Tuesday, March 31, 2009

yay for creative efforts!

I know I may be slow, but this is the first time I saw this. What an amazing event that I wish I could have witnessed first hand.

Imagine the effort that it took to get that going! Well, they actually showed a little of the rehearsal for the event the night before in another video. There is also a video showing the response to the event by those who seen it first hand. Kudos to T-Mobile in the UK for coming up with this idea.

Now for the crazy part of this. On You Tube there are quite a few jerks who would rather spout their hate and ignorance. I am amazed that there are people in this world that can't see the importance of doing these stunts. I understand that you may be frustrated, or may be against commercialism because it never worked for you. However, this took someones idea, the same persons effort to make it happen, and a whole bunch of people to do it. Everyone that was there was thoroughly entertained. People who watch this on You Tube is entertained (those who want to be anyway). Sometimes I wish I could tell people to go find a hobby that involves creativity. I have found it in music performance myself, and am able to enjoy other peoples creativity more in my opinion because I know how it is to make something for others to enjoy.

I guess this all goes back to an older post of mine in education of the Arts. Sad that people don't see things that way...

Monday, March 23, 2009

am I really getting old?

Ahh, age. What a wonderful thing. I remember the time when I saw someones birthday was in the 60's and thought they where of the 'older' group, and that was like 10 to 15 years ago. Now I can see them as being friends. Of course, it all does take full swing really. Take for instance three years ago. I am at work, and one of the girls there ask me how old I am. at the time I had just turned 28, and she did the math pretty quick because her responce was "You where born in the 70's?!?" She was 18, so I promptly told her to remember how she asked me that in about 10 years and some 18 year old punk says that to them.

Of course, this goes on to musical taste as well. Here is a wonderful example from a comic I love called 'Imy'

To tell you the truth, this is what brought upon my topic of discussion today. It reminded me of how a couple weeks ago I was talking with some younger women (like 18 or 19) and they referred to the music I was listening to as 'Oldies'. I was listening to classic rock! Yes, folks, music from the 70's and 80's are now considered by the younger generations as 'Oldies'! To my parents and others of older generations, I do apologize for ever knocking your choice in music and calling it 'Oldies' (even though that is what they named that era of music, and they named it themselves... that genre has died sadly, but that's another story for another day) because I can honestly say that the notion that the music that you are listening to is now classified as old really sucks! I have listened to classic rock thinking it was great stuff from an earlier generation, yet when my music is called classic rock I feel like my dad.

Anyway, I am starting to sound like a broken record. OH WAIT!!! The younger generation doesn't know anything about that either, so I better leave before I really date myself.

Now playing: Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb (181.fm - The Eagle (Your Home For REAL Classic Rock!))
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

my life is music

So, I guess I am not being good at this whole blog thing yet. Anyway, the reason is I really want to be unique. Something that people will want and come read what I write. Let me tell you, this is no easy task. I think of things, but you know how it is, you end up being your own worst critic. I have threatened my wonderful girlfriend that I would post some of our interactions here, but I don't know if she would totally appreciate that. Nothing bad of course, but why do I want to embarrass her when it's me who I should be embarrassing! Not really. But still, trying to come up with things here.

I do have a few things to say however. One large thing that has been in my conscious for years. As many of you who know me, and for those who don't, I am a musician. I have always been in music even at a very young age. To me, if it were not for the public education system, I don't know where I would have been able to find, develop, and learn to appreciate the talent that God has given me.

That being said, it is very disturbing to me every time I hear of another public school system loosing their music program. Or theater program. Or any sort of program that promotes any of the arts for that matter. I know the three R's are important. However, is it worth cutting programs that is vital to the very important role that the Arts programs such as art, theater, and music is to our culture to just cut it out? Do we want to be a culture of robots, who have no feeling, no way of expressing ourselves? Not only that, but not everyone is cut out to be an engineer, or scientist, or lawyer, or doctor, etc. I was wanting to research just how much of the music stars of today started off in the public schools, but that was something I don't have the time or resources for I doubt. I wonder if anyone can help me. I know there has to be a good majority out there that have started off in our public schools in either band or choir, or even influenced by elementary and secondary music programs at the public school level even.

What brought this rant on was me watching a music channel on TV that was started by VH1 I think. Not sure, but VH1 has a program out to promote music education. I think this is a great idea. For one, it is targeted at older adults, but I think it's something worth promoting to everyone. Our culture shouldn't suffer as much as our economy shouldn't, lets at least find a way to make it just as important.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


OOPS!!! I accidentally posted this in my Linux blog! Here it is for those I told :)

So, you ever have that stomach virus that is just deadly? I had that two years ago, and it stunk. I mean, I thought I was going to die. Anyway, I thought I had the onset of that yesterday. The whole stomach thing was definitely there, luckily not the sensation of dieing. Also, medicine took care of it, mostly. I am hoping I don't have any problems today.

So, guess you can say I did not watch anyone too interesting lately. However, my girlfriend Mary did. Me. She decided to tell me about me. She noticed before that I am usually not paying attention to her when I am hungry. I do not realize this, as I am usually in my own little happy world (I do mean happy little world, as I really do not know where this is, but I feel content). It was at Fuddruckers on the snow day. Oldies music is playing in the background, and there is no one really there save one cook, the manager who is taking the orders and I guess helping cook, one other table, and us. Not much for me to really watch. Except for the TV that is on a sports channel. Now, she thought this was the focus of my attention. However, it really wasn't. To tell you the truth, I don't know what I was focusing on, except I was aware of the PA system calling out the two orders of the one table that was there. She ended up saying I was paying attention to everything but her. Now, by this time I was giving her full attention, so I don't know what was going on. I really need to get my ADD taken care of...

On to other things... I think I am going to change the setup here. I started another blog, basicly dedicated to me using Linux and thus being Linux related. I also want to do other things, so this blog may change URL to http://blog.dontbejeff.com here shortly. http://www.dontbejeff.com will still be here, just that it will be a launching point for the blogs and have other features such as sites I visit regularly, a picture area where I can post pictures of places I went, and even a friend of mine who draws little silly comics which he calls his 'whiteboard' (well, it is a whiteboard, and he does draw comics on it regularly) so I may put that on there as well.

I am having fun with this :)