Looking Forward to Things

I am looking forward to next week. Spring Break. Everyone will be at the beach or skiing in Colorado or some other thing that rich kids do. I will be in my basement, finishing three important recordings for Ocean City. I’ve sat around for a while, just kind of dreaming and speculating about making music. Now it’s time for me to really get on the ball.

Hopefully I’ll be doing an amateur photo shoot here on campus to update my image. I’ve been thinking of different outfits I could wear, and my roommate has reluctantly agreed to be my camera guy. One more class and then I’m going to shower and make myself look presentable. I’m thinking three different outfits, just to get a decent range of looks. I’m not big on people taking my picture.

I also really need to lose some weight. My roommate and I went to the gym once, but then our plans of going all the time just didn’t happen. I need to go more if I’m going to fulfill some of my new years resolutions. I want to be healthy.

I can’t shake the feeling that this year is going to be big for me. I wouldn’t want to shake it. As a musician, I’m ready to focus on music (and school, obviously). You can’t stop chasing your dreams, and mine is to one day be famous for what I do. I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.

I’ll keep you posted.

It’s Been A While

It’s been a while since my last blog post. I don’t know if I’ve been busy or if I just didn’t feel like blogging. No one reads this anyway. It’s mostly for me. I guess I haven’t needed it in a while. The link just sits there, unclicked, in Internet Explorer (oh yes I use IE). I figured today was a good day to throw some updates on the internet.

I’ve been focusing on music a lot lately. I haven’t necessarily been making a lot of it, just listening. Soaking it in. Figuring out who I want to be as a musician. I still don’t know. I just want to make music. But that’s not a bad notion. I’ve got a new website. I don’t know if I’ve posted that yet, but I’ve got new songs on the way.

I spend a lot of time at work. It doesn’t feel like I’m only a part-time employee. I feel like I’m there all the time. But it’s only about 25 hours a week. It’s challenging to work and go to school. I pull it off though.

There’s not a whole lot going on right now. Just a whole lot of thinking and planning. I’ll keep you posted.

2014: A New Me

I know one thing: 2014 means a whole new series of blog posts. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, thank you. I appreciate your interest. To be honest, though, this blog was more for me than anything. I like talking to myself and having other people hear. It makes me feel good.

Right now, I’m sitting on a bench on the second floor of the Catlett Music Building at the University of Oklahoma. I’m here for two classes: Experiencing Music, which just ended, and a Vocal Class for non-music majors, which starts in about an hour. To be honest though, sitting here is this amazing building full of musicians and performers, I wish I was a music major.

This year holds a lot of possibilities for me musically. Tomorrow, I’m performing a few songs on Oklahoma LIVE! (The exclamation is part of the title of the show. I’m excited, but not excited enough for all caps and an exclamation point.) And, although nothing may come of this, one of the producers of the Fuse TV network wants to see my performance tomorrow. I’m a little nervous, but excited for the performance. It’s my first major show since the Hard Rock in Louisville.

I have a wardrobe that’s a little more full now, having brought some of my trendier clothes from home in preparation of playing more shows or having more events that I need to look good for. I’ve upgraded from just t-shirts to outfits with more buttons and zippers. Overshirts, trendy jackets, etc. The wardrobe in my dorm is packed. Luckily someone gave me some hangers yesterday.

This year feels like the year.

GOALS FOR 2014
1. Play more shows/get more recognition for my songs
2. Lose some weight (10-20 pounds)
3. Record a full-length album
4. Run a full mile without stopping (don’t laugh, I am extremely out of shape)
5. Run/walk a 5K (I don’t care if I’m dead last, this is happening)
6. Write a novel
7. Crochet a blanket
8. Write a new song every month
9. Listen to Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500 songs of all time
10. Learn to skateboard

Some of the goals may seem strange, but they’re my goals. I’ve set the bar high for this year, and I’m ready to face any challenges.

I’ll keep you posted.

The Little Things (Where Will The Nuts Go?)

After work a couple of days ago I drove through McDonalds and got a chicken sandwich and some fries, and as I was driving off I almost burned my mouth on some extremely fresh fries. But I didn’t care, really. They were good fries. In that moment I started thinking that the little things really are what make life good. Hot fries, a warm hoodie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being available for free on YouTube. Life is good for a million different reasons and more.

Sometimes big things happen too. You find the one you love. You get to hold the attention of a big crowd. You make a lot of money. These things are nice, but in the long run, little things are much more abundant and can make you feel just as good.

With November being a month of thankfulness, I’m thankful for a lot of things. Something I’m not thankful for, however, is the playing of Christmas music at Shoe Carnival on November 13. It’s still November. Frosty and Rudolph can wait until we’ve had our fill of turkey. It’s not quite time to lug the dusty tree box up the stairs (or down the stairs if you have an attic) and spend the afternoon trying to balance out the ornaments. We can wait until after Thanksgiving, can’t we?

Unfortunately, all of the music got me into a Christmas-y mood. It feels like it won’t be long before I’m in the E-town mall, slightly hot from carrying my coat around, and trying to avoid the temptation of the roasted nuts that they sell for about 10 bucks a cup somewhere by the food court. Come to think of it, they put a pretzel place right where that nut place used to go. So… where will the nuts go?

I’ll keep you posted.

Ocean City in FIAT Band Prix

Update: Ocean City did not win, but it was a lot of fun to participate. Thanks for all of your awesome support.

Ocean City in FIAT Band Prix

My band Ocean City is participating in the FIAT Band Prix competition. I need your vote! You can help me out by going to the FIAT page, liking the page, and downloading Ocean City’s song “Go.” It’s free music, and an awesome opportunity.

