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Discovering Joy Williams’ Venus


I’ve had the pleasure, in my life, of being surrounded by wonderful musicians. Instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters—I’ve known a bunch. One of my very best friends is an electronic music genius who goes by the name Travelogue. Another good friend of mine and former roommate is singer/songwriter Tyrone Wells. He’s amazingly talented. And that’s just a couple of examples. When I think of the people I know who make amazing music just in their spare time (I’m looking at you, Erick), it boggles my mind.

Unfortunately, my musical talents are not that great. I wouldn’t call myself a music aficionado  or claim to have any particularly refreshing insights about the art form. And sadly, I haven’t followed the music scene much in the past several years. You will probably hardly ever see me post about music. But I recently decided to try out Apple’s new streaming music service because (a) it’s free for three months and (b) I’ve missed music being a part of my life lately. Apple Music allows me to browse pretty much anything out there and discover stuff that wasn’t on my radar before. In that spirit, I stumbled across Joy Williams’s new solo album, Venus. And I’m kind of in love with it. Continue reading Discovering Joy Williams’ Venus

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I


I don’t care who you are, if you’re unaware of Suzanne Collins’ young adult series, The Hunger Games, and its impact on popular culture, you might want to move out of that one-room shack in the woods. Even my 75 year-old father has read (and enjoyed) the series. I’m a huge fan myself and even go so far as to wear a mockingjay pin on my coat. Which is why, this weekend, I couldn’t wait to go see the third installment of the movie series: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I.

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