Archive for June, 2006
Normally, I tend to not chase these kinds of things down but an online friend, David over at Loud Time ’tagged’ me. I really liked his explanation as well that this is one of thsoe memes I’ll let slip past because I feel special to be tagged and it is about music which is something that is a horrible pain (haha) for me to talk aobut. The goal is to list seven songs that I’m currently in to and six friends to tag. Let’s hop to it.
1. ‘Evolution’ - Odyssee off ‘In Search of Sunrise 4: Latin America’: I’m normally into dance and Electronic music. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the natural draw to the complexities of the gear required to make such music. It’s also fun to play at a low level in the office; so low that you can hear the rhythm but not necessairly words or upper register sounds. This is one of those tracks that is an exception to the thumpa thumpa thumpa that most people normally think of. It actually rocks. It’s quite at home being blasted out of car speakers on a warm summer afternoon.
2. ‘Jesus Freak’ - Chasing Victory off ’Freaked: A gotee tribute to dc talk’s Jesus Freak’: It’s a very modern interpretation of the song that still gets to the essence of what made it such a good song a decade ago. This group does a screamo (forgive me if I get my genre wrong) version of the song that breathes some very fresh life into the song. It culminates in a very low, distorted drum backing the lyrics ‘People say I’m strange, does that make me a stranger that my best friend was born in a manger?’ Too fun…
3. ‘Let the name of God be high’ – Derek Webb from Songs from the Voice, volume 1: please don’t make us sing this song: The CD as a whole is the best disc I’ve heard this year so far. It’s a mixture of people re-interpreting the Psalms and setting them to music. I would say the whole CD is on my list, but this song in particular stands out because of listening it to it a couple of nights ago as the sun was setting in the sky and I was outside doing yard work. It was a very worshipful moment.
4. ‘Dirt off your shoulder’ – Jay-Z from The Black Album: I read The Hip-Hop church earlier this summer and I’ve been a closet fan of hip-hop for a little while but like all good music I like good hip-hop speaks to human nature; lyrically it paints of a picture of a fallen world that needs and asks big questions. ‘Dirt off your shoulder’, for me, is just a really fun song to drive to.
5. ‘Wedding Day’ – Rosie Thomas from When we were small: A music snob friend of mine got married a couple of weeks ago and I did sound for their wedding. The music included another track off this disc called ‘Have you seen my love’. If that isn’t the best track, then ‘Wedding Day’ is. Rosie has an exceptional voice and the music reminds me a bit of Over The Rhine and The Innocense Mission.
6. ‘Dramatica Mujer’ – Jason Mraz/Alex Cuba Band from The Target Red Room: vol 1: This one is in my morning playlist over at the right and has been in the iPod for the past couple of weeks because it’s a blast to play at 6 a.m. on the way to Dennys for a book study. It’s great to sing along to (except for the spanish parts which I don’t know…) and I would definately recommend downloading if you find it.
7. ‘Believe’ – The Echoing Green from the self titled release: It’s a majestic, loud, guitar driven song that is just beautiful…again this just is incredible to play at dawn on Wednesday mornings. Lyrics are available here.
As far as my victims go? I’ll be picking them shortly .
I was taking out the garbage this morning that was particularly large due to a massive cleanup home improvement job that we had this last week. Earlier, though, we left the garage door open overnight and and an animal happened their way into our garage and dug into a bag and went to town. Well, we thought we fixed it until today when I was taking out the garbage and found around a 1000 or so maggots hanging out in and around a bag.
Oh my. I think it’s going to be a couple of days before I get over that one. Brushing them into a dustpan and disposing of them in the yard was the most disgusting thing I’ve done in quite a long time…
At least until Melissa read on the Internet about how to get rid of them and found an article about how to clean them from an open wound.
Mmmmmm….I feel like spaghetti tonight.
Yesterday was the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (yeah!) and I got a great new idea for an activity. Aidan and I had our Solstice party. We first went to the park after dinner (bedtime for him is around 8 and we left for the park at 7:15 or so). We hung out till about 8, came home and took a bath (way necessary) got into pajamas and took a jammie ride (thanks to tulipgirl for the idea) to get some ice cream. Aidan decided he was more interested in a dog that was hanging out at the ice cream place that he was ice cream (silly Aidan…). We rolled back to our place around 9 and the night was just beginning to settle in. Aidan, thinking he was going to bed asked for chocolate milk and I told him we were going out to find lighting bugs. He thought that was just the best thing he ever heard. So, for another 30 minutes or so we ran around the back yard and discovered that lighting bugs tend to be a bit sparse in more ‘urban’ settings.
Regardless, at one point Aidan noticed one and shouted out ‘I see a yellow one daddy!’ It was an extremely good way to usher in the summer and make some memories.
Just a small note – I’ve created my ‘Playlist of the week‘ (available on the right menu as well). Basically it’s one of the playlists in my iPod. The first one is in homage to our new gym membership and it’s what I played while at the gym last week. Enjoy…if you care .