I don’t know about y’all, but I’m emotionally exhausted and full of a week’s worth of Cuban food, so in the interest of self-preservation, I’mma try to keep this week’s epistle on the lighter side of things.
(Until I don’t.)
Jen’s parents were in town for a little over a week, and we spent the time showing them around LA. Finally squeezed in a trip to Disneyland in the process, which is probably one of the odder things on my bucket list, considering my proximity to Disney World growing up. After all is said and done, I remain firm in my opinion Epcot is the superior theme park. However, I finally got to ride the Indiana Jones ride after 22 years of waiting; my only regret is that I didn’t ride it twice.
Over the weekend we took a day trip to Santa Barbara. Our first stop was the Santa Barbara History Museum. There was one painting, Welcome to La Casa by W. H. D. Koerner we were taken with.
Later stopped off at a spot named Cebada Wine and drank our weight in 2012 Pinot Noir. Kim, the manager, was great to chat with and even ordered us a pizza. Lord knows we needed some food in our stomachs.
We wandered around for a bit before stumbling on some public pianos. In the midday wine drunk haze, we hopped on one and an impromptu performance of “Walls (Circus)” happened. If you are unfamiliar, it’s the greatest song ever written and you should listen to it on repeat, post-haste.
Still stings, by the way. Been doing a lot of Petty listening since he died last week. All the things have been written by all the people, so I’ll spare you a long massive by yours truly. I’ll just say the man’s music is one of the reasons I ever picked up a guitar in the first place. Growing up in Florida, I didn’t really have any local musical heroes to really look up to; Tom was the one who got out, and wrote a million perfect songs along the way. It was particularly heartening to see Gainesville honoring him the way they have this week.
Also: “Zombie Zoo” is a fucking underrated song.
There were other things listened to as well!
The new Liam Gallagher record is pretty enjoyable. More ballads and slower tunes than I expected, but the record is really growing on me pretty quickly—particularly “Chinatown”, and “Wall of Glass” is a fucking banger. Worth several spins, and far (far) better than that first Beady Eye record. Feels like our kid is really playing to his strengths this go around.
(Per equal time rules: the new Noel Gallagher song “Holy Mountain” is aces.)
There are also final mixes for our own record we’re listening to. Hope to get things moving on that end of things very soon; shit still needs to get mastered. The powers that be are excited, and I am excited. (I have heard reports of weeping; I am mostly confident they were tears of joy.)
I think I can divulge: one of the new tunes is set to show up in a film next year. In the event my divulgence should not have been divulged, I shall refrain from divulging any further information. This is what is called a “cliffhanger” in comic books, a medium I continue to study intensely. (FYI: at Amazing Spider-Man #205 and Spectacular #41.) [Edit: or maybe I can sort of divulge!]
At any rate, the monkey knife fight to pin down the album’s track order has already been scheduled. I may not make it out alive, so please avenge me.
Should we survive, rehearsals begin in a few weeks, and not a moment too soon. Dabbling in home improvement has not gone very well for me.
Will report back with shows asap… we’ve got some in the pipeline before year’s end!
Till next time, be well.
Have a kickass week.
Thank you for reading my blog post about our week of levity, but you won’t get away that easily, buckos. Some folks don’t have that luxury. Specifically: Puerto Rico still desperately needs our help.
We’ve gone with Unidos Por PR, but there are a number of great ones to go by. Feel free to namedrop any reputable charities in the comments. But—most importantly—let’s get off our asses and do something.