Recharging in the Dungeon

So after a long week of about 50 hours of work, I had one short day off to try to recover before jumping back into the rat race and doing it all over again.

That day off was ever too short, however there were a couple of things going on that may have helped me recharge a bit….in spite of the nasty cold that has settled in on me this morning.

Last night I got a call from my Attaboy bandmate, Than, asking me to come over to his place to lay down a drum track to a song that he and I had started to work on a couple of years ago. I decided that would be a good time so off I went to the famous, well not really famous to anyone other than those involved, “Dungeon” studio. The studio consists of Than hooking up some minor amounts of sound gear to his mac and recording directly into there. It’s nothing fancy mind you, but it gets the job done. The task at hand is getting our musical ideas down so we can continue to polish up the music we have created so that someday maybe we will try to do something with it.

So I headed over and spent a couple hours finishing a my part for the song and then today went over to work on another old song of his to see if we could give it some new life, although it was pretty much good to go how it was before. If nothing else it was a good excuse to play and get a little more practice recording to a click track, which takes some getting used to when you are used to being the one dictating the tempo. Overall though I don’t feel too bad about how things went there. A few minor hiccups along the way, but nothing a retake or two wouldn’t clean up.

Playing music always help me feel a little more energized, especially when it is not simply learning other peoples’ music.

The other little side note is more on the thinking side and I can’t help but feel I may have stumbled upon a simple yet important lesson in life. All too often when something bad happens in life you will hear people start to question and call out God saying things such as “How could God let this happen to me?” or “I can’t believe that if there was a God he would let something like this happen.”, maybe even the simple phrase of “God, why are you putting me through this?”.  So over the last few days I have been thoroughly enjoying reading a Daily Devotion Book for Men that I got for Christmas and suddenly the answer to those questions seemed to become clear to me, even though it was right there in the Bible for all to see. In the book they were quoting passages from the book of Isiah which were relating to how God helps up find Him again when we start to stray. To sum it up there were a few passages over the last few days that basically show that when we start to stray from God and become like tarnished silver, he cleanse us and bring us closer by “melting down the silver and skimming the slag off the surface, so that we are once more pure, untarnished silver”. Simply put, when he puts us through those difficult times it is so that our faith in Him can become even stronger and we can shake free of the crap that has built up inside of us, no longer losing sight of our relationship with Him. It doesn’t happen automatically though, being closer to God after a rough spot in life. You would have to think of it more as an opportunity to be closer to God, to re-establish that relationship.

Essentially, those rough and difficult times in life are a warning that we are starting to stray from Him and are really a second chance to be closer with God.

I realize there are some situations where a person seems to live a very faithful life and bad things still happen, so maybe this doesn’t apply to every bad situation, but I know personally there have been some things over the last few years that have happened to me where I felt like a victim and couldn’t understand why all of these things were happening to me. I can look back now and see that they allowed me to build a stronger relationship with God and strengthen my Christian faith, if not gain a little wisdom along the way.

Take from it what you will, but it’s an idea that seems to make sense to me.

Interesting Throwback

Last night I went and saw National Treasure 2.  The movie was fantastic, as expected. However the special treat was the very beginning.

After the standard three previews, in this case it was Leatherheads, Hancock, and Narnia 2, my fellow movie-goers and I were treated to a special, um…treat.

Being that Disney released this movie, they took it upon themselves to add in an opening act before the Feature Film started. Just like in the old days when they used to play a cartoon or newsreel before the start of the movie, we were treated to a cartoon of the Disney character Goofy as he starred in a short about “Setting up your Home Theatre”.

It was nothing special, or anything even that interesting. I just got a kick out of it because it was a throwback and because it was something new and unique that you just don’t see anymore. Plus, it was the first time I got to experience an actual pre-movie cartoon. They stopped showing those long before I ever started to watch movies in the theater.

 Anyhow-just thought I would share that with you!

Have a good weekend everyone.

Happy New Year To All!

I hope you all have had a fantastic Holiday Season and now that the New Year, 2008, has arrived, I hope we all have a tremendous year!

The posts have been few and far between here in December and I know I have received a few comments on it. Hopefully January will be a little less hectic, at least on the personal life side of things, and I will have a greater opportunity to sit down and write some more. I have a few things to cover in a couple of posts, some things that have been requested of me, since I have been being so lazy with writing here lately. I hope to get to these things in the coming days.

Since my last post there has been so much happening. From awesome concerts to traveling to be with family, new babies being born to birthday parties and other family gatherings, even my band was in action and we all had to deal with the roads that have been often times very slick and treacherous due to all the snow we seem to keep getting.  It’s been busy and exhausting to say the least and now that the hectic times seem to be wrapping up personally, January is the busiest month of the year at work. We have our huge push in January to start the year off with a big bang and it is going to mean some long, busy days at the office. Seems things will stay busy after all.

In the midst of all of that I have been giving some thought to if I want to commit to a New Years Resolution or two. I typically don’t partake in that yearly ritual, but I have a few goals I would like to achieve and just have not decided how badly I want to reach them and when I want to start trying. A couple ideas for my “resolution” are making a commitment to practice music for at least 1 hour a day/3-4 days per week, eating dinner at home a minimum of 4 times per week, setting up an aggressive savings plan to get rid of existing debt as soon as possible, sitting down to write for at least a little while every single day, or even just continuing to get stricter with myself on following my weight loss plan that I had started back in December.

