Monday, May 30, 2011


“The bravest are surely 

those who have the 

clearest vision of 

what is before them, 

glory and danger alike, 

and yet notwithstanding, 

go out to meet it.”  


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

tunes i like tuesday: will you love me?

I really like The Vespers, a born and bred Nashville group consisting of the Cryar sisters and the Jones brothers.  They play roots music with a little folk/bluegrass flair that is reminiscent of Nickel Creek or maybe The Wailin' Jennys.   I've had the pleasure of seeing them perform twice and will no doubt go see them again when it is available.  I featured a song from their debut album, Tell Your Mama, back in October that you can read about here.  I'm very excited to tell you they are producing new material and are working on a second album.  Here is their official music video for their song, "Will You Love Me?", (hopefully) off their upcoming album.  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

neon as art

For some people, the thought of neon as art may seem strange.  I suppose if the only neon you ever saw were beer logos and "open" signs, it would be a stretch. My very cool sister-in-law, Eve, is an award-winning neon artist.  For the last 20-ish years I've had the pleasure of seeing Eve's work. (Countrymouse actually has a piece hanging in his office.) I am not sure what I like best about neon art... the way the glass curves and flows in it's design, the vibrant colors or that it is such an unique art form. Neon art is complex yet many times visually simple... a lot like life.

Eve was featured on a local Philadelphia television show, Philadelphia Stories, last week. Since we live a couple of hours south in Maryland, I wasn't able to watch the program. Thank God for YouTube!  The short video below shows Eve in her home studio bending the heart piece above. Pretty awesome stuff.

You can check out some of Eve's other works on her website, Evening Neon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

tunes i like tuesday: lively up yourself

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley's death at the age of 36 from cancer. (Have I mentioned how much I hate cancer?)

While reggae surely has it's following, here in the US it doesn't have the stronghold that it has in other parts of the world.  And yet, Bob Marley and his music is as popular today as it's ever been.  My kids are great examples of this... Marley died months before I even met their father but they know who he is, recognize his picture and know more than a few of his songs.  I am not sure I understand that kind of cross-generational endurance.  It makes me think of Elvis... though Elvis' role as a cultural phenomena, in addition to a musical one, was much broader and more clearly defined.   

At Marley’s 1994 posthumous introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone publisher, Jann Wenner is quoted as saying:
"Bob Marley was the Third World’s first pop superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the essential vocal stylings of Smokey Robinson into one voice."
Hmmm... maybe that has something to do with it?  

Marley's biggest hits include, ‘I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Jammin", "Redemption Song", "One Love", "Three Little Birds", as well as "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion", both released after his death.

One of my favorite Bob Marley songs is "Lively Up Yourself" from his 1974 release with The Wailers, Natty Dread.  My son, Peter, tried to convince me to choose "Jammin" or "Three Little Birds" to share with you since they're his favorites.  What about you?  Do you have a favorite Bob Marley song?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

tunes i like tuesday: stayin' alive in the wall

Today's tune is actually two tunes.  I suppose mash-ups have been popular for a while now but I can't help but think the television show Glee has really brought them into popular culture.  (One of my sons is a proud Gleek and I know he likes the mash-ups the best of all.)

The video today is by Wax Audio, the brilliant work of Australian, Tom Compagnoni.  You can check out his website to hear (and see) the other mash-ups he's done.  Part of the beauty of what Compagnoni does is the video mash-ups as well.  It was really hard picking just one to share with you. I finally settled on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part II" and the Bee Gees's "Stayin' Alive" known in it's mashed-up glory as "Stayin' Alive in the Wall". Hopefully you'll enjoy my selection.  What do you think?  Pop over to the Wax Audio website and let me know if you have a favorite.

Monday, May 2, 2011

osama bin laden is dead

Remember 9/11 and the 2,977 innocent men, women, and children murdered by bin Laden’s jihadi henchmen.

Remember the 2000 USS Cole and the 17 sailors killed by bin Laden’s jihadi henchmen.

Remember the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the six killed, and hundreds injured by bin Laden’s jihadi henchmen.

Remember the 1988 US Embassy Bombings in Africa, the 12 US diplomats, and hundreds of Kenyans slaughtered by bin Laden’s jihadi henchmen.

Remember the 1983 Beirut bombings and the 241 US servicemen murdered by bin Laden’s jihadi henchmen.

“When justice is done, 
it brings joy to the righteous 
but terror to evildoers.”
 — Proverbs 21:15