Friday, November 28, 2008


today I am thankful for family. and heritage. and the faith i see in the wrinkles around eyes that have seen much by the light of our Savior. for a grandmother whose smile and laugh are youthful as ever, though her mind has not been so sharp lately, and a grandfather whose patience and steadfastness are a model nearing the perfection that could have only been produced by counting trials as joys. for an uncle whom i'd had not seen in far too long and whom with i can finally share the joys of music since our Lord has freed him from schizophrenia! for a mom and dad whose endless prayers and support uplift me daily even though their son thinks he's gonna be a rock star. for the hands and arms and hearts that form a misshapen and rather homely circle as we bow to thank our Provider for the meal before us

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Today in reading class I performed Mozart's Eine Kleine Nacthmusik as part of a guitar quartet. Later today in the Hard Rock Live Playing Workshop I performed One Armed Scissor by At the Drive-In. I love rock'n'roll school.  You can enjoy either of these wonderful tunes below.

Happy turkey!...and potatoes, and green been casserole, and gravy (oh gravy), and candied yams, and ham maybe too, and definitely stuffing, and oh yeah, enjoy the music.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

what i've been spinnin' (or perhaps more accurately clickin'?)

i'm probably overdue for a 'song of the season' post, but there hasn't been just one particular song for bit. so here's what's on my itunes recently played. not much new. just good.

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Cold Roses
Cat Stevens - Teaser and the Firecat
Queen - Greatest Hits
The Clash - London Calling
Brand New - The Devil and God are Raging inside of Me
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Rober Plant Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Led Zeppelin - I
Guster - Keep It Together
the National Lights - The Dead Will Walk
Radiohead - Ok Computer
Andrew M and the Coalition of Willing - All's Well that Ends
Patty Griffin - 10,000 Kisses
Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood

Monday, November 10, 2008

In a disguise?

On saturday my roommate and I went out to people watch during the protest to the passing of proposition 8.  When things had settled down we went over to the donut shop. We were standing outside the shop eating when a few more people passed us. One guy said, "what's up?" so i gave him the nod and said, "hey."  they walked on a few paces before he came back hesitantly and said to me, "I thought you were a celebrity. I had to look a little closer.  You're beard didn't match your hair, so I had to make sure it wasn't fake."  Apparently i look so ridiculous on  a daily basis that no one would actually mean to look like me.  It must be disguise.  I can't decide if that is a complement or not.

Friday, November 7, 2008

it's friday night and i'm totally awesome, right? so i'm at this killer party and there are girls everywhere, no. I'm sitting outside my coffee shop internetting.

when my roommate and I arrived, there were two men two tables over. one was older maybe 65, the other mmm, late 30 early 40s. i took from their conversation and his accent that he hadn't been in the states very long. the younger of the two was bring this man up to speed on how to think now that he's in america. I didn't hear much what the older man said because he's from another country and wasn't talking so loudly that everyone around him could hear, like we american's do, but younger, louder fella it seemed like the older gentleman was pretty traditional in thought. loud talker kept saying, "your mind is just stuck in Bulgaria, but you're in america now." i heard talk of how marriage doesn't mean anything anymore and other selfish, hopeless banter.
"c'mon, you guys should be out partying," the 40 year old told us in passing, bring back a fresh cup of coffee. after basically begging the him to go to his apartment and get a game (something like backgammon, i think, but i don't remember the name) so that the younger guy would have something to do tonight, the older guy declined and took off for the night. i listened for a while as our 40-year-old loud talker dialed some unsuspecting friend (with his hands free headset) and proceeded to give him a lecture on the economics of the coffee shop business, chain smoking the whole time. then i put on my headphones and put on Led Zeppelin I (which i'm really into right now, by the way). when he was out of people to call he left for a bit to grab another pack of cigarettes.
now, all the while i was sitting hear jamming to zep reading blogs, doing internet banking and the like. while i was reading one particular blog (the 'David Dark, the Kingdom, and Hospitality' post) i started thinking about how this guy 10 feet from me was probably really lonely and could use some hope-filled conversation. and i in all my hopefilledness was just sitting here pretending to block everyone out cuz i had things to do and was annoyed by his loud talking. i got convicted, and i was trying to think of a way to break into conversation with him he left. a few minutes later a pair of dudes about my age sat down and found a bottle in a paper sack that the other fella had apparently picked up when he went for cigarettes. he started making fun of the fact that someone had been drinking outside of the coffee shop, and I immediately chimed in with, "yeah, i think he smoked a pack and a half while he was here. ha ha, he seemed kinda lonely."

all that to say, do better than me. look up from your magazine, computer screen, or book. take out your headphones and talk to the person next to you whom you have just judged and whose probably hurting, and could use a little hope and a smile. and i'll try to do better next time.