Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Band that Rocks

Sometimes, just sometimes, you hear a song from a band that wows you.  You listen to this song, then you immediately want to find more songs from this band, and then before you know it you've found a new favorite band.  This has recently happened to me and now I'll share a little blurb about this band.

Zander Bleck is the band that you will soon learn is a dynamic star that will explode from country to country with its sound.  It’s a sound that we haven’t heard in some time, yet we’ll question if we’ve ever heard it before.  Zander Bleck infuses a great beat, guitar riffs that activate the chorus and vocals that urge you to listen, which is quite evident in their hit song “Temptation."

This band may be compared to other bands and maybe you can hear a sound that includes a contemporary sound of Muse and a flash of Queen, but Zander Bleck is just beginning on a journey that will define an era that music fans will not be able to ignore.  The sound is epoch and it’s what we’ve been waiting for to soothe our hearts when all we want is to completely immerse ourselves in great music.

I hope you enjoy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Special List for Our Soon-to-be

So I'm a fan of lists. When I'm not working, writing, cleaning around the house, grocery shopping, or slightly helping with dinner I find myself making lists.  I'll make a list of groceries we'll need to get over the weekend.  I'll make a list of movies that I want to see.  I'll make a list of books that I want to read.  I'll make a list of meals that I'd like to prepare.  You get the idea.

I've been thinking about children's books recently and would love to create a huge list of books that Meghan and I can start reading to our baby or at least her stomach for now.  Fortunately, I have some great friends and family that have helped me with this list.  They've mentioned books like:

  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!
  • Love You Forever
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • The Giving Tree
  • Good Night Moon
  • Where the Wild Things Are
This is a completely different list than what I normally create and I want this list to be much larger.  I want stacks and stacks of books for us to read to our baby.  I'm so excited to read stories and fairy tales that I either can barely remember or not at all.  I wasn't a big book reader when I grew up, but it's one of my favorite things now.  And soon, I will be sharing one of my favorite things.  It's a unique feeling to know that you'll be reading to a little baby.  I'm excited.  And hopefully our baby won't hate the sound of my voice, haha.

If you have any suggestions on children's books or fairy tales that I should add to my list, I'll be more than happy to jot them down.  Now, back to my list.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Height and Weight

I don't know what to say to those individuals that want to get married and they can't.  It would devastate me to know that my state or my country would tell me that I couldn't marry the one that I love.  It bothers me deeply that such laws can be created to prevent people the right to do something that others are allowed to do.  This isn't an issue of being an adult verses being a child, and involve the right to do certain things because you're not old enough.  This is a fundamental act that people have been allowed to engage in for years and years and more years.  At what point do we recognize that all people should have the same rights and not be that some people have some rights.

I don't know what to say to those friends that want to get married and they can't.  What do you say to someone that is willing to protest their opinion so much that they're willing to obstruct someone else's rights to do something that they can choose to do at any given moment?  I wonder why it matters so much to individuals to try and revoke the rights of others.  This isn't concerning individual's health by banning people from smoking indoors.  It saddens me that this topic has been an issue and appears likely to be an issue for years and years.

I'm 6'5.  In knowing that, would that make people know whether or not to protest whether I should have all of the rights that we all deserve.  I'm 220lbs.  It seems pretty irrelevant, but perhaps it's something that protects my rights more so than others.  What if that's all that I declare?  What if that's what anyone declares?  Individuals still can't get beyond this notion of seeing or believing or following what they think is right.  This isn't an issue of individuals dancing illegally or keeping rough housers out of a bar or how a squire wants to marry a noble lady.  That's ridiculous right?  That's right; I just described Footloose, Roadhouse, and A Knight's Tale.  But perhaps this last movie is a little more similar to the topic at hand.  Individuals used to be able to marry within their own class and it was impossible for a "squire" to marry a "noble person."  Wait, it can't be possible that a time from hundreds of years ago (and a movie) can accurately describe the nature of today's problem.

If you didn't know me and I told you that I was married.  What would that mean to you...It shouldn't matter, because marriage is a symbol of two individuals joining together to be happy.  No one should have to prove any semblance of anything to be given that right.  I'm 6'5 and 220 lbs.  What do I say to someone that's the same height and same weight and can't have the same rights that I have?

I tell my friends, and individuals I don't know, that you should have the same rights I do.  Anyone should be able to marry anyone else and it frustrates me that this is not the case.  What will it take for people to be allowed the same things that I'm allowed?  Should people become 6'5?  Should people grow to 220lbs?  Shouldn't it be so simple even though it sounds so idiotic?  We hear the phrase "opposites attract" all of the time.  Perhaps we should clarify for those that didn't understand it was intended for personality and not gender.

Book Review

I'd like to thank a very good friend for sharing her thoughts about my book on my FB page recently.  It's great to know that there are people that have really enjoyed my first book.  And now (with her permission), I share her message.

"Alright folks. Do me (and yourselves, really) a favor and GO BUY THIS BOOK!!! Seriously one of the best reads ever, and if you know me well, then you know that's saying a LOT. I've read it three times already!! I promise, once you start it you will not be able to put it down!!! DO IT!!! I'll be waiting for the heartfelt cards, letters of gratitude, and flowers you will be sending me as a Thank-You for introducing you to this amazing story and author.
P.S. Tulips are my favorite. And you're welcome."
- Lori Davis

This makes me smile and happy.  Thank you for your kind words Lori.  And to answer a question she posed on FB asking when the second book will come out, I'm currently working on it and plan to release it in the fall.  I'll keep you posted Lori.

Thanks again!