Monday, September 21, 2009

Making Music

I had band practice over the weekend. We took a long break and over the last couple of practices, have started writing some new material.

The best things come out of jams. Tony, our bassist, started experimenting with some chords, which sounded cool on the bass. The progression was similar to one of our other songs, but on the bass sounded totally different, too. So we played with it, and after a while had a start to a new song.

We've been playing together for about three years now (at least, Tony and I have; Nick's been with us for about two years), but upon practicing over the weekend, I was reminded how cool it is for a few people to get together and make music. I'm not necessarily talking about us like we're the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what I mean is that it happens all over the world; people get together, work with one another, and speak a language that surpasses nationalities. Music really is a wonderful thing. I feel very blessed that I have been able to take part of it in any way.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Eight Years Gone

Today definitely feels different.

I really don't know what to say about September 11. As I thought about it today, I thought about how this morning really felt a lot like that September morning eight years ago. I had weight training in the morning, and the radio was interrupted to broadcast the events unfolding in New York. It wasn't until I got to my next class that I really grasped what was going on; until that point we only had a vague idea of what was going on; I recall hearing a plane had crashed, but thought it was an accident. But when I saw what happened, it was a different story entirely.
Everyone who was old enough to remember what happened, I'm sure, will remember it forever. That's not something that leaves you.

I hope it's the same for everyone else, but for me, I don't think I'll ever forget the sense of unity and compassion that was felt on September 12, and the hope that was felt in the days after. I think it's a shame that, after the unity we felt after the country was attacked--where race, political ideology, and religious/social/economic differences didn't matter anymore--has been replaced with a divide that polarizes us on the national issues we face currently, and over the past several years. I hope that, without another devastating event, we can agree to disagree but be respectful and caring towards one another again. Because regardless of our race, political ideologies, and religious/social/economic differences, we're all Americans and want what is best for our country.

In closing, I hope you might take a few minutes to watch this. I think of it often when I think of September 11. It touched me the first time I saw it, and it touches my heart still today.

God bless America.

I can't get the video to embed, so please go here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Little Update

Time flies and suddenly the last post you did was something like twenty days ago. So here's what's been going on:

1 - I finally got my band back together. We're working on new stuff finally, and might be adding another guy on guitar, but that's yet to be seen. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

2 - We signed up for Verizon Wireless. After months of dropped calls and dead zones with T-Mobile, we finally gave up and switched. I loved T-Mobile back in the day, but kept having issues with my calls, and was lucky to get through a call, much less recieve it, if I was in my apartment. That's not horribly bad in the summer, but is terrible during the winter. So we switched to Verizon, and are much happier. Granted, there have been a few hiccups, but it's not on a daily basis, so that's great.
When we signed up with Verizon, we got a rebate with our phones, but instead of getting a check, we got gift cards. That ties into the next update.

3 - My birthday was last month, so between it and the Verizon rebate, I've been on the recieving end of a lot of new music and movies. I've recently put the new music from Imogen Heap. New Found Glory, Pete Yorn, Dashboard Confessional, and A Fine Frenzy on my iPod. and have a couple of seasons of The Simpsons and several movies to get through.

4 - I saw The Prestige twice over the weekend. What a trip of a movie! If you have seen it, let me know what you think in the comments!

5 - School has started up again. I'm at the University of Utah now. I don't know how to feel about it. Maybe I'll have better classes next semester, or maybe these ones will turn out to be okay, but I'm feeling a bit lackluster overall thus far.

6 - I found Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Wii at Target for $20. The game itself is kind of a mixed bag. At times it feels like it could be more challenging, and it feels a little on the short side, however, it is insanely fun. As in, I want to just keep playing it. There is something really cool about slashing away with a virtual lightsaber and throwing large objects at Stormtroopers. And for $20, that's a pretty good deal.

7 - Labor Day was nice. Good times seeing family and friends and relaxing.