The influence you have on people that you will never know… This is what I live for.– TK
Well its day 3 in the studio and I’m having a blast! We got in on sunday around lunch, I set up, changed heads, tuned, and sound checked drums. Aaron arrived around 3 and we hit the ground running. We managed to finish all drums that evening! It was such a crazy experience to have such an accomplished drummer come in the studio and work together with me on parts to make the best possible drum tracks for the record. I’m so happy with how it all turned out. It was so crazy to play a drum part and have Aaron come in and say that he loved it… but i have to admit there were a few times he came in and said, “Never play that again…EVER.” Haha, But, overall It was a great experience being able to work with him. I can’t wait for this record to release. 4.3.12 We still have a ton of work to do left on the record, so better get back to work! I have to say I’m most excited to record tambourine probably thursday or friday! #GodisGood
So I figured I should probably write a blog, and now that I made it back to Maryland I’ve found a little time. Let me fill you in on some recent events so you know where I’m coming from to better understand my perspective. Over Christmas break I started hanging out with old friends. It was great to see everyone. Then I drove 21 hours back to Maryland to get ready for this new record and get ready for the new year. I’m slightly sleep deprived at this point, and sitting on a bench in a mall in towson md, while Jordan and jillian are shopping. As people walk by I can’t help but think what they are doing in their life’s to get them to where they are now. I guess it’s a form of people watching that I do all the time. It’s so nice to have time to sit back and collect your thoughts and even write them down. Anyway, back to people watching. There’s so many different types of people out there, do you think it’s possible for certain types of people to be more compatible with other types of people? Or does the situation make all the difference? You hear all the time about finding the love of your life at work, is that because people are actually compatible or is it just because they work together? I’m trying hard to gather all my thoughts before writing them down, so bare with me. If two people fall in love because they are compatible does that make it different then falling in love because they like each others company? In other words is there more then one way to fall in love? Yes there’s lust and obviously that’s not love, yes there’s the basic understanding of each other and that’s not love, yes you have life just work out together but is that love? …pause… Ok I’m not sitting in a basement watching lord of the rings so yes naturally I figured it’s a good time to start blogging again… Unpause Maybe it’s a combination of more then one form of love? What if in order to truly be in love you have to have all of them, some we probably don’t even understand. It’s a weird thing… So does that mean its possible to be in love without being 100% in love? It’s weird to think about. And maybe you don’t need them all to be 100% in love.
So… what do you do when you find someone that seems to have all the types of love and is compatible in every way? Holy cow what the heck am I even blogging about. Weird as junk. anyway. New record comes out in April check it out. Peace.
I never thought people would be asking me to blog cause they like reading my stuff so much… Lol kinda flattering. I suppose I should blog one more time before the year 2011 comes to an end.
There were lots of ups and downs this past year. God works in ways I don’t think I’ll ever understand. For the most part this year was probably the best year so far! Got to travel a bunch, went on tour for months, moved to baltimore, made a bunch of new friends, and became better friends with the friends I already had.
Writing the new record
…I suppose that’s about all for now…
Still gotta love my green bay! The ring is the only thing that matters. (Taken with instagram)
Subliminal messaging. Subliminal messaging is an indirect and subconscious message used when communicating with a target group. This is a very useful tool but can also be a very dangerous tool. Some forms of subliminal messaging are in photographs, stories, and even now days in our videos. You turn on CNN and it looks a certain way to change the truth about the situation to make you feel and react a certain way. You can see a picture advertising a food, or a certain company and without realizing it you’ve been not only persuaded into that product but you’ve been subconsciously tricked into something completely different. But what happens when you going deeper into the rabbit hole. What happens when you use this as a manipulation tactic? Well if you think about it that’s exactly what your doing, your manipulating someone into eventually doing what you want. And that’s where it gets dangerous. Manipulation. Manipulation is when you create a feeling or play on emotions to get what you want. So is every encounter some form of manipulation? Is there no such thing as a genuine conversation anymore? Debates, arguments, even regular conversations turn into some form of manipulation. How do you begin to create emotion in someone in order to manipulate someone? Do you use a picture of a helpless child laying in a street in Africa? Or possibly creating certain feelings playing off a certain person? You don’t see unflattering pictures of certain celebrities to give you the perception that they are living in a fantasy. Or perhaps you only see the unflattering pictures to again manipulate you into thinking a certain way. Playing the game. Is there a way to share information in such a way that is so subliminally subconsciously manipulating that not even you know about it? What if every conversation, every meeting was sending some sort of message? What of there was a way to give little pieces of the puzzle out to different people to manipulate the bigger picture? Well a good example of this is obviously politicians. But I’m not talking about them. I think I’m going to try to be more aware of my surroundings in this category. Maybe I’m the only one that hasn’t come around to this idea yet. I know of people that do this on a regular basis. Maybe it’s them trying to be wise. ‘The wise man holds his tongue’ however, I know, I hate it when I know the whole story and then someone tries to hold half the story back from me, or only tell me what they want me to know. I think I just put to much trust into people therefor i don’t hold much back. But what if you lived life not trusting people, how much wiser would you be? Trust. Is it better to live without it? …………………………………………… After writing this blog is it an oxymoron to post it? Or maybe even a subliminal message? hmmm….
