Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sleep, Whiskey, and Tears

Slept all day today. Probably not the best thing to do when I have so many things to do, but I guess we all need days like that once in awhile. Now it's 4 am and I'm writing a blog post. Maybe I can just get some work done now.

So I checked out the Blackie Jackett Jr. (Finger Eleven side project of James Black and Rick Jackett) show at The Bovine in Toronto tonight. It was a great show. Cool thing too was because it was such a small venue and a fairly small crowd, I actually got to meet James and Rick as they were just chilling and mingling with everyone. It was their CD launch party for Whiskey and Tears and I guess it was as much of a party for them as it was for the audience. A couple of my favorite tracks include their title song Whiskey and Tears which definitely has the catchiest chorus. A song that I could definitely see as being a great drinking anthem. Another song that stands out is Dorothy. Particularly the harmonies with Sandra Dee (sp?) who I learned on Edge 102.1 they picked up during a karaoke night at a bar. Not a bad find for a night at the bar. Her harmonies definitely advance something that could come across as typical folk country to full out bluegrass blues. Overall a great night to see some live music.

I seem to be really into a lot of my favorite alternative artists and their side projects which tend to be very folksie or country. Is this a natural progression as to where these artists want to explore? Whatever it is, I'm definitely into it and thoroughly enjoy these side projects. Helps balance out some of the harshness of the alternative music.

Now I think I may tackle on some coding for a couple of my outstanding projects. Perhaps it'll help take some of the edge off to get through programming I've been putting off longer than I've had to.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Trying to keep up to date is hard

After a tumultuous 2 months, I have finally decided to revise my blog again.

It's hard to maintain these things when you have so much going on but I figured I'd try to put more effort into maintaining my blog. I have also decided that it would be too boring for me to constantly post about work related stuff and realized that things out of my personal life would also be good to post.

This being said however, I noticed that the things I have to post are not adequate for the masses and my new focus on life should be on things that interest me specifically and are more worthwhile to share.

One of these such things would be music.

Music of the moment that's awesome:
  • Pearl Jam - Specifically "The Fixer" (Can't wait until the album actually comes out)
  • Blackie Jackett Jr. - James and Rick from Finger Eleven doing Blue Grass
  • Dustin Kensrue - From Thrice, very folksie and mellow
  • Rocky Votolato - Mellow and melancholy for when you're in those types of moods
These things make life a little more tolerable.

I have almost completed several larger projects in work as well
Other related projects that I've helped out on that are worth noting:Coming soon to my repetoire of websites:
Also coming soon - York University!

Feels weird that it's so close now. I'm finally going to get a degree. Fortunately this time its in something I actually really enjoy doing and love every aspect about, Visual Arts. I am definitely going to make sure I put on some Bob Marley during my Stone Carving classes. That alone is peace for my soul.

Also, here's a random picture of me just to make this post more interesting.