Current Listening: The Who – Live at Royal Albert Hall; The Pixies (Various Stuff)
Current Reading: “The Dante Club” by Matthew Pearl
In seven hours, I’ll be getting ready to play a worship service for my friend Nathan Pabarcus. He’s graduating from college this semester, and this is his “Senior Chapel.” (For those that don’t know…in Bible colleges, it’s commonplace for the school to allow or even require a graduating student to conduct a Chapel service for the school. Most people use it to say goodbye and tell stories of how cool they used to be as a Freshman. Some people actually try to COMMUNICATE something as well…Nathan, I think, falls into a little bit of all those categories. Which is why I particularly like him, actually.) I’m looking forward to playing today. I’m feeling just the right mix of energy and depression that should guarantee a good performance out of me. (Although, it’s very wrong of me to call this a “performance,” since it’s a WORSHIP service, not a gig.)
In roughly the same amount of time, a new guitar will be arriving on my doorstep. It’s a Schecter that’s painted up to look like a WWII British Spitfire plane. When I’m better at posting, I’ll put up a picture. 🙂 I’m excited about that too.
I’m praying for Ruth and Harvey. They’re two of the grandparents of my friends Becky and Katy Outlaw. Ruth’s got something that might be bone cancer (but last I heard it wasn’t for sure). Harvey (her husband) has Alzheimer’s, and is going to be going into a nursing home, as Ruth’s not really able to care for him at the moment (at least that’s what I’ve gleaned from Katy’s blog). I’ve never met either of these people, but I’m terribly concerned. Part of it, honestly, is misplaced feelings of how I should call/visit my own grandparents more frequently…but it’s also that I can see that it’s taking its emotional toll on my friends. When my friends (any of them, really) are going through something difficult, there’s always a part of me that hurts too. That’s what friendship is. If you don’t understand that, I feel sorry for you.
I’ve started writing music again. I’ve been in a dry-spell that lasted all through 2005. On New Year’s Eve, I spent the night alone (mostly intentionally), and ended up writing most of what will be my third CD, assuming I ever get the second one done. 🙂 I’ve also been working on about three tunes this week. One is an untitled lullaby that feels like it’s going to be important to me. Another is a ballad-ish song called “Angel,” which is sort of a love song, but it’s more about LONGING than about being in love. The last is a country-rock thing called “Whiskey Like Water,” which is a regretful song about drinking. (Sample lyric to the last one: “Whiskey like water only makes things harder than they should’ve been.” –Keep in mind, I’ve got a “work-in-progress” copyright…so you can’t steal any of that.) I’m really liking the stuff I’m writing right now. It seems pretty significant for some reason. Hopefully, I’ll keep that feeling.
Just killing time until morning…this is the “reflective and moody” part of the night. 🙂
Additional (2/4/06, nearly 2 a.m.):
The Chapel service went really well. The band sounded good (in the monitors, anyway). Nathan did a great job preaching (the topic was that it’s important to have integrity). It was a very, very good time.
My guitar’s here, and it’s wonderful. The best way to describe the sound is “thick.” It’s got a nice deep sound to it, but the highs don’t get lost in the lows. It’d sound really good in a metal band, actually. I’m probably going to have to turn down some of my distortion-effects in order to make it fit in with my usual style of playing, but all in all, it’s got a very clean, very full sound, and I’m really happy with it. Plus, the paintjob more than lives up to my expectations. Here’s a picture of it:
Pretty cool, huh?
I’m going to go get some sleep. I have much to do tomorrow, and I should probably have slept before doing it. 🙂
I’ll post again soon…and hopefully, I’ll be able to link this blog up to my website in a smooth fashion within the next day or so. That’d be awesome.
See you around.