January 19, 2013

SeaWolf @ SOhO ~ January 17, 2013

photo by P. Dunkley

There's a Wolf in the House, and the Sheep are Loud

I can't believe it's already seventeen days into the new year and I am just now going to my first show of 2013... I am lagging on the music front. 

Lagging or not, this was a great show to be the first. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the group, Sea Wolf is an indie folk rock band noted for their romantic tone. Led by Alex Brown Church, with a revolving ensemble, Sea Wolf produces a rhythmic easy sound that resembles rain against a window with the beat of a fire in the background; very flowing and easy to move to, and calls to a tender lost moment. (Yeah, I said that)

Touring on their third (and perhaps best) album, Sea Wolf packed the house. And the house was packed with unfamiliar faces. And these faces were not only unfamiliar, but also quite young... and chatty. Which is a common issue at some of these more popular indie shows. It's a scene.

Grooving in the back, I managed to block out most of the chatter and surrender to the music. For me the highlights were songs off Sea Wolf's first LP Leaves in the River, but I am quickly coming to love this third album, Old World Romance, with gems like "Priscilla" and "Dear Fellow Traveler."   

Despite the distractions, I allowed the music to flow over me and got swept away in the romantic, unique sound that is Sea Wolf. It was the perfect beginning to the new year of music shows.   

Click link to hear Priscilla

January 6, 2013

Theory into Practice ~ 2013

"You'll be the rhythm and I'll be the beat
Then I'll be the rythm and you'll be the beat..."
- Lykke Li, Melodies & Desires 

For those of you who don’t follow me (and you know who you are!), I have been on a quest to get to the bottom of the “shift” that was to occur at the end of 2012. And I got to tell you, I do believe one has occurred… In some.

During November and December  I set out on a solo mission to explore different realms of spirituality to accumulate a large enough data set to produce a feasible conclusion to the question: “Is There a Shift Happening?”  What I found was to change me, my experiences, and my view on life completely.

All the realms I investigated believed that YOU control how you experience the world. If you are sad, you have chosen to be sad; if you are happy, you have chosen to be happy. A  feeling or thought may arise, as they will in the human condition, but how you interpret them internally gives rise to how you will experience them. You assign a negative or positive meaning to them, which in turns defines your experience and your world.

After much research, I came to the hypothesis: “If there is a shift, then it is the individual’s choice to shift from negative to positive experiences.” This is a powerful statement.

So that being said, what to do now? Put the theory into practice, of course.

My endeavor for the next 6 weeks:

  • 40 Day Yoga Challenge – 40 days of yoga, meditation, thoughtful eating, mindfulness, and support group.
  • 6 week Buddhist Series: Letting Go of Bad Habits – How to mindfully eliminate attachments.
  • 6 weeks of NO FACEBOOK – My personal belief that FB is the devil. 
  • 6 weeks of only 2 nights “out” per week 

This is a more strict regimen geared toward learning how to better control my mind and how it processes thoughts so that I can have a more positive experience in life.

Wish me luck!