For the Fun of It

Do you ever forget some part of you for a while? Unintentionally, I mean. Life stops for nothing, and often I find myself realizing it has been an awfully long time since I have done insert hobby/passion here. It has been an awfully long time since I have done any true writing. I have some advice you may be in need of.

I think the best advice I have heard lately is to write the way you speak. How simple is that? Write how you speak. Each of us has a voice, and somewhere along the way we forget this. Well, maybe you haven’t, but I have. Personally, I like looking back on my writing and hearing bits of my personality. I don’t always speak with proper grammar or with the correct idiom, and I haven’t quite mastered the semicolon, and I think that lends something to my character. I think allowing our flaws to peek through is important.

I recently purchased a simple plastic camera with black and white film. I’ve always been interested in photography, and the only reason I haven’t done more with that interest is I haven’t explicitly set out to do so. Now, the camera I purchased is nothing special; in fact, it was very inexpensive. I am inclined to believe the pictures I will be taking will never mean as much to anyone else as they do to me, so I’m going to have fun with it.

Have you done anything for the fun of it lately? If not, take a minute and think about some things you would like to do. You’re the only thing in your way.

music & dancing & cooking

If you cook like I do, the best meals are made with a worthy playlist. “Worthy” to me is a bunch of mellow songs, with a few songs screaming for interpretive dance, and ein bißchen Deutschen Musik. (Mein Grammatik is sehr schlecht, es tut mir leid!)

Anyway, I love singing along to classics, and playing funky new songs, and dancing around my kitchen while I cook. If you enjoy those as well, this playlist might be for you. Enjoy! 🙂


Beat Radio

I have tons of free time on my hands, and I’ve finally figured out one thing I’d like to do throughout the summer: search for new music.  I’m going to scour music blogs and ask around for new music, preferably not mainstream.  Listening to stuff that isn’t on the charts kind of gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.  I don’t mean at all in a pretentious, holier-than-thou way – just knowing that I’m in one of the earlier groups of people to listen to the music.  My first download of the summer was last night, when I looked up Beat Radio on bandcamp.com.

I first listened to Beat Radio a few years back, when I heard the song Everything is Temporary.  That particular song is one of their free downloads, and their newest album (Hard Times, Go!) is a set-your-own-price and choose-your-own-format.  I highly recommend all of their music (especially Dreaming Wide Awake) – check it out!

Brian’s tumblr

Beat Radio’s website