“If you asked me last year where I saw myself in a year, I could quickly tell you that this wasn’t it. Everything I am right now is nothing like I thought I would have been. The way things are in general are nothing like I thought they would be. To see people I couldn’t live without last year walk away from my life & become strangers, to see people that were once strangers, mean more than the world to me. Seeing time fly by in the blink of an eye & feeling like nothing ever changes. Feeling like everything has stayed the same throughout these days, yet looking back at where I was around this exact time last year, & everything, different.”—(via sleeplessinmyhead)
“The taxi driver likes his rhythm, never likes the stops”
Not too many people outside of Canada know about The Hip. I was one of them, until a few months ago when a friend told me to check them out. It’s been a while since I arranged a rock song, and so I was excited to tackle this piece head on, and introduce you guys to something different, too.
The violins are aggressive, the vibraphones take the place of the acoustic guitar, and the brass are front and center to pay tribute to the single off their 1989 debut album Up To Here.
And that’s what I learned through this song. That there is so much out there that I don’t know about, and it’s the discovery of new things sometimes 20 years later - either through friends, or websites, or random shows - that makes art so awesome. It’s not just the product that makes it unique, it’s the whole experience.
When I was younger I remember driving to Full Circle Records, my local (and now defunct) CD store, every day after school. The owner Mike introduced me to so much music that’s it’s a big reason I’m a musician today. I skipped classes to hang out there all afternoon, I spent every last dollar I had in that place, and I met so many interesting musicians during that time.
Discovery was what made music so interesting, it’s what made the personal connection so authentic, and it’s what made that store so special to me.
So to relive that experience was nostalgic, and I was excited to capture that in this arrangement. It felt good to rock out again.
OFFER YOUR GUEST TEA AS SOON AS THEY ARRIVE - GIVE THEM THE LARGER MUG, BECAUSE THEN THEY CAN HAVE MORE TEA IN IT, AND MORE TEA IS BETTER - OFFER THEM MORE TEA AS SOON AS THEY HAVE FINISHED THEIR MUG OF TEA, BECAUSE MORE TEA IS BETTER.
IF SOMEONE LOOKS STRESSED, OFFER TO MAKE THEM TEA. IF SOMEONE LOOKS UPSET, OFFER TO MAKE THEM TEA. IF SOMEONE LOOKS TIRED, OFFER TO MAKE THEM TEA. IF SOMEONE HAS JUST COME IN FROM THE RAIN, OFFER TO MAKE THEM TEA. IF SOMEONE HAS JUST RECEIVED BAD NEWS, OFFER TO MAKE THEM TEA. IF YOU ARE WATCHING TV WITH SOMEONE AND THERE IS AN ADBREAK, OFFER TO MAKE THEM TEA. IF YOU ARE MAKING YOURSELF TEA, OFFER TO MAKE EVERYONE ELSE TEA.
IF SOMEONE IS NOT CURRENTLY HOLDING A MUG OF TEA, DOUBLE CHECK THAT THAT IS AN INTENTIONAL STATE OF AFFAIRS, AND THEY DO NOT, IN FACT, WANT A CUP OF TEA.
Forgot the rule about if someone receives good news, offer to make them tea.
If the day ends in d-a-y, offer to make tea.
If there is a break in the conversation, offer to make tea.