T-Shirts, T-Shirts, T-Shirts

I have a new obsession (one of many).  I have started buying band T-Shirts.  My daughter laughs at me for going into a store where she buys clothes and then I grab a couple things as well.

Oh well, it doesn’t stop me.  It all started harmlessly early last year with shirts that showed music in some way…

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My One Year Blogiversary!!

Wow!!  I can not believe it has been one year already.  The time has definitely flown by and has been an absolute blast.  I never thought I would last very long and so it is hard to believe I am still writing weekly and still enjoying even more now then when I started.

I have met so many interesting people through the blog world and have found some amazing sites.  I do wish there was more time in the day to visit every site that is following me and that I am following, but have found that task to be impossible.  Please know I do try my best to at visit as often as I am able.

The year has been a roller coaster of a ride.  Where the blog has been a blessing and some of the high points, life has dealt me a few blows this year with the passing of my Mom back in August and my Dad just two weeks ago.  The loss of them has been difficult, but the blog has been my way of escaping the harsh realities of life.

One person I need to thank for the blog is my lovely wife, Angie!!  She talked me into doing a blog and without her support, I wouldn’t be doing this still.  She has put up with the time it takes away from her and the girls, the loud music and my constant blabbering about the site and other sites I have visited.  She is definitely my Rock!!

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My Sunday Song – “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)” by Newsboys

My Sunday Song #10 is “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)” by the band Newsboys and from the movie called “Gods Not Dead”.  My wife had mentioned that the movie “God’s Not Dead 2” was out now on DVD and we should watch it.  That of course brought me back to this song which I felt I would share.

The inspiration for the movies was this song.  The first movie “God’s Not Dead” was based around the premise of a college philosophy professor demands the students sign a petition declaring God is dead to pass his class.  One student refuses and has to defend to the professor and the class why God is not dead.  We watched with our family and it was a great family movie.  The sequel “God’s Not Dead 2” is about a teacher who gets sued for mentioning God in class and how she goes defends herself.  Looking forward to seeing it.

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Mood Music

Music for me can impact my mood immensely.  When I am angry, I like to listen to heavy metal music and it tends to improve my mood.  My Road Rage Playlist gets played a lot when I am stuck in traffic.  When I am in a really good mood, I like to listen to upbeat pop music or go to my favorite hard rock music.  Both improve my mood even more.

At night before bed, I like to have music playing.  Some nights I just want to listen to instrumental music – no lyrics as I don’t want to think about anything.  I love to play The Piano Guys, 2 Cellos, Lindsey Stirling, or David Garrett.  Other nights I will do Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John 5 or other master guitar players.  And still others I will play either my 80’s playlist or 90’s playlist.  All relax me in different ways, but the end result is the same, I will fall asleep.

Music also makes you feel nostalgic and can take you back to a special time or place. When I hear the song “Panama” by Van Halen I think back to high school and when we took our senior trip to the Redneck Riviera, Panama City Beach, we would also crank up Whitesnake & Def Leppard.

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100th Blog Post – A look back

This marks my 100th Blog Post since I started back on April 17, 2016.  I am so happy to make it to this milestone.  I wasn’t sure if I would stick with it for very long and I somehow have managed to keep posting.  Now I know I am just under 4 months and that isn’t very long, but I didn’t know if I would even make it that long.

It has been so much fun and I have met some very interesting people and been to some great and amazing blogs.  The people in the blog world have been wonderful and so supportive.  The struggle for me is to be able to visit everyone’s site and leave comments.  I am still new with the whole social aspect of the blogging world as I am not the most overly social person.  I feel this is the one (of many) areas I still need to keep working at to improve.

What has been a surprise for me is how many visitors I have had and the number of countries people have come from that have visited my site.  I already have had over 850 visitors and over 2,100 views from people in over 45 different countries.  I don’t know if that is a lot, but I think it is pretty cool.

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Matt Nathanson – Artist Profile

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My first artist profile is of singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson. I discovered his music when I was listening to an internet radio station. His song “Come on Get Higher” came on and I was instantly drawn to it and wanted to hear more by him. I went and bought the album “Some Mad Hope” and from that point on I was hooked and now a life long fan.

Matt has been around playing since the early 90’s and his first album came out in 1993. I believe I read somewhere that it was songs he had written in high school. I would describe his early stuff as indie/college style music. When I would listen to his older stuff I have to admit I didn’t particular care for his albums in the 90’s, but that is not to say you wouldn’t like it. For me, it is just not something that spoke to me.

But somewhere around 2002 and his E.P. – “When Everything Meant Everything” his songwriting and sound started to click. I could get into these songs. They started speaking to me. Each album after spoke to me more and more and I believe he has hit his stride and his writing and his storytelling just get better and better.

One interesting thing about Matt is he is a closet Metal Head which I think is so cool as his music is far from it. He is a big fan of a lot of the rock acts I grew up with and even appeared on That Metal Show.

I have had the pleasure of seeing him live three times now. Sadly, every time I have seen him, he has been an opening act. I hope to change that one day and see him as the headliner. He and his band sound great live and he has such great stage presence and can really draw in a crowd.

The last time I saw him he was the opening act for Train here in Charlotte at the PNC Pavillion. When he came out the crowd was still filling in and not really there to see him. The way he works the crowd is something to see. His style and brand of humor between songs is magnificent. By the end of his set, the entire arena were on their feet screaming and loving every minute of his performance. They left that night knowing what Matt Nathanson was all about.

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