19.7.11

Current Musical Gold: Installment 24

"I like music. It defines life, love, and everything in between. I also happen to have an abnormally ridiculous amount of music in my possession, most of which I listen to very very rarely because I have a tendency to overplay. As in, overkill. As in, when I'm feeling a song I will play that tuneage over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again until I am either sick of it, or it is inducted into my special itunes playlist simply titled LEGENDARY. Many songs have come and gone; only the chosen few have made it to LEGENDARY status. Every so often, because I like to share music that is good, I will post the tracks that I am feeling at the moment - the ones that are on trial to make it to LEGENDARY. Hopefully in this manner, you, my readers, will be able to expose yourself to a broader variety of good music. And who knows - maybe it'll even make your LEGENDARY."

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Current Musical Gold: Installment 24 (in no particular order)
1. The Return Of Simba – J. Cole
3. Take You On A Cruise – Interpol
4. School Spirit – Kanye West
5. Shot The Sheriff (Marley Tribute) – J. Period and K’naan
6. Almost Everything – Wakey!Wakey!
7. Red Flag – Billy Talent
8. Little Bird – The Weepies
9. Runaway – Hale
10. Diary - Wale

As always, let the music ride you out.

12.7.11

Lists Installment 1: Ten feelings I wish I could bottle and save for later

I’ve decided to introduce a new category to my blog posts.  Recently, I’ve been listening to Sarah Kay’s TED talk a lot – it’s quite nice for doing laundry, walking to work, or playing Tetris.  In it, Sarah talks about getting her students to make lists as a way to inspire ideas for new poetry.  I’ve considered it, and have decided it’s probably fairly brilliant. Thanks, Sarah.  Anyway, I will be introducing “Lists Installment x: Title of List here” to this here blog in an attempt to inspire new ways of thinking. 

As always, thanks for reading.  Be well.

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There are only a select few things in my life that invoke a strong enough feeling within me that I wish I could have access to said feeling at any time, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual (usually all three.) It was difficult to compile this list, not because I couldn’t decide on which ones, but because I had trouble even thinking of ten feelings that I cherish enough to jot down.  Here’s what I came up with.

Lists Installment 1: Ten feelings I wish I could bottle and save for later (in no particular order)
1. Waking up naturally after a completely uninterrupted sleep and knowing I’m going to accomplish something that day.
2. Full speed on the 800m bell lap straightaway.  Preferably a couple steps behind the lead.
3. Truly getting lost in a jam session.
4. First and last run at the ski hill.  First run because I feel invincible, and last run because I know I’ve earned McDonald’s. 
5. Biting into watermelon.
6. Coming off stage after a poem and knowing I’ve won, even though the scores haven’t been announced yet.
7. Reading something for the first time after I’ve written it.
8. Stepping off the plane at YVR.
9. Leading a fast break with the ball in my hands.
10. Feeling alone close to nature, because I never truly feel alone.

11.7.11

Current Musical Gold: Installment 23

"I like music. It defines life, love, and everything in between. I also happen to have an abnormally ridiculous amount of music in my possession, most of which I listen to very very rarely because I have a tendency to overplay. As in, overkill. As in, when I'm feeling a song I will play that tuneage over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again until I am either sick of it, or it is inducted into my special itunes playlist simply titled LEGENDARY. Many songs have come and gone; only the chosen few have made it to LEGENDARY status. Every so often, because I like to share music that is good, I will post the tracks that I am feeling at the moment - the ones that are on trial to make it to LEGENDARY. Hopefully in this manner, you, my readers, will be able to expose yourself to a broader variety of good music. And who knows - maybe it'll even make your LEGENDARY."

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Current Musical Gold: Installment 23 (in no particular order)
1. Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind & Fire
2. Youth Of The Nation – P.O.D.
3. Ordinary Day – Vanessa Carleton
4. Can’t Stop Now – Keane
5. Constantly Changing – Long Beach Short Bus
8. Like The Sun – I Mother Earth
10. Hang Me Up To Dry – Cold War Kids

On that Wale kick right now, dude is serious.

7.7.11

Ghana Updates: Episode 8

Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Larabanga, Mole, Tamale, Bolga, Bawku, Kumasi... one week, two interns, one motherload of equipment.

Pictures to come soon.  For now, be ok with the fact that I saw an elephant.