I’ve been absent from the blog for a while now. I won’t apologize because I just felt I had nothing to say or write about and I didn’t want to waste your time or mine coming up with something arbitrary and pointless. I now, however, do feel like I have something to say. Here goes:

I’ve been busy. Very busy. I keep telling myself that. It’s true. I’m not telling a falsehood when I say it. Between my full time job (46 hrs/wk right now), multiple church activities (deacon duties, Sunday school teacher, youth group teacher, etc), and the responsibilities of home ownership along with my own little side projects, I don’t have much free time. Or rather, I don’t take full advantage of the time I have. I admit, when I have time, instead of doing things I’m often paralyzed by having to pick something to work on over another thing so I get little to nothing done on anything. I’m busy, yes, but it shouldn’t keep me from doing what I want/love/enjoy to do. Instead, I find I need to make time to do the things that are for me. It doesn’t always work out, but I’m getting better at it.

It’s spring time in central Mississippi. Seeing as how I work I the plant industry, it’s arguably the busiest time of the year (hence the long work weeks). I tend to be worn out and beat down by the time I get home every day. So much so I don’t even want to do the things I enjoy. I just waste my evenings in front of the TV, stuffing my face. Yet, when I make myself do something for me, like play guitar or work on a project, it makes me feel better. It’s like I feel I’ve accomplished something. Spring is busy, but I still need to do things to relax and rejuvenate me. What good is any overtime if I’m too exhausted to enjoy the fruits of the labor?

Now, I do need to apologize. When I first started this blog about a year and a half ago, I mentioned that I was working on making an album of my own music. This has not happened, obviously. I let life , busyness, get in the way. I got frustrated and gave up. I walked away from writing any music or lyrics for a while. I’m sorry. I apologize to myself and to my readers. I let us all down. I’m getting back up and I’m going to finish writing and recording my music. It may not be perfect or professional, but it will be mine and one going to finish it.

Thanks for letting me ramble and flesh out some things going through my head. I hope my attempt at encouraging myself is helpful and encouraging to you. I’m going to try and do better about regularly posting here again. Thank you.

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Today I thought I might share some of what I’ve been listening to this past week.

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To start off, I’ve been listening to Jon Acuff’s book, “Quitter.” This book is really good. I’ve enjoyed the insight and learning from his mistakes. He has a great sense of humor and that is woven into the book. If you’re trying to follow a dream, read or listen to this book. It will give you some helpful tips.

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I’ve also been listening to Jake Shimabukuro’s latest album, “Grand Ukulele.” This man does amazing and unbelievable things with the ukulele. He can make music you never would’ve dreamed of coming from this four stringed instrument. Absolutely amazing. If you haven’t heard him, check out his YouTube channel and download some of his stuff. You can also check out the documentary on him called, ” Life on Four Strings” that is coming on PBS tonight. In the Jackson-Metro area of Mississippi it will be on at 8:00PM. It should be really good.

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Finally, this week I’ve rediscovered how amazing “The Muppets Soundtrack” is. This album is filled with songs you will be joyfully humming for days afterword. I can’t help but smile anytime I listen to this soundtrack. I highly recommend it and the film. They will bring you the “world’s third greatest gift; laughter.”

What have you been listening to recently?

Great New Music!

March 20, 2013

This morning I want to introduce you to a couple of musicians with new stuff out or coming out soon. First off, Hannah Mulholland is a great musician with her debut EP out on her website for a physical copy, and on iTunes. It’s a great album with some superb songs. When I got the EP I put it in and literally listened to it every time I was in my car for a week. I highly recommend her music, but I must warn that a couple songs have swear words in them, so keep that in mind if that bothers you or you have kids around. Check her out, she’s really talented.

Benjamin Hofer has his album coming out on April 6th. I backed him on Kickstarter, so I got an early download. It’s called “Family History” and is a great piece of artistry. It has a great folksy feel without feeling cliched. I’ve listened through the album a couple of times now and it’s really good. You can check out his stuff on his website and his bandcamp site. I recommend all of his stuff.

Finally, I do have a little self promotion. I put up two new videos on my YouTube channel and I would really love for you to check them out. Also, remember, you can like Goteefreak’s Corner on Facebook.

iOS 6 and some cool music

September 27, 2012

So, iOS 6 Is out, as all of us who don’t lie under rocks know and I for one love it. I think it streamlines a lot of things. A lot of people have talked about this already and told you all the reasons you should update to it so I’m gonna tell you the things I think are messed up. First, the native YouTube app is gone. There is a free available and it seems t work well but it is nay optimized for the iPhone, not the iPad. Second, swipe delete of songs only works when iTunes Match is not on. That wouldn’t be a problem if iTunes Match now totally replace any music you have one your device. So you turn it off to delete a song then turn it back on to link t your music on your computer and you have to download all your music to your device. It’s may have been a glitch on my device but that’s a pretty messed up glitch. Is a pain to try t go through and download all your music to your wi-if device so it is able to be played when your not hooked up to the Internet. So, those are the main downsides I’ve found to iOS 6.
I’d also like to mention a guy I’ve supported on kick starter named Benjamin Hofer. You can check out some of his music for free from his bandcamp site. He’s got just 7 more days and less then $500 to go to reach his goal. If you like his stuff and can, throw some love his way via backing him or at least telling others about him.
Finally this morning I have a sad announcement. My music I’m uploading to noisetrade isn’t going to be up by the end of this month as I was hoping. I’ve ha a lot of crazy stuff come up in my life the past two week and I’ve only been able to record stuff one time for about an hour. Also, the process of copywriting my music is something I didn’t think of until this past week and looks to be a lot of virtual paper work. I’m still getting some of my stuff out there but it will be by the middle of October. I HATE to delay, but that’s the truth. My life has been hectic.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for you. I hope you have a super day. If you enjoy my posts, please tell people about my blog. Even if you don’t, share your hate with friends so they can read it and make fun of it too. Hopefully I’ll have another observations blog later this week. See ya!

Now playing

September 13, 2012

So, just wanted to do a blog about some stuff you should check out. First off, my friend Wendell Kimbrough is an amazing musician and you really should check him out at his website. Not only can you see what he’s up to, but you can link to his latest album which can be downloaded for free on noistrade. Take a listen, you’ll thank me. I’ve played guitar with a lot of different people over the years, and Wendell is definitely one of the very best. Not only is he naturally talented, but he works very hard to grow his talent. I can’t help but be in awe of his talent and respect his determination.
Speaking of talent, I’ve been listening to a lot of Simon & Garfunkel both as a duo and on their own. What skill and awesomeness. I love their harmonies and Simon’s tempo and key changes and how Garfunkel’s voice just flows through it all. You should check out The Singer by Garfunkel.
I’ve also caught up with my The Courtesy Laugh by Joseph Craven and some others I haven’t met. It’s fun, funny stuff. Listen and you will be addicted.
Finally, I’d like to let you in on the fact that I’m working on writing and polishing enough original songs to make my first serious home recorded album. Along with said album I’m, Lord willing, going to be doing some shows around the Jackson metro area. If you know somewhere you’d like me to play, let me know. Maybe this isn’t the place for this, but if you can’t shamelessly promote yourself on your own blog then where can you? I’m getting my office/studio into recording mode this weekend so I can really get down and dirty. I’ll probably put some stuff up on noistrade by the end of this month.
If you have anything you think I should check out, leave me a comment.

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