I think this is going to be one of those rambling blogs of random crap that I think about when I can’t sleep. 1. I’m watching a movie where this guy’s girlfriend buys him a dog, I thought that was interesting. 2. Found someone the other day that wants to travel the world, and eventually move to another country. Funny how God works like that. 3. If you found out tomorrow that you were terminally ill, and didn’t know how long you had to live, would you be satisfied with how you lived your life? 4. I write this blog with no real intentions of anyone reading it, however there are a few people i wish would just find this blog and read all of my posts. 5. Today I shot a deer. But couldn’t find it so I was super pissed about that. 6. Somethings are more awkward for you then they are for me. 7. If you plan on going to a hostel and or impoverished country, follow the rules of that country, or else you will be sold into sex slavery. 8. The reason for leaving the country should not be to try to impress me or win my approval. There are very few people in this world that I don’t get along with and by leaving the country to get some kind of sick satisfaction of self worth is messed up. 9. I like making lists. Unless its a grocery list, I hate grocery shopping. 10. Also need to get my world traveling homeless sleeping vehicle cleaned out tomorrow. 11. So close to reactivating my razor and selling my iPhone. 12. It’s difficult having 1 home in Baltimore and 1 home in south dakota. Half my crap is stuck in Baltimore. And I never know what address to ship stuff too. I have to plan where I’m going to be next week when my package arrives so I can ship it to the right state. Don’t have a real big sense of ‘home’. 13. Everyday I check plane tickets to warmer climates. 14. I need a good jam session. 15. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about what happens to me when I die. I wish everyone had the same calm sense about death. 16. Have you ever had a feeling that you can trust no one? I can see how people run away to solve there problems. I think when that person feels they have lost the trust of everyone around them, it makes it easier to leave. 17.
Maybe it was not having to work on black Friday? Or maybe it was the 3 days of traveling it took to get home for the holidays? Maybe it was seeing stanly so happy and so full of life? Maybe it’s when I say I have to go to work, and I set up my studio or get prepared to go on stage? I’m not sure what caused it, but these were the things leading up to my last “Moment”.
As I try to explain this to you you’ll have to work with me, I have a feeling that not alot of people experience what I’m trying to convay.
A moment is a period of time in which you come to a realization. A realization of what your doing and how life is coming at you. Usually a moment is associated with joy or feelings of comfort. Sometimes with the feeling of disbelief. I started having these “moments” back in 2010. They are few and far between I think I’ve had about 4. They come at a point of complete relaxation I’m convinced. When you no longer feel venerable from the outside world. They usually come when your mind is opened to your surroundings, and usually left in a place of sheer exhaustion. I would say the moment happens in a place of recovery.
How do I know the moment so well? I think it’s because i surround myself with people that keep having them. I think you have to get yourself in a place of vaunerablilty and then and only then you can experience the moment. Go outside your comfort zone. The people I work with on a daily basis understand and have experienced the moment. I absolutely love watching someone have the moment. I just let them finish and then ask, “did you just have the moment?” and I know exactly what there feeling.
The ‘Moment’ is a irreplaceable piece of time. When you come to the understanding of the absolute truth of how blessed you really are. If you’ve never had a moment I encourage to get up and do something out of your comfort zone. I encourage you to try to make the puzzle fit a different way. I think the mold of ‘The Standard Life’ just doesnt cut it anymore. Cast your own mold, you only get one.
This morning I was awake and up and at em at 5:00!! Haven’t seen that side of a clock in a while! Every year I do alot of traveling and always try to make it home for the holidays. Alot of family’s have there special traditions. And I guess I’m starting to see what ours are. Every year at thanksgiving we wake up extremely early and head out to the land where we try to sack us a deer. It’s always great to come back home and dig my roots back in the ground they were planted. No matter how much I grow, I always seem to love being out there. I whine and complain about waking up so early and how cold it will be. But honest I think I would miss coming out if I stopped. I’ve said for awhile that the only time in a day that you have to yourself is the time you spend in the bathroom. And now that’s not always necessarily true! Usually the best times for me is when I can plug in my iPod and play the drums without any distraction. Or in this case sitting in a tree stand. The world is restored to its simpiler form. I sit here and try to stay awake for the sunrise. It’s just me and my thoughts. Haha sometimes that not always a good thing. Well the sun is almost up, I have to put on my hunting face for awhile. And yes I am in a tree stand right now writing this. Where else would I be?