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The two main activities in my life: Helping the hungry in the late hours of the night and helping guitar players sound better one amp at a time.

I always try to remember that in order to do good one has to take action and actually do something.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have watched the city and Southern California change for well over half a century.

I can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/mylesr or on twitter at www.twitter.com/myles111us

As of late 2019 the music related links and prints noted on this page which had their links to by GAB (Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting) website are no longer accessible. I grew weary of updating my GAB website and let it go away. You can contact me on Facebook. Saunders Stewart Models continues full operation but we are not accepting new clients without a referral.

Los Angeles Architectural History

Los Angeles Architectural History
1935 Art Deco at some of its finest: No. 168 - Griffith Observatory- (click on the photo for information)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nathaniel Ayers of Soloist fame enjoying his birthday

Many of you may have seen the movie The Soloist. Here is a recent shot of Nathaniel Ayres at a birthday party hosted by Steve Lopez (the man who wrote the story) where a new guitar was presented from the folks at Union Rescue Mission. Yes, he also now plays guitar.

You have seen Mr. Ayres as depicted in the movie by Jamie Foxx.  Here is the actual Nathaniel Ayres.

Below is a 60 Minutes segment that shows a little more about both Nathaniel Ayres and Steve Lopez. The movie was an accurate depiction from my own personal point of view in many ways. The majority of the movie was shot in Los Angeles in the heart of skid row. There were many aspects of the movie that are missed by people that do not know the area. One of these is a scene in the movie where Nathaniel Ayres and Steve Lopez run with a filled shopping cart from the LAMP center to Disney Hall. Most people may think that this is a simple film edit cut from one scene location to another. In reality the run between these two places with a shopping cart is well within reason as these two diverse places are less than a ten minute walk from each other.

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I took this photo sometime last month of LAMP. This spot is featured in the movie "The Soloist". Here is a typical shot during the day when there are no movie crews or reporters in the area.