Monday, April 19, 2010

It's All About the Music!

This past week (and especially the past few days) have been an interesting and eclectic mix of musical experiences for me. I'm not terribly picky about my musical tastes, but I will admit there are some genres I can only take in moderation.

Early last week while filing CDs at work, I came upon an album by the duo Over the Rhine. I have heard the name before, but didn't know what their sound was like. I checked out the three albums the library had and have been playing them pretty much continuously in my stereo. The lead vocals sound like something I've heard before, but I just cannot pin point it to save my life.

This past week has also thrown me into a different kind of musical experience - musical theater. I really enjoy playing in pit orchestras and especially enjoyed my first time on stage this past fall. Muncie Civic Theatre just opened with High School Musical. I haven't really been exposed to this musical in any way (by movie or soundtrack) before this past week. I will admit, it's a cute show. I can understand how people enjoy it. The tunes are catchy in that can't-get-them-out-of-your-head kind of way.

The third annual Muncie Springfest was also this past weekend. Although after being shut down early on Sunday due to an apparent breach of contract with the venue, we will have to see if it happens next year. I was lucky enough to win two three-day passes to the event, but could only see a few bands because of my busy weekend. There were over 40 bands performing on three stages. I missed out on seeing Particle, and Catch Curtis, but was able to see some other bands like 8 Stories High, and UV Hippo. I was all set to head back to the venue when I heard the last few bands were moving downtown. A friend and I went and ended up hearing Great American Taxi. They had a really great sound. It was a mix of blues, bluegrass, and a little country thrown in there.

It was quite the busy weekend, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Good friends, good music. I don't need much more than that.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New Beginnings!

I finally decided to have a real go at this blogging thing. I don't find myself to be a rather interesting person, but I happen upon some interesting things from time to time. And when I do, I enjoy sharing them. So maybe this is what this blog will be about.

I woke up nine minutes before my alarm this morning after my first restless night of sleep in about a week. I was going to have breakfast with a friend, but due to our late night outing last night, he wasn't quite ready to have breakfast at 8am. Since I was already dressed, I decided to have a bite to eat anyway. The weather has been unseasonably warm the past week and the morning was starting off beautifully. I sat outside enjoying a sunrise bagel from MTcup and a cup of coffee. The village is so peaceful these early mornings before college students awake at the crack of noon. After finishing the bagel and still having thirty minutes before I had to work, I decided to walk around campus. It was really nice to just slow down and take in my surroundings. I noticed all of the budding trees and blooming flowers. So peaceful.

I don't think a lot of us take the time to just look and notice what is around us. I'm trying to do that more and more. It's difficult sometimes and I even have to say to myself slow down!

Well, since I like to share things, I'm going to share a picture. It kind of goes along with my slow down thoughts.

Day 92

I wore sandals for the first time this year. Some things I love about warm weather - sandals, bare feet, cool grass. This is the last patch of grass left near my apartment since the new landlord made a parking lot for us. I enjoy the parking, but I miss the grass.