16 December 2014

Musical Musings - No Trust by the Black Keys

The Black Keys are one of those bands I can honestly say I liked them before they were cool. This track is off their second album (Thickfreakness) which was released in 2003. It keeps coming up on my ipod lately and I really love their sound on these early albums and the way they are recorded.

Yeah she's a beautiful gal, yeah when she wanna be
But if you told her so darlin', she'd just disagree

A two-piece of singer/guitarist and drummer never sounded so fat (sorry White Stripes).

Dig it.

15 December 2014

These are the questions I ask myself

The end of the year is looming and I'm asking many questions. I'm usually a self-analytical person but as the year comes to an end I find even more so and I'm asking of myself what I could do better. I feel like I'm perceived to be someone who is successful and 'has it together' but on this side of the fence it doesn't always feel that way. I feel like I could be doing better, doing more, improving my priorities and I feel like I settle for what I achieve too often instead of pushing on for greatness.

So I sat at my typewriter with a whiskey and asked the questions of myself; of my life. Sometimes I use the typewriter for ideas or blogs first rather than straight onto a computer. I've said on here before I love the honesty of the written word, so here are the questions I ask myself.

Could I think a little more worldly?

Do I limit myself creatively and emotionally to the environment I live?

Could I improve my time management?

Is it time to start looking after my parents financially?

Could I make more effort in my insurance career?

Could I give more to my business partners in Molly?

Should I be working towards my dream of being a sommelier?

I'm on the board for the Big Bang Ballers in Australia, should that get more time?

Do I give too much of my mind and energy to certain relationships?

Do I neglect other relationships as a result?

Are there people in my life whom I love more than they deserve?

Is that my own fault?

Am I sometimes too open with my opinions and emotions?

These are the questions I ask myself. And the answer to all these questions is yes.

9 December 2014

Today, life is beautiful

I am so in love with my memories.

It could be something from years ago, months ago or even yesterday. And it doesn't have to be a happy memory, just significant. It could be a large event like a celebration, all the way down to a meaningful conversation over coffee; anything that stays with me I make sure I hold onto. Those moments in my life are really important to me and they get a lot of mind-space. Although in saying that, I don't sit around questioning past decisions or experiences, agonising over 'what-ifs'. That's for unhappy people. What do I mean by that? I mean even the most heart-breaking, soul-crushing experiences of my life... I genuinely can't be sad about those because for having been through them I'm a better person. A stronger person. They are all mine, all those memories. It's my story.

All in all... I think I'm just a sucker for nostalgia. Those life-lessons and beautiful experiences of mine I can immerse myself in their memory; feel, smell and hear it all around me. How lucky to have all of that and still be standing in my own skin as a person I'm happy to be?

So a few months back I walked my neighbourhood with my camera, photographing the light and dark of where I live. I came across the phrase 'life is beautiful' painted on a wall in an alley. Then the next day when I went back there again, it was gone.

Life IS beautiful. But that's just life today. Tomorrow, today will be gone and all we have left is the memory.

7 December 2014

Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) by M.A.C.C

So about 15 years ago I came across a Jimi Hendrix tribute album called Stone Free that was released in 1993. Now, Hendrix is top of the list for me as far as guitarists go so I love when a band can do a great cover of a Hendrix track.

Like any Hendrix tribute album/concert, it's all a little hit and miss. But this track by M.A.C.C is f*cking brilliant. M.A.C.C stands for the band members names, Matt Cameron (Soundgarden), Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam). They formed M.A.C.C for only the one track and nailed it.

Part Soundgarden, part Pearl Jam including a prime Chris Cornell... doing one of Hendrix's best and least known tracks. Dig it.

Then I said, Hey Baby, where ya tryin' a go to
Then she says, I'm gonna spin and spread around peace of mind...
and a whole lotta love to you and yours.

Hey, girl I'd like to come along.

5 December 2014

A Day Out With Lauren

So... I have the best wife in the world. I really do. I won't get into it now because it'll take me too long to find the words and even when I'm done I still don't think I'd do justice to how amazing this lady is.

Many people close to me will know that Lauren and I welcomed a little person into the world around a month ago. So in late October it was a perfect opportunity to photograph my lady close to 9 months pregnant. Yep, Lauren was 39 weeks in these photos and looked just gorgeous.

We went past the Big Merino Café in Goulburn which does really good chicken burgers, then onto Bowral for antique-hopping. Finished off with a photo shoot in the gorgeous afternoon sun back in Canberra.

A Day Out With... Larry!

