Archive | January, 2009

Things I Am Loving Today

31 Jan

1) Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn

Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn, you are a prince in the kingdom of snacks; long have I admired you, sitting haughtily on your throne next to good King Potato Chip and fair Queen Popcorn. But I did not really know you then, and I fear that many of your subjects still do not!  There is such depth to your character, far more than just the wonderful combination of salty and sweet that is so prominently displayed on your (sort of weird) candy-striped exterior.  After getting to know you, Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn, and learning the joy of finding the occasional kernel that has far more sugar than the others, of the irregularities that make you who you are, I find that I love and respect you all the more.  Your deep, delicious flavor demonstrates the strength of character that will be needed in the years to come, when you are called upon to rule all snacks.  I trust that you will do so with honor, fairness, and, most importantly, deliciousness.

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Not even the carnies on your packaging can dim the light of my love.

2) The Hooded Robe My Aunt Lee Gave Me

Shall I compare thee to a chilly morn? Thou art more fluffy and more warming. Rough winds do shake the darling window of my upstairs room, but you, The Hooded Robe My Aunt Lee Gave Me, you keep me warm through it all. I didn’t know how bad I had it in my old robe until you came along. What’s more, your giant hood and ankle-reaching length combine to make me feel like a wizard. And as I’ve always said, “Anything that lets me start my day feeling like a wizard is worthy of my undying adoration.” I’m paraphrasing, but you get the drift.

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You have cast a level-five charm spell upon me.

3) My Sister’s Old 15-Gig iPod

Hello there, My Sister’s Old 15-Gig iPod. Can I tell you something? It’s about how I feel. More specifically, it’s about how I feel about you. As you sit there on the other side of my room, filled with my entire jazz collection, serenading me with the dulcet tones of Rollins and Davis and Evans… well… I’m overwhelmed!  My Sister’s Old 15-Gig iPod, when I wanted a permanent musical fixture so that I could listen to records while I worked, you immediately came to mind, but on that fateful day when my sister gave you to me, I couldn’t have anticipated how much you’d change my life! The click-click of your scroll wheel takes me back to a better, more innocent time, and your clean, no-frills interface reminds me of when Apple didn’t feel the need to include a touch screen and Monkeyball on all of its products. And the fact that you came pre-loaded with a copy of The Low End Theory, which I lost several years ago? Bliss.

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Your nav-buttons glow red, like my heart.

The Exited Door – One Year, One Album (Part 5)

29 Jan

At the start of 2009 I finished work on my first solo album, titled “The Exited Door.” It is a collection of thirteen original songs, and it features just about every Bay Area musician I know.  It has been, to embrace the cliche, a labor of love – I began work on the record at the start of 2008, and spent most of the year shepherding the disc from conception to completion. I am immensely pleased with the finished product.

This is the fifth in a seven-part blog series detailing the various phases of its creation. Part one covers the initial conception, part two is on the writing and scoring of the music. Part three details the creation of the album demos, and part four is about the large recording sessions we did throughout the summer. Part six covers mixing, editing and mastering the tracks, and part seven is about the artwork, photos, and design.

The record is now available at CDBaby.com, as well as for download from iTunes and Digstation. Tracks from the disc are streaming on my myspace page.

Part Five: Final Recording Sessions and Initial Mixing

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As the tracks started to reach their final state in terms of content, it grew a lot easier for me to mix them.  I’m just not able to mix things separately – I have no way of knowing if the sound that I get on, say, the drums alone will sound good once the bass, guitars, and vocals are added, so it just wasn’t possible to tackle the mixing until everything had been recorded.

It was quite a process, and was the most challenging part of the album’s creation. The transition from demo to full recording required me to put down my preconceptions of the songs at every turn. One of the dangers of making complete recorded demos of tunes is that it’s pretty easy to get used to the demo – to the mistakes, the odd mixes, and lackluster instrument sounds – to the point that it can be jarring to mix in real instruments played by real humans.  Since the sampled instruments and the real musicians were in utterly different universes, both in terms of mix and groove, I held off attempting any mixing until I had everything in place.

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Resident Evil 5 Demo vs. Dead Space

28 Jan
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He looks as disappointed as I am.

Haven’t had a chance to post anything about games lately – mainly because I haven’t had any time to play any games lately.  However, this week, as I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting for Discmakers to finish printing my album, I did manage to pick up a used copy of EA’s Dead Space from Half.com.

