Came across this cool time waster, I mean quiz , from one of my Facebook friends.
So I took the quiz and answered the questions as close to my actual feelings on the matter at hand. Yeah, I’m a nerd and a bit of geek. What of it?
But damn right I’m Gryffindor and a Jedi!! (Not quite sure how I feel about all my other designations at the moment though…)
So, for grins and giggles, I thought it’d be fun to take to quiz as Anti-Me (a.k.a. Bad La-Tessa) and here is what I got. It doesn’t look warm and fuzzy, but I gotta say, I’m secretly thrilled a little at getting the Sith. I mean really, I’m still a Jedi…of sorts. I’ve just opened my mind to other possibilities to explore (or at least this is the lie I told myself to justify this–LOL)
And now to balance out that heavy, greasy feeling I got from the taking the quiz as Anti Me (& to erase all affiliation with House Greyjoy), I took it one last time as Alternative Me. For the hand full of questions in which 2 answers were viable options, depending on my mood and the situation, I choose my alternate answers this time around. I think my real Fan ID lies some where between my first card and this one, with maybe, *maybe* a sprinkling from Bad La-Tessa’s card….
Odd note: The fact that I’m team Werewolf in all 3 Twilight slots (the only consistency besides being Human in the Battlestar slots) is oddly pleasing. I get into a friendly debate with one of my best friends all the time about the vamps and weres in Twilight. And yes, I always choose them over those vamps
“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”
So let’s celebrate!
For the first time in a very long time, I’m eyeing the New Year with joy, prosperity, and peace in my heart vs. a deep sense of longing and undying hope for better. I think I like it. I think I’ll make it a habit to do so each year.
Last year, I took a different approach to my personal goals and resolves for the new year. I shared the overall thrust of my plans here, but I took to my journal for a thorough, open, and honest reflection of myself, my life, my current situation, my wishes, & my map to get there.
Like every other person on the planet, my year had it’s ups and downs. Looking back, I felt almost compelled to remember only the down times. Pain, discomfort, and disappointment are feelings so sharp, they never fell to capture attention, even unwittingly. They are feelings I want to avoid and minimize. They are feelings I want to run from and never deal with again. They are indictments against myself, a painful truth I don’t always want to face.
But perspective & emotional maturity allows me to recognize them, but not dwell on them. If I did, there’d be no sense of accomplishment from attaining several professional goals (a new career move AND the publication of my first story being 2 of them), the joy that comes from small things and living life (the look on the Brat Pack’s face when they saw the beach for the first time was priceless), and the gratefulness I have at surviving another year in tact with my health and that of my family.
Last year, I started a trend of adoping a theme for the new year vs. setting resolutions. I’ve this approached a better way of helping myself grow and be molded into the person I want to be. This year, my theme, both professionally and personally, is A New Chapter. While working on personal plan for 2014, “explore” evolved naturally as a companion to my theme. So I will take to my journal once again for a thorough self inspection and to record my plan to move in peace, prosperity, and proficiency in the new year.
So cheers to the new year and another chance to move forward and explore myself and the world with no unnecessary weight, weakness, or negativity.
“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.”
First off, let me say, I am waaaay late with this concert recap. Hey, better late than never…
I discovered the soulful rock sounds of Gary Clark, Jr. this year. If you’ve not heard of him, let me strongly suggest you look him up. His music is pure awesomeness, with a dollop of awesomesauce on top. Trust me on this one.
When I got word Gary would be in concert in my area, a friend and I decided to make a road trip out of it. One of my better decisions in 2013. Not only did I score a new hat (yes, it was a necessary purchase), I enjoyed delicious eats and cocktails at a newly discovered restaurant before the show.
The concert took place at Marathon Music Works, a very cool venue that allows for intimate shows. And with front row, slightly off center seats, it was a great night indeed. I won’t waste words or time trying to describe the vibe, the tunes, or the atmosphere (a *slightly* subdued electricity with an edgy funkiness, topped with soul stirring melodies), but trust me when I say, this was a GREAT concert.
The set list:
Ain’t Messing Around
I Don’t Owe You A Thang
3 O’Clock Blues
When My Train Pulls In
Please Come Home
Things Are Changin’
You Saved Me
Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say (<– this is my JAM!)
If Trouble Were Money
Blak and Blu
When The Sun Goes Down
Oh Pretty Woman
And I’m pretty sure a song or two is missing from this list, but I got caught up and didn’t write down everything he played this night.
I’d be remiss if If didn’t include at least one video, so here is a brief snippet of Gary doing my fav song, Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say mash up.
After 3 years away, John is back on tour. So when the chance arose, and fate allowed, for me to check him out this year in Atlanta, I took it. Unfortunately, I lost all the decent pics I managed to snap– and that is a long, long story fraught with anger , frustration, and second guessings, so it’s best to not delve into that right now.
Armed only with the few images I snapped with my phone, I present my recap of John’s 2013 Paradise Valley stop in Atlanta, GA.
Queen of California
Half of my Heart
I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
Waiting on the Day
Something Like Olivia
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Your Body is a Wonderland
Waiting on the World to Change
If I Ever Get Around to Living
Why Georgia *encore*
This was my 3rd time seeing John in concert and he continues to remind me why I’ll always go see him live if I have the chance. The thing I love about musicians vs. acts is their focus on the music, on the heart and soul of their performances, NOT the razzle dazzle and production of the event. I’m not discounting production, I understand all about showmanship and the importance of pleasing the crowd with certain gimmicks (like guest performers, scantily clad dancers, heart pounding choreography, etc.).
But for me, I absolutely love not only listening to the sounds, but feeling the performance as well. I want to be mesmerized and caught up in the melody’s hidden meanings that are only unlocked when the one singing and playing them truly dive off into it, open a vein, and have the courage to expose whatever raw nerve they tapped into when they penned it.
That said, wonderful concert. John sounded great and is getting his range back. Every concert, I go into it with a list of 3-5 songs that I really, really want to hear, but I don’t get my hopes up about it. The songs I tend to like and connect with are usually not the single releases or big hits. My list for this concert included:
Bigger Than My Body
I Don’t Trust Myself
If I Ever Get Around To Living
For various reasons, I didn’t think he’d play any of these. Now, Clarity and Bigger Than My Body were definite long shots, but these are 2 of my all time favorite songs of his and I will never go into any of his performances and not want to here those. And with the different feel of his 2 latest albums, I figured he may to distance himself a bit from Continuum and I Don’t Trust Myself wouldn’t make the list. So glad I was wrong and he performed it. The crowd went wild at the opening strings.
If I Ever Get Around to Living is one of those songs that spoke to me instantly the very first time I heard it. It touches something in me everytime I listen to it. There are about 5 of John’s songs that, depending on my mood, I will interpret a different way. It’s these songs that I find the most powerful. But being I didn’t think this was one of the songs the “masses” connected (as it is not a single, there is no video, and I’ve only heard him perform this once since he’s been doing PR for the new albums)I definitely didn’t think it would make the playlist. So I was pleasantly surprised that he not only played it, but he played THE HELL out of it. Including a stretch were he had one guitar strapped to his front while he played the a second one strapped on his back.
He played this song in, what he called, 4 acts. Each section with a different feel and flavor that lent itself the meaning and message behind the melody and lyrics. It was an experience that I can’t properly put into words, you had to be there to feel it for yourself.