My friend Jim McKelly was imploring me a while back to take a listen to a fairly new band he had discovered called Bright Eyes. Since, as he reminded me, he rarely insists that I go out and buy something he recommends, I ordered up two CDs, “Fever and Mirrors” and “Lifted, Or the Story is in the Soil.” I’ve spent more time with “Lifted,” which is how I feel when I listen to it. Lots of talent, brilliant lyrics and lots of them, and reminders of Lou Reed, Neil Young, the early Bruce Sprinsteen (think of the second album). Definitely worth checking out.
I spent the weekend seeing three performances of a play my fourth grade daughter was in at The College School. The play was called “The Magic in Giving” and was based a parable-like children’s book by Jeff Brumbeau calledThe Quiltmaker’s Gift. If you are not familiar with the book, it’s one that you’ll definitely want to put on the list to read to your kids. My obvious biases aside, I can’t remember when I’ve had a more fun and thoughtful time at the theater. It’s always good to consider the value we place on our own giving, something I struggle with every time someone tells me that I give way too much information and content away. There’s ultimately a place for capitalizing on our intellectual property, but, for me, there’s always been a magic in giving away useful information to help others.
Today is my birthday. The blog is really my birthday present to myself. The start of a trend in gift giving?
I learned a funny thing today about the blogging world. I started my blog yesterday with the equivalent of a “test” message and noticed that today already at least 3 other blogs had mentioned that my blog had reappeared.
It’s time to read the manual and figure out how to do a few things. A little bit of learning in public. I’m glad, though, if I can help people learn from my errors. I have to admit that there were times when I thought of naming this blog “All Typos Intended.”