Sunday, March 28, 2010

Damn I'm Tired

It's been a long day. Being Palm Sunday, we went to Mass at our usual time (9:30). Of course, it's a longer than normal Mass since we read the entire Passion from Luke, but no biggie. However, being Palm Sunday, that means dinner at my mom's. I don't know if it's just Italians around here, but Palm Sunday is something of a holiday. We exchange palms and get together for a huge meal at 2 in the afternoon. Perhaps it's just because Italians like any excuse to get together to eat and "talk". Which means speaking in very loud volumes to each other about all sorts of stuff.

Normally, that would be my day. However, tomorrow the band is providing music for our church's presentation of the living Stations of the Cross, which we call the Way of the Cross. The teens in the parish put it on so it's a great time. However, dress rehearsal was today. Further, with everything else going on, the band didn't get a chance to practice any of the music beforehand. Meaning I ran out of my mom's place at 3:30 and ran to church to rehearse with the band before rehearsing with the kids at 6 pm. So I left church at about 8 pm. Four hours of practice wears on you. And I was standing with a guitar the whole time.

So I'm incredibly tired right now. On the bright side, I got my bike readjusted this weekend. I had it's spring tune up completed last week and when I took it for a good 10 mile ride, I found the chain was skipping in the rear. Yesterday I brought it back and the shop dialed it in. We did a nice family ride (well, as nice as could be with 2 kids arguing with each other all the time) on the canal path. It was Ellen's first real ride of the season so we're getting her back in biking shape. It was good to get back out again. Next weekend should be nice and warm so hopefully I'll get another chance for a ride.

Since this is the start of Holy Week, I'd like to wish all of my internet pals a Happy Easter in advance. Hope you weather is very pleasant.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Get this now!

I saw this person on the cover of Guitar Player magazine. The article raved at what a great guitarist Orianthi was, so I was intrigured. I checked out her website and all I can say is HOLY COW! What a phenominal artist! She plays and sings! Check out the below videos. She holds her own with Steve Vai and has great songwriting skills. Songs have a good hook and she's got a bluesy voice. I'm getting her CD stat and I highly recommend you do so as well. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What's Up?

Just hanging out at karate and I'm caught up with my course work. Well, not REALLY caught up, but I've done everything I can do here. Once I get home I have some review work to do. I just keep going.

Things are going smoothly. I'm actually pretty satisfied with work and home these days. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's about 60 degrees today. Spring has such a nice effect on the psyche. Ellen has begun pilates in an effort to strengthen herself for biking this season. And to stay in shape. I'm looking forward to some quality bike time with her. The trails are still a little snow covered. And we need to get our bikes serviced for the season. Along with the other 10,000 cyclists in the area.

For my techie pals, I'm getting to post this from a MacBook Pro. Since I support external people running Windows and Mac, I convinced my desktop counterpart to part with one of the company machines to assign me. I must say, I could get used to this machine. It's got some nice plusses. However, I could never give up my Windows machines. My home network is fully Windows integrated. But this is nice as a stand alone machine. Definately good graphics.

Beyond that, my life is all work, the wife and kids, and scouts. Not much time for other things but some music and occasional time for me. Christopher has confirmation coming up so we're gearing up for that. The band has a few gigs lined up soon so I'll let everyone know how it goes.

Hope everyone is getting good weather where they're at as well. Take care kiddies.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Voice of the Spirit

Today the band played for a breakfast being held by a charismatic group called Magnificat. It's a women's group that prays and supports each other (as well as more that I don't have all the details). They get together every couple of months for a breakfast and this time requested we provide the praise music.

It was one of those experiences that was bigger than the band. When we played, people were really getting into the music, being moved by the Spirit. Once person even got up on a chair during one number! But from the band's perspective, we played better than we had in a long time. Our singer introduced all our songs and spoke a little before hand and she was truly inspired and inspirational! I know, just from my perspective, I could really feel the Spirit moving within me. I could hear my voice as I was singing and wondered who the heck it was as I can't remember ever doing these songs so well and in he way I performed them. It was one of those magical experiences that stays with you for quite a while. And it's for times like this that I do the ministry I do. I really did feel like we were the voice of the Spirit today. I hope we can continue to move people in this way.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Quo Vadis?

My Latin is rusty, but it means "Where are you going?" That was sort of my theme on Monday. I had this feeling of "where the hell am I going?". I felt like, other than completing my MBA, I had no particular direction, no goals, no plan. I came to the conclusion that I'm going in the direction my nose is pointed. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

Basically it seems lately that I'm just being carried whichever direction the wind takes me. Especially professionally, it seems like I'm just trying keep going in what I'm doing with no thought of what's next. Certainly I'm having to prove myself all over again and basically starting from scratch. How that's going, I don't even really know.

So right now I'm taking things a day, may be two or three, at a time. Next week always seems so far away until it gets here. But I suppose the key is to keep moving. I read a great quote once about the shark's view of life which seems appropriate. "If you stop moving, you sink."