Hallelujah, by Jeff Buckley

June 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Simply amazing. Enjoy.

Music Monday Randomness

June 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Going with the Twitter theme of introducting you to my music for Monday, here’s my 15 random songs from shuffling the iPod this morning:

1. Ice Cream, by Sarah McLachlan

2. These Thousand Hill, by Third Day

3. Birth Ritual, by Soundgarden

4. Epistrophy, by Thelonious Monk

5. The Old Apartment, by Barenaked Ladies

6. Live Those Songs, by Kenny Chesney

7. Tomorrow Never Knows, by The Beatles

8. She’s Electric, by Oasis

9. Somebody, by Aerosmith

10. Digging a Ditch, by Dave Matthews Band

11. Candy Everybody Wants, by 10,000 Maniacs

12. Shelter from the Storm, by Bob Dylan

13. The Dreaming Tree, by Dave Matthews Band

14. While We Wait, by Jack Johnson

15. Rejoice, by U2

Anything you listened to today that I should check out?

Man, I love baseball

June 19, 2009 § Leave a comment

This week, I went to a Durham Bulls game with my buddy Frank. It was a perfect night: we had great seats (2nd row behind the home dugout on the first base line), it wasn’t stiflingly hot, and the weather cooperated and stayed dry.

While I was waiting on Frank at the front gate, I was immediately reminded of some of the things I love about going to baseball games: little kids excitedly walking up to the gates with their parents, the smells of all the different foods, and simply being outside in the fresh air (as fresh as air can get in downtown Durham.)

The speed (or lack thereof) of a baseball game is my absolute favorite part. Frank and I were able to sit back and catch up on everything that’s been going on with us — how are kids are doing, who we’re following on Twitter, what’s going on in various TV shows, how our jobs are going — and we never missed anything in terms of the game. The slow pace of baseball (2 seconds of action followed by a 20 second lull) allows you to sit back and enjoy the nuances of the game, as well as offering a chance to just sit back and relax.

I also love the consistency you get from baseball game to baseball game, regardless of where you’re watching it. My corn dog was greasy. My beer was just a little bit stale. The peanuts taste better than they would if I were eating them anywhere else. Players chuckled when someone heckled them with something creative (which doesn’t happen often.)

All in all, a great time. I can’t wait until Crete is just a little bit older to fully appreciate a day at the park.

Guilty pleasures

June 11, 2009 § 5 Comments

Like everyone else, I like some stuff I’m kind of ashamed to admit. We all do. Whether it’s the music you listen to when no one else is around, or favorite old TV shows, everybody has their guilty pleasures.

In a stunning show of vulnerability, I’m giving you part of my list.

1. Beverly Hills, 90210: To be perfectly clear, I am only speaking of the original, not the reprised version that is on TV now. But yes, when I’m flipping channels and I see that SoapNet has back to back episodes of 90210 on tap, I get a little giddy inside. I was a fan from the very beginning, and I was a fan through the very end. Forget the fact that the acting is pretty bad, and there were 30 year-olds playing 17 year-olds. If it’s on, I’m watching (as long as the wife lets me.)

2. Hootie & the Blowfish: I’m sort of a musical packrat, so if I find music I like, I pretty much never let go of it. That’s why I still listen to Hootie. I don’t care that the last time they were cool was 1996, I’m still listening to them on at least a weekly basis.

3. So You Think You Can Dance: If you happened to catch any of my Twitter feed last night, you know I’m watching. Season 5 is going on right now, AND they’re doing a new season in the fall, meaning I won’t have to wait until next summer to start back up? Too good to be true.

And that’s it for now. I had some more I was going to share, but I think I’ll save them for a Round 2 next week.

Melancholy playlist for a rainy day

June 10, 2009 § 1 Comment

It was cool and sort of rainy this morning, so after I dropped Crete off, I switched the iPod over from Sesame Street to my “Melancholy” playlist, for some nice, chill music on my way in.

Here’s my first ten tracks, and what I think about them:

  1. “Buckets of Rain” by Bob Dylan — Man, I love this song. Dylan is a lyrical genius.  (How’s that for an understatement?) “I like your smile and your fingertips. I like the way you move your hips. I like the cool way you look at me. Everything about you is bringing me misery.”
  2. “Running to Stand Still” by U2 — My all-time favorite song by U2. Just a great, great tune off a great, great album.
  3. “Soul Suckers” by Amos Lee — People trying to steal your soul with false promises of having your best interest in mind. Sounds like work lately.
  4. “Gravity” by John Mayer — To this point, probably Mayer’s best song, and this soulful live version from the Continuum Special Edition gives a quick glimpse into the awesome soul of this song.
  5. “Please Come to Boston” by Jackopierce — Ah, junior year of college. You were the best and worst times of my life.
  6. “Realize” by Colbie Caillat — This is one of the best debut albums I can remember in a while. I think “Realize” is a better song than “Bubbly” but it wasn’t as pop sounding, so it didn’t get the credit it deserved. This chick can sing.
  7. “Bittersweet” by Big Head Todd and the Monsters — First time I saw Dave Matthews Band, Big Head Todd was the second band on the bill. Bittersweet pretty much fits in with this playlist, both in music and in name.
  8. “Mona Lisa” by Guster — I always thought that if I ever made a movie (and honestly, who doesn’t have those conversations with themselves?) that this song would be great at some pivotal emotional scene. (Yes, I’m a dork, and yes, I know it.)
  9. “Next Year” by Foo Fighters — This was the theme song to one of my favorite TV shows of all times (Ed). I have always loved this song, and Dave Grohl is awesome.
  10. “The Ballad of Love and Hate” by The Avett Brothers — I’ve talked enough about the Avetts on this blog, but this song is simply good.

Not myself lately

June 4, 2009 § 2 Comments

I’m totally overwhelmed at work. For some people, that’s not a big deal — you have a job that is overwhelming all the time. For me though, it’s a pretty big shift. For the majority of the last 4 years, my job has maintained the proper amount of whelm.

As a result of the last week or so, I’m really not myself. I dread going in to work. I dread checking my Blackberry first thing in the morning, knowing how many pressing emails have probably come in overnight, all demanding my attention as my “top priority.”

Worst of all, I’ve become mean. All too easily, I’ve run headlong into my favorite overwhelming circumstance defense mechanism, office sarcasm. On more than one occassion, I’ve been unnecessarily short with my wife. And, on more than one occassion, I’ve used the word hate in reference to a co-worker.

I’m not that guy. I don’t hate people. This is not life or death. It’s not that big of a deal. Certainly not a big enough deal for me to dislike the person I’ve been for the last few days.

So, let this be my public apology. Even though this person will never know, I feel the need to get this off my chest. It’s been gnawing at me for a while, and I’m sorry mystery co-worker.

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