Combined Talents- When Hubbers Unite

Sometimes we receive an opportunity when we least expect it.

My friend, a talented composer, kind soul, loving grandfather; Mr Daniel Carter
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This would be me, H.C Porter.
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The end result of two Hubbers Talents and Passions

We all love to write, which is why we are a part of this stellar community. When I began writing on HubPages.com, I needed an outlet to express myself and a way to organize my thoughts and get a hold of my life. My writing has developed over the past two years, and I am often mortified when I re-read some of my original work published on Hub Pages, and am amazed that I had some very kind supporters and believers before my writing became organized and innovative, and far before I began to believe in myself or my abilities.

Among these early supporters are kimberlyslyrics, Crazdwriter, Mike Lickteig, Cagsil,Ben Zoltak, Paradise7, Lorlie6, Blondepoet, Ken R Abell,Richieb799 and Daniel Carter. I was glad to be writing here, but afraid that I was not worthy of these more successful Hubbers. The Hubbers which I have listed, did not only welcome me and provide feedback to my work, they encouraged and supported my efforts to polish some fairly rusty skills.

Daniel Carter surprised me on March 10th of 2010 with an email. I rarely had people email me, so I was eager to see why another Hubber wanted to share. I expected for Daniel to make a correction to a silly mistake I had probably made on a hub. His email was free of corrections, but instead read, "I have this idea..."

Daniel had noticed that the photography that I post on the majority of my hubs was in fact, my photography. A number of times he had compliment the work and I would respond appreciative of the feedback, kindness and boost in self-confidence he was providing. So when I read his idea, I was excited and more than honored to be included.

This grand idea he shared with me would be a collaboration of our talents. Daniel Carter, if you do not already know, is a phenomenal composer, with talent that I myself am not blessed with. Daniel saw in my work a knack for writing truth which speaks of so many people’s trials, tribulations as well as triumphs. He also saw an eye for capturing things through a cameras viewfinder, and felt that merging his music with some sort of visual display which represents my passions would equal something worth noticing.

I started working immediately on the project, full of ideas and striving to provide something that was better than what he was expecting. Unfortunately, my laptop and backup drive did not have the same plans I had made for the project, and each device left me, going to a better place for electronic known as Blue Screen Heaven...

Normally, although an inconvenience, the death of an electronic device would have done little to damper my enthusiasm or rhythm, but this particular backup was my main backup drive which I had compiled everything that was anything onto it. I had just finished organizing thousands of digital images taken over the past decade, and now was at a loss as to where to start pulling archives to recreate my library.

Along with my electronics disaster, I finally found a job after a year of looking. The new job as well as various adjustments within my personal life adjusting to the new 'working' me, allowed for little extra activity. Daniel understood, and did not push. In fact I am pretty sure he figured I had forgotten about the project. Although late, I have completed the video for one of the musical compositions he sent me back in March 2010.

Last week I emailed Daniel, letting him know that I had completed our presentation which combines his gift for composing beautiful melodies with my ability to photograph and then create online media. On Monday, Daniel responded with gratitude and approval of the video which showcases Claudia's Dance, one of his many beautiful pieces.

Daniel Carter and I have made our YouTube Debut with the posting of; It all Started With a Kiss, Monday evening. Due to Hub Pages being the meeting ground for Daniel and myself, I thought it only appropriate to share our project with the community. Let us know what you think of the results of this collaboration which is our Combined Talents- and what can happen when Hubbers Unite.


It all Started With a Kiss...

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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Voted up and awesome, as not only was it good, but it is great to see hubbers getting in touch and working together!

I have had many nice people contact me through this site, it really is a great place. Great effects and music, I particularly liked the effect of the old cinema real over the older photos (or aged photos). The photos told a story, while the music did it's part ... now all you need is a singer to join the group ... but that's not me!! lol. Good work guys.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hello H.C.

This was truly fantastic and how wonderful of a collaboration. I really loved it ..very sweet indeed.I also just met a fellow Hubber A.A. and it is so exciting when that happens. I was blessed to work with Twillight Lawns on a story a while back and it was a great time. The pictures and music were great!

Sunnie


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England

Also voted up and awesome. :0) Gorgeous combination of piano composition and slide show. Love your quote at the end, too, H.C.

This piece deserves to go viral...so heartwarming and sweet! Love the message that is woven throughout. :0)


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Magdelene 5 years ago from Okotoks

Absolutely splendid on all parts.


