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Press Play: Playlist


Break out the blue jeans and favorite sweaters, because Fall is upon us and bringing with it the cool chill of change. It’s a time for pumpkin spice flavored, well, everything. A time to flood your senses with new sights, smells, and the exciting calm before the holiday season storm.

Like the leaves, your music changes to one more suited to the moody atmosphere.

So brew some coffee, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy our fall playlist favorites.

  1. Minds Without Fear – Imogen Heap (feat. Vishal Shekhar)
  2. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
  3. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  4. Spitting Image – Freelance Whales
  5. The Girl – City and Colour 
  6. Black – Kari Kimmel
  7. We Will Walk Through Walls – Electric President
  8. Madness – Muse
  9. Blood For Poppies – Garbage
  10. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  11. I Am The Walrus – The Beatles
  12. Fly – Nick Drake
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Press Play: Pre-Mix

Songs characterize seasons — Press Play and the mood shifts into one appropriate to the weather, the scene, the setting.

Portland is fortunate in it’s proximity to other environments, with the Painted Hills just to the east and the Oregon Coast not two hours to the west.

A cultural melting pot of things past, present, and future, it’s also a hub for used record stores. Prime places to lose yourself for a few hours.

Below are a mix of old classics and new favorites; for that neon-lit night out on the town, a day spent road tripping somewhere new, or a crisp morning spent with good coffee and great company.

They’re the songs we love to love this summer.

  1. Sunshine – Matt Costna
  2. Lost in the World – Kanye West
  3. Drops of Jupiter – Train
  4. Daylight – Matt & Kim
  5. Something to Believe In – Newsies Original Broadway Cast Recording
  6. Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
  7. Good Time – Owl City
  8. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
  9. Too Close – Alex Clare
  10. Scarlett (Tokyo) – William Beckett
  11. Swells – Jonquil
  12. Right In – Skrillex

One Cool Cat

Prince doesn’t always drink coffee, but when he does, he prefers Silk Espresso.

He is:

The Most Interesting Cat in the World.

Check out the “Where Does Silk Take You?” campaign today and find out how you can win a trip for two to the Oregon Coast or a mountain resort.

 


Chalk It Up

“No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.” -Salvador Dali

Meticulous.

The word perfectly describes the process applied by designers Josh Luna & Alisha Noles in re-designing and re-making the menu board for the Silk Espresso cafe.

Let me take you through their work…

First they took detailed measurements of the wall they’d soon be painting with chalkboard paint. They then created an elevation in the wall using Autocad, which included all the measured elements.

Having made careful revisions, the final design was printed on a large format printer in black & white. They set this aside for later, and, along with a few helpful friends, painted the wall with three coats of chalkboard paint. The paint dried for 48 hours before any graphics were transferred.

They applied graphite (2B works best!) to the back side of the to-scale print, taking care to get good, thick layers for a clean transfer onto the wall. Once finished, the prints were taped to the wall exactly where the graphics were to go.

Using very hard (4H) pencils, they meticulously traced every letter and line of the whole design. This took a good while, but once finished and the prints were removed, it was exciting to preview their work finished.

Everything was re-traced over in chalkboard marker (Chalk-Ink brand is the best and has a wide array of colors) and left to dry for two hours. Once dry, traditional white chalk was rubbed over the entire wall to add a textural finish.

It’s probably best to simply visit the location for yourself, enjoy a cup of their new Stumptown roast, and witness the work of art for yourself. Because it is, truly, a work of art.


Make It Happen

“I was directing before I knew it was called that.” -Guillermo Del Toro

Rebecca Noles:

      “I’ve been directing & producing since I was 10 years old and putting on Christmas pageants in the living room for my parents. I’ve learned a few things along the way and am offering them as advice to anyone interested or pursuing either field. I do, however, reserve the right to change this advice at any time in future blogs.

Directing

Directing is about need: What the script needs, what the crew needs, what the audience needs.

As a director, your only job is to acknowledge all the different needs within each department and guide them toward a finished product. Sometimes all the Director of Photography needs is to feel like he has permission to try something new. There are times an actor needs the director to take his/her eyes off the monitor and simply have a conversation with them. Sometimes an editor just needs you to get out of their way.

Acknowledge the need and work to fulfill it.

Producing

Being a producer at a small production company can be categorized into three main jobs:

  1. Make sure people have what they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
  2. Make sure everyone knows where & when to show up.
  3. Make sure the cast & crew members eat, sleep, are groomed, and stay caffeinated.
Being a producer is about serving the people who make the project happen.”

Perfect Winter Reading

“A good book has no ending.” ~R.D. Cumming

Winter is here, yet it marks the perfect opportunity to sit by the fire with a cup of coffee in one hand and a good book in the other. If you’re like me, you have an overflowing bookcase that’s been filled over the years. A special thing happens when a story is local. In many ways you are able to relate, connect, and more easily envision the settings.

Such is the case with At First Sip.

The tale is based around Leah McMahon, owner of coffee shop Silk Espresso. It follows her life and important moments in her journey which ultimately led her to start her own business and fulfill a vision of what a cafe could truly be.

The inspiring story does many things; those unacquainted with Leah or her shop find themselves hoping for her in the face of hardship and cheering her on as things fall into place. Regular “Devotees” to Silk Espresso leave with a new sense of connection to a place and person that has become, for many, a home away from home.

Should you find yourself needing coffee, come to Silk Espresso Friday, December 2nd for an exclusive book signing & Live Holiday Music featuring Nathanael Sams & Elyse Ethier.

Click here and RSVP for the event!


Epicsode: A Chalk to Remember

Sometimes the best way to be creative is to go back to your childhood. We wanted to express the meaningful experiences we’ve had at Silk Espresso in a way that was pure and uninhibited. We’ve taken their coffee with us on many adventures, but we want to know…Where Does Silk Take You?