It happened to arrive in the mail on the same day that Capcom’s Resident Evil 5 demo was released on XBox live, which was a happy coincidence. Dead Space and RE5 share a common ancestry – just about every review of Dead Space called it as a direct descendant (slash rip-off) of Resident Evil 4, the game that many reviewers name as their favorite of the last generation of consoles.  After a few hours of spacing deadishly, I thought I’d try the RE5 demo and see how the two compared. And they… don’t really.  Not in my opinion, anyway. I’m sure it will make me a heretic in many circles, but for me, Dead Space just destroys RE5.

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Bad Poetry For Tuesday

27 Jan

some rooms are big
some rooms are small
some rooms are wider

than they’re tall

some rooms are barely
rooms at all.

some rooms are made for running in
some rooms are just for standing
some rooms are best when sitting down
some rooms are so low to the ground

that all you do
is lie around.

and some rooms,
they have well-stocked bars
and painted stars
and absinthe jars

the stage is dark
the night is ours.

but this room,
long as it was bright;
it didn’t help
combat stage-fright

’twas quite well-lit
that Sunday night.

and from the stage
we both could see
the audience,
attentively

was watching Dan,
was watching me.

Some rooms are cold
some rooms are hot
but most I know
are worth a shot -

they’re easy to play;
this room was not.

Murfins and Burgalinks

25 Jan

Sunday Links, Comin’ Atcha:

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Bear McCreary, composer for Battlestar Galactica, is a man after my own heart – after I finally had a chance to sit down and watch the heartbreaking season premiere of Battlestar Galactica, I headed right over to his blog to read his thoughts on the process of writing the music for the episode. And WOW, you guys, it’s a must-read, if you’re a fan of the show.  It’s so full of behind-the-scenes info and so unabashadly technical in its discussion of orchestration and composition – and best of all, it’s so filled with passion!  Bear doesn’t have to write these gigantic blog posts, but he he does, and he does because he cares so much about music, and the show, and the music he writes for the show.  It’s uncommon, and a pleasure to read – go check it out!

51039053_lSpeaking of music, I’ve been rocking it on Myspace these past couple of weeks, and have been reminded of two things.  First of all, Myspace sucks. Good lord.  It is the most user-unfriendly, wretched site; it may be the worst user interface on the internet.  I mean, you have to enter a CAPTCHA code to sneeze. On the brighter side, the other thing I’ve been reminded of is that Myspace is a fantastic place to find good music – which I guess is why I’m on there, to begin with.  I found this singer, Vienna Teng – maybe she’s famous, who knows.  But I really liked one of her songs – some of her other material is a little overly I-V-vi-IV-I, but the first tune on her player, called “Whatever You Want,” really works for me.  The strings on the chorus break into a killer little thing, and the groove is really in there.  Plus, she’s a mega-babe, which is nice.  So anyway, check out Vienna Teng.

Andrew Sullivan somehow made Forbes Magazine’s list of the top 25 media liberals. I don’t have much to say about it other than, “wha?” but Sullivan certainly does.

Beth Spotswood offers her hilarious (as always) take on whether men and women can be platonic friends.

Joe R. Posts his best picture top-ten list, and also shares thoughts on the Oscar nominations, over at Low Resolution.  While I don’t always agree with every opinion Joe has, he is always very passionate about movies that I haven’t seen but want to, and is usually the thing that pushes me to finally go see him.  Great blog.

Some PC mod-making joker apparently decided that Left 4 Dead wasn’t hardcore enough, so he made a mod that makes it more realistic.  Zombies need a headshot to die, everyone’s slower, there’s no friendly AI, no ammo dumps, and… no flashlight?  You had me up ’till then.  Anyway, Kotaku’s got the full list of tweaks, as well as some gameplay footage. I wish people could mod for 360.
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Alan Sepinwall reviews season 2 of Damages over at the Star-Ledger. I dunno.  He thinks that the show is fun but ultimately hollow, but I just finished season 1 on Hulu, and I was so entertained and wrapped up in the twists and turns that I didn’t care at all.  Great show!  I guess everyone knew that but me, but it’s got a really strong, mostly smart script bouyed by an outstanding ensemble cast.  I’m looking forward to getting into season 2.

Leigh Alexander at Sexy Videogame Land discusses Eidos Interactive’s stated desire to make Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft more “Female Friendly.” Whatever the hell that means. Which I think is Leigh’s point.  Interesting subject for discussion, if a bit loaded.

