A list of things I’ve learned in the last few weeks.

September 26, 2008

1. When the sign says 25 Miles per hour. They’re not joking.

2. Good people will always there to help you pay your speeding tickets.

3. If you’re having a moment, someone will always be there to tell you its cliche

4. Dishes go in the dishwasher, and don’t you ever think about leaving them in the sink. she’ll kill you.

5. I have to stop throwing my skateboard when I get angry, its starting to crack.

6. If you apply for a job everywhere, someplace is bound to call you

7. …eventually

8. Things go wrong. a lot. make the best of them.

9. Putting your foot through your sisters door will not get her to shut up. it’ll just get you grounded

10. Chuck Klosterman is deffinitly not a cocaine person.


College Essay

September 9, 2008

Topic: Creative

It was a hot august afternoon, one of the last dog days of summer. At
4th and Tilghman, myself and 40 or so other teenagers had crowded
inside a rented out warehouse to see a punk rock show. The first band,
a keyboard and drum duo from Bethlehem, had just finished their second
song and the drummer began to speak.

He said, “I know there’s a lot of music out there that is fake and
sometimes it seems like everything is just a popularity contest, but
just the fact that everyone is here supporting local music. We’ve
played here a few times and its just like home to us…”

His voice cracks.

“I’ve seen so many great bands here, and I’ve made so many friends.
Friends that I love with all my heart, and nothing beats playing music
with your friends.

his voice cracks again, he’s visably upset.

“I’m asked a lot what my favorite bands are and I can only explain it
by saying, the bands that my best friends are in, the music they craft
with love and with passion and I’m so happy to get the chance to play
with them again. I’m so glad i get the chance to tell them…”

He bursts into tears, The room explodes with applause and I feel a lump in my throat.

“I love you guys” he says as he is hugged by his friends and the applause continues.

No one in the room is clapping louder than me. Because I realized why I
was here. Why I put the 10 dollars in my gas tank this morning, Why I
donated money to the bands, why my clothes and hair were sweatsoaked in
this warehouse. Because its the passion for music that drove me here.
The passion for creating something with your heart and soul that keeps
me coming back. the courage to cry in front of a crowd of best friends
and strangers because you believe in something.

I learned that day that whatever I did in my life, I need to do it with
passion and with conviction and I need to put everything I have into
it. I need to live my life with authenticity and with courage to face
challenges head on.

In Defense Of A Dead Format

September 1, 2008

I love buying records. I love sitting down and listening to it, I love getting up and flipping the record. I love the feel, the sound, I love it all. I’m not trying to tell people to throw away their iPods, far from it. I love my iPod and I use it almost every day. Infact more and more Vinyl records are coming with free digitial downloads.

So, In Defense of a dead format: Why buy Vinyl?

Buying vinyl is sort of like buying stock. You own a piece of that band. Part of its history, part of its catalog. You can physically look through a band’s stock and look at each cover art. read the liner notes and follow along with the lyrics. Sing sweet lullabies silently between you and your stereo.

More so than CDs or Mp3s. You get to hold it in your hands, admire the work put into it. the work made to create it. the weight of creation hits you alot harder when its 180 Grams and not 180 KPS.

I’ve heard it said that vinyl sounds “better.” While I’m no audiophile and I won’t pretend to know more than I do about signal routing and such. I can tell you it sounds “different” and I personally prefer the sound of vinyl over the digital sound. The low end comes in clearer and the highs arn’t cut so much from digitial compression.

Regardless of the perceived sound quality, Vinyl sales have sky rocketed in the past few months to record high levels since the invention of the Tape and CD. I myself have remembered blowing entire paychecks at Double Decker on 8th street.

Apparently, you can’t keep a dead format down.