Why I’m Here

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.

~Henry Ford

Years ago I decided that I would start a blog and it served primarily as a way to engage in self-therapy. I figured that if I could just start talking, even to myself, I might be able to work through some issues I was having.

I’ve always been a writer at heart and I still feel that way though I seldom make the time to be one in practice. This blog became a means to that end when I told myself I’d make a post every day, or when I started publishing bits and pieces of my writing (fiction) here via various prompts and/or activities, like the Blogging 101 class, for instance.

When I started blogging I never cared much who might read it or if anyone would read it, it was mostly for me. As time has gone on I’ve found I really enjoy engaging with readers and other bloggers with regards to the opinions or thoughts I share on my blog. Getting a huge audience has never been a priority, but I definitely enjoy the fact other people read my words and I’m probably a bit more careful with the presentation as a result. I’m not going to censor myself because others are reading, but I’ll probably proofread a second time or be more mindful of my composition. I’m vain and I wouldn’t want people reading my blog thinking, “This guy sounds like an uneducated imbecile.”

Readers may think that because they don’t agree with my opinions, but that’s fine. I’m not asking anyone to agree with everything I say.

Onward & Upward

Having my own blog led me to start writing about the St. Louis Blues on other websites. You can currently find my hockey posts at The Hockey Writers. I’m definitely still looking for opportunities to write more and I would love to be writing for a living. That chance hasn’t presented itself yet, but I’ll continue looking for it.

Whether you follow my blog or just come every once in a while to check out what’s new, you’ll find me occasionally voicing my opinion on current events, sharing recipes, restaurant experiences, baseball insights, or samples of my favorite music and books. Since I’ve taken my specialty writing (about hockey) off-site, my blog remains a sort jack-of-all-trades kind of entity. That’s not to say it couldn’t become something more focused in the future, but I enjoy a lot of different things in life and for now I’m content with them all being a part of my blog

Thanks again for taking time to read, I hope you’ll leave comments during your stay.

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The Daily Soundtrack, a Last Hurrah

Well, this wasn’t really received as well as I’d hoped, and as with many recurring features it’s already seeming more like work than it should. I love music and would be willing to discuss it with you any time, but I think this will be the last playlist. Unless you want me to keep posting them, in which case just let me know in the comments. Thanks!

  1. The Eagles – Take It To The Limit
  2. Pink Floyd – One Of These Days
  3. The Shins – Girl Inform Me
  4. Phish – Reba
  5. Blues Traveler – Crystal Flame
  6. R.E.M. – Finest Worksong
  7. The Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
  8. Young The Giant – My Body
  9. Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
  10. The Smiths – I Know It’s Over
  11. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
  12. A Tribe Called Quest – Rock Rock Y’all
  13. Billy Bragg w/Wilco – California Stars
  14. Breathe – Hands To Heaven
  15. Coldplay – The Scientist
  16. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
  17. Ben Harper – Gold To Me

The Daily Soundtrack November 20, 2014

Today’s playlist didn’t get deleted so I’m able to share it with you. Thanks for listening and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments!

  1. Blues Traveler – The Best Part
  2. Two Gallants – Winter’s Youth
  3. R.E.M. – Welcome To The Occupation
  4. The Decemberists – January Hymn
  5. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  6. Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You
  7. Phish – Train Song
  8. The Roots – Web
  9. Wolfmother – Witchcraft
  10. U2 – New Year’s Day
  11. Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
  12. Dave Matthews Band – Where Are You Going
  13. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
  14. The Sundays – Summertime
  15. Cage The Elephant – It’s Just Forever

Daily Soundtrack November 18, 2014

the_eagle___pink_floydThe jukebox seemed to be feeling mostly mellow today, and I can see after only three installments that it’s time to add or maybe even change the records in there. You might already be getting tired of the same artists over and over again. Maybe you like them as much as I do so it’s not an issue. Guess we’ll find out.

  1. Pink Floyd – Hey You
  2. Coldplay – Yellow
  3. Phish – Billy Breathes
  4. Beastie Boys – Posse in Effect
  5. The Shins – New Slang
  6. Beck – Devil’s Haircut
  7. Blues Traveller – Alone
  8. The Smiths – Reel Around The Fountain
  9. R.E.M. – The Flowers Of Guatemala
  10. Tim Easton – Burgundy Red
  11. Pistol Annies – I Feel A Sin Comin’ On
  12. Van Morrison – Crazy Love
  13. White Stripes – Icky Thump
  14. Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life
  15. Electric Light Orchestra – Do Ya

The Daily Soundtrack November 17, 2014

It’s Monday, again, as time move inexorably forward, and this new Feature returns (I don’t blog much on weekends.) Hope you enjoy the playlist.

