Spring is my favorite time of year: winter is over, green things are starting to grow, and being outdoors isn’t quite so uncomfortable.

I couldn’t capture a picture of the turkey I saw (it saw me first) but I found a few snapshots of spring in the West Michigan woods.

Last year’s berries and flowers, worse for the wear. Sassafras and black raspberry lie dormant but are still striking in their bright green and purple hues.

I'm Chris Beckstrom.   I make music, I build synthesizers, I do stuff outside, in the kitchen, and on the internet.         [envira-gallery slug="about_gallery"] Like everyone, I'm a lot of things. Here is a list of some of them: I'm a musician, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and lover of sounds. I release… Read more...

I'd say I was blessed, but I don't believe there is anybody deciding who gets the good stuff and who doesn't. As demoralizing as it may sound, I truly believe everything is completely random. And yet "blessed" is certainly the best word to describe how I feel: I got a pretty great deal. Amazing wife, sweet job working from… Read more...

[caption id="attachment_8132" align="aligncenter" width="700"] adventure![/caption] Generally, I don't like soda (ahem, excuse me, I live in Michigan again– what I meant to say was "pop"). I'll drink a Coke every now and again, but I usually drink water, coffee, or beer– sometimes juice. I sort of like root beer but not really; It's so sweet. That… Read more...