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Oh wow, I saw this on Facebook and just had to comment on this, Holly. This is so beautiful. I really feels like magnificent piano music, and it suits your amazing photography so well. I was smiling at the kids here, as the music really catches that element of childhood innocence so well. I loved this. Thank you for sharing this. :)


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Daniel Carter 5 years ago from Western US

It's amazing to me that just an idea and a communication can set in motion some very serendipitous events. Thank you, Holly, for creating this collaboration with me, and for persisting despite all the setbacks and events of life. In the end, living is what it's all about, but it's so nice that part of that living can yield some bits of artistic and creative collaborations like ours. I look forward, as time permits, to more of these with you.

Panda decimated me here at HP, and I unpublished over 50 hubs. But maybe it's time to stop reeling from all that internet nonsense and just start publishing again. I'll follow up with a hub about my perspective of how this all came together, and hopefully it will compliment what you have already done so beautifully.

Thank you again, my friend!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Two Hubbers working together is a wonderful idea. I loved the music as it was really beautiful. Voted up and beautiful.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Seafarer Mama,

Thank you! I am so happy that you enjoyed the hub... This truly is a great place with so many wonderful people to learn from, as you are also one of the extremely talented here. Thanks for being here and for contributing to the community the way you do.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Brett.Tesol - I love the old photography reel effect as well. I think it gives the photographs some added appeal and personality. Thank you for stopping in and taking the time to read and to comment- I truly appreciate it.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain

Wow... what a creative talent you both are! I loved it! Well done.. I have to now end it with a kiss x


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Sunnie Day -Working in collaboration with Daniels talents pushed me to think beyond my normal out of the box thinking-which I love. To choose photographs that I believed melted into one another and fell into the music was a processes of picking and choosing-then eliminating and choosing some more, before I thought what I had was exactly what I needed.

I wasn't trying to blow him away with some masterful presentation, unlike any that has existed, I just wanted to provide a product that wouldn’t disappoint, nor would he feel embarrassed to say he worked with me, lol... Mission Accomplished and I am now more than ever looking forward to the completion of the second video.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Magdelene - A great big thanks for your support and taking the time to comment! I am so happy that you enjoyed the video and the hub


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Pamela99, Daniel is a very talented man...but I am sure he already knows his greatness! He is deserving of all the praise for composing the music I have heard and I am honored that I could be apart of promoting it for him. Thank you for reading and for commenting, I appreciate it, as well as, I am sure he is delighted as well.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Astra Nomik- Thanks! I am glad you decided to do so. I know that people watch or follow the links to what is posted on the Facebook Walls, but I also know that many do not leave comments- I am glad that you decided to leave them here


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Daniel Carter- like i said sir, the honor is all mine, and I am truly sorry that there was such a long, unexpected delay in producing this- I already have the follow up laid out and am working on it, careful to ensure that the project is unique in its own right- but equally as appealing to present.

I am so excited about all the positive responses received from the video, and I believe that without the music the pictures would be just another persons photography... The music truly brings them to life.

Thank you Daniel for the opportunity to work with you and for all of your understanding over the past year. Not only are you a wonderful writer, composer and follower, you are a splendid friend as well as a loving (from the photographs I have seen), father and grandfather.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

shazwellyn- thank you-thank you. I am glad you believe so. Daniel truly made the photos come alive with the beautiful melodies he wrote... I am glad that we are receiving so much positive feedback. Thanks for commenting :)


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

The first word to come to mind was AMAZING! The both of you have an amazing talent that I felt honored to watch. The photos were breathtaking. The music made them snap and come alive. I am looking forward to seeing more. Thank you both for sharing this.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

tlpoague- thank you, you are very kind to say so. I hope that the next creation is as accepted and appreciated as this one has been.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

LOVE IT! GREAT! SWEET! OH BABY BABY-THAT WAS COOL! This doen't begin to say it. Superb. Your photographs sure made his music all the sweeter.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

Holly, what a beautiful collaboration between you and Daniel! Loved it! Hope you guys do many more!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

mckbirdbks-lol...thanks! I think each of our input into this project complimented one anothers work in a captivating and beautiful display. Thank you so much for the comment and for stopping by to read the hub. The reaction to our collaberation, makes the project that much sweeter! :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

KCC Big Country- oh, thanks for coming by and taking a look at the video. I am so happy that everyone seems to have enjoyed the hub, and people like the results he and I produced. I am sure when he comes back by to see the comments, he too will be ecstatic over the kind reactions...


