FAWM2018 | 02 Face It

Erin played a last minute gig at Kelly’s Logan House Friday night. It was Gable Music Venture’s songwriter showcase, which they have brought back after a long break. It was a really fun night with some incredibly talented artists.

Wrote this Saturday afternoon as part of a skirmish (1 hour writing challenge where everyone uses the same title/theme/topic). Could probably use another verse and definitely some better production, but I’m happy with it. 2018-02-03.

“Face It”

He had a face only a mother could love
Spent his time reading books and getting shoved
We were best friends for three summers,
But now he’s gone

His look and sound didn’t fit this town
So instead of gettin’ torn down
He headed out on his own
Forged his own road

Chorus
You see him on TV; He’s just a memory
Of who you could’ve been by now

Now he’s always being written about
Your buddies wonder if he’ll show up
But a reunion isn’t a reunion if you never had union

Chorus

So maybe next time you’ll be better
Maybe next time you’ll write that letter

FAWM2018 | 01 True and Dear

First day of FAWM 2018! Trying to blog about it this year more than the past few years.

Thursday was a long day. I wanted to add some harmonies and other instruments to this. I didn’t finish writing and recording this rough demo until 1:30am though, so I didn’t do that. Also I forgot how to sing at the end of the bridge, oops.

Simple song. Somehow this landed in a weird space between country and worship. 2018-02-01.

“True and Dear”

What if we cursed for the last time the day our child was born
Only feelings can outlast time, so let’s no more live in scorn
This could be, a great reality

Chorus
So let’s love like we’ve got nothing
And run like we have to
And sing songs that sound like
Everything that’s true and dear

And when I wander through the earth, but still come home to you
Every challenge we face; grow stronger each day
What we create, is who we truly are

Chorus

Bridge
Time and space move on
But we stand still like the steel
That holds this building up
Forged in a fire; attraction always burning brighter
Than anything else that we will ever know

Chorus

So let’s love

shop vac

Friday night. Grilling dinner and shop vacuuming dog hair out of my wife’s car. Going to a light show at a fancy garden but making sure that we get home early enough to go to sleep in order to wake up to make it to a 7:30 5k fundraiser check-in. Also tomorrow I have to remember to change the house air filter. It all makes me feel like the most suburban husband I can possibly be.

This song is not my life but it is good:

books

This post was written on 2015-10-28 and revised, updated, and published on 2016-08-04 for some reason.

Goodreads is a fantastic resource for discovering books. There are most likely some alternative websites that perform similar functions. For me, all I wanted as a child was some way to track my massive Boxcar Children book collection. I wanted to record every Encyclopedia Brown and Hardy Boys novel that I finished. I wanted to remember that I read three books per day during the summers. I enjoyed reading. Goodreads would have been cool to have at that point in my life. Since I was a nerd, I can remember at age 11 having an alphabetized spreadsheet of my few hundred book library in my room taped to my bookshelves. I would meticulously sort through the stacks to make sure everything was in order.

Then I went to public school and was forced into an “Accelerated Reader” program. There is nothing wrong with this in theory, as long as teachers and librarians understand that every student has different ambitions and that forcing someone to read only “Level 12+” books is not a good way to educate. I ended up testing on books that I had read previously in order to get around the system. It was not good. It genuinely killed my love for reading.

High school AR was a blur of testing on books that I had read Cliff Notes for or had watched the movie rendition of, as well as the few classics that we were occasionally included in our English curriculum and that I had actually read and had enjoyed. Looking back, I genuinely wish that I had been more motivated to read more classics and foundational works before I had so many responsibilities and so little free time.

Four and a half years of university engineering curriculum included a single English class. This was not great for fostering any love of books. I also was required to purchase a lot of extremely overpriced technical textbooks that were useless but took up my shelves and all of my time. The only good experience I had with books in college is that a roommate published one.

Some beer books worth reading.
Some beer books worth reading.

Anyway, Goodreads is nice when I don’t forget to use it. Somehow I had 38 unfinished books in my “Currently Reading” list in October. I stopped buying most books a couple of years ago when I realized that I just wasn’t actually reading all of them and they were just piling up on my bookshelves, wasting money and shelf space. Lately I have been borrowing books from the local library, which is really convenient. The only problem I have now is that I check out too many books at once and end up not finishing any of them. They are also really inconvenient to find in the house and also to travel with. This is why I have started preferring audio books (also because of my unhealthy obsession with podcasts, which I just wrote a post about).

TL;DR – Read more books. They teach you things and take you places.