  1. Phish – Character Zero
  2. Jason Nevins Feat. Greg Nice – Candyman (Original Mix)
  3. The Smiths – Back To The Old House
  4. Two Gallants – Sunday Souvenirs
  5. Pink Floyd – Dogs of War
  6. The Shins – Caring is Creepy
  7. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  8. Alien Ant Farm – Courage
  9. AC/DC – Back In Black
  10. R.E.M. – So. Central Rain
  11. Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
  12. Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
  13. Tim Easton – Poor, Poor LA
  14. Scorpions – No One Like You
  15. Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel
  16. The Samples – Feel Us Shaking
  17. The Police – Message In A Bottle
  18. Vampire Weekend – Finger Back

The Daily Soundtrack November 14, 2014

Toying with the idea of yet another recurring post, this time musically inclined. I listen to music while I’m working and this is the playlist for today:

  1. Tim Easton – Get Some Lonesome
  2. Snow Patrol – Hands Open
  3. Toad the Wet Sprocket – All I Want
  4. Crowded House – Something So Strong
  5. Eagles of Death Metal – Cherry Cola
  6. Phish – Birds of a Feather
  7. Collective Soul – Heavy
  8. The Strokes – Juicebox
  9. Depeche Mode – I Want You Now
  10. Coldplay – In My Place
  11. Two Gallants – Song of Songs
  12. Young The Giant – Apartment
  13. R.E.M. – What If We Give It Away?
  14. Van Halen – Panama

How many songs should a good playlist have? 15? 20? Fewer?

3 Years Already?

Apparently, I registered and started blogging with WordPress 3 years ago today. Feels like it’s been longer. 

I had every intention of writing more this year, and that could still happen, but so far, not so much. I write often for BleedinBlue.com, a St. Louis Blues Hockey site sponsored by Fansided.com, but that’s only Blues stuff. It’s definitely a passion of mine, but personal writing has taken a backseat to the NHL and Real Life for now.

I’ve read great books I could rave aboutImage. The Martian, by Alan Weir, his 1st novel, was one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever read.

I’ve seen movies I could share opinions on. Gravity, for example, was visually stunning and very intense, but I didn’t really care for the story, thought it was too cheesy in places, and really hated the ending. I’m glad Bullock didn’t win Best Actress, it was far from Oscar worthy.

I’ve listened to a LOT of new music, one of the best albums being Broken Bells – After the Disco Image

I’ve been to restaurants I could rave about, places like J. Greene’s Pub and Sushi Bistro in Kirkwood. Get the fish sandwich and a Civil Life Brown at the Pub and try the Fuji Roll at the Bistro.

Those are the kinds of things I like to write about because I enjoy sharing my opinion, but I still have fiction to write, it’s in my head, I just haven’t made time to write any lately. Thanks to all who follow along and especially to those who engage with or share what I have to say here. Here’s to (at least) 3 more years!

A beginning in an ending

I’ve been trying out Spotify Premium on a free trial and I think I really like it. Last night I was browsing playlists friends have made and I already know at least one I want to post myself some time this week. I made a soundtrack for a movie that I’ve not yet written. The inspiration came to me in a dream, quite vividly, though it was months ago. I wrote down a bunch of notes so I would remember the basis of the story, and it’s going to be something I will work on in the New Year, either as a novel or a screenplay. But at least the music for it is done 😛

Have you seen the movie Sin City? My dream had that sort of Gothic, Noir quality to it, but not exactly the same art style- it was more live action that animation- and it wasn’t black & white, I usually dream in color, but the colors were weirdly muted, almost waxy. There were puddles of what I assumed were rainwater on the roof of a building that looked so black they might’ve been tar or something.

The major players in my dream, outside of myself of course, were some kind of gangsters most resembling the Japanese Yakuza. Can I get in trouble for mentioning them? Am I on a hit list now? No one in the dream but me had actual facial features, so it’s not like I was astrally ratting anyone out. Everyone was dressed impeccably in extremely tailored, dark suits, and yes, there were swords of various types, and probably guns, I’m not 100% certain. I don’t have my notes with me as I write this.

This is more to motivate myself to work on this project, having an actual beginning of the process, than to notify anyone about it, though I know at least 1-2 actual people read this blog whenever I post something, lol. I’ll post more details about where I’m heading with it and as always I welcome feedback and your opinions, dear readers. Perhaps it will end up as some sort of collaborative effort, who knows? This is only a beginning, on a day of endings. Last day of December, last day of the 4th Quarter, last day of 2013.

100 Word Song – Mirrors

Written in response to this week’s 100 Word Song Challenge from Lance and Leeroy over at MyBlogCanBeatUpYourBlog.

I’m a fan of JT. I like a lot of his music, he’s a decent actor, is very funny, and seems to be quite intelligent. I will crank the volume up and sing along with this song in the car, much to the dismay of my family.

It makes me think of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” and how our reflection in a mirror is always there watching and mimicking us, whether we like it or not. The 1983 song was, I suppose, intended to be romantic, but it’s kind of creepy, yes? Thanks for bringing romance back too, JT.

100 Word Song – Brilliant Mistake

Ralphie thought it all felt like an episode of The Chicago Code as he and Max cautiously followed the officer out the door and down the hall to the stairwell. She had her gun drawn, a grim, stoic look on her face, and moved with trained fluidity. Contrastingly, it was all Ralphie could do not to trip over his own feet.

Max followed a bit too closely, his head swiveling nervously, hissing into Ralphie’s ear. “This is such a mistake. We’ll be sitting ducks going down the stairs!”

“Are you kidding?” Ralphie whispered, breathlessly, in reply. “This is fucking brilliant!”

This is my response to this week’s 100 Word Song Challenge from Lance, Leroy, and Linda, Elvis Costello’s wonderful “Brilliant Mistake.”