Four years ago, give or take a few months, I wrote a blog on MySpace about Mat Kearney. There was very little of substance in there but it got the point across that it was a good concert with a good singer.
Since then I’ve seen Mat three additional times. The concert two weeks ago was by far the best. The House of Blues, with its design/organization flaws is a pretty good place if you want to be on your feet moving with the music. Since there are no seats, there is no awkward dancing in the isles or between rows.
Mat was touring with Ingrid Michaelson. Pretty good combo. The opener, whose name currently slips my mind, was very open and willing to get the crowd interested. Ingrid was VERY open about pretty much everything and put on a good show (with a cover of Toxic that beat the pants off the original, although not difficult to do). Mat was headlining that night, we found out that he and Ingrid had been switching places, and had a good mix of the new and old. Take a listen, play it for your friends, relax and enjoy.
Next concert is 3OH3 and Cobra Starship with the lady and her cousin and then Saw Doctors two weeks later. I should probably pick up some Saw Doctors before that. Ignore the 3OH3 part, not sure I can get into that in a public setting.
i watched you on woods an music—-being a unrecognized song writer an musician –i enjoyed your performance—i have some songs that i have written—i sing gospel music an have one cd i don-t consider myself a bonifided recording artist–i have a radio show on wekt 1070 am elkton ky–i-m looking for someone who would look over my material —an maybe record my lyrics
i am a minister of the gospel–i am 64 years old –an ignorant to the ways of the music industrie
look forward to hearing from you”
This made me laugh maybe a bit too much tonight.
The fact that I received this particular spam email is quite ironic. I spent tonight doing some light reading, downloading Handel’s The Messiah and listening to last Sunday’s worship service from the Marsh Chapel at BU.
I realized over the past few days I longed for something old and familiar to me. For some reason, the music and service seemed to satisfy that. This would normally be completely unremarkable but I really can’t pass up sharing a good spam message. So here’s to you random computer who happened to notice I’m looking at religion as a part of my life again.
Possibly my only regular follower started his own blog. Check him out @ http://walktowork.tumblr.com/. He works in the “Music Industrie” when he isn’t teaching/studying History and is the type of person who enjoys ramblings, I think.
“I can finally see
That you’re right there beside me
I am not my own
For I have been made new
Please don’t let me go
I desperately need you” – Owl City Meteor Shower
So here is this guy who writes music in his basement and is an insomniac.
What exactly is he talking about? A ladyfriend? An omniscient being? Nothing?
I find myself often lost in a flurry of aimless thought. Recently it’s been less scattered and even somewhat productive. It’s odd how things will suddenly come together and you can find a moment of peace.
Anyway, I was songvirused the other day. For those not in the know, songvirusing is when someone says something and it reminds the other of a quote from a song. Then the song gets stuck in the person’s head. This happens to me a lot and especially when I am without music, as I was at work on Wednesday.
There is a song for just about anything and never being more than 10 ft from my iPod or music library, I enjoy finding music for the moment. (Cue Sing for the Moment) <– see?
Mostly I blame my childhood career in the local church choir. The organist was very good at making musical quips.
Well, now that I have gone completely off topic from the song I was listening to on the bus, I shall depart.
So what does a degree get us? A piece of paper stating we have completed a number of courses and that the material from those courses qualifies us to perform well in some profession?
In some circles, teachers, doctors, lawyers, etc., this is probably accurate. What about writers, computer geeks, musicians and the like? You can read enough books or Google pretty much anything now. We spend up to 40 or 50k a year for 4 years to get a piece of paper and self-satisfaction. That isn’t to say we can just waltz out of high school and start building the next Microsoft or Apple.
There is the cultural aspect to think about. An environment where we can come together with like-minded individuals and feed off them to arrive at some greater vocational truth. There is no spoon.
So if along the way we suddenly get a chance to skip the getting a degree thing and slide into a job, does it work?