Thursday, July 12, 2007

I got in the mail today tickets to see everyone’s favorite band, Nickel Creek. Ok, maybe not everyone’s favorite. Maybe just me and on the random occasion that someone else has heard of them, he or she as well. (If they have taste.) This is bittersweet for me b/c it’s the first show that I’m seeing from this tour entitled “Nickel Creek’s Farewell (For Now) Tour”. Have I mentioned that they’re breaking up? Yeah, they decided the time had come to take a break from the group, and do some solo ventures. I can’t blame them, they’ve been playing together since they were really little. Now that they’re all in the late twenties, they want to try something different. I can respect that, and I will even support that. I just don’t have to like it. So, I just purchased tickets to their concert in August in Columbus and it’s looking to be the first of 5 shows I plan to see of theirs this fall before the end. They’re also going to be in Bloomington in October at the Bluebird, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in October, and rumored to have two nights of shows completely with DVD filming at the Ryman in Nashville around Thanksgiving. These are also rumored to be their final shows, and you better believe I’m making the trip down. I mean, it only makes sense with the level of obsession I’ve had for this band for over 7 years now. So here is my public service announcement. If you like music, in particular live music (b/c if it’s not done well live, then why waste your time?) then you need to, HAVE TO, see them live before the tour closes. I promise you won’t regret it. The passion at which they play music is something I’d never experienced before seeing them live. It’s incredible. I’m just saying…

I had my first of two vacations last week. I spent the week lying on a raft on Dale Hollow Lake. Well, lying on a raft, riding in a boat, reading books, drinking beer, playing dominoes and listening to music anyway. I made it through the re-read of Harry Potter 5 & 6 in the first 2 ½ days then read a bunch of other randomness that’s hardly memorable, but incredibly relaxing. I think that it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world and definitely brought me a much needed dose of peace.

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the relationships in my life. I’m so incredibly blessed. I can’t imagine anyone having better friends than I do. I just can’t.