Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Many thanks to my buddy Kelly from Chicago for introducing me to his music a few months ago.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The first being that I’ve somehow come to really enjoy Twitter.com. I was highly skeptical at first, but now I’m finding it to be a nice forum for those fleeting streams of consciousness that live and die in the mind within a few moments, then are forgotten soon after.
I’m ‘following’ quite a few celebrities/public personalities just to see what they have to say. Although some of them rarely contribute, others contribute consistently. Some of them are very amusing, others are thought provoking or even sweet – but the one thing they have in common is that they’re interesting. At least the ones I’m still following.
Some of them even post pictures while they’re traveling, which is a great way for famous actors and musicians to share all the great places and things they see with their fans. In a way, it let’s you into their life a bit. It sort of lets you live vicariously through them, if only for a moment.
Just today Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows has basically been posting pictures all day of his experiences while performing for an episode of "Live from Abbey Road" or something like that. Abbey Road being a famous recording studio where many famous artists have recorded, including the Beatles, of course.
That’s a place I would probably never see in my lifetime, but thanks to him, I got a glimpse of what it’s like inside – including a picture of the men’s urinal there, which has some graffiti from Paul McCartney etched on it. Nice…
Anyway, if you’d like to follow my ‘Tweets,’ feel free to do so. My Twitter handle is s4shangrila. At the moment, I’m reading more than I’m updating.
Here’s the other thing I was just thinking about. It’s amazing that at one point certain books were banned for one ridiculous reason or another. Exercising good judgment when it comes to your kids is one thing. Banning a book from the general public, is an entirely different, and ignorant thing to do!
Check out this list, which has many of them (and read ‘em!):
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I mean it's really inconvenient.
In fact, it's simply unacceptable, I say. This of course, will not make any difference to anyone but me, so I'm basically belly-aching for the sake of it.
But I have to tell ya, reality continues to ruin my life.
Especially in terms of finding time to write, and being in the moment enough to have something to write about.
All this time spent on work turns my brain into what I can only describe as a bland mound of wet white bread, squeezed and molded into a big mushy wad of derivative crap.
Working in a corporate environment can seriously suck the creative life-force out of you. It does that to me, anyway.
This is the current bane of my existence.
Maybe I just need to drink more triple espressos.
All I know is that the fortune I spent on books the other day is not an investment that’s seeing returns just yet. I haven’t even cracked any of them open and it’s been what, like four weeks?
I can’t think of them all off the top of my head, but I remember getting The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., which was subsequently revised a few times by E.B. White. I figured I’d splurge and get it since I 'lost' my copy years ago. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was stolen, but then I think to myself, "Who steals a book like that?"
In any case, I truly think everyone who writes should own a copy of this book.
I also bought The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway, and The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald.
As popular as it is, or has been, I’ve actually never read The Great Gatsby. I was a rebellious lad in high school, and typically refused to read any book that was considered ‘required reading,’ so I figure that must have been why.
I was a conventional-wisdom-be-damned kind of guy back then. I still am, for the most part, but now I'll at least give it a chance before writing it off.
But that’s just fine with me, because now I can experience what’s considered by many to be a real gem of a novel and can probably appreciate it more now with a relatively mature, late-thirty-something mind (Ok, so the ‘mature’ part is debatable, depending on who you ask, but whatever).
I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it as much as I think I will. If anything, maybe it will help me shake off these doldrums that are keeping me at bay.
Here’s to giving it a shot and hoping it helps to flip the 'on' switch in my brain (fingers crossed)!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
With the consequence of our 6 hour romp at Playwright’s manifesting itself in the form of a piercing headache the next morning, I placed the palms of my hands on my temples and squeezed my head, in hopes that it would alleviate my agonizing pain.
"...but, in any case, that's alright...I’m pretty sure it stands for Young Urban Professional."
(continued from Morons in Manhattan)
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
I've come to enjoy so many different artists, but today I thought I'd mention a guy whose music I really love -- Mat Kearney. I don't know how he's not more of a household name, but I think his stuff is really great.
If you've never heard his music, check it out. You might like it...a lot.
Here are three of his songs that are up on YouTube:
Here's a link to his new stuff: