A Reflection of who is Shane O’Brien
For years the solid influences of being one with my Union Ironworkers Brother-in, has instilled within me discipline, loyalty, and a level of encouragement within us of ourselves, It was not long after my beginning days working in the field (The Vincent Thomas Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project 1997-2000), that a level of confidence had developed in recognizing who we are (as one) and what we stand for, through our committed values of what we produce every day. And don’t you know this influence had also affected the music written, produced and performed by myself and each of the bands I’ve participated with for the past 20 years too. As a matter of record, my very first album, a limited release by Shane O’Brien [“From CYC to CD“ ©1999] had been created with the monies earned as an apprentice Ironworker, as were the following 25 other CD’s since. The latest CD being titled “An Acoustic Jungle Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013.
During our apprenticeship program, a bond between many attending students of our trade often develop, which may possibly last for the rest of our lives. Here’s a good example of what I am referring to:
Derick Shannon was a fellow apprentice in my classes, of which we graduated at the same time as well (1997-2000 Los Angeles, CA). I don’t believe we have worked on the same jobs since but once for a short period with Eagle Iron at the Pasadena Convention Center.
With the creation of Facebook we have re-Kindled our connections with each other and often share little windows into what ever job we find ourselves involved with, by sharing pictures of any particular day. At this time Derick is a Production Welder for Shuff Iron Erectors working Downtown Los Angeles on the new 74 story going up. He had posted a few great photos he captured before or after work, during lunches or in between welds,
What follows is a downtown Los Angeles photo by Derick Shannon, JIW Local 433, Taken early in the morning prior to work start. 2nd up is a video capture from the newest “working floor”, floor number 53 _ Oct 2015, and 20 more floors to go. Lastly, action from the working floor featuring the Raising Gang doing comfortably what they do every day. This video was made available by my dear friend, JIW Frank Montoya Local 433
First off, let’s see how Derick’s days are beginning these days:
This Second offering is a video Capture from Union Ironworker Brother Carlos Sanchez-pleites
Lastly, the next video was provided by JIW and long time Friend
Frank Montoya Local 433
Love the imagery and the music is perfect for it too…
If I’m mistaken regarding who supplied this video, then I only apologize for the mistaken identity and lay claim to how cool I know this video clip is…