A Good Song Made Great by the Live Experience
People who know me know that my favorite band is a bunch of old British guys - Iron Maiden. I fell in love with them in 8th grade. I’ve seen them in concert 8 times. I wrote a paper on them in college. I once did a podcast on them, and I still (kinda) have a blog about them.
Anyway, this video above is from a 2009 Maiden movie, but the song is from a 1992 album. At the time, I didn’t love the song. I thought it was good, but it didn’t really connect with me. It wasn’t until I heard a live version of the song - and how the audience participates - that I finally felt something for the song.
It just goes to show that good can be made great if you have a band that knows how to put on a killer show.
If you don’t like Maiden, if you don’t like hard rock / metal, I urge you still to just give it a listen and see maybe a bit of what I see. What I see is thousands of people having as much fun as I’ve had doing the same thing when I’ve seen Maiden live.
Up the Irons.
My 2014 Oscar Picks
The Freedom To Do Nothing
For tonight’s Write Night I just want to take a few moments to talk about my big plans this weekend.
Nothing. I have nothing planned.
Early Saturday morning I am bringing my wife to the airport with her friend. They’re going down to visit my wife’s parents in Florida. From Saturday until I pick her up when she returns on Thursday it’s just me and the beagle.
And Monday and Tuesday off.
And lots of Netflix.
And the WWE Network.
I also plan on reading some books - both comic and non-comic form.
And I do have to get outside to take the dog out, so that at least ensures I get off the couch and see sunlight.
Plus I hope to get my brother hooked up with my old Roku, and bring my ill guitar to Guitar Center to get looked at. And help my mom with her new MacBook.
Okay, I guess I have some plans, but for the most part it will be me and Clay (the beagle boy) and Hulu and Netflix and….
No actually that’s about it. I may actually nap which rarely ever happens.
I will miss my wife a lot, but I know she’ll have a blast in the warm weather and me?
I’ll get by, somehow.
Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
I remember the first time I was aware of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was when I heard Marvel was making a movie called “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Yeah, was not aware of this property at all, but I am a big Chris Pratt fan, and when I heard about the other people involved (whether under heaps of make-up or just lending their voice) I thought maybe this could be something good.
Based on the trailer that premiered last night on Kimmell, I’d say I’m right. If you like Sci-Fi/Comic stuff, this look like it could be a fun one.
Familiar Faces at the end of The Walking Dead Tonight!
Spoilers kinda…..It took me a second to realize it, but there was something about the way those three people were standing at the end of tonight’s episode that make me say, wait a second something about this is familiar. Then I let out an audible “YES!” which made my friend feel better - because we all know how it usually ends when they meet people!
Welcome to the show Abraham, Eugene, and Rosalita. This trio was first introduced to the comic book in issue 53 back in October 2008 - back when I was still catching up via trade paperbacks.
Very excited to see where things go. As we migrated from the problem within (Shane) to the problem afar (the Governor) it’s time for the survivors to move to the next chapter in their ongoing struggle to simply stay alive….
And I can’t believe we have to wait another week to continue! Oh the humanity!!!
Very Happy To Have The Walking Dead Back
Last Sunday night marked the return of one of television’s best shows, The Walking Dead. This is the level of show that I make the drive over my friend’s house so we can watch it together.
And I get there at 9:15pm so we can start it late and breeze through the commercials.
And we realize at 9:16pm that he screwed up his DVR and we wouldn’t be watching.
Last Monday marked the return of one of television’s best show, The Walking Dead. Yes because of that dumb-dumb, I had to wait until Monday.
But that was okay with me because of how good the episode was.
Goodbye Locke and Key
It think it was summer 2011 when I first discovered Locke and Key. It was a podcast that used to be part of Geekshow Entertainment where I first heard about it. The hosts of the show, on multiple occasions, would talk about this brilliant and beautiful comic by Stephen King’s son.
It was around that time when I would visit my local library on a weekly basis to see what new trades they got into the comic book section. On one such visit, there was “Locke and Key” volume’s 1 and 2.
I was hooked.
