Happy Birthday To Murfins!

5 Aug

Birthday Murfin 2That’s right, folks – today, August 5th, marks Murfins and Burglars’ one-year anniversary. That’s 365 days in the highly lucrative world of full-contact professional blogging – from my very first post (the eerily appropriate discussion of “Modern Jackass”) to today, I’ve written about pretty much anything I could think to write about, and have had a flippin’ blast doing it.  I thought I’d assemble a list of my favorite posts from the past year, because hey, it’s my special day, and that’s what I want to do.

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door3–The Album That Was, Is, Will Always Be– Without a doubt, the thing I’m happiest with is the 7-part series I did on the creation of my first solo album, “The Exited Door.” I’m pretty damn happy with the album, too, for that matter. I think that at the time I wrote it, it was a great way to reflect on the work and the process, and gave me a great sense of closure on the record’s production.  Read it!  Buy one!  You’ll like it!

–Shows, Shows, Shows– I wrote a lot about shows, and my favorite posts concerned bands that I personally know and admire.  Blue Rabbit, Adam Theis’ incredible Hip-Hop Symphony, Pollux and The Gun and Doll Show

–I Don’t Mean To Be Creepy– …but there were so many people I wanted to be this past year. Some of my favorites included Daniel Fabricant, Mindy Kaling, Jeff Richmond, Russ Kleiner, and badass behind the scenes Julian Coryell.

Kirk Hamilton - Armelodica–A One-Man Band– I also had a great time illustrating my one-man band setup in two parts – part one, the general layout of my looping rig, and part two, a dissection of the “Armelodica,” my arm-mounted keyboard friend. Talking about the shows in which I’ve used this stuff was also a good way to process and reflect.

–Bad, Bad (truly bad) Poetry– Probably the most self-indulgent thing I do on this site, and that’s saying something.  The goodbye ode to my Xbox was, I thought, almost bordering on “Good Poetry,” though, well… it was about an Xbox.

–Teacher, Teacher– I haven’t written as much about teaching as I’d like to, but a couple of posts – one on writing and arranging for student ensembles, and one on substitute teaching, stick in my memory as having been really fun to write.

Hamlet Loves You, You–Things I Am Still Loving– It’s always fun to share a bit about things I am loving (though occasionally the double-entendric tone of the posts can get a little weird…)  I think my favorite of these, though, was written from the perspective of my sister’s cat, Hamlet.  Box, Box, Box.

–To The Movie Show– I wrote about a lot of movies, but I think one of my favorite posts was my Elfman-centric ode to Jack Skellington and the Contrabassoon.  Also, thoughts on Jason Segel’s character’s soulless pro-musician life in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” still ring true.

Lost - Biff!–The Cheapest of Laughs– I do love me some good TV, and I made no bones about it.  I wrote about a lot of shows, but without a doubt, my favorite post was this frame-by-frame reenactment of the greatest scene in Lost history.

–The Games People Play– I used to write about games more than I do now (I used to play games more than I do now), but I just don’t have the chops to really write substantive stuff about games, anyway.  The best writing I did on the subject concerned music in games, specifically a wildly optimistic discussion of the future of music gaming, and a really cool follow-up about the recent launch of the amazing-looking Rock Band Network.

–I’ve Got A Fang– I wrote quite a bit about various albums, but one of my favorite posts to put together was a list of my favorite They Might Be Giants Lyrics, if only because I got to re-read those lyrics a lot as I wrote the post.  There are, like, twenty more that I left off, but maybe I’ll do a part 2 sometime.

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So, there you have it. It’s been a hell of a year, and I’ve had a really good time. Though most of the following folks have no idea who the hell I even am, I’d like to take a minute and thank all the awesome writers and bloggers out there whose amazing sites inspired me to give this thing a go in the first place:  Bear McCreary, Andrew Bird and everyone else at Measure for Measure, Joe at LowRes, Mitch Krpata, JA at MNPP, Alan Sepinwall, Vance at Tapeworthy, Sonia at TheSoniaShow, Andrew Sullivan, Wing, Sars, Jacob and the rest of the folks at TWoP that was (and occasionally still is), Leigh Alexander, Beth Spotswood… and the list goes on.

Lastly, thank you all, so much, for taking the time to read my rambling randomness. I love you guys.

Okay, okay.  Moving right along…

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7 Responses to “Happy Birthday To Murfins!”

  1. Vance August 5, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Happy 1 Year Blogiversary! (and thanks for the shoutout!)

  2. thesoniashow August 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Happy happy birthday, Murfins!

    Are you going to go out and get drunk on your birthday? That’s what The Sonia Show blog does?

  3. thesoniashow August 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    No question mark! That should have been an exclamation mark!

    That’s definitely what The Sonia Show blog does [exclamation point]!

    • Kirk August 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks, Vance! Rock on, man. XD

      Sonia: That sounds pretty great… My plans for the big day: Have some brews & papalote fish tacos and watch the SYTYCD finale. Possibly go to Amnesia afterward for the jam session, at which point your suggestion might come to fruition. Roooockkk

  4. Youkster August 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    HAMMY! That one is my favorite too…

  5. sue kleiner August 6, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    Happy Murfday! Keep it up-love reading your work! Hope all is well. Have a great start to the school year -and the remainder of the year as well!

  6. Jo August 7, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    Happy 1st blogday! I sure wish cats could do blogs- I think Hammy has alot to say.

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