Posts Tagged ‘guitar’

Lusting over this

I don't mean to turn this into a Pinterest page but… the Martin OMJM acoustic guitar. I want this in the worst way ever.

Martin OMJM

Posted: October 4th, 2013
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Things of note

Things that are on my mind right now:

  • From what I’m seeing on the twitter feed, the city feels royally bummed out about tonight’s latest debacle. In the past I would be too, but this year I’m feeling pretty numb. I think the loss to Calgary during the 2004 playoffs was the last time I was emotionally connected with the team. After that, I just started to gradually not care. But, on the plus side, my main man Shane O’Brien scored a goal tonight. Mike Gillis, re-sign this man please.
  • I don’t like making public very private things, but I will say this: it’s hard not caring, or even pretending not to. In the end I guess I still do care.
  • School starts tomorrow and I’m not ready. Even though I’m officially only taking one course and on the wait list for another, it seems like I really need to cut down on the things I have planned for the summer.
  • Graduation… how’s that going to work out?
  • I can’t wait for Portland. As much as I love Vancouver, I need to get out of this city.
  • This summer I will learn ‘Doesn’t Remind Me’ by Audioslave. That song has been bothering me for a long time now. It needs to be learned, but darn it tremelo picking is hard.
  • The Fray never get old. Listen to ‘Uncertainty.’ Lovely song.

I’m out.

Unexpected

I should have seen the signs. When I’m over-confident about something that I think is going to happen, it usually never happens. The same thing applies to this situation, I thought I was going to get extended for co-op, reap some muchos dineros and not worry about money for a while. I’d have also quit my job at the theater – another thing that has weighed on me for a while now. Now I find out that I won’t be coming back and I’ll be back in school a lot sooner than I thought. I knew I wanted to be a student forever, but I didn’t want to jump back into it just yet.

I guess on the bright side it will be the end of early bedtimes and 6 AM wake up calls. I won’t miss those one bit. I’ll also welcome the fact that I’ll have more time to do things. You’d think with no exams and papers to worry about there would be so much time to do things, but when you’re coming home exhausted plus keeping your old job on the side, time seems more wasted on recouping rather than doing something constructive. Maybe with the sun coming out the energy level will be there.

Other than that, I’m looking forward to the summer. And with summer comes summer projects: start practicing more electric guitar, start saving money and cook more which, by the way, I am starting to enjoy (Thank you Thomas Keller). Add to the activities I need to do before the end of summer like surfing, grouse grind and hopefully a bike ride along the sea wall will be things I could do before the end of what I think is my last summer as a student. Oh the horrors of the real world.

And with that, I bid you adieu. I need to recover from all the hits to the head I took today in dodgeball. Tonight I learned that tall white people throw hard. Very hard.

Posted: April 12th, 2010
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Loop and a Delay

A Boss Loop Station with a Line 6 DL4 provide for a winning combination. This is probably one of the most amazing things I have ever seen and heard when it comes to using the looper from Boss. I am almost tempted to buy one now.

Edit: Interesting, he may have done it all through the DL4 and not through another loop pedal.

Posted: March 21st, 2010
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I wish the sun would hide some more

Another late night spent doing nothing but jamming away. I feel as if I’m more alive during the night than I am during the day. Maybe it’s because the static is gone and all there is is just silence. The kind of silence that makes you think about things that… keep you up all night. I enjoy that – sometimes. But for tonight, I like it. A night like this, I enjoy being alone with this cheap guitar my Mom got me when I was 16, I enjoy thinking about things that separate me from the reality of it all. I enjoy the company of music and the escapism it provides. I like droning away, kind of like what I’m doing now where when I wake up and read this over again, it won’t make any sense. But I guess it kind of captures the moment right now. I guess that’s why I’m doing this.

In 15 minutes Mom will be wondering why I’m still up when I’ve got school in the morning. I guess that’s my cue.

Posted: November 5th, 2009
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Zombie Hour

Random musings at 3:13 AM:

I haven’t been sleeping  at normal hours these days – something that has been going on for a long long time. I blame all these theater closing shifts and my odd school schedule for doing this. It sucks, because I’m always taking naps during the day but at this hour I’m wide awake bored. I guess a cure for that would be to hang more with the newly-christened ‘Cineplex Losers.’

It’s currently week six in school and so far I haven’t really gotten into ‘the mood’ lately when it comes to digging into the material. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because of the lack of engagement in the classes, or the fact that my distant education class is just… distant. It’s a really weird semester, and I figure it won’t be the last.

I’m looking forward to jamming more these days – see previous post. I don’t know what kick started the whole change in attitude, maybe because I don’t want to embarrass myself when I start going to the jam sessions at the guitar club at school. I really missed the old high school days where the old band would kick around tunes and we’d spend afternoons bangin’ while getting distracted playing Halo 2.

I also joined a community volunteer club called the ‘Love Your Neighbor Club,’ something that’s also pretty exciting. I think it’ll be cool.

One last thing: my subscription to World of Warcraft expired tonight. Surprised? The reason was simple: there was no time at all to dedicate the amount I needed in order to succeed in that game. With the delicate juggling act of school, work and socializing with my fellow humans, it was impossible to accommodate what pretty much was a hobby that required way too much work to maintain with minimal returns in the end. I’m looking around at some of the top players in that game, and I figure the only way you’re going to advance and be amongst the elite is to have a crap load of time,  be willing to restructure your weekly schedule to accommodate your group activities, and a tolerance for a community that encourages being jerks to each other. No thanks.

Oh, and Matt needs a new cardigan and/or scarf. Please link cool clothes so I may buy and look cool in front of chicks and make lame dudes jealous when I walk by.