I have almost too many different options and I am not sure what I want to really focus on. Maybe I should get extra ambitious and just focus on all of them at once. Make this year a bit of a step in a new direction. As backwards as it sounds you could say I am changing things up to break the routines I am in now, by essentially creating new routines that are a little more refreshing. Maybe not so much as changing routines to create new ones, more of a refinement process of my current routines to get rid of wasted time and get more out of my free time.

Now when I say that, I don’t mean in terms of relationships between Omega and I, my family and I or any of my friends and I. When I am talking about breaking out of current routines I am talking about things like watching less TV so I can have more time to spend getting better with an instrument, be it drums, guitar or even my newest thought of teaching myself to play piano. I just wanted to make that clear because I can honestly say that I am extremely satisfied and happy with how all of my relationships are sitting right now and I wouldn’t change a thing in that department. In those regards I am a very, very blessed man to have such an amazing wife, wonderful family and a strong inner circle of friends that are very supportive no matter what I want to do.

Anyhow, I just wanted to wish you all a Happy and Amazing New Year!

Let’s all look forward to big things in 2008!

Ispiration Everywhere

This morning while I was getting ready for work, thinking about how much I didn’t feel like going into work today, I recieved an inspiring message from an unlikely source. It made me realize that no matter how un-inspired or motivated you may be feeling, you can find motivation or inspiration just about everywhere…..all you have to do is keep your eyes open for it and be willing to actually see it.

So my uplifting message for today is simple: If you are looking for a little motivation all you need to do is keep your eyes open so you see it and keep your mind and heart open to recieve it. Basically be willing to be inspired from any sources, no matter how strange the source may be.

Oh yeah, my morning inspiration today……it came from the little cap that imprints on the very top of my new stick of deodorant that I opened. You know the little plastic cap under the actual cap? It had the phrase”Embrace Challenge” etched into it, which in turn imprinted that phrase onto the very top of the new stick of deodorant.

I told you, inspiration is everywhere and can show itself from anywhere!

Keep the spirits up and have a great holiday season!

Time and brain power soak

Since last Saturday I have to say that I feel like I have been cut off from the world a bit. Not that I have been isolated or gone anyplace, but with my car breaking again it seems that all of my free time has been spent stressing over what I am going to do to replace/fix it. All of the ordinary thoughts included, such as how much can I afford, what do I want, what is the best course of action, when do I want it by, how am I going to get time to go test drive vehicles since I work all day…etc…

Tonight I kind of realized that although I know I will continue to be stressing over this process until I figure it out, I need to try and not think about it so much. Maybe a good rule of thumb will be to try and not worry about it after the dealerships close, which locally is between 6 and 7 during the week. That way the rest of my evening can still be enjoyed. I am still hoping that if I buy, I can get a good deal on something I really like, something I fit well in and last but not least, something that I can fit all of my drums into along with Omega. My backup plan is that if I can’t find anything else, I am going to put a couple of contacts at our local dealers to work to see if they can get me a 2006-2007 PT Cruiser with the upgraded “turbo” engine and cruise control. In the meantime we’ll just see what happens.

I feel bad because I know Omega is absolutely sick of talking about cars and hearing me stressing over all of this, but she is awesome because she still listens anyways! (well at least she pretends to listen, which is all I need! *wink* Just kidding honey!)

On a side note, we went and had a dinner date on sunday evening over at the Whistling Bird in Gilbert. This was very nice because even though we go out and do stuff, we really never actually dated. At least not by the traditional standards of what “a date” is. Rather than dinner and a movie we would hop in my car and go driving around till late into the night or we would go to our favorite place to just sit and talk, the Buhl Pit, and spend hours watching the stars in the summer sky as we enjoyed each other’s company and usually great conversation. I say usually great conversations because there were many times when we would just sit and listen to the sounds of the lake or watch the northern minnesota sky, the whole time never saying a word. Simply sitting and sharing the moments.

So anyways, we went on our date sunday evening which was very nice. It was an extremely pleasant break from all of my car stress. They have a nice little place there at the Whistling Bird yet to me it has never lived up to all the hype about it. The food is good but not great and the atmosphere is pretty neat, which I believe is why most people think it is such a fantastic place. It is much different than any of our other dining establishments in the area, so it has the ability to provide you with a feeling that you really went somewhere special compared to what else is out there.

Anyhow, now that I have rambled for a while, it is time for me to get to bed.

Scratch That

Well, scratch that thought about “Tin Man”.  I will wait to watch it until after the series is finished.

It looks really good, but it is a 3 part series so we will watch it later in the week when we can sit and watch it all in one sitting.

 In the meantime it looks like my site is having some sort of trouble and it won’t load up at all….Hopefully it will start working again soon.

A classic resurrection

As I write this I am undertaking an evening of witnessing a bold attempt to retell the classic story of “The Wizard of Oz”. It is on the Sci-Fi channel and it is called “Tin Man”. 

So far it seems to have a really cool feel to it, although I have to think that this one won’t be filled with all the singing. For some reason it doesn’t seem to have that “musical” feel about it.

For now though, I am going to go and enjoy the show!

If you have the chance to catch it, tune in and let me know what you thought of it.