Maui in December
Maui in December
Over the past ten school days, my friend Zach Smith (@zacharismith) and I have played a series of twenty-five shows in several different high schools all throughout Kelowna school district 23. We played at least two shows a day and sometimes three or more. It was a lot of fun and it was also incredibly tiring. I would like to thank:
- Rutland Middle
- Dr. Knox Middle
- Milkcrate Records
for having us. You guys (staff and students) were great and you made us feel so welcome. Thanks again for everything. I hope to be back again soon.
On the drive to (or maybe back from) Kamloops today.
Here’s the list of the last ten books that I read.
1. When You Are Engulfed In Flames - David Sedaris
I’m quickly becoming a fan of David Sedaris. I finished my last list of books with a Sedaris book and liked it so much I read this one straight after. He’s funny and poignant at the same time. He’s able to find and articulate deep meaning in the little moments of life. I’ll be reading more of his books for sure.
2. On Booze - F. Scott Fitzgerald
This little book is wonderful. Fitzgerald was an artist and an alcoholic who was plagued by his insecurities. It’s full of journal entries, short stories and letters to friends about his work and his struggles and his self-doubt. If you’ve ever poured yourself another glass to try to silence your demons, you’ll probably enjoy this book.
3. The Book Thief - Markus Zuzak
This is a sad book, but I really enjoyed it. The story takes place during World War II and is told from death’s or, The Grim Reaper’s perspective. As soon as I finished it I found out that it’s being made into a movie staring Geoffrey Rush. If you can, read it before the movie comes out. It’s a beautiful book.
4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Although it is well written, this was not a favorite of mine. It’s a book set in the 1960’s - 1970’s in Prague and focuses on four characters and their infidelities. It’s not exactly my cup of tea. But whenever I’m reading a book that I’m not enjoying I think of Yann Martel’s advice to Stephen Harper in, “What is Stephen Harper Reading?” where he makes the argument that it’s good for us to read things we don’t like sometimes. It helps us to avoid becoming narrow-minded. I agree.
5. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope - Ian Doescher
Yes, I am a Star Wars nerd. Yes, I like Shakespeare. Yes, this book actually exists. My friend Andy gave it to me as a gift. It’s literally “Star Wars: A New Hope” written in Shakespearean english. Not cool at all. …but awesome.
6. The Country of Marriage - Wendell Berry
I’ve read a lot of Wendell Berry’s poetry. It’s very good. Even if you don’t like poetry, I would still recommend checking it out. This was a good collection, but I still think “Leavings” is my favorite.
7. The Educated Imagination - Northrop Frye
This is a book for literature nerds. Frye asks, and answers the question, “What good is the study of literature.” I thoroughly enjoyed this. But when I tried talking to my friends about it, I was met mostly with blank stares or uninterested nods. Don’t be surprised if the same thing happens to you.
8. Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott
This is another great book. It was given to me by my friend Carissa. In this book, Lamott looks closely at the process of writing, the joy and dread that’s to be found within, and the life and struggles of the author. Although she was primarily discussing fiction/non-fiction I found a lot of what she said to be true of me and my attempt at writing lyrics. This is up there with “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg, or “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard (both were recommended to me by my friend Zaac Pick).
9. Mo’ Meta Blues - Ahmir “Questlove” Jenkins
A book by the drummer of The Roots about his life, his love of music, and his career in the music industry. I found this to be informative, funny and inspiring. I bought a couple of The Root’s album’s after reading this. I have a feeling I’m not the only one.
10. The Giver - Lois Lowry
I really like the premise of this book. A society where everyone has a role and fulfills it without question. Where feelings are to be felt and then discarded. Without giving too much away, a boy is handed the task of receiving memories from The Giver and he quickly learns about the “real world”. The book is really short and I thought it could have gone on for a while longer. A nice quick read though.
I decided to make a quick playlist for long walks in the fall.
James Blake’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s, “A Case of You”
Pomegranate. A favourite of mine.
The forest floor.