Start Writing Fiction
Sometimes it just feels good to start writing something. I like the way it feels to get words out onto a screen. I like the way the keyboard clicks as my hands race across it. I never really learned how to type properly, but I feel like I can type almost as quickly as I can think so I must be doing something right.
Arrow is Quickly Becoming One of my Favorite Shows
I have to admit it - the CW is good at making comic book television. Sure, some people might say that not every episode of Smallville was fantastic - but it was still an epic (one of my favorite) television show that lasted 10 seasons and over 200 episodes.
And I think the CW has done it again.
Write Night Continues
Yup, that’s me.
My alarm went off at 9pm tonight with an alert: “Write Night.” I was in the middle of the latest episode of Arrow - maybe I can just take this night off.
Really? This is only the second one and I’m going to take it off? No.
I fired up the Chromebook and just made myself work on some creative writing. I want to write a book - I have a lot of it in my head, and I really like what I have. For years I’ve written blocks and rewritten parts over and over - so tonight I said the hell with it - let’s start over again.
So I started, and I went back to a first page I wrote in 2011, and I really liked it. So I copied/pasted into a new Google docs file - marked 2014, and I read it and rewrote much of it, taking out some stuff - adding some stuff in, and making it just - better I think.
I think this counts as a “Write Night” exercise. I just hope now this propels me to continue on this project. To be honest, I’d rather each week I update you that I wrote more of my story then just post another opinion blog. Sure, I want to keep doing those too - but if I had to choose, I’d choose the book.
I’m happy I did tonight.
My5: Five New Shows That I Actually Like
It’s Write Night everybody, and here I am exactly one week after I said i’d be here. I had another idea about what I’d post tonight, but that was more of a creative piece than an opinion piece - and well I lost track of time doing some work and….Here I am. I’ve decided to do another My5 this week - this time dealing with television and the five new shows (well knew a few months ago) that I actually like. I know these shows premiered a while ago, but it takes time to know whether or not you like a new show - and I think now is a good time I can actually give my opinion.
Welcome to “Write Night”
My dream is to be a published writer. I can’t do that if I don’t ever sit down and flush out the story in my head. I also love blogging - but I don’t do that nearly enough.
So I’m forcing myself.
With “Write Night.”
Welcome to the first ever Write Night. It’s exactly how it sounds. Each Thursday I write - something. I don’t care if it’s a blog post here or if it’s a short story, or a song, or the beginnings of the best novel ever written. I don’t care where it is or how long it is. I just need to push myself.
So I’m setting up a recurring event in my calendar prompting - begging - reminding me to write.
So you may see more posts here, or someday you may just see my names on a book store shelf, providing there are still things called “book stores” when I finally get my book out of my head an onto a page.
Oh, and this counts as writing so first “Write Night” is a success!
Anchorman 2: A Funny Movie, Just Not A Very Good One
I just got back from seeing Anchorman 2 tonight and I wanted to write a quick post on my immediate thoughts. The movie was funny. There were a lot of times I laughed. Some moments I really laughed. Some I smiled. Some I thought, I think I should’ve laughed there, and some where I looked over at my friend thinking, really?
But what do I want? For years I’ve been one of the people wanting an Anchorman sequel, and you have to figure there’s no way for it to be as good. They weren’t making something new, they were revisiting hilarious characters doing similar things that weren’t as original or as good.
But I did love all of the shark storyline. Some of the best stuff in the movie.
I wasn’t a fan of Kristen Wiig’s character really at all, and I usually really like her.
Honestly, for the most part I was laughing - and that was the important thing. Do I think this will be as quotable as the first? I doubt it. But then again I don’t remember how I felt after watching the first one that first time.
Maybe this WILL be the same thing and the more I watch it the more I grow to really like and maybe even love it.
For now I think that it was a sub-par movie with funny and hilarious moments in it - enough to overlook the parts that didn’t work for me.
And even though I’m being a bit negative about it - I’m sure I’ll be back in the theater if we ever see an Anchorman 3.
Funny. Not Great - but then again does it really need to be? Is that what they even were striving for?
Sometimes funny needs to be enough, and for me I would say that it was, but just barely.