been doing lately may be subtle or even inconsequential, but I have been taking  small steps to fight the power of social media. Earlier this week, news was released about a company called Cambridge Analytica that compromised the personal data of close to 50 million facebook users in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. This is only one egregious abuse of access that large corporations and private entities are granted by social media companies, but it is a significant one–one of possibly countless others that are occurring without our knowledge or consent. These kinds of invasions are compounded by the use of algorithms and powerful data…