And lastly, the lovely Mindy Kaling has a few new posts up over on her shopping blog “Things I Bought That I Love.”  Hilarious.  There is no shortage of Kaling love over here at Murfins, and it’s always fun to read her stuff.  Not that I will buy/can afford any of the things she writes about.  I have no need of cardigans (yet, anyway).

The Exited Door – One Year, One Album (Part 4)

24 Jan

At the start of 2009 I finished work on my first solo album, titled “The Exited Door.” It is a collection of thirteen original songs, and it features just about every Bay Area musician I know.  It has been, to embrace the cliche, a labor of love – I began work on the record at the start of 2008, and spent most of the year shepherding the disc from conception to completion. I am immensely pleased with the finished product.

This is the fourth in a seven-part blog series detailing the various phases of its Part one covers the album’s initial conception. Part two is on the writing and scoring of the music. Part three details the creation of the album demos, and Part five covers the final recording sessions and the initial mixing process, and part six covers mixing, editing and mastering the tracks. Part seven is about the artwork, photos, and design.

The record is now available at CDBaby.com, as well as for download from iTunes and Digstation. Tracks from the disc are streaming on my myspace page.

Part Four: Recording the Musicians

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With the demos complete, the music scored, and the parts written, it was time to head into the studio and record the actual musicians. Since I had sent demos and charts out to everyone already, my plan from the outset had been to do modular recording sessions, breaking things up to make it easy to schedule time with each musician or group.  The Urban School has a very cool Pro Tools HD system and Control | 24 board, along with a nice big main room and an isolation booth.  Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to run the sessions entirely on my own, particularly when I was playing (on the horn session), I enlisted the help of two student engineers at Urban, Sam Tygiel (who is also a brilliant young flutist, guitarist, and songwriter), and the always-professional, low-key Daniel Moattar.

The great thing about demoing in Pro Tools is that it makes it possible to take the demos you’ve created and really easily replace tracks one-at-a-time through several sessions, until you’ve got a whole new recording. In other words, the demos act as templates for the finished product.

The plan was to record the musicians over the following sessions:

  • Drums
  • Electric Bass
  • Acoustic Bass
  • Piano and Keyboards
  • Strings
  • Horns
  • Guitars
  • Auxiliary Sessions (Woodwinds, Marimba, Clapping, Percussion)
  • Final Vocal Takes

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The Line Between Fantasy and Reality

22 Jan

..gets thinner.  You guys remember that fake New York Times that got put up a few months ago?  It had headlines like “Iraq War Ends,” and “Nation Sets its Sites on Sane Economy?”  Well, I gotta say, reading the actual New York Times these days feels sort of like reading that (wonderful) fake one. It’s kind of disorienting.

Some comparisons.  Here’s a screen-grab from today’s Times:

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…and here’s the wishful-thinking version:

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Or take these two.  Not real:

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and ACTUALLY REAL, even the part about Al Gore:

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It’s going to take a while for all of this to sink in.

The Exited Door – One Year, One Album (Part 3)

21 Jan

At the start of 2009 I finished work on my first solo album, titled “The Exited Door.” It is a collection of thirteen original songs, and it features just about every Bay Area musician I know.  It has been, to embrace the cliche, a labor of love – I began work on the record at the start of 2008, and spent most of the year shepherding the disc from conception to completion. I am immensely pleased with the finished product.

This is the third in a seven-part blog series detailing the various phases of its Part one covers the album’s initial conception. Part two is on the writing and scoring of the music. Part four is about the large recording sessions we did throughout the summer, and Part five covers the final recording sessions and the initial mixing process, and part six covers mixing, editing and mastering the tracks. Part seven is about the artwork, photos, and design.

The record is now available at CDBaby.com, as well as for download from iTunes and Digstation. Tracks from the disc are streaming on my myspace page.

Part Three: Lyrics and Demos

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After finishing the initial writing and scoring process for the majority of the material for The Exited Door, the next step was making a demo of the album.  I was bringing together an unprecedented number of musicians (for me, anyway), so my goal, in order to ensure that everything went smoothly, was to make it as easy on all of the musicians as possible.  That meant having a really clear idea of what we wanted to record well before we entered the recording studio, and having recordings and charts for everyone to learn beforehand.

