Gone To Inspiration Point

I’m not sure what the time stamp will say when I finally post this but I’m writing this on Sunday evening after one of the best weekends I have had in a long time. It was a long weekend, I’ve been working very hard lately and I was feeling pretty wrecked so I took Friday off from work.  This means my weekend started on Thursday night and ends with this blog post.  Somewhere in between leaving work Thursday and sitting down to write this I found something important: a new sense of purpose and energy.  I don’t know quite how it happened but I’m not going to argue with it either. I’m going to just going to thank the people who played a part in it and then get to some work I’ve been putting of for too long.

The thank you list is as follows:

The Dirtbombs – On Thursday night my wife and I kicked off our weekend with a trip to The Echo in LA to see the Dirtbombs who rocked our faces off.

James Rocchi – James is a good friend of mine and frequent partner in rock shows, trips to 8oz. Burger Bar and good conversation.  James joined my wife and me in most of these endeavors this weekend.

Shana, Jessica & Friends – While they mistook me for The Man in the Orange Hat when I ran into them this weekend they were very kind to me after they mix up was over.  They are local super geniuses that I hope to see again very soon.

My friend Kerry – Kerry keeps a low profile, hence no link.  He’s a good friend and as good a man as you’ll find in this life or any other.  He joined me for some music on Friday night.

Joel Hugman – Actor, musician and all around good guy who took the time to find me in a crowd on Friday night AND joined my wife and I in the chat room of our weekly show.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – In less than 48 hours I saw them twice and they were great both times.  I can’t say enough good things about these guys.  The band absolutely killed it, first on Friday night and again at a Sunday afternoon matinee.  In addition, Ted Leo himself was kind enough to stop and say hello to my wife and I before Sunday’s show.  I doubt he will read this but in case he does: Thanks Ted, you and the Rx are incredible.  I can’t wait to see all of you again.  The new stuff sounded amazing, looking forward to the next record.

Tom Scharpling – It’s a well-known fact that I respect and admire the work of writer and Best Show on WFMU host Tom Scharpling. I am a big fan of his work so I was excited to discover that he was also attending the Ted Leo & The Pharmacists shows this weekend and thankful for the chance to meet him.  Mr. Scharpling, you are as kind and generous with your time as you are inspiring.  Thanks for taking the time to speak to my wife and me.

For the record I went on at length about meeting Tom during our live chat show, an archived version of which can be found here.  While I’m at it thanks to everyone who took the time to watch us live and in the archives.

JenHen – While we were waiting for the Sunday matinee, my wife and I met Jen who was an absolute delight.  Thanks for rocking with us today.

My wife Nina – As you may know my wife works very hard but she took time out of our schedule to dance with me, rock with me, dine with me and help me talk to strangers. She is the best thing in my life and the reason for all of the good things in my life. I love her more than I can ever hope to put into words.

I’m sure I’m leaving some people out, I apologize but it’s been a very eventful few days.  Now that the weekend has come to a close I feel recharged and ready to take on some very big challenges that I’ve been unable to tackle to this point.  I’m not sure why, but I feel like I need to turn this positive energy into forward momentum.  I need to get back to writing and to try to get some long in the works projects going.  Now is the time to get things done.  I’m off to work.



Filed under Life of BetheBoy, Music Nerdery

14 responses to “Gone To Inspiration Point

  1. I’m jealous. Yes, I spent the weekend up north and had a wonderful time, but I’m still jealous.

  2. Tag

    Man, I haven’t had a weekend like that since SXSW 2006 (just realizing I have missed 3 SXSW’s in a row. fuck.)

    Stoked to hear you are doing well! Since being relieved of my day job, I have had to reevaluate several things and have had a similar sense of positive energy.

    I look forward to more killer writing brother!

  3. man that sounds like a weekend straight out of the year i was 25. awesome. and you and nina are just so cute together. you kill me!

  4. There are few things in life that are more enjoyable and fulfilling than seeing a favorite musician or band perform live, in my little ‘ole opinion. I feel so lucky and spoiled to be here in L.A. where there are so many great opportunities to do so and in such wonderful intimate venues.

  5. Sounds a bit better than my weekend which consisted of writing a talk and watching about a dozen episodes of 30 Rock.

  6. Glad you had such a great weekend!!

  7. Kerry

    I loved getting to see you and the lovely Nina, to bask in the Echo Park vibe, to get my ears ringing at a rock show and to feel the thrill of a tight, fast and cerecral rock band. What’s next?

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