Posted: October 14th, 2009
Categories: Gaming, Life, School
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Hello World

I’ve been itching for a new guitar recently. Yes another guitar, except for one thing: it’s an acoustic. I checked the bank account and it seems like I’ve got enough to run out and get one now. However it’s just a matter of getting the parents to buy into yet another costly investment – despite using my own money – in an already long line of frivolous expenditures I’ve pursued this year. Please don’t get me started.

I’ve started to pick up the guitar again,  and I’m hoping this time it’s for longer than a week. I figure if my crude writing ability can’t get it done in terms of expressing myself personally like it did long ago, then saying nothing and playing something might work out better.

In the mean time, I’ll try to figure out exactly how Ben Gibbard makes that percussive sound in “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.”

Posted: October 12th, 2009
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It’s 2 AM

Week one of school has already come and gone and already I’m feeling the pinch. I’ve got a massive 4000 word essay due at the end of October, I actually have to keep up with my readings for this distance education class I’m taking and finally this… policy analysis class I’m taking – while vital towards my career goals – is recipe for disaster. I don’t want to work, but I want the cheese that comes with it, you dig? Everything feels the same still: I’m going to bed at 3 in the morning, I’m waking up later and later and in terms of productivity, it’s non-existent.

Honestly, I’m kinda bummed that I’m starting school this semester. I felt that I had a legitimate shot at starting co-op this fall, but things just didn’t go my way. I don’t understand why – due to the lack of feedback I got on everything – but I guess that’s the way things roll.

On the bright side, I guess it gives me an opportunity to do things on campus that I’ve been reluctant to do for the past four years now: join and actually participate in a club, be a little more social, volunteer and…

Anyways.

I was jamming with my man Henry two days ago. We haven’t jammed together since first year. Quite a revealing session, as I realized how much inspiration was lost along the way when it came to actually trying to create something out of nothing musically. I had a notebook with riffs I wanted to use and build on, but one day it just stopped. These days, the fire to do something is burning brightly these days – more so than in previous years – but in this crazy time I live in, where deadlines and lowly distractions are all I know, it’s hard to find that time out of my day to actually focus and create something nice.

But if anything, what occured on Monday told me one thing: the drive is still there, no matter how crappy I am with this guitar. Aw right.

Posted: September 16th, 2009
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Going off

First off, a kick ass video before I go off on some complete bullshit. Watch it. Alberto Cerriteño’s “Shiva”:


Lately I’ve been in a “decorator” mood lately. There are these brown wooden walls, rustic but absolutely fitting style-wise in my basement. For those who’ve never set foot down there, there’s a huge piece of wall space over the couch covered by some massive Vancouver Canucks flag. While my allegiance to the hockey team cannot be comprehended despite their lackluster play recently, the space could be used for more colourful illustrations. Ever since I discovered this place I’ve been flirting with the idea of buying some original prints off the web to put on the walls. There are some crazy ass stuff out there that could work down here, but the price tags on some of them are scaring me off, not to mention the great ones have already been sold out. Hey, something to think about while I’m daydreaming in class.

Speaking of class, after two weeks of partaking in actual sessions in school, I’ve concluded that I will be utterly rocked this semester. My loud but academically brilliant international law professor insists on close to a four hour session, I’ve already failed a quiz and forgone some easy ass marks in my Atlantic Canada class – yawn – by forgetting to write up a response paper to the readings last week. Normally I don’t freak out over small percentages lost in classes but these days I actually need that freakin’ GPA to go up as my acceptance into co-op this fall depends on it to be at a sufficient level. Three years later, and I wish I never dicked around in school during first year. A lesson for you kids out there.

Once in a while I start thinking about quitting my job, then after a bit I start telling myself I love my job, which then this process of thought repeats over and over again a few weeks later. It’s a great job. Lots of benefits, the people there are rosey and I’ve already committed to over a year of my life at that place, so you could imagine why I’m still gripping this long with the idea of leaving. But looking at my situation now, with school and work robbing other aspects of my life not to mention some severe overlap between the two, I’m starting to see why a lot of my friends and oldies left a while ago. Work can drain you, school can rape you. Three days at school – one mega long ass day – and three days at work. It’s a killer I tell you.

I stayed home last Friday, content with being the social outcast that night and wasted away on video games, movies and TV. I have one day off to myself, before last Friday I never stayed home for at least 24 hours. It’s fucking scary how things are right now. Already the third week and I’m burnt out, though it was not as if I did not anticipate this anyways. My sleeping schedule still has not recovered -currently 3:15 in the morning – due to my late school and work hours essentially making me a nocturnal being. I’m fucked man.

I was talking to Bryan and Henry a while ago about this. I tossed the idea of giving up school and possibly work for a year and just running wild, some traveling and doing some me things. Bryan told me that I should, making a point that I’ve practically spent four fucking years burying my head within the world of academia. Four fucking years of my prime spent inside reading books superficially and writing papers that don’t make any sense to me. It’s crazy. I’m probably going to chicken out on skipping an entire year but you never know what will happen right? I realized four months didn’t do it for me this past summer, how about eight?

Sorry, I’m going off on a rant.

I picked up the guitar again. It’s been a while, mostly because I’ve been so fucking busy and out of energy to do complex tasks such as plugging in an instrument. It sounded good, it felt good again. I found out I still have that rock star urge in me after four years of dormancy. I gotta start playing in public again, those were some good days. But I have to get this work and school crap dealt with first.

And before I part, I urge you to listen to ‘The ’59 Sound’ by The Gaslight Anthem. I’m digging into the album right now, and so far I’m liking what I’m hearing.