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The Shoe Carnival Squirrel

The Shoe Carnival Squirrel

This squirrel shows up at Shoe Carnival here in Nompton (Norman, OK) almost every night. It runs around outside and we feed it nuts and whatnot. One time it even got in the store, jumped around and drank out of a Starbucks cup. We’re starting to really grow fond of this squirrel.

Narrowly Escaping Death on the Crosswalk (& Other Goings On)

So, the one thing about college life that really bothers me for no reason at all is that no one waits for the crosswalk light. Sometimes it’s because there are absolutely no cars for miles and it’s ridiculous to wait that long. I’ll wait. I don’t care. Standing at crosswalks waiting for the light to turn is one of those mundane things that I enjoy being a part of. Other times, there are cars. Sure, at 25 mph you’re not likely to be hit or even injured if you do get hit. But that doesn’t mean you can roll through on your bike. Just wait. You’ll get there on time. You have a bike. People do it on foot too. That’s life though. People narrowly escape death on crosswalks. It happens.

I’m looking to start a new club, Music Production Club, here on the OU campus. Unfortunately, in my freshman ignorance, I scheduled the first interest meeting on the Saturday of homecoming. Oops. No one showed. However, I did get an email from a guy named Parker, who is interested in the club and didn’t see the flyer until after the non-existent meeting. Maybe Parker will be a co-founder. I need some help spreading the word. Anyway, more updates to come on MPC. It’s still in the beginning stages.

Speaking of music… It’s extremely difficult to record in a college dorm. The quietest room I could find had a low-frequency hum from the AC unit. I’ve settled for recording bass and everything else I don’t have to be quiet for. My long term goal is to finish my album, but it would also be awesome to not have to because I land a record deal or something like that. I can dream. I’m currently trying to play some shows in local venues, specifically the Riverwind Casino. Maybe if I get the gig I’ll try my hand at some Blackjack.

Bad Grandpa. It’s a good movie, regardless of the crude humor. Some would debate that the humor wasn’t to the usual “Jackass” franchise standards. I though it was heartwarming and hilarious. If you like a decent movie with some “oh-that-was-just-too-far” kind of humor then I would definitely recommend it.

Overall, life is good. Work is good, although my GM is moving to a different job entirely and a few other people are quitting or taking other jobs. That’s life at Shoe Carnival. People don’t stay there forever. But I like it there, and I’ll probably be there for the next 4 years or so. Unless it closes in 2 years when the building lease is up… We’ll see. I’ll get a job working night shift at 7/11 if that happens.

I’ll keep you posted.

Movie Night

So I just got back from watching Iron Man 3 at the student union with my roommate. Second time I’ve seen that movie and it was still awesome. Iron Man rocks. The only downside is that every time I see Robert Downey, Jr. onscreen I feel like I need to work out more. Maybe I will start working out more. There is a gym here…

A lot has happened since I last blogged. I had my first psychology test and have been scootering around campus on my brand new scooter. I’ve got to say, scooters are probably the most awesome form of transportation on campus. People try to pretend they’re lame, but in the end no one can deny that they’re cool. Especially mine, because it has giant blue wheels.

I’ve got quite a few goals that I’m beginning to realize now that I’ve gotten used to the initial rush of college. Grades are, of course, first and foremost on my list of priorities, but there are other things I want to accomplish, mainly musically. I’ve got two albums that I put on hold temporarily, but I really want to get those back on track and finished. Starts With An ~L~ and Ocean City both have a full-length album in the works, and I really want to make an effort to wrap them both up.

Work and school are both going well. Time to work on adding music to the mix.

I’ll keep you posted.

First Day of Actual Work

So tonight was the first night I had to put some effort in to my homework, but it’s been a good second week.

The only true disappointment I’ve had so far has been my scooter being lost in the mail. UPS says it’s here, but it’s not here. There’s not even an option on their customer service line to talk to anyone or report a claim. I’m not happy with UPS. I am, however, happy with Amazon. They sent out a replacement even though the scooters are on back order and issued a $10 store credit. So everything will be okay. But I will find out what happened to the first scooter. I will.

Today I had an interview for the Oklahoma Daily (student newspaper) about my work as a singer/songwriter and the Hard Rock Rising competition, which was a cool. The interview was short and to the point, but my interviewer typed and looked at me at the same time which was pretty cool and a little strange at times.

I like everything about college except for the people that leave the lecture before it’s over. The next person I see leaving early is getting punched in the face. (Not really, but we’ll see.) The best thing is catching breakfast at 10:30 after my first class. At that point there are only like 5 people in the cafeteria and the food is still somewhat fresh. It’s nice.

Once my scooter gets here I think I’ll be having a pretty good time.

I’ll keep you posted.

End of Week One

So yesterday was the last day of my very first week of college. It was also my first full week in Oklahoma and my first work week at the Norman Shoe Carnival. Things are going smoothly, and I’ve started falling into a nice routine for classes. Yesterday I got to work and back to the dorm without using MapQuest. I felt pretty accomplished.

I’ve noticed a couple of things about the OU campus.
1) All the girls wear giant t-shirts and short shorts, which looks weird. If it wasn’t already a popular fashion, I believe that people would get made fun of for dressing like that.
2) We have an unnecessary crosswalk speaker that says “Wait…wait…wait…WALK SIGN IS ON!” This is a cool feature for people that cannot see the signs or need the audible signal, but I think that instead of an automated voice we should pay someone to stand out there and say it out loud.

A lot of people ride around campus on stylish long boards or on bikes. Not me. By Tuesday I will have received a super-awesome Razor A5 Lux push scooter. I am going to be scooting my way around campus. People will be jealous.

Today I’ve got to buy one more text book and take my roommate to a laundromat. Maybe after that I’ll catch a movie. I really want to see Kick-Ass 2. We’ll see. It’s a college weekend.

I’ll keep you posted.

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