Thursday, January 25, 2007

This Year's Model

Good Evening Blogizens!
We spent a holiday party at a friend's and I spent most of the afternoon
taking pictures of their four children. They're all kind handsome, charismatic
kids, but their daughter Teagan just steals my heart.
She's one of those quiet, dark Irish beauties that speaks with her eyes.
Just gorgeous. Though I think the sketch came out nice- it does her no justice.
Anyways- I wanted to open up the comment board to something cool.
My old bandmate Jimmy sends me a list every year of his co-workers'
Music Polls- Basically a top ten of the best shit you've heard this year.
You should list them in order of relevance.
I was invited to post mine this year and here's what I came up with:

1) Gnarls Barkley , St. Elsewhere
2) Beck, The Information

3) Sean Lennon, Friendly Fire

4) Keane, Under The Iron Sea
5) The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
6) The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
7) John Legend, Once Again
8) Snow Patrol, Eyes Open

9) Lily Allen, Alright, Still

10) Wolfmother, Wolfmother

But I recently heard the Hold Steady album "Boys and Girls in America"-
and think it probably bumps Wolfmother off the list.
Normally bands that get Springsteen comparisons are
not my cup of Teagan, but the sing-along lyrical brilliance
and the bombastic anthemic rock are hard to resist.
Worth a listen.
So lads & lasses- Did I forget anyone? Feel Industrious?
Why not drop your top ten albums of '06 in my comment box-
Give us something to talk about...

P.S.- If the Shins had released their latest three weeks ago i,t would've been
in the top 5 fer shure. "Wincing the Night Away" dropped this week.
Lovely stuff....

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Baby Blues

Happy New Year!
Long time, no blog...
It's been a hectic month- McKenna was hit in her left eye
at school two weeks ago. Some kid tossed his baseball cap
in her direction and the brim hit her right in the eyeball.
It was a pretty serious injury, according to the eye specialist
the hospital referred us to. There was hemorrhaging and pressure
behind the pupil and she had to take three different forms of
eyedrops four times daily. She had to wear this really weird
metal eyepatch with holes punched through it that reminded me
of the Spiderman mask from the 70's T.V. series with the Von Trapp kid.
On top of that, he put her on bedrest, so she couldn't attend school
for the rest of the week, which meant Michele and I had to alternate
days off to stay home with her. It was a draining experience for all.
I'm happy to report that she's doing much better now.
I don't know what I'd do without those baby blues.
Just one of those moments in life where you cry a little and hold your breath a lot.


P.S.- Good Luck to anyone who is forced to keep a 7 year old on "bedrest"....Indeed!

P.S.S.- Breaking in a fine new sketchbook given to me for Christmas by my co-worker
"El" smells of leather and rich's quite pungent!
Doesn't it just waft through the monitor?