A schoolboy try.
ME in MEDIA
The coolest thing about writing this first post is the distance between now and the last time I wrote a post: it was over a decade ago back when I still ruled the world. Today I’m human. Fortunately, I’m also a father of three, a husband and an Infrastructure Architect. My family is everything, but we will get to them later. My career is dope, sometimes. But how did I get here? How do we get anywhere? It is my belief that it’s via the purpose that God has for us. Sounds cliché, but seriously. Each choice has been like a magical portal taking me to some new dimension or plain. When I was six I knew I wanted to write, but I hated to read. I read well, but it always bored me. However, I always thought that I had a voice, and that voice had something worthwhile to say. Turns out I didn’t—well until now.
Why now? Well now, I’ve lost enough and seemed to have won at the same frequency. With that comes an honesty that I can display about both ends of the spectrum. Things in the past changed all the time, but my love for amazing content and media never did. It has truly been my passenger. Now I want to share my experience with you and hopefully in the process, inspire some folks. I also want to create new opportunities for others to use media to do some amazing stuff. When I say media, I mean productions arts, lights, staging, recording, videography, graphics, animation and everything else tech-based used to communicate or illustrate a perspective. Yep, all of them. Even the ones I missed. I never could choose a direction in tech, so I never did. I chose a path that allowed me to take part in all spaces of tech. We will talk about my journey, but I have a question for you. How did you get here? Nothing happens by chance. There is a reason you are reading this in depth testimony about someone you barely know right now. A testimony that I wrote on a sleepless night at 4am by the way. If this meets you where you are in your journey, subscribe and join our journey. Let’s do some cool stuff together!
Together we can inspire new thought and content. Let’s bring your ideas to life! Marcel and I started Merlot Shades over 10 years ago. It actually derived from the sound of our Hip Hop music, where we referred to ourselves as Da Rat Pack. We had tons of fun doing music. We ran the streets of Harlem, showcased with Jive and Virgin records, and even had our own band in Orlando, Florida called Da Package— all before the age of 25. Our Ratpack persona was Sammy (Davis Jr.), Frank (Sinatra) and Dean (Martin). But our sound was mellow. “Smooth with the Ladies, Cool with the Babies”. We gave our chemistry a name, Merlot Shades. Little did we know it was our journey. The journey that brought us to you. Where will this magical portal that you just stepped into lead you? Who can benefit from it? What amazing work will we create and leave behind long after we’re gone? Can we talk shop? Can we infuse business and turn commodity into value (thanks Rell), and maybe fill a gap in the marketplace?
This is my introductory post. I have a lot of ideas, but there are times when I have none. I remember when God showed me that I had to be the one to write our posts. I mean I knew we needed fresh content on the website, but I didn’t know He would choose me to do it. He showed me that people wanted to know our story. They needed our authenticity. The more honest we got with our brand (if we can call it that yet), the better the brand became. So once a week we will catch up, and I will be sure to share with you the perspective from our vantage point. Wins, losses, fatherhood and brotherhood. It would be amazing is if you and I started to engage and share stories, resources, and art. I’m Tarmale, and like you I’m 1 of 1, original. I am the other half of the tandem that makes up Merlot Shades. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Let’s rap.
After several years of doing secular content funded by IT Careers and income tax refunds, we have decided to join the Lord's army on content that will help save families and bring our audience closer to Christ. For almost two decades we have shared a partnership that has created wonderful lives, careers and brotherhoods in multiple states, and now we feel God has called us to serve you, our audience, in the content delivery space. Join us as we bring the word of God to life in the only form we know how. All things work together for our good, your good as well. Experience all the things we have to offer from all the experiences we have been through.
"The Marriage At Cana, where Jesus turned water to wine. This was his first public miracle of Jesus.
Revelation, His first public miracle was a foreshadow of what He would do with the wine at the Last Supper. Its started as water. I used to think merlot shades was us seeing it through the perspective of his blood, but its how God sees us. He doesn’t see us as us, He sees us through Merlot Shades. Blood Vision.
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