A story was written about LSUFreek by Les Carpenter at Yahoo! Sports last week. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get around to posting something about it until now. For any college football fan that enjoys a great Gif animation, it was an article that was way overdue.
For me personally, Freek is an incredible influence. He’s such an artist about what he does, and if you follow the link above, he’s also way more modest about his talents than he should be.
“If people don’t like it, I don’t want to say he takes it hard, but it bothers him,” Hall says. “It starts off as a joke but it becomes something he wants to do well. I think he worries about the details.”
There is a pause.
“He has no clue how gifted he is.”
I had the pleasure to work with him on some video projects back in 08-09. I had wanted to get away from writing posts and start concentrating on music. So I started a webpage called Songbook Sports. I let it die when I got tired of writing songs about college football. In this day and age if you don’t have something within 24 hours of something happening, it really is irrelevant. So the process of writing and recording a song and getting it into video format was just near impossible. But when we did get one done, it was just pure beauty.
Bobby Bowden’s Swan Song (via OFFSIDESwithLSUfreek)
Clearly, if I could make a living doing stuff like this with someone as talented as Freek I would be lucky. Things don’t always work that way, though. I know I reached a point in my life where nothing was funny and I had ambitions of putting out a CD of music I had written. Stuff that had nothing to do with sports. He also has a life and the position of worlds greatest Gif animator. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that either.
So I went about making my CD and also found my way to The Smoking Musket. I started trying to improve my Photoshop skills and wanted to do more. So I asked him for a few pointers about making Gifs. Being the awesome person he is, he sent me all I needed to get started. It really speaks to the kind of person he is.
I’ve been really lucky with the people I’ve come across in my life. If you do anything artistic, you’ll run across a million people with the talent. But it’s rare that you meet someone so talented that is also grounded and down to Earth. Those are the special ones. So that’s why I feel compelled to write something about LSUFreek and follow up the article on Yahoo. He deserves every good thing that happens to him. So this one is for you Freek.