Posts Tagged ‘open mic’

I go on a walk just about every morning that I can sneak it in. Routine can be a beautiful thing. Routine is part of what makes it so exciting to see dogwoods blooming after looking at those bare, gray branches for days on end in the winter.

But knowing that my brother has just embarked on a month-long trip to Europe also has me questioning the limitations of routine. The stability and comfort that come from years and years of dwelling in the same place, treading the same paths day-after-day, can easily be rivaled in our hearts and memories with one startling sunrise in a foreign city; one flash of a memory that forever changes how we think and feel.

I share my love of Charlottesville often on this blog. But, we also all need to get out every once in a while. Shake things up.

Speaking of shaking things up, I’ve make a commitment to play, as consistently as possible, at The Local— on Monday nights they have a singer-songwriter night. If you’re ever interested in coming out to see me (and other amazingly talented Cville ssw’s) play, just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll let you know if I plan to be there that particular Monday.


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I can hardly believe 2010 is nearly half-way through. I am definitely in the camp of people that never really takes new year’s resolutions to-heart and before January has even ended, I’ve forgotten what I thought that maybe I might do. But for some reason, July comes up and always kicks me in the gut. It reminds me that the clock is ticking… in a glass-half-empty kind of way.

But, I feel like I do enough worrying about the future every day. So, this July 1, I want to look at everything we’ve accomplished in the first-half of the year, which I’m hoping will inspire me to look at the rest of the year in a glass-half-full kind of way.

Let’s start with Ryan.

On top of managing the operations of a small business day-to-day, Ryan and a few colleagues own and run an iPhone application company. It’s a project that the four busy owners work on after-hours, before-hours, in-between-hours… basically whenever they aren’t doing their day jobs. Right now, the company has three apps out that are doing really well: DMB, OAR and Tim McGraw. Recently the DMB app reached more than 100,000 downloads (read: awesome!!). Though the company has been working on the apps for a couple of years now (back when most people had never heard of an “app”… you know like in 2008), it’s really been in the past six months that the app has taken off and is garnering national attention. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad or iTouch, support Ryan’s company by downloading the apps in the iTunes App Store.  And, if you’re so inclined, you can check out the Spot Trot website to learn more.

And as for me, I’m still trucking along at this music thing… which is an accomplishment in itself. Last night I played at an open mic at the Crozet Mudhouse (where I’ll have a show later this month). It was both a victory and humble reminder that I’ve got a long way to go. A year ago or six months ago, I couldn’t have done what I did last night which is significant reason to keep moving forward. However, playing to a room full of middle schoolers (there to see their friends sing cool “vintage songs” like Smashing Pumpkins “1979”) will humble you like nothing else. No obligatory applause, no respectful attention… it kind of reminded me of… ummm, what it’s called again… oh yeah, the real world. But, middle schoolers and all, I did it. And, I’m probably better for it, so that’s reason enough for me to keep going.

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