Art Music

Life in Technicolor II

Coldplay just came out with their new music video for “Life in Technicolor ii” off of their most recent EP Prospekt’s March, and it is totally awesome.  One word: puppets.  Check it out below.


It’s a great song, too.  If you haven’t picked up the Prospekt’s March EP yet, I highly recommend you do so; it’s the perfect companion to Viva la Vida.

Art Life Music

“Air and Simple Gifts,” performed at the Inauguration of Barack Obama

Yesterday a couple of friends and I went out to lunch and watched the Inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama.  I had never actually watched an inauguration before, so it was a pretty cool sight to see; so many people, so much history, so much tradition.  I also thought Rick Warren did a great job on the opening prayer.  Obama evokes hope in people, but I really like how Warren visibly evoked something greater.

Just prior to the Oath of Office, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill, and Gabriela Montero performed an excellent rendition of John William’s new composition, “Air and Simple Gifts,” which I wanted to share, because I think it’s so beautiful.  🙂  Enjoy.


It’s a new day, with a new president.  Exciting times.

[ Edit: I was still waking up when I wrote this:  yes, it was Rick Warren, not Tim Keller, who gave the opening prayer.  😛  Thanks, Mark. ]

Life Music

Cold, Cold Saturday Morning

I woke up this morning and the thermometer showed 0°F outside. According to the news, that’s about 10°F colder than Philidelphia.  Yikes.  Ice was forming on the inside of our sliding glass door to the porch; this i sthe coldest it’s been all year, by far.

Mika and I decided to combat the desire to curl up and never leave the bed by cooking banan nut waffles and bacon, which did the trick.  🙂  I love Saturday mornings.

Last night we had dinner with our good friends Natalie, John, and Rachel.  Natalie and Jon got married this past summer, and this was really the first time that we have had a chance to get together since then.  Rachel’s birthday is today, so we had some celebrating last night over paella, wine, and a chocolate rasberry cake, topped off with a game of Apples to Apples.  Evenings like that are what I love about living in Charlottesville, surrounded by friends.

Tonight, Mika and I are going skiing at Massanutten.  Perhaps with the cold, there will be some good snow up there on the slopes – the snow report says that our favorite slope, ParaDice is openand groomed, which is a good sign.

If you’re in Charlottesville and are not going skiing this evening, I’d recommend that you head over to Para Coffee over on Elliwood on the Corner and catch the concert that’s going on there tonight from 8:30-10:30pm. It should be a fun night: Hemingstown Radio (David Tewksbury & Jennifer Seidel) with guests The Brothers Juniper (Ben Eppard & Daniel Pope) are playing some progresssive alt-folk, all for a $3 cover.  And the coffee’s good, too.  

Para is a great little coffee house with a lot of character run by my friend Eric Kelley and his wife, Lora.  Besides running the coffee shop, Eric is also a very talented photographer who shot our wedding in September.  Grab a cup and take a seat next time you’re in the area

Mika’s calling me to help her clean the house and do laundry.  Stay warm. 🙂

[!] Art Music

Ki:Theory – Holiday Heart Video

A few months ago I went and saw Ki:Theory play at Toad’s Place in Richmond, and I was quite impressed.  In addition to being a great musician, he’s crafted some cool music videos, as well.  Check out the video for Holiday Heart below; if you like what you hear, check out his music over at Amazon.

Art Music – The Allens

Alright, my next recommendation off of NoiseTrade is the self-titled release by a band called The Allens.

I’d never heard of them before, but after listening to a few of their samples on NoiseTrade, I shared the album with three friends and got their free download, and I could not be more pleased.  Definitely a folk-rock / americana vibe, the female half of this husband and wife duo can sing.  The songwriting isn’t bad either.  What are you waiting for?  give them a listen, right here.