I love music. I am a HUGE lover of music. There is always a new mixed CD in my Van, I always have some new music on my mp3 player, I sing to myself, I dance to the music in my head and in my ear, and I’m a sub-par singer.

As  far as genres go, I was baptised in the waters of Country Music, 80s Pop, and 70s/80s Rock and Roll, but I’ve grown to love almost all genres over my time. In fact I love music so much, that despite being a member of the “Napster” generation, I own over 80% of the music on my computer. the other 20% or so is pirated, yes, but that’s because I can’t find the CDs or the downloadable versions.

So today I’ve been hunting around for some music on YouTube since I can’t afford to buy anything. Shiny Toy Guns does a great song called “Transmission to Major Tom” which you might recognize from the Lincoln TV commercials. This song is also a free download from their site an has subsequently gotten me hooked on David Bowie and his song Space Oddity.  I’ve been trying to find Cat Power‘s cover of the song, but with no success. I’m not sure how, but this also led me to a great Vs song by Greenday and Oasis (note: I HATE Oasis, so calculate that as I tell you I love this song) a combination of Beaulivard and Wonderwall.

So for now I leave you with these artists you should check out, and a musical list that may or may not explain a lot about me.

Favorite Musical artist: Garth Brooks
Favorite Band: AC/DC
Favorite CD: The Longest Road
Favorite Genre: 80s Pop
Notable Artists:
Big & Rich
Eminem
Nickleback
Def Leppard
Aerosmith
Black Eyed Peas
Spirit of the West
Kid Rock
Dr. Dre
Anything from “Grease”
Quietdrive
Disney Show Tunes.

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Woah… Just… woah!

April 26, 2009

For those of you who manage your way here, I need you to detour to this website. This comic is written  by a friend of mine who, and I didn’t know this, is a VERY talented writer. As most of you know, or should know if you’ve been paying attention, I am a huge comic book nerd. THIS is note worthy. THIS could stand up against any dozen of works I’ve ever read.

You should also leave a comment if you head over there and read it, it would really help her and her creative team, even if it’s just as simple as “This comic are good”.

Though I’m sure grammar would be appreciated

Being Broke Sucks

April 7, 2009

So I tried to change my blog layout today only to discover that my subscription to the layout… thing expired and I’m not really in a position to renew. WordPress has many advantages and is really a great blogging tool with it’s easy to use interface, large web storage for media on the site… but it does have a semi major flaw in that I cannot actually edit the website unless I pay. However, if I pay to edit the website I actually can’t change the main components, just the RSS (colours of links, colours of the background, text size, etc.).

That was something I really enjoyed with my prior blog actually and I’m relatively perturbed that I can’t do it here. It was a great creative outlet for me. Being a programmer by trade I just really enjoyed the opportunity to put my skills to use, and when I have opportunities to integrate design with function… well that’s a big old Nerd-gasm for me.

Anyways, back to being broke.

I’m not entirely broke. Looks like I’ll have enough money to make bills this month, it’s just that I don’t have a lot of breathing room on that accord. Business has been picking up steadily but what I need to do is take some money and put some advertising in the paper… just… can’t afford to do that right now. It’s a conundrum to say the least. I’m not a particular fan of being broke (or close to it) as I am generous in nature, or so most people would note of me. And in all honesty, after spending most of last year in financial crisis, it was starting to feel good to be doing more than just treading water.

Guess that’s not God’s plan though.

That’s actually been a bit of a struggle for me. I think I’m just a little warn down from last year and the year before– Buying the van a month before losing my high paying tech job, being kicked out of my home, again, struggling to get my schooling done and to make enough money to pay my bills– when I got the job at the pizza place things started to look up. I kind of figured I’d be okay… but in all honesty I got comfortable. The thought had grazed the surface of consciousness once or twice, “Where is this all going?”, and then God came down and forced me to make a decision.

It does suck being broke, and it’s scary as all hell… But I’m ready. I’m ready to struggle, I’m ready to do this thing and to ride it out to the end.

I’m ready.

The Long Hard Road

April 2, 2009

So I got fired from my job recently. A less than thrilling ordeal that mostly involved being stabbed in the back. A couple months ago I tried to host a staff meeting so that way we could come up with ideas that might help turn the business around. Now the reason I was trying to host this staff meeting was the owner and manager (owner’s son) had no interest whatsoever in hosting a staff meeting; they simply didn’t want to pay for it. Fine.

At the end of the day I wasn’t sure if I should invite management, and then was advised by one of the assistant managers that it might mean more to the owner if it just came from staff. The staff initially sounded really stoked about the idea, but within a few days voices of decent arose; people were coming up with premptive excuses not to go, blah blah blah… So I called it off.

Well somehow the manager found out, and decided that I needed to be fired. Somebody squawked and he managed to find enough people to go along with him, ignoring other voices of decent. It happens.

So now I’m unemployed. I’m looking for work but of course the economy mostly dictates I’m not going to find it, or if I do it won’t likely have the hours I’ll need. So I’m relying mostly on my home business to see me through at this point. Not sure how that’s going to go, but there it is.

I’ve had to rely on faith a lot lately, which is a lot harder for me in desperate times than it is in good time oddly enough. It’s scary. I am scared. I don’t know what’s going to come of this, and I have no expectations. Just prayer. That’s all I have right now.

Of course, I know now that’s all I need. I was in Calgary the last few days and I got to see my sister, which was so great. On my way to her house I really screwed up my knee and it hurt like a son of a gun. I nearly fell two more times so I started praying that God would help me stay on my feet, and keep me safe. And God left me with a feeling of safety. There was this rush, an overwhelming feeling of safety, of something that was saying “I’m not going to let you fall. I will always be here. Wait on me.” and it was…. I needed it. I really needed it.

When I got home I was having trouble sleeping, as always, so I watched some TV and for the first time I really listened to that Honey Nut Cheerios commercial featuring “I Try” a Macy Grey cover by Ben Taylor. I downloaded the song and I’ve been listening to it almost non stop. I don’t know why, this has resonated with my relationship with God. I’ve felt closer, and it’s just reminded me more and more that God is by my side, and he has not, nor will he ever leave…

It feels good.

Anyway, not much else to say right now so I’m going to leave it as is.

I’ll catch you later.