24 November 2014

34 @ 34

So those of you who know me outside of the online world (you know, the real world where we see eachother face to face and there are visuals, sounds, smells... normal life) know I've got a full plate in life. Wife, baby, dogs, house, family, job, ownership in two businesses (soon to be three), gym, basketball and also making time for people I love (I must say I'm pretty damn good at making time); it doesn't really make sense that I give myself another bunch of shlt to achieve during the year. But hey, it's how I roll. It's like I'm always trying to push the boundaries of what one can achieve in the time they are given. Not as successfully as I'd like at the moment but I'm getting there.

So here's an update of my 34 @ 34; 8 down, 3 in progress, 23 still to go. Last year I got through 24 of 33 so as long as I can beat that I'll be happy.

1. Complete a large home renovation project (eg - kitchen, ensuite)
2. Do the Yarra Valley with Leela and Danny.
3. Bench-press, deadlift and single-leg leg-press my bodyweight. 
4. Cook a Terducken.
5. Build or rebuild/refurbish a piece of furniture.
6. Do a weekend trip with wifey to another city in Australia. 
7. Donate $1000 to charity.
8. Buy a new big fancy Xmas tree. 
9. Get my teeth cleaned at the dentist.
10. Buy a king size bed.
11. Go a month without buying my lunch at work.
12. Buy a piece of furniture from Matt Blatt. Went there, didn't want to buy anything :-( 
13. Get a tattoo (still borderline on this one). 
14. Read a book about Louis Armstrong. In progress
15. Learn how to make sausages.
16. Kiss my wife in the rain.
17. Watch the sunrise over the ocean.
18. Photograph a series of portraits of my friends. I'm calling it, 'A Day Out With ....' and we'll hang out for a day, do fun stuff and I'll take a bunch of photos of friend in the process. Sounds fun hey? In progress - wanna do a Day Out With me?
19. Write a love letter to my wife.
20. Get in a magazine/publication for something (not a criminal activity or something stupid).
21. Attend a winemakers dinner.
22. Drink Absinthe.
23. Bake my own bread (that's not a euphemism, I really want to bake a loaf of bread and try to perfect it!).
24. Smoke a cigar.
25. Try Yoga.
26. Do a day-trip with my Mum.
27. Get a pair of custom made jeans.
28. Lose 5kg.
29. Install a rainwater tank at home.
30. Play blackjack at a casino.
31. Spend a night on a boat/yacht/ship.
32. Go for a massage.
33. Host a vintage dinner party with my mate Natie.
34. Go to the Greyhounds in Narrabundah.

15 November 2014

I love those few seconds

My love,

As I write I am overwhelmed with thoughts of you so, that I don't know where to start. It feels for ever long since I've seen your face, felt your touch and the comfort the sound of your voice brings me. Perhaps it hasn't been long at all.

It's not the large gestures I picture when we're apart. Not the physical intimacy, kissing or lovemaking. Not even is it you saying you love me I reminisce of, but the moments in between. I think of your smile, your laugh, the small breaths you take when your heart is racing, your gorgeous hands and the silences we share. I think of us holding one another and you always hold me close that short while longer. When you do let go, you'll sneak a kiss on the side of my neck and your hand always seems to rest on my shoulder for a few seconds afterwards. I love those few seconds.

Whilst you're never out of my heart and mind, never are you in my words. I can't speak of you to anyone for they won't understand. I never understood those that talk of their love with others, what would be the point? So instead I daydream of all the ways you make me happy and of spending time with you in the most everyday of ways.

I know we'll be together again in time. Until then my love, know that I long for you with all of my being.

Love from you know who

14 November 2014

Be around

It's all very musical in my world still and I've been listening to this track today. I'm quite smitten with Chrissi Cochrane's voice and this gentle melodic track with her on a Fender Jazzmaster is... *sigh* it just is.

Have a listen and let it get right down to your bones.

I won't be hanging around much longer than I ought to, than I should.

6 November 2014

Since I've been lovin you

Been listening to this track a lot lately and put it on my most recent Brown Life compilation. In fact, it was this song I was listening to over and over again as I walked around the dingey alleys of Adelaide a couple of months ago. It's a cover of a Led Zeppelin song by the gorgeous Corinne Bailey Rae. Her voice, the upright base, those keys... just beautiful.

I've really been the best of fools,
I did what I could.
Cause I love you, baby,
How I love you, darlin,
How I love you, baby,
How I love you, darlin,
Since I've Been Loving You.
I'm about to lose my worried mind.

4 November 2014

Music Musings - Grant Green

It's all very musical in my Brown Life at the moment and today on the way to work I was stuck on Grant Green's 'Green with envy'. I came across Grant Green a few years ago buying this album on vinyl at a record sale. Just liked the look of it and figured it was worth a listen. SO good; it really is my style of jazz.

Normally in my car I'm impatient and skip through songs really quickly, but not today. Something about the overcast morning we had today in Canberra and Grant Green trickling down in the background has put me in a very relaxed state to start the day.