the new year

In 2011: I played 52 shows, not counting twenty or so open mic nights that I attended/played. Battleshy Youths’ bandcamp account had over 2200 streaming plays, we had a couple hundred physical CD sales at shows, around fifty online sales, and our Youtube account received close to 2000 total views as well. I’m really happy with that and so grateful that people and friends and fans come out to shows and buy our music and support us and like us on facebook and tweet at us and are, in general, pretty awesome ^_^ I wouldn’t want things any other way. Thank you for an amazing year; I hope the next is even better.

My car’s engine decided to explode the other day, so I am currently carless, but this New Years’ Eve/Day weekend was wonderful anyway. We played Friday night as The Honey Badgers at the first ever Mayan Pub house show. Lots of fun. Ricecracker Riley joined us on Irish Accordion for our song, “Over My Head.” It was a very unique and wonderful experience.

New Years’ Eve was marked by an awesome afternoon acoustic show/Shane Palko CD release. Harmony the Harpist played and I ran sound and The Honey Badgers did a set as well as Soriya and Ian and then of course Shane played stuff from the new CD, “Songs From Pretoria,” and also some newer songs (it’s weird that by the time a CD is out, you already have new material written).

The Honey Badgers with guest Ricecracker Riley on Irish Accordion, 12/30/11

Ricecracker Riley with the Honey Badgers:

Harmony Mooney playing “Lamentation” on her harp, Minnie.

2011 had some lows but also a lot of high points. I was live on the radio a half dozen times, in the state newspaper and the UD newspaper multiple times, and most importantly I met lots of incredible people in bands and at venues and through mutual friends…things are great. The community we’re building here is such a great experience/experiment. I am joyful.

One of my favorite pictures from 2011 ^_^

My new years’ resolution (lame) is mainly to get back on top of the things in my life – to keep up with deadlines and meetings and being on time and being prepared and knowing what is happening. I’ve been in an overwhelmed, sleep-deprived, downward spiral for the past few years, and things are starting to look up. Thanks for reading friends; you make all of the things that I do so worth it.

where you are

Procrastination generally leads to me thinking and stressing and being depressed. There is only so much Mountain Dew in my fridge and only so many vinyl records to spin before I can start the three assignments due tomorrow. The hard part is that two of those classes already had assignments due this week >.< Anyway. I’ve been overwhelmingly encouraged by a sense of community lately. I was worried at the start of the semester that having no formal role in InterVarsity would leave me with nothing to do. I’ve been at meetings and rehearsals and dinners and performances most nights though. It’s so nice to still meet new people and to strengthen existing friendships. It’s also nice to live in a house again where random people are in and out all the time, and to be able to host people here. Life is good.

Now, back to the thinkin’ part of my procrastination. I’ve been debating lately what factors influence humans and define who they are. It isn’t very often noted by my peers that the world has a history, and that past peoples have at some point in time already thought or said or done or sung the things that we are now thinking and saying and doing and singing. There is nothing new under the sun. Except for people.

People are unique. I used to consider who someone was as being the things that they do and that they have done. In looking towards the future though, this poses a problem because you have to make plans with people. You have to commit to starting venues and to signing your band and to getting a mortgage and to giving someone a (very very expensive) ring. These are all things to be done in the future, but still describe who people are now. Where people are going and what they are hoping to do is all part of who they are. These are very exciting things that determine how people act as well as how you interact with them.

You must learn someone’s entire story – past, present, and future – to truly know them. We are all human and desire to be known. Knowing one person can get you through anything. So..this is just a challenge to y’all and a reminder to myself. Put down your cell phone and forget your catty cliques and find out who the people around you and in your life really are.

I wanna thrive, not just survive

Thrive, from Switchfoot‘s new “Vice Verses” (out 9/27!)

new runnin' shoes - Vibram 5 Fingers!
Kelsey womanning the grill ^_^
Erin and CBenz <3
Handprinted Battleshy Shirts!
(mostly) Smyrna friends ^_^
mountain dew stash and entenmann's sale yay
Creepy Krista takin' pics with my stolen phone ^_^
new business cards!



Basement show from 12/18 yay

Michael & Andrew

Andrew & Michael

Thanks to Em for the pictures ^.^

a different venue

The first time I went to a Palko basement show, it was Thanksgiving break 2008. I was very impressed by how natural and low key it all was. Everybody was friends with everyone else. I wanted to experience that companionship. Two years later, I got to open up the last show Shane will host for almost 6 months. While I sang and played I looked out and saw my friends. This made me happy. The circle is complete. It was very natural- the music and meeting new people and laughing and smiling and eating. It was a good night (: