Monday, January 10, 2011

christmas break creeps towards its end...well sort of.


 -This blog is dedicated to Mikael Akerfeldt and how much I've listened to his music lately-

   Well I knew this week would come, but I can say I am honestly satisfied with the christmas break I experienced these past weeks.  I attended roughly 4-5 christmas parties and also some New Year parties also.  I even had the chance to help out Anna with babysitting on New Years and just the thought of that night is fucking exhausting.  Besides a couple bad nights, I was a pretty satisfied person each day I woke up and realized I did not have class.  I was very excited for the 27 day break that I have been enduring and still am.  
   Through all the time I have spent with my own family and also Anna's family, I still made some time to learn new music and write some new riffs, lyrics, etc.  I started to learn a lot of Radiohead and by the heading of my post, lots of Opeth.  I purchased a bass effects pedal awhile back, and realized a new electric guitar is needed.  If my pedal sells, I will soon have a PRS SE in my possession.  It is a PRS SE and features a very groovy logo on it.  Now, if I was playing shows and "gigging" all the time, I may not buy this guitar just because I think too many people have a shallow frame of mind and would consider me a poser.  I am not playing live much, so for my own personal use this guitar is outstanding.  The features on this SE are far above any other SE's, and it even looks more professional in my opinion.  The sound, feel, and look of this thing will suit me greatly for many years.  I hope to have this guitar soon.
   I dedicated this post to a certain artist, one who is not as popular in the united states (yes i left that un capitalized for a reason) but is gaining popularity quickly.  Mikael Akerfeldt is the frontman for the Swedish progressive metal band Opeth.  I started listening to this group in high school & have been an avid fan for many years.  They really have a unique sound. My roots are in metal so that side of the band appeals to me but lately (the past year) I have dabbled into slower, more melodic music (often acoustic tracks) and that side of the band is simply phenomenal.  
   Mikael is into a lot of acoustic songwriters, and that sort of shows in a vast amount of the groups material.  So when I was to hear some low, evil growls with heavy guitars in the background I can turn on songs like The Moor or Moonlapse Vertigo. However, when I am in the acoustic/groovy melodic shit mood I can turn on tracks like Hope Leaves, Patterns In The Ivy, Benighted, Harvest, Still Day Beneath The Sun, Windowpane, and dozens more.  This group (and Mikael himself) really have a place in my musical "heart" and keep me going in my everyday life. 
   Anyone who reads my posts knows I always leave songs to check out (sometimes video clips) and this week/near future I suggest checking out some of these songs.  They can really relax you, and if you are into an out of body music experience, they can often seem even more appealing.  Besides the music, I have been spending time at my parents house hanging out with my family, and I plan to leave tomorrow.  I had a trip through a white, blizzardy, 50mph wind hell from Shakopee to Westbrook.  At one point, I got out to go to the bathroom and was wind burned after only 20 seconds of exposure.  It was insane driving through that weather, and of course when you get stuck behind other drivers who frankly are going too fucking slow, it drives you crazy.  Passing is obviously no option, so I suggest buying a pack of cigarettes to accompany your frustration.  I highly doubt the trip back to wisconsin will be as bad as my trek "down south" so I am pretty excited for the drive.  If I don't post in the next few weeks, I think it is safe to say my predictions were off by a longshot.  just a brief look inside the mind of another city kid.

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