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The Exited Door – One Year, One Album (Part 2)

20 Jan

At the start of 2009 I finished work on my first solo album, titled “The Exited Door.” It is a collection of thirteen original songs, and it features just about every Bay Area musician I know.  It has been, to embrace the cliche, a labor of love – I began work on the record at the start of 2008, and spent most of the year shepherding the disc from conception to completion. I am immensely pleased with the finished product.

This is the second in a seven-part blog series detailing the various phases of its creation. Part one covers the album’s initial conception. Part three details the creation of the album demos, and part four is about the large recording sessions we did throughout the summer. Part five covers the final recording sessions and the initial mixing process, and part six covers mixing, editing and mastering the tracks. Part seven is about the artwork, photos, and design.

The record is now available at CDBaby.com, as well as for download from iTunes and Digstation. Tracks from the disc are streaming on my myspace page.

Part Two: Writing The Music

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As I prepared to write the music for “The Exited Door,” I realized that I’d never actually sat down and written an extended, self-contained group of songs before.  I’d written tons of songs over the past five years, but always one or two at a time, and never with the intention of putting them all together into an album.  I knew I’d need a different approach to writing the music for this album.

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O Yeah.

20 Jan

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The Exited Door – One Year, One Album (Part 1)

19 Jan

At the start of 2009 I finished work on my first solo album, titled “The Exited Door.” It is a collection of thirteen original songs, and it features just about every Bay Area musician I know.  It has been, to embrace the cliche, a labor of love – I began work on the record at the start of 2008, and spent most of the year shepherding the disc from conception to completion. I am immensely pleased with the finished product.

This is the first in a seven-part blog series detailing the various phases of its creation. Part two is on the writing and scoring of the music. Part three details the creation of the album demos, and part four is about the large recording sessions we did throughout the summer. Part five covers the final recording sessions and the initial mixing process, and part six covers mixing, editing and mastering the tracks. Part seven is about the artwork, photos, and design.

The record is now available at CDBaby.com, as well as for download from iTunes and Digstation. Tracks from the disc are streaming on my myspace page.

Part One: The Album Concept

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When I talk about the concept of “The Exited Door,” I’m not so much talking about the album’s thematic concept as I am its musical concept. That is to say, the finished record is indeed a “concept album,” one that has a theme running through it (it even has a song called “Theme”), but that wasn’t my jumping-off point.  I started with a pretty clear set of musical goals, a sort of musical manifesto.

