Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Magical Adventure

Our Disneyland vacation blog is finally up. Check out the magical adventure.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Turning 6

My youngest daughter turned six over the weekend. We watched the video of her taken right after she was born, and it is hard to believe it has been six years!

One of the reasons we went to Disneyland this year was to celebrate her birthday, along with her sister's 8th. We actually went exactly in between their birthdays.

Here she is at the Lego Store in downtown Disney. This kid's a climber, she couldn't stay off these giant Legos outside the store. This pic perfectly captures who she is.

Happy birthday, Sugar!

"One day you're gonna want to go
I hope we taught you everything you need to know
Gracie girl"
~Ben Folds, "Gracie"~

Still Around

Yeah, I'm still around. Between elections, then running off to Disneyland with the family, and now a cold that hangs around, I haven't been posting.

We plan to post a blog of our Disney trip soon, so check back for that.

In the meantime, here are CD recommendations from stuff I find myself listening to recently:

1. Just listened to Bash & Pop's only CD, Friday Night Is Killing Me. Really, it's Tommy Stinson's solo CD, he played everything on it. But, man, does it hold up well. I turned to it after listening to a bootleg I'd made of Tommy's Portland show from 2005. He closes the encore with an amazing solo/electric version of the title track from that Bash & Pop disk. Seriously, that release was overshadowed by Paul Westerberg's solo release post-Replacements break-up, but I find myself listening to Friday Night... far more than 14 Songs. Go buy Friday Night... and at the same time get Tommy's 2005 solo disk Village Gorilla Head. Tommy Stinson, I believe, may actually be the soul of rock and roll.

2. Speaking of Westerberg, his work for the cartoon movie Open Season was excellent. Download it.

3. My Chemical Romance's new CD, The Black Parade, is outstanding. Now, be forewarned, it is a concept album about death, so ain't for everyone. But if you are looking for Queen crossed with Green Day, here it is. By the way, I downloaded it after seeing them on Saturday Night Live. Their performance was that good. Go buy Black Parade.

4. OK Go's CD Oh No! is also outstanding. Power pop at its best, but it isn't redundant. Each song stands alone and doesn't just copy the others. Good stuff.