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Very nicely done. The pictures were awesome as was the composition. It's wonderful to see what can happen when two great minds come together. voted up


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

homesteadbound

Thank you for your support and for your comment. I think that Daniels talent makes me appear a bit more talented than I really am, lol...but that is okay... I love all this feedback!


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Daniel Carter 5 years ago from Western US

HOLLY!!! LOL. YOU are AT LEAST as talented as I am, or anyone else. There are many of us who know you are not only a fine writer, but very creative artistically, making, designing things, and then on top of all that, you're a mom and fab photographer.

So don't you give me none of this "Daniel makes me appear a bit more talented than I really am..."

Hmmmph.

:)

Rock 'n roll, Holly. And you do and it's so fine. So glad we get to be friends and do these fun things.


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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

Not my sort of thing at all - music and pictures. But I thought I might as well have a look.

Absolutely beautiful.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Hi H.C, Really liked the hub and the video. The music and photographs seemed to combine very well. Are you going to put more videos on youtube? If so i'd be glad to subscribe to your channel as i've also been putting a few videos out recently. If you want to you can check out my latest hub which gives a link to my youtube channel and shows a few daft videos.

Anyway, great stuff H.C.

Cheers.Michael.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Daniel... LOL... okay-okay, we are both talented and deserving, lol. Thanks for trusting me with your songs. I am glad that we have seen a successful liking to our work. Cant wait to get the next one finished now, lol :) Almost there ;)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Mark Ewbie, Thank you sir for stopping by and commenting... Very happy you enjoyed the hub-pictures and music... It was a great thing to have the liberty to work on and I am glad it turned out so well... :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

michael ely- Im headed over your way to check out your hub and your channel. Yes I am going to be posting more and praying their success meets the success of this one (as far as no dislikes thus far), so you may subscribe away :) thanks for the comment and I am headed over to see yours now...


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Wow, that was gorgeous. What a cool collaborative effort, I'm highly impressed. It gave me a very warm and serene feeling, with a tinge of sadness (piano music does that to me). The music and the photographs were both great, but together they were brilliant. Congrats!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

wordscribe43, Thanks- I am honored to of been able to impress. I do agree that the pictures and the music combined, complimented each other very well. Thank you for watching, reading and for commenting :)


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MM Del Rosario 5 years ago from NSW, Australia

Very impressive, I enjoy watching the video.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello just stopped by to bask in the beauty presented in this hub.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

MM Del Rosario -thank you for the comment... We just launched our second collaboration and are hoping it does well too.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

mckbirdbks, Thank you! As always, your comment is so uplifting. We have a few more that I am trying to wrap up... The second was just posted, and I am waiting to see the response on that one... Fingers Crossed... :)


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MyFavoriteBedding 5 years ago from United States

You truly are an amazing writer! Hub pages is full of people inspiring other people, and that is what I like so much about it. If you ask a question, there are so many people that step up to help.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

myfavoritebedding,

thanks for your comment. You are so right in saying that people here are probably some of the best most helpful people around, always willing to go the extra mile to lend advice to another person. I am glad that you found this hub and left a comment-hubpages is a great place to write and to grow-I too am glad I am here around such supportive talents.


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blondepoet 4 years ago from australia

Aww thanks so much for the mention. It has always been a pleasure to be there with you. Dang girl is it possible you get better looking too by the day. Wow. Have missed u heaps xx


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Blondepoet, Not a problem, you have always been a gem in my eyes :) Thanks for the compliment, although...i think the photographs mask my exhaustion and history... :) I have missed you too, i wish i had more time to correspond with people who are supportive or at least understanding... unfortunately, so much time is spent dealing with the ones who are not :(


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello H.C. I haven't been by often. I saw this beautiful Hub brought a comment and thought I'd take a moment to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

mckbirdbks, THANK YOU! very sweet of you. I hope that your Xmas and New Years are also blessed and happy :) thanks for taking a look at the hub :)


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Carlon Michelle 4 years ago from USA

I just read the Hubber to Hubber interview between you and MissOlive. I became an instant fan. Your words were encouraging as a person who a writer. You've taught me a few things in your interview that I hope to implement in my writing and work ethic. I also became very interested in your collaboration and had to find this video. I am so glad I did as it was the most charming imagery mixed with music that I've seen in quite a while. Smile!


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Carlon Michelle- Oh thank you so very much, I am glad that you read the interview and felt inspired in any way. Also, thanks for coming to find and watch my collaboration with Daniel Carter, he is a wonderful composer and I love all the music he has sent my way and allows me to work on with him. I truly appreciate your comment and encouragement, and I hope to see you around more. Thanks you again-so very much!

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