February 3, 2007

Keith Urban - You'll Think of Me

February 2, 2007

Keith Urban

Country music is not my favorite. I try to listen to all types of music, but country never really caught my attention as anything special. As a drummer, it's pretty boring. But after learning the guitar and having a girlfriend that pretty much only listened to country I started to appreciate it more. I know understand the pride behind it. Not the "I'm a redneck, hear me roar" part, but the part about taking pride in who you are and where you came from. The part of loving your country, God, and your family. Good down-home values that everyone should have. In reality, not taking sh*t from anyone is in all kinds of music, especially rock, but country just says it different. It's there. You just have to look for it.

So along with my new-found respect for country music, a few artists came along. If any of you actually listen to country, more than me, you will notice that I primarily listen to pop/radio country. There are two reasons for that. One, that's what my ex listened to. Two, my parents listen to old-school country, and I get enough of it when I got home. Anyway, I learned about such artists as Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Brad Paisley, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Rascal Flatts, Shooter Jennings, and Toby Keith(ick). My favorite, by far, is Keith Urban.

Keith Urban is a country/rock solo artist. He specializes in guitar, both acoustic and electric. If you follow Hollywood, he just married Nicole Kidman not too long ago. Keith is actually from New Zealand (his wife Australia). At the young age of 15 he quit school and started touring. He had a big hit on the Australian country charts before he came to the United States in 1992. Since then he has won some 44 awards including multiple CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, and a few "Top Sexiest Men" awards. He also has 11 albums/singles to go either Gold or Platinum (wiki). Let's just say he'll be around for a while. His latest album Love, Pain and the whole crazy thing is already platinum, and cranking out singles.

The thing that attracted me to Keith at first was his lyrics. They tend to follow the 'I miss/love/want you' theme, which I enjoy. Beyond that, his guitar playing is more rock than most country artists. One of my favorites is Making Memories of Us where he sings of how he wants to be the best man he can for his girl.

And I'm gonna love you like nobody loves you
And I'll earn your trust making memories of us
I think it's a very romantic song, if you like that kind of thing. Another good one is You'll Think of Me. It's about a break up, and how the girl will undoubtedly continue to think of him.
I got the chance see Keith Urban live a year and a half ago at the Iowa State fair. Let me tell you, as good as he at acoustic guitar on his albums, he is ten times better at the electric live. Every other song had a guitar solo, and all of them were good. He had a lot of energy, running all over the stage while he played. If you get the chance, see him.

February 1, 2007

I went to Career Day and all I got was this stupid photo

stones taught me to fly
love, it taught me to lie
life, it taught me to die
so it's not hard to fall
when you float like a cannonball

- Damien Rice Cannonball

January 31, 2007

USA - Stupidest Country Ever?

I know it's slightly political, and I try to stay away from politics, but I had to post this. Apparently the United States is the stupidest country ever. No where else in the world will you find people who think Buddhist Monks are Muslim, North Korea is an island, and support their leader's wish to bomb Kyrgyzstan. Just watch. It gets better and better as it goes on. My favorite part is the maps part. :)

Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers

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Old friends?

The other day I was wondering around the Memorial Union looking for my roommate when I saw someone I never thought I would see again. My former roommate, Brown (last name/nickname). He saw me, I saw him. I said "Hey Brown", but he looked away. I'm pretty sure it was on purpose. Maybe he's still upset, since we didn't part on good terms.

It just kind of shocked me. Even though we go to the same school, there are still 25,000 students. Now I live on the opposite side of campus, where all my classes are. So I never expected to see him, or any of those guys. I wouldn't mind stopping to talk to Brown, but I've decided it's best to leave some people alone.

So this makes me wonder - what other friends have I lost? Are there people that I see on campus from time to time that look away and hope I don't notice them? Last week it happened too; I walked right past someone I used to talk to weekly, if not daily. Luckily, I saw her again this week. Same time, same place. And she stopped to say hi. This happens back home too. I see people that I recognize, although I have no idea where from. Most often we went to the same high school, and they were in a different graduating class.

I guess I just don't like the idea of losing friends, especially female friends. No, I'm not a ladies man, nor am I gay. I just like having girls around because they help give me that extra perspective. Plus, I don't like football and I don't mind shopping. So I don't always fit in with a group of guys. Three years ago, after Christmas break, I decided that I didn't know enough girls at ISU. So I did my best to fix that. My classes are all guys for the most part, so I did my best to be better friends with the few girls I did know. In the end I met my ex, who I dated for over a year. Through her I met a bunch more girls, but I was never really that close to any of them. So now that Linsey and I are not dating, I'm back to square one. I know all of two girls at ISU that are really my friends.

You have no idea how much this bothers me.

January 29, 2007

Pink Floyd Album Covers


Do you like acoustic guitars and poetic lyrics? How about electronic beats? What about all of them together on one CD?! The Chicago based band Hanalei is just that. Brian Moss (formerly of The Ghost) has made a great album called We Are All Natural Disasters. Imagine The Postal Service with acoustic guitars and slightly more complicated lyrics. Hanalei's website sums it up pretty well:

Moss decided that a solo endeavor would give him the freedom to do as he pleased, musically, regardless of outside opinion. Shortly, he recorded his first solo album, We Are All Natural Disasters, under the moniker Hanalei. The album was released in 2003 on Chicago indie-staple, Thick Records. The record combined Moss's own well-rendered electronic rhythm and melody programming with jangly guitars, minimalist song structuring and captivating wax-poetics.
I've owned this album for almost two years, and I still love listening to it. One of my favorite songs is Action Drum, and it is a perfect single for the album. It's the most 'pop' song, and it contains all the elements that make up Hanalei. Action Drum also has my favorite Hanalei lyric: "the drums of liberation/will rise in orchestration/and the fuel of transformation/will ignite from devastation" (can you tell I play the drums?). You can download the song on their Purevolume page. Another great song is This is Going to Be the Best Summer Ever. Like many of the songs, it is full of poetic lyrics.
the ice is gone now you can shake your camouflage
find some comfort in the warm wind
if you show me you're vulnerable I'll show you a safe place
I've got some good things I've been waiting to share
Last year Brain Moss joined up with three other musicians, to make Hanalei a full band. They have released a record called Parts and Accessories. I've only heard selected tracks, but the band sounds pretty good. But I like the acoustic guitar more :).

John Mayer

January 28, 2007

Hear that kids? Don't go to college.

Okay, I'm getting tired of this. I've just really started doing my homework this semester, and I've noticed a huge problem in the assignments I've been getting. The teachers don't teach anything that relates to the problems. I actually had a programming class where the teacher has yet to teach us anything useful about the language. All he does is complain about the language (that he is teaching us) and Windows/Linux. Another few of my classes require you to come to class, then they don't teach you anything. I hate it when people complain about having to go to class, but just about every class I've taken taught me at least something during lecture. But I'm starting to think that I will learn nothing in most of my classes this semester, and the homeworks seem to get harder too. So, I've stopped being taught, and projects are harder. Hmmmmm, sounds like work. Maybe I should just drop out and get a job.