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06 August 2006 @ 12:05 am
i just went on a fruit binge

The Tune I March To: The Weepies
05 August 2006 @ 02:08 am
I finish the last of dishes, watch and wave out the window as my family's van pulls out of our driveway and towards the highway, leaving me all by my lonesome at home for the weekend. Sounds like the start of an especially enjoyable weekend, right? Well, suffice to say, my house hasn't hosted any debauchery-filled hoedowns or hootenannies (yet).  

Instead, I practiced music for Kate & Luke's wedding. The electrical pedal cut out just when I needed it, and suddenly a beautifully practiced and played intro to 'How Great Is Our God' came out, eh, not so nice. I still think it came out best when I switched the settings to "AeroTrance". 

What kind of name is Fergie, anyways?

A lot of people have encouraged me to audition for American Idol here in Minneapolis. Some seem to think the choice to audition is a no-brainer, but there are other things to consider. First off, I've never been too impressed with the American Idol contestants (besides Kelly Clarkson). I mean, sure they may have great voices, (at least in the later rounds) but to me the mark of a great musician is that they can write great music. Questions to consider: If I am going to become famous, do I want it to be through a TV show? If I do, can I maintain much, if any, of the creative license over my music? Would college just take a backseat if I indeed did make it through to Hollywood? And, most importantly, is this what I'm called/led to do? I have a bit of trouble believing that it would be God's will to have me be an "Idol". Not that I'm being self-righteous or anything...

...In other news, my mother told me last week that I, quote, no longer had any standards of right or wrong, unquote. I think this tirade was in response to television shows such as Full Metal Alchemist and books by such authors as J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. Is it any wonder that she and I engage in verbal battle so often? Hopefully, when I'm a parent, I will choose my battles wisely. I believe a parent should be quite happy with a child who doesn't swear, have sex, smoke or drink. 

At 13, my brother has had as many girlfriends as I, a college sophomore. Kids these days...

I'm sure if I thought for a few seconds I could think of a lot more to write about, but for now, I think I've written quite enough.

In case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night!
I Feel: Sore
The Tune I March To: DARE - Gorillaz
15 July 2006 @ 10:44 pm
So while I was in Chicag staying with my friend Blake Stratton (he played "Zak and Sara" by Ben Folds in last year's My Generation Night), we decided to record a song. He added a whole lot to it, plus the quality and production is a whole lot better than previous things I've recorded.

Ch-ch-check it out even if you have already listened to something else I've done.

It's called "Double Negative"

Listen Here
If you've never checked out the music I've written before, it'd be sweet if you did now. A couple people said that the song I just put up is the best one I've ever written, but you can listen for yourself...tell me what you think! It's the one at the top called "The Young and the Restless"

The Tune I March To: i don't even know
Busy, busy, busy, busy week.

I started my job at the air conditioning factory. I think I might possibly one of the only people out of hundreds who have ever gone to college. I'm workin 46 hours a week, starting at 6 every morning...Friday's are time and a half. Hey, it's money. My job is to pull parts, so I figure if I do my job correctly, I'll get it all done in 6 hours, then have 4 hours to screw around by myself. So far I've found that whittling cardboard with my little knife can be quite enjoyable and cool. I'm sure I'll have stories from this job in the future.

My line leader shares a last name with our beloved Hoseef. You know a Kay Ott, Hoseef?

I cut my hair! Really short, too. Pictures will come later if Kelsey sends them.

So Mr. Brandon Fitzsimmons, my bosom roommate came to Minnesota for the last week and a half and just left this morning. He came mostly to visit his significant other...but I got to hang out with him alot too. He came down to stay at my house on Monday night and we had din at my house. He brought Krissy (girlfriend) and their friend Kelsey, who I had never met, but lives about a mile from my house. It was pretty much the four of us every night plus a few people at times. Tuesday we went to B-dubs...I retold the Scrod story...hung out at Kelsey's. Wednesday, I went to youth group and then to Kelsey's youth group to meet up with them, got a free t-shirt.

Then we went to some girls house and made prank calls for a few hours. I found out I'm pretty good at prank calls...yes, we're immature. It sucked to have to leave at around 10 every night, since I have to wake up at around 5 am. That's working life, I guess.

Thursday, we went to the local Thai restaurant...good stuff, especially to bring back all the memories of their Thailand trip. Then back to Kelsey's house. We walked to a nice park. They don't make those playsets for kids my size. Did I mention that Kelsey looks exactly like Pam from The Office? She's awesome...I think Fitz and Krissy were trying to set us up. Looks like we'll be watching The Office together sometime, and Fitz left my guitar over at her house so I'll have to go over there anyways. She has the cutest little stepsister I've EVER seen...she could keep me entertained for years.

That's about all I've been doing...working and hanging out.
Oh, and my church worship team had practice tonight. It sounds amazing so far. We're playing for Sunday worship 4 times this summer. w00t!

