Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What I've Been Up To

I finally played at the open mic on Monday with my own brand of singer songwriter.  It didn't win any contests but I got lots of nice feedback.  I've been feeling inspired, mostly by Tom Ze and William Onyeabor.  Watched a bunch of documentaries and have been writing and composing lots.  One of my compositions is going to be on a cool Greensboro compilation called Do It Together #2.  The first volume was great and had Heralding and Priapus and loads of good Greensboro bands.  Emily turned me on to Tim Dorsey, a writer who is kind of similar to my beloved Carl Hiaasen.  I'm also obsessed with José Martí.  His Versos Sencillos is a beautiful book.  Here is Verse V from the book:


 V
If you see a hill of foam
It is my poetry that you see:
My poetry is a mountain
And is also a feather fan.
 
My poems are like a dagger
Sprouting flowers from the hilt;
My poetry is like a fountain
Sprinkling streams of coral water.

My poems are light green
And flaming red;
My poetry is a wounded deer
Looking for the forest's sanctuary.

My poems please the brave:
My poems, short and sincere,
Have the force of steel
Which forges swords.




Gorgeous rigtht?  I highly recommend this book.  Emily and I are also trying to better our Spanish language skills in preparation for some trips we fantasize about. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Souper Saturday!

Emily and I went to a really fun soup festival in downtown Hartsville this morning.  It was local restaurants, amateurs, and local civic groups that all made soup for a contest.  You bought tickets and then got to go around and try all the soups.  It was fun and we got to eat some awesome soups as well as meet more locals.  I got my 12 string back from Frets and Necks too, which was repaired amazingly.  They did a really awesome job and it was very affordable.  Guitar repair/building is something I would love to get into and I am thinking of trying to apprentice there or something.  Tomorrow I am going to go jam with some people in Florence.

Funky

Emily and I went to Columbia to see Gov't Mule and had a great time.  We managed to eat some amazing Vietnamese food too.  I have been doing my best with cooking but it is really crazy how wonderful a well prepared meal out can be.  Especially with ingredients that you can't afford!  The show was really fun and Warren Haynes killed it.  Last night I met up with some people that I'm planning on jamming with.  They all seemed nice and like maybe I would fit in more with them then with the open mic crowd.  But whatevs.  Seems to be difficult finding people to play with around here but I'm doing my best.  Been working on some weird solo stuff too.  Lots of reading and movies...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Moon Bear

I'm obsessed with Moon Bears.  And haiku.  And Thurston Moore.  I've also developed a taste for Japanese 60s-70s psychedelic rock.  Fun fun fun.  We celebrated Emily's 30th at Myrtle Beach at her friend Dottie's beach house.  Dottie and Nataly were there, and we forced tons of seafood onto Emily.  Meemaw loved the beach.  She is like her old man.  I may go back to school.  It is possibly free.  Can't beat that.  Emily is enjoying her job and I am enjoying cooking and making big plans which probably will all fail and crumble.  But it is fun to plan.  We joined the YMCA.  We haven't gone.  Typical.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Emily's Birthday!

So we have had out first week here in Hartsville.  It's been pretty nice.  Emily is settling into her job and I'm slowly and lazily unpacking.  I've been preparing some fun meals and just kind of tootling along, lazily unpacking.  Before we moved I sold a lot of my instruments, so it is nice to kind of look over what I'm left with and appreciate it anew.  We attended a nice faculty art show the other evening and had some nice snacks and some really good punch, which Emily tends to appreciate.  Today our friend Nataly came down to stay the night with us and tomorrow we are going to Myrtle Beach.  It is Emily's birthday weekend so we are celebrating it by staying (for free!) with some friends whose parents own a beach house.  It is a nice place and I look forward to it.  We will try and show Nataly a little of the town tomorrow.  We tried to hit up Hartsville nightlife, but it all closed pretty early.  One place we did manage to stop at was a cool little wine/beer boutique place called Vintage.  It seemed like a cool place to hang, and had a great assortment of good looking drinks.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

In Hartsville!

We made it!  With amazing help from Mrs. Dottie, we finally got all of our stuff loaded and packed and made our way to SC.  The house seems to be working out really nicely, and we have water, power and internet! Whoo hoo!  We also have a new bed, which Emily, Weenie and Millie have all devoted themselves to studying in depth.  It's been a hectic couple of days, but I think we are getting into a groove of sorts.  Tomorrow we are hitting up a chili festival downtown and maybe even a pawn shop! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bored on the Computer

I've been busy sticking stuff up on craigslist/amazon/ebay all day.  It's really boring.  And it makes me feel like I haven't done anything.  Listening to old 80s badass mixtapes. Also, I hate Ibanez hollowbodies, epiphone hollowbodies, and sx/offbrand hollowbodies.  Why don't I learn?
Check this out:
http://www.ubu.com/sound/tellus_1.html