First of all, yup, this is one of those posts. One of those where the person apologizes for not posting as much as they should and promises that they are going to do more. I’ve been really bad for the past couple months (read: worse than my usual terrible self) at using social media (tumblr, facebook, twitter, etc). While I’m not usually one for resolutions, that’s one of mine this year. So this post is serving as somewhat of a disclaimer. I’m going to try to post more here, but the things I’m most passionate about are music and books. This probably means more music posts than anything else, but there’s a new book by Brandon Sanderson coming out soon, so there will undoubtedly be a bunch of Cosmere fandom stuff around then.
My life’s been a little weird over the last couple of months. I graduated from college. I had to start thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. That decision ended up being put off for about six months. So I’ve basically been hanging out with friends, anxiously trying to relax. Yeah, that’s about as counter-productive as it sounds. I finally got around to applying for jobs, and for most of that process I was pretty much a nervous wreck. Apparently, it didn’t show, because I ended up getting a job offer, which I have since accepted. So we’ll see how that works out. It’s going to be weird not having a ton of free time, but it will probably be good for me.
Being back home for a while, I have also realized that I am terribly out of shape. The first couple runs I did while here, I was fine, but it’s the built up exhaustion now that’s getting to me. So there’s resolution number two. I’m going to work out more this year. I can’t rely on high school cross country to carry my fitness through the rest of my life.
Mostly, I’m excited for this coming year. it will be a year of new experiences. Living and working in the “real world,” not being on an academic calendar, having to get to places more than a quarter mile away. Basically, the way I feel about 2014 is the same way I feel about the Superman vs. Batman movie: cautiously optimistic.
And speaking of music… lets start the new year off right.
Here's a song by Neal Morse about choosing a path in life. I'm not a huge fan of religious lyrics in general, but Morse does such a good job of writing lyrics and melodies that fit together that I don't care at all that this one is a little heavy on the religion. I wish I could find a live performance on YouTube, but there doesn't appear to be one.
If a half-hour song is not up your alley (which I totally understand), then here’s June by Spock’s Beard. Not quite as long, and probably with less appropriate lyrics for the new year, but it is beautiful. Absolutely mesmerizing. I can listen to it on repeat for an hour at a time, and this version has a stunning acoustic guitar intro. Morse’s voice is having some trouble during this show (I think he was a little sick), but he still goes for it on the vocals.
Let’s all have a fantastic 2014!