"Don’t play without feeling something. What you play is what you become, so please try to feel something!" - A.L.
I’m wrapping up this train of thought with a tip of the hat (and some mixed metaphors).
I did what I could in my first post to illustrate what the moment is all about for me: a hidden escape door to another world, like Lewis’ wardrobe in a song. And in part two, I wanted to give you an idea of what the moment can become when paired with the drunken joy of our Creator*.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen somebody exemplify what I was saying in those posts better than my hero, Abe Laboriel. So I thought I’d show you some cool videos of him I found on this cool new website I found, YouTube.com.
I was introduced to Abe about 6 years ago when I saw this instructional video at school. Watch some of it. Get your mind blown.
Obviously he has some chops. But what is equally impressive is just how much joy he carries. It’s like he’s caught up in a dance, putting on display an exchange of lovin’ tenderness. He so savors the moment.
If you have found any enjoyment from my songs, any appreciation for my lyrics or melodies, you oughta thank a man named Clark Richard.
I don’t know what this town remembers, but these street signs read like old love letters now.
That’s from my song “Bellevue,” and it might be my favorite lyric I’ve ever written. But I probably would never have written it if it weren’t for Clark.
If you are reading this, you are a part of why I get to do what I do in life. I make music and write stuff every day, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else*. Thanks to alls y’all who have purchased (or Spotify’d) my EP, shared some of my tunes or blogs, and/or have come to one of my shows. And a bonus thank you to those who have no idea who I am, but support artistsº I perform with.
The tricky thing about doing the independent music thing is that to be successful, I have to essentially treat myself as a business. I honestly don’t think in business terms most of the time, but sometimes I have to in order to make ends meet. It’s sorta like I’m the product and the guy selling the product at the same time˚. While I do get enjoyment from bossing myself around, it can get tiresome being so consistently “me” oriented.
So I’m starting another installment here on the bloggety, where I will write about something even more interesting than myself: other people. I’m calling it Honorables.
As you must surely know by now, I have an affinity for the break-up song. And like all my various affinities*, the break-up song affinity is a snobbish one. There’s no shortage of these broken-hearted strains in the world, but there are few that I truly respect. I don’t doleº out approval very easily, or at least I’d like to think that. So please just let me think that as I present to you this tune…
You may have already heard it, as I’m not exactly keenˆ on what the kids are listening to these days. But in case it’s new to you, here is Gotye performing, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Their remarkable emo/indie flair really helps me feel the ache…But on the real, this song embodies everything I like about songwriting. Not sure what’s more remarkable, the brilliant melody or the fact that such a melody has fitting lyrics to stand on˚. You decide.
Props to the talented photographer/curator of groove Jamie Clayton for sharing this with me via the Internets.
For Better or Ezra,
* like such as and: food, coffee, guitars, and J.K. Rowling. (Her pre-Potter work is far more refined.)
º to dole: to deal, toss, or fling bananas like a regular monkey king.
ˆkeen: to be at the same time relaxed, mountain-ready, and strikingly unfashionable.
˚so I found a way to sneakily remark about both. (Note: I’m also snobbish about stealthy sentences.)
Happy Birthday to James Heth. You should know this guy. But in case you don’t, let me tell you about him.
James is 29 today, but at least 56 in wisdom-years. How did he get so wise?
He said yes.
It was only about 6 or 7 years ago that he heard God ask him if he was ready to turn his life over, to completely give himself to a life of serving Jesus. James said yes.
It’s amazing, the power of agreement with God. A small “yes” to God can change a heart forever. What I’ve learned from James, though, is the power of a repeated “yes,” of developing a lifestyle of agreement with God. That kind of Yes will change the world.
But on this day with my friends, I realized that ‘the talk’ isn’t necessarily an automatic reference for everybody. And when I brought it up, it was like I quoted, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance…” but they hadn’t seen the movie. “Wait…the talk? What do you mean? Huh…oh, sex? Ohhh…”