Perk’s first adventure is here!

The first (of hopefully many) “Perk” mini-novels has arrived! Right now it is available exclusively in Ebook format. Here is the cover:

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Now here’s the skinny:

Today is Perk’s first day on the job. Well, it’s supposed to be somebody’s first day on the job. Perk just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

The good news is the job is Perk’s for the taking. The bad news is it is he will have to learn everything all on his own. It’s sink or swim time for Perk.

Take a glimpse of Perk’s first day at the cafe and his very first interactions with the gang. Get yourself a cup of coffee and relax. This is going to be fun!

The Ebook is a quick and fun read. I’ve also included some illustrations since I’ve always loved books with illustrations. Get your digital copy today through Selz.com. The file is an .epub.


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Something different this way comes

There’s something brewing here with Perk and the gang. Things are going to get… different. But what is it???

As some may know, I’ve been trying various looks to my website. For those who visit my site, I sincerely thank you and appreciate it. You guys are fantastic! And while I totally understand the “Pick something and stick with it” practice, I’m also a fan of experimentation, especially when I can drastically improve.

For some time now, I have been at odds with myself about branding — do I brand “Perk at Work” or do I brand myself, Jason Salas. I came to the conclusion that it is not a zero sum game. If I brand “Perk”, I can still brand “Jason”. I just can’t do it on the same website.

I have been thinking a lot about the late Jim Henson and The Muppets. Henson built a Muppet universe that lives on beyond himself. Kermit and friends did not die with Henson’s passing. (On a side note, there should be letters behind his name like PhD or something. I suggest “GENIUS”.) The characters are real and, though Henson was a huge part of their personalities, they do not need his direct input to survive. Gorillaz and Homestar Runner are also akin to the idea. As are (to a lesser extent)  The Simpsons and Wombania.

Here’s an example of Gorillaz:

And here’s some Homestar Runner for you:

Additionally, I’ve been thinking about how owners can get in the way of their businesses. If you have ever seen the show “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares”, you will understand. I’m finding that I need to pull myself back from the “product” in order to let it grow.

So what exactly am I going to do? I’m going to pull “Jason” away from “Perk” and allow the characters to run the site. “Perk at Work” will be a universe unto its own where the characters will have free reign to live and act without me coming in and being “the voice of God”. I owe it to the characters to allow them to breath and grow.

What will this look like? Well, when you visit this website, you can expect to read blogs, creations, comments, etc. by the characters and not by me, per se. I’ll be working behind the scenes but not on the “stage” (unless absolutely necessary). Either I or another admin will post some “News” but, other than that, it will be a world of Perk. The “Perk at Work” Twitter account, YouTube channel, and Facebook page will all carry the theme.

When will this happen? I am creating my personal website, JasonSalas.Co. That should be up and running once this blog comes out. Then, over the course of the next few months, I will remove everything about myself (i.e., my direct input) from the site and only reference myself as the creator. I expect the site to be completely “perked up” by June 21, 2014.

 

 

Did Ray LaMontagne rip off or pay homage?

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” — Pablo Picasso

First things first, here’s the subject: Ray LaMontagne’s new song “Supernova”:

I love the song, addicted to it. Ray LaMontagne has always been illusively forthright about his influences — he pulls riffs and styles from classic songs. Yet he does it in a way that seems fresh and hippie/urban.

It took me several listens to get what he was doing. In fact, I was in the shower when I figured the chord progression underneath his verses (#1 below).

Among other influences, I hear:

1. Bob Seger’s “Night Moves”

2. Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey”

3. Van Morrison’s “Gloria” and “Brown Eyed Girl” — LaMontagne pulls the “barking” nature of Morrison’s narrative from “Gloria” and the reminiscent girl-next-door theme from “Brown Eyed Girl”:


So, did LaMontagne rip off those artists or pay homage to them. Every music artist pulls from their influences, either directly or inderectly, conciously or unconciously. So to say LaMontagne ripped off these artists puts him in the same boat as 99.9% of recording artists. And the artists he pulls from has pulled from artists before them.

In the end, I say LaMontagne pays homage. Regardless of what anyone thinks, the song is fantastic and I can’t wait for the new album!