Anybody know any awesome new worship songs I should check out?
Current Location: Dining Room
I Feel: creative
The Tune I March To: Salvation Is Here
14 May 2006 @ 03:11 am
Today at dinner, somehow we got on the topic of how I look, and Slinky said that my face just looks plain stupid. Now, if you know Slinky, he's almost always serious and almost always believes that he is funny, no matter what he says. This was no exception. The crazy thing was, even though I had all these amazing comebacks just dying to be said, I just stayed quiet. I don't remember the last time that's happened.

In the middle of my studying and my packing, I went around the section and blew bubbles in people's rooms. I don't remember the last time that's happened either.

I don't want to leave Taylor. I'm pretty confident that this has been the best year of my life.
I Feel: cheerfulcheerful
The Tune I March To: Harry Frazee and No, No, Nanette
12 May 2006 @ 08:44 pm
This is the last weekend of my first year here at Taylor.

It's funny how easy my allegiances in friendships change. It seems like it was only yesterday when I got ribbed almost daily for sitting with Ali, Audra and Luke too much by my floor, but now I hardly see them anymore. I've starting growing closer to all these Foundation guys, and I realize I should have focused on developing relationships here.

Here's something amusing: I was (infatuated isn't quite the term, but it'll do) with Audra for at least 3 months, and now at the same time that she and her boyfriend broke up, I moved on. I think when Sherif asked if I was "still having girl problems" he was right, but in a different way. I'm not so self-absorbed that I believe I could have any girl that I went after, but for me, the girl problems aren't usually the girl's fault. I think some of it has to do with a complex which causes me to long for what I can't have. I'm not exactly sure what the rest of it has to do with.

Now that I've befriended alot of girls on campus, here are the qualifications for a girl, (and don't worry, I'm not planning on doing any dating for at least another 6 months):

*Although I know this probably gets rid of 50% of Taylor's female population, but I want to find a girl who is not boy crazy...I've seen girls who have so many male "friends" it's not even funny.

*I guess sort of in the same vein, she can't be too concerned with her looks or is disgustingly vain. So, goodbye all you girls who enjoy fake tans. Goodbye to all you girls who drown their faces with makeup. Obviously I'd like to find a girl who likes to look good, but knows how to go about it the right way. Oh, and no slutty clothing.

*She needs to be a good cook (or at least willing to learn). Besides, I want someone who can make me fresh Kringla...mmmmmmm.

*She needs to find me to be (even a little bit) funny. Otherwise, *all this wit and charm* haha would be wasted.

*Last, and most important, I need to be able to have conversations that go beyond the surface. I've known enough girls who are only about the fun that I really appreciate the ones that I can talk to about anything I might be thinking. Spiritual stuff, academic stuff...being smart goes a long way.

Well there you go. Do you really care about what a girl needs to picque my interests? Probably not, but then again, this is MY journal. *laughs*

In other news, another mediocre semester as far as academics!! YAY! I'm happy as long as they keep feeding me $$$. I'm gonna get $ to sing next year! luckyme. Dr. Rediger sure does love a fellow Minnesotan.

I'd be interested in seeing what everybody else's girl/guy checklist looks like too. So whatchya got?
I Feel: contentcontent
The Tune I March To: Forgive Durden
25 April 2006 @ 04:22 pm
When will I learn to just say no? Some girl asked me to be in her Digital Video movie that she's making for her parent's anniversary. I really don't want to do it. I have my own video to make (some time). Oh well, time to just square up and be blunt about it I guess.

Next on the agenda, class scheduling for next Fall:

Elementary Spanish I 9-9:50 MTWF with Kirsten Todt
American Literature 12-12:50 MWF with Colleen Warren
World Politics 2-2:50 MWF with Stephen Hoffman
Am Const Dev: Instit Powers 3-3:50 MWF with Phillip Loy
Interpersonal Communication 11-12:20 TR with Kay Keller
(and of course the Taylor Chorale and/or Sounds)

Tuesdays and Thursdays will be much lighter than this semester.
Plus I want out of the country for Spring Semester. Cairo? I'll check into it.
If not, Europe somewhere (anywhere other than Ireland)
I Feel: crankycranky
The Tune I March To: Yahweh - U2
18 April 2006 @ 06:43 pm
I did a couple one-take first-run-through rough recordings of two new songs that are just piano and vocals now but will be reworked into full-band. I mean, they're not amazing right now...but I think you can see that with a little bit of production and development they're going to be the best stuff I've ever done.

Anyways, take a listen?

Life is good. It's sunny, homework is alright. And on top of all that, I get to hear Thom Saterlee's poetry tonight!
I Feel: Unprecedented
The Tune I March To: Tyler Hilton
15 April 2006 @ 06:10 pm
Let's take a look at my day so far:

*Slept in until 1:20 pm (crazy I know, that's what happens when you don't use an alarm and paintball cars until all hours of the morning)
*Started another James Patterson thriller while sitting out in the beautiful sunshine
*Watched an episode of LOST that Fitz's sister miraculously taped that I had missed
*Ate girl scout cookies

Relaxing is the most wonderful feeling. Oh, and the first song for my band is *this close* to being finished. Just a few lyrics to add to the chorus and then it's all about the instruments.

Easter tomorrow, I'm really looking forward to church.
Current Location: The Fitzsimmons Household
I Feel: Good
The Tune I March To: Cartel