Archive for December, 2010

Post #121: Getting Back in the Fold

Monday, December 20th, 2010

By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier. — Susan Lieberman

Dear Alice,

I’m doing swell. Life’s taken a much welcome turn, where I’m enjoying myself again. I used to hang out with a bunch of groups in University, but there was this one group that seemed really weird to me. They were the geeks, they were the goths, they were the eccentric. I hung out with them often, but lost track of them as time went on. I think a few key people left, and the group dissolved.

Yet, not entirely. I mean, we all made new communities of friends. And they were always so inviting. One night, last year, I decided to drop in on one of their parties, and I met a bunch of people that I really liked. The momentum has been slowly picking up, and I’m on the verge on getting back in the fold.

I’m somewhat embarrassed by how much I’ve lost touch with this side of myself. I’m a weird guy. And I don’t mean it in that I’m a clumsy, awkward fellow who likes to sing more than he cares to admit. I mean, I seek out the fantastic because I want to believe in it. I write down my dreams because I want to live more than just while I’m awake. My hobby before lyric-writing was astrology, because I was fascinated by how it grouped people into personality traits.

Is that a smart thing to do? To get back into this line of thinking? Is it practical? Is it realistic? Isn’t it a problem to believe in magic, especially if it doesn’t exist?

Well, that’s the problem right there, since “magic” is such a broken word, nowadays. The point is, if you want to believe in souls, then you’re going to have to believe in something more than the physical world. I just have to be more careful with how far I plan to run with any ideas. They might just get stuck in my shoes.

David =B~)

Post #120: Beat The Crap Outta Cancer

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Girl : Will you raise me up? Will you help me down?
Will you get me right out of this Godforsaken town?
Will you make it a little less cold?
Boy : I can do that! I can do that!
Girl : Will you hold me sacred? Will you hold me tight?
Can you colorize my life? I’m so sick of black and white!
Can you make it a little less old?
Boy : I can do that! Oh, woah! Now, I can do that!
Girl : Will you make me some magic with your own two hands?
Can you build an Emerald city with these grains of sand?
Can you give me something I can take home?
Boy : I can do that! Yes, I can do that!
Girl : Will you cater to every fantasy that I’ve got?
Will ya hose me down with holy water - if I get too hot?
Will you take me places I’ve never known?
Boy : I can do that! Oh, woah! Now, I can do that!

“I’d Do Anything For Love” - Meatloaf

Dear Alice,

I’m really enjoying this Jeet Kune Do stuff. It takes over your mind after a while. Last weekend, I went to a JKD seminar with some great instructors - Phil Irish and Makoto Kabayama. This weekend, I took part in “Beat The Crap Out Of Cancer”. We sparred with rubber knives and with padded sticks, and beat the crap out of each other to raise funds. Next weekend, I’ll be defending the prime minister from assassins.

Otherwise, I’m making YouTube videos of a few tunes, trying to get one out every other week or so. The next tune I’m looking forwards to doing is the City Song, as I’ll be getting Mark out to put a bass line behind it. I’m still licking my wounds from the SongStudio, where they pointed out that the song structure slowly falls apart. However, Mark and Daniel like it as is. So there.

Work’s going well, in case you’re worried. As one friend put it, I’m getting “straight A’s”. And if the Christmas party is any sign, I’m practically family.

Looks like things are falling into place, as much as I don’t trust any of it, out of sheer self-preservation. Even the trio is shifting for a January fight to Grenada instead of February! That would be absolutely sweet!

Oh, and I’m in love with that Meatloaf song. How many years ago were they on top? Bring ‘em back!

David =B~)