April 7, 2007

"I'm not okay"

The semester is coming to an end. There are barely four weeks until summer, and six until my internship starts. At this point I could have six months and I would still feel swamped. I have three projects going on right now. One is due on Monday, and I've only put an hour of work into it due to the Cerner trip and the lab being closed all the time. The other two have two weeks left, and half a semesters worth of work. One of them looks impossible. I want to work on my senior design project, but I can't find time to. On top of all that I still have tests and weekly homework for my other classes. I'm struggling right now, both emotionally and physically. I'm always tired and always stressed. I'm not sure if I'll finish the semester, much less get the 3.5 GPA (or better) I want.

And on top of it all, I have spring fever. I want to go outside and skateboard. I want to record music with Nimit. I want to be done.


I took a tour of Cerner Corp this past week as part of the interview/internship process. It was very cool to see the campus and Kansas City, especially since I will be spending the summer there. That's right, I got the internship! I'm excited. I'll be living in the UM-KC apartment suites, right on campus. I still have no idea what project I will be a part of, or which campus I will be working at. I hope it's the South Campus, so I can wear jeans and flip-flops to work. Should be a good summer.

April 2, 2007

MAE - April 1, 2007

Last night was awesome! The five of us left Ames at 2PM and drove straight to Iowa City. It took me about two hours each way, so it wasn't that bad. No worse than driving 4 hours home, alone. Everyone split up for dinner and then met at the venue, the University of Iowa's Memorial Union. I thought it was an odd venue, but I guess they didn't expect a huge crowd. And they were right. The turn out was weak at best. I think there were maybe 300 people there. We didn't even try to get closer to the front, because there was much more room to move around 30 feet back from the stage.

The opening three bands were all good, and interesting in their own ways. New Atlantic was a great opener. They were very open to talking to the audience, and they played well. I think their mix was off though (Adam thought it was their bassist's amp).

After that came Sherwood. They were awesome. They kind of reminded me of a mix between Fall Out Boy and Motion City Soundtrack, but I'll have to get an album of their's to really know. If you ever get a chance to see them, watch their piano player. He is one strange dude - doing pirouettes, throwing tambourines, and doing some dance that really just looks like a vertical seizure. He did do one interesting thing when he jumped on the drum platform, and muted a cymbal while holding out the tambourine for the drummer to play. The rest of Sherwood was normal, and really good.

The last opening band was The Hush Sound. I thought they were good, but the venue was all wrong for them. They are kind of a Indy-pop band, and all of the other bands were loud Alternative type bands. They would do very well in a smaller, more personal venue. Otherwise, they were very good also.

The headliner, and the reason for the trip, was Mae. They tore it up! If you are familiar with Mae's music, you know they play fairly complicated music. Now imagine that sound, only a little less clean (like all live shows) but with ten times the energy. I am still amazed at the musical abilities of this band. I've always liked the Mae drummer, but seeing him in person was something else. He was going nuts, AND playing complicated rhythms. Even the lead singer was playing riffs while singing.

They played all my favorite songs, plus at least 2 from their new record, which drops this summer. The last song they played (before the encore) was Someone Else's Arms, which is quiet possibly my favorite song. Everyone around me was rocking out and belting the lyrics. I almost wish they ended it there, it was that good.