Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I know that when some of you read my blog you are probably thinking what in the schitzo is this kid on. Well if you have thought that, that is rude. JK. I usually only post on this thing if there is something that pops into my mind and need to get it off my chest and don't quite know who to talk to that will get the proverbial it, and hope that someone who views this will be like, "what the schitzo? I get it!"
1. I dig sunsets. I dig sunrises even more but due to a need of sleep, sightings of these are rarer than a lib at BYU. Let me explain. . . about why I dig sunsets, not about libs and BYU, I am laying low off politics until something outrages me enough to post an apologetic tyraid of my own politco philosophy.
2. Back to the point at hand: Sunsets/rises are one of the great equalizers in our society. I derive this partially from one of my favorite books, The Outsiders and partially to my own thought. If you have read this book or seen the movie you may remember how Ponyboy and Cherry and later how Pony and Johnny talk about sunsets. During Pony and Cherry's discussion Ponyboy talks about how he likes to watch sunsets. After ranting about all the breaks rich kids get Cherry says something like, "Pony things are tough all over." Ponyboy disagrees and she asks, "Can you see the sunset on the southside?" Pony replies, "yeah." As she leaves she says, "Yeah, you can see them real good from the north side too." Later on in the narrative you have on the run criminals Pony and Johnny hiding out in an old abandoned church in the country on a hill. One morning they wake up early and see the sunrise. It is the first time Johnny has ever taken the time to notice one. He says that it is golden. Then Pony recites a poem by Robert Frost, that to this day after reading this book so many times I have memorized:
Natures first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold
Her early leaf a flower
But only for an hour
Then leaf setside to leaf
And so Eden sank to grief
As dawn goes down today
Nothing gold can stay.
3. As sad as it is, these moments of the true granduer of God are fleeting and are at an apex for such a limited amount of time that it is so easy in the hustle and bustle of modern day life to miss it. That is what makes Johnny's request of Pony at the end of the book to stay gold so poignant because the ability to stay gold is so universal, so tangible, but so often and easily missed that one needs to be reminded that "things are tough everywhere," but the ability to overcome lies in all if we allow it to. If we choose to stay gold.
4. I have not been to a lot of places in my life but the few places that I have been are tantamountably different. One common theme in all is that they all have killer sunsets/sunrises. Whether it is watching the sunrise over a snowcapped Mt. Ogden from under a blanket on my parents deck to watching the sunrise over Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago. Or watching it set over the cornfields of Indiana,or from the twelth floor of a fenced off balcony of a housing project in the inner city, or watching it set over a lake in the serene mountains oustide of Cedar the common theatric visage is possible to see everywhere. Echoing the true physiognomy of God, that he is there and the silenced plea to stay golden, to endure well, is echoed in the chromatic hues so effortlessly spread across the sky.
5. So sunrises, the one thing that we all got to remind us to keep on keepin on. If you are in Alaska I am aware that there are times that it stays sunny all day long so attatched are some pictures that I have taken to help remind you of what I just went a little overboard explaining.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Here it is finally. The complete September '08 soundtrack finished and ready for your listening pleasure. Because I enjoy procrasitnating studying I found time to create the playlist for you down at the bottom of the screen so now you can listen to my September '08 playlist. Hope you enjoy it. I know I do. Thats what she said.
- "Just Stand Up" -Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Natasha Beddingfield, Leona Lewis, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, Rihanna, Ashanti, Ciara, Keisha Cole, Fergie, and a few others. Awesome colaboration song about fighting cancer. Also a good pick me up song. Here is a part thar sticks out to me, "The heart is stronger than you think, It’s like it can go through anything. And even when you think it can’t it finds a way to still push on, though Sometimes you want to run away, Ain’t got the patience for the pain And if you don’t believe it look into, your heart the beat goes on I’m tellin’ you that,
Things get better, Through whatever. If you fall, dust it off, don’t let up"
- "Vindicated" - Dashboard Confessional. Explains a few things in my life so well. " I am Vindicated. I am selfish I am wrong. I am right, I swear I'm right. I swear I knew it all along. And I am flawed ... But I am cleaning up so well. I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself." In my life there have been a few people who have, even at my worst moments tried to make me feel good about myself. I am now just beginning to clean up so well - you know trying to come into my own again. Its hard but I will pull through.
- "Wake Up Call" - Hayden Panetierre. Basically only on because I heard it on a commercial she is doing for Candy's and I kinda liked it but needed to hear more of it. I am beginning to think that I just liked watching her in the commercial. Just a generic pop song.
- "So What" - Pink. I appreciate her honesty and she has a cool voice. It is just her newest song.
- "She Had it All" - Panic At the Disco. This is sort of a trippy song from Panic's latest album but it is really catchy if you listen to it more than once. I really like it. You will think it is weird at first but let it run through a few times.
- "Almost Lover" - A Fine Frenzy. I am not going to lie....I saw/heard this on an episode of the Hills. It explains a lot about my old dating life. Sigh.
- "Landslide" - Smashing Pumpkins. The best version of the song. Followed by the Dixie Chicks version.
- "Stolen" - Dashboard. I was in a Dashboard mood at the beginning of this month so there is another song as well by them on this list.
- There's Hope" - India.Arie. The reason I love her in song form. Also reminds me that I need to just be happy with what I have.
- "Pieces of Me" - Ashlee Simpson. I know what you are thinking, did he just turn into a 14 year old girl? No, it is just a good song.
- "Sugar We're Going Down Swinging" - Fall Out Boy. Their best song.
- "Dark Blue" - Jacks Mannequin. Cool song.
- "I'm gonna Find Me Another You." -John Mayer. Who would have known he could sing the blues like that. Awesome break up song.
- "Screaming Infedelities" - Dashboard. I was just in the mood to hear a lot of them.
- "California" - Phantom Planet. This was the theme song to the O.C. I never watched it but I am told I should. Awesome song that makes me want to go back to Cali.
- "Pressure" - Paramore. Alright song from an alright group.
- "Listen" - Beyonce. Wow this song proves that Beyonce can SANG. That is ghetto for someone who can sing really good. Everyonce and a while I will question my love for her and then I listen to this song and it makes me fall in love with her all over again.
- "If I Fail" - Cartel. One of my favorite newer bands. Not my favorite song by them but it is awesome.
- "Dreaming With A Broken Heart" - John Mayer. Probably his best song....ever.
Monday, September 15, 2008
This weeks opening skit was the best SNL has produced in years.
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Pohler as Hillary Clinton
Posted by B-radley at 12:05 PM
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This may not be the most interesting post to some people but my friend Christa had me watch this last night on Countdown with Keith Oldermann on MSNBC. For his special comment he talked about how September 11, 2oo1 has become a trademark for the republican party using it to entice fear to gain support. In order to not ruin the greatness of his speech here it is via YouTube. Before you watch this I want to put out a disclaimer that by me posting this I do not mean to offend anyone, this is not a personal attack on anyone's political beliefs but rather a subject that I think needs to be discussed. September 11, 2001 was the most traumatic day in the life most Americans and the politicization of that day is a sad sad thing.
Posted by B-radley at 11:12 AM