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Murfins and Burgalinks

17 Jan
  • 270308030337_flight-of-the-conchords-detAlan Sepinwall discusses the first few episodes of the new season of Flight of the Conchords. His verdict: the comedy is still strong, but the songs are taking a back-seat. I can’t say I’m surprised, considering how much everyone talked about how they exhausted their song catalog with the first season, but I’m still kinda bummed. I’ve only seen the first episode, but there was only one musical moment in there (Jemaine singing a brief little bit about how some women like men, and some do… not), but the songs felt distinctly wanting and overly “kooky.”  Considering that the first season started out with “The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room” and went on to have just absolute killer songs for the first six episodes, that’s kinda a disappointment.  Here’s hoping they step it up – they’re at their best when they’re being faux-lotharios, and I have a hard time believing that they could really be out of song ideas.  I mean, they have, like, fifteen songs or something.
  • Joe R runs a stat sheet of the Golden Globes. Hilarious.  I didn’t watch, but did think that a lot of the awards were deserved, and that the Mad Men/30 Rock to Everything Else ratio was about right.
  • ZP’s review of Tomb Raider: Underworld (or, as he calls it, “Trunderworld,” hee), is pretty scathing.  And while I acknowledge that yes, it hasn’t changed the core dynamics of a game that’s over ten years old, I still have been enjoying it.  Full disclosure: my roommate works for Crystal Dynamics and let me play his copy, so that could have something to do with why I like it so much.  But hey, it takes me back to playing the first TR game on PC, and that’s always fun.  The main thing that Yahtzee nails is that Lara Croft kind of… sucks as a person.  I mean, she’s a billionaire heiress who spends all her time going around destroying priceless relics and wrecking tombs, all while using her huge aresnal to kill anyone in her way, including big tigers and panthers.  Hmm.  It’s getting harder to root for her.  But she’s “hot,” and the puzzles are cool, so, I still like the game.
  • My New Plaid Pants’s “Golden Trouser” awards are really great, and good for anyone who wants to read a lot of very particular opinions about film.  In particular, I like how he really likes Funny Games, though I have absolutely no intention of seeing that movie ever.
  • The Secretary of the Arts Petition is at 135,000 names and climbing. Go sign up!
  • Insult Swordfighting’s got a Gamestop User-Submitted Preview of Skate 2. I’m not sure if he does this for every game, but oh, man, these are killing me.  I gotta say that the weirdest part about coming back around to games after a few years off was the absolute insanity that is the gaming community’s message boards.  It’s like a flame war on top of a volcano on the surface of the sun.  In the middle of a forest fire.  For some reason, reprinting the things these people write as legitimate a legitimate source of preview information seems fitting.  I haven’t yet had a chance to try the demo of this game, but I hear it’s pretty cool, so I’ll give it a shot.
  • In case you missed it, Bono wrote the most meandering, self-congratulatory, badly in-need-of-editing column I’ve ever seen for the New York Times.  It contains references to the nature of “Jazz.” Yikes. It’s nice to see that he’s not awesome at everything.  Or, depending on your view of Bono, it’s nice to see that he really does suck at everything.
  • Apparently, Andrew Lloyd Webber is going to make some sort of music game.  I just choked on my spit-take.  Everyone seems quick to mock the man, and then they remember Jesus Christ Superstar, and… yeah.  They remember that that musical was the fucking shit, so they back the hell off, because ALW rules.  A game based on his material?  Maybe not so much.  Penny Arcade has an interesting prediction.
  • Bear McCreary posts a detailed (and spoiler-ridden) bit on his music for the premiere of the end run of Battlestar Galactica.  I haven’t even read this, and haven’t yet seen the episode, but in my dedication to post all things Bear- and Battlestar-related, I thought I’d share it.
  • And last but not least, my favorite internet aggregator Nate Silver has turned his sights on the stances of the nation’s preeminent economists re: The Stimulus.  A very iluminating breakdown, and a great primer if you’re going to be attending a cocktail party with any actual adults in the coming weeks.

Mafia II is Lookin’ Pretty Fine

15 Jan
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It sure ain't Niko.

I got the feeling that half of the gaming press’s job for the last months of 2008 was to write about how, after the hype died down, they were kind of underwhelmed by GTA IV.  Whatever.  Blah blah, open world, ludonarrative dissonance, blah blah, slow start, blah.  I still thought it was one of the most amazing games I’d ever played.

Okay, wait.  I guess I’m just being cranky, because I actually agree with most critics’ points, particularly what Leigh Alexander (game critic for Variety) has to say on her (outstanding) blog, Sexy Videogameland.  She likens the year in gaming to the year in cinema, and GTA IV in particular to The Dark Knight.

Well, after seeing the trailer for the upcoming Mafia II, I gotta say: hopefully this one will satisfy everyone.  The first game was totally great – I remember playing it on my PC in college and really getting into the 1920’s gangster setting.  Moving the sequel to the 50’s should be even more fun, and the writing and directing on display in the trailer certainly look pretty damn high-grade.  Check it out, and see if you don’t agree with me.  Here’s hoping, anyway…

Without Blinking Once

14 Jan
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A mischievous work of staggering wildness.

I heard about this a while ago, but it took the above screenshot (thank, MNPP) to make it sink in. A Spike Jonze-directed, Dave Eggers-penned adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are?

If anyone can pull it off, it’s those two. This should be good.

Jacob Continues To Bring It Home

14 Jan
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Come for the singers, stay for the recaps.

I missed the premiere of American Idol last night – I usually miss most of the episodes at the front, just tuning in a couple of times to get a feel for the folks who will still be around in the finals, when I do find the time to watch.

Though last year was a bit of a wandering, gimpy endeavor, they’ve promised us that this year, things will be different – added will be a new judge, who is apparently some sort of big deal in the industry, gone will be the ugly, endless, borderline-exploitative (I say borderline because, hey – these people did sign up for this) audition rounds, replaced with a longer focus on the singers’ time in Hollywood.  To which I give my hearty endorsement.

But if I’m being honest, the only real reason to watch Idol at all, if you know what you’re doing, is to be able to keep abreast of Jacob Clifton’s unbelievable recaps over at Television Without Pity.

