New Year’s Eve with Blind Melon

I cannot believe I am not going. The NYE show is even in my original home state, so I should be representing hard. Having had the NYC show cancelled just about a month ago, it would be so good. How many times have I actually done something on NYE that I was really psyched about, that I was really invested in.

But I do have my sister in town (from Portland, OR), my dad decided to come into town, some really good friends of ours are coming in for NYE/day (with their brand new baby boy. Welcome, Jonah!)…so this is what I need to dive into and focus on and be grateful for.

To all of you going, make sure you give your sweat and tears to the band, to each other. I would.

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The Blog’s Direction – Away from the [Tech] Heat

Ok, so I’m looking at the blog’s stats (yeah, now THAT’S called procrastination!) and I realized this summer I was getting a lot of hits when I was posting on cell phone this and that. It was hot. I hope I had some observations and questions that were helpful for people.

Then, we moved…twice…technically 3 times, and I didn’t post much. I still haven’t posted much then.

I’ve also realized I had bigger dreams for starting a blog, especially in the wilderness of integral studies, integral ideas and concepts, and those of us who defy easy categorization due to how our minds and souls work.

At the same time, with the intensity of my internship, this always-looming dissertation (please, Self, get going on the proposal, please), the move almost out of the way, two boys under 3 years old (amazing – in what they give to me and how much energy they use!), and the usual stressors of family and such, I haven’t had the time, psychic space, nor the creativity to really pound out posts.

I’m surely not going to keep posting on cell phones just to keep interest. I’ve also realized I’ve almost never posted to other people’s sites, so how in the non-Google world would anyone stumble upon the site?

So, I’ll keep posting the updates on this and that (get ready for a happy post – Samson’s ears have taken a turn for the much better!), but I’d really like to start throwing some raw ideas about this and that in the integral world. The recent move to the land of many people (20 miles outside of NYC) coupled with the economy/state of the country, has me really rolling on sustainable and ecological-friendly ideas for what our government and the rest of us can do to curb out dependence on oil (any oil, regardless of where it’s from) and live more in line with our sustainable selves.

Get ready for random posts. From a divergent mind. Trying to put it all together.

Feel free to post comments, ideas, etc. That’s what this is here for.

Blind Melon – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

Oh my! Oh my goodness! Oh me oh my!

Just like my so called and soon to be album review posts, I just can’t find a lot of words.

Yes, I was the dude who couldn’t walk for 3 days after the show because of my euphoric bouncing and hopping in front of Rogers. Pretty much going off, going in, going out, going up. Sweated my ass off. High-fived the band and Nell. Talked to Travis’s fiance.

Good vibes. Great vibes.

Not sure what else to say right now. It’s been a couple weeks and I’m still feeling so good. And imagine – that was basically my first show in years. Grad school, 2 kids, living in central-ish New Hampshire.

So, yes, plug the band: buy the new album, the old albums. Go see them live. Get into it.

Blind Melon – “For My Friends” review

I can’t wait to write one. But I’m not sure I’m going to have the time right now as I’m in the middle of packing up a house and moving in under a week.

Every time I listen to it, new things come to me…new ideas, new thoughts, new perspectives on these guys.

I really think the album has some of the qualities of the other albums, which makes me smile that the 4 “veterans” are moving forward with a head of steam. There, of course, is also the “new” component, the new feel, some new idealism and perspective.

But I’ll save my review for another date.

More importantly, what do YOU think of it? What’s your experience been with this band and their music? I’d love to hear from folks who are just getting into them for the first time. What a great album to have as that first impression, that imprint, that “first time.” There’s usually nothing like it. But over 10 years makes this album feel like I get a second “first time” listening to them again.

Peace, Y’all.

Blind Melon “For My Friends” – Welcome back, boys

There is not enough space on this page or time in this day to tell the BIG story about my relationship with this band. But let’s just keep this short, sweet, and simple and share how great it feels to hear these guys playing music together again.

All the side projects and other gigs they each did over the past decade-plus were fun, but there really is a magic to what these guys can do. And welcome, Travis.

I have to admit that this is the first album/CD I’ve purchased in quite a long time. Go out and buy it. It’s a great listen, no matter what your story is.

Loving the importance of my friends,

J