My sister and I have been huge fans of TWoP for the past five or six years – we discovered it while looking for a recap of 24, and, after we figured out the nicknames and format, were hooked.  Like, scary hooked.  It was in the heyday of the site, before owners Sars and Wing Chun (AKA Sarah Bunting and Tara Ariano) sold it to Bravo and left. In a matter of months, Bravo had the staff gutted, the homepage placed under ghastly redesign, and the recaps about 1/3 as well-written or funny. Well done, you fucks.

But, there was a light in the storm – Jacob remained, and remains to this day, and that more than makes the site still worth recommending. He is the immovable object to Bravo’s irresistible force. The man is some kind of recapping savant – a linguistic master, creative to a fault, willing to take readers on one literary flight of fancy after the next, peering as deeply, if not deeper, into the souls of the characters on Battlestar Galactica and Gossip Girl (the two other shows he recaps) than do the show’s actual writers.

American Idol is certainly a different type of recapping for him, distinct from the character-based ensemble dramas listed above, but he is still remarkably able to dig into the motivations of the aspiring singers who populate the cast of Idol, to look into their eyes as they sing “I Have Nothing” and make some sweeping proclamation about the nature of things, a proclamation that is not only beautifully worded, but feels right. It’s really something.

This week, I’m pleased to report that he’s recapping Idol again, and from the look of things, it’ll be another great year.  From his recap of the audition rounds:

Off-topic sort of, but during commercials I have to tell you a very special story that happened to someone I really care about, today. That person was me. The thing that happened to him was that I got an email from a S4 auditioner who was so troubled by what I wrote that he has completely changed his image and started bodybuilding. Yeah. I know. But so the kicker is that he was in Playgirl last year. He even sent me a (censored) in MSPaint, which is the sweetest detail if you think about it) photo of the page on which he is featured. And yes, there has been drastic and discernable improvement in many areas; in fact looking at this Playgirl profile makes the future so bright that I almost feel I should be wearing those proverbial shades you get when you hope too hard.

Do I consider myself a hero? Hmm, good question. Not really. I made a difference in someone’s life, and that’s something special. I made a difference in a stranger’s life, and we’ll always be connected by that, and now he’s been in Playgirl, and I can’t take really credit for it, but I am proud of him. I mean, the work was all him, you know? That’s humbling. So, if for just a moment those footprints on the beach happened to be mine, I just hope he pays it forward. I guess what I’m trying to say is that basically, what I do changes lives.

Awesome. Looks like I’ll have to watch some Idol this year, after all.

Hello, San Francisco!

13 Jan

Last night, on the last leg of our return flight from Philadelphia, I was lucky enough to have the most amazing flying experience I’ve had in years.  We were on Southwest – the plane was almost completely empty, and each passenger had his or her own row.  We left Phoenix (our connecting airport) exactly on time and were clearly going to arrive in SFO early.  We knew that it was warm in the Bay, and that we’d be getting off the plane into a mild 60-degree night. Everyone was mellow and cheerful. They gave us crackers.

Then, for whatever reason, our landing approach had us coming into the bay area from the east, straight over the Bay Bridge, with a crystal-clear view of the entirety of San Francisco out our windows, sweeping down the length of the city before turning south at the water.  It looked exactly like this:

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I could basically see my house from the plane.  Each tower of downtown was clear as could be; we could make out every road in Golden Gate Park, see the lights of the Sunset and the dark of the Pacific, watch the rise and fall of the hills out from Twin Peaks to the water.

It’s good to be home.

Secretary of the Arts Petition – Update

9 Jan
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According to plan.

Back about a month ago I wrote a fairly lengthy post about NY jazzer Jaime Austria’s petition to have Obama appoint a cabinet-level Secretary of the Arts. The post has gotten quite a bit of traffic over the month, and hopefully, it has gotten at least a few people to sign the petition and pass it on.

Today I checked in on how the petition was doing, and in the past month, the petition has gone from 5,000 signatures to over 20,000!  Not bad.  I call that the “Murfins Bump.”  Just kidding.

Clearly, this thing is getting around, and 15,000 signatures in less than a month is nothing to sneeze at.  But it’s not enough, and while who on earth even knows if Obama will ever actually listen to it, why not get as many names on there as possible?

So, if you’ve yet to sign it, go ahead on over there and get ‘er done. And if you know anyone who might also be into it, go ahead and forward them the link!

I’ll be traveling and away from the internets for the next few days, so new posts will occur sporadically, if at all.  Have a great weekend!

Murfins and Burgalinks

8 Jan
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