This is my personal week in review, shared out for anyone and everyone.
The Big Takeaway from this Past Week
I was surprised at the response from my post about deleting the Facebook app. I honestly thought there’d be some push back, but instead several people told me they had decided to delete it as well. Not their accounts, just the app.
Try it, and report back.
Probably Inappropriate Internet Content I Shared with My Kids This Week
Volume muted of course
What I Read This Past Week That is Actually Worth Sharing
I’ve worked with mommy bloggers in the past and had good experiences. But I’m not surprised to see one of them lash out at the norm. Oddly enough, there were more that took her anti-establishment tone circa 2008 or so, when marketing through the genre first became popular. Aside from all that, there’s some good copywriting and blogging advice in her post. And some rather shocking responses from peers in this post.
What I’m Grateful for This Week
- My Dish DVR deleted the second half of the Thunder game Wednesday, saving me from seeing the blowout
- This scene from Silicon Valley, perhaps the funniest scene from the funniest show on TV (okay, second funniest scene – nothing tops this one)
- Hobo working, or camping out in a library, putting headphones on and cranking out 5000 words
- Lori’s ability to keep a schedule without really having a schedule
- Nathan getting up in front of the crowd to deliver a monologue in his chorus recital
- The way Anna says Rarity. “Weirdy.”
Listen to This
There’s a part of me that’s skeptical of the blues. There really isn’t any innovation in the blues. And modern music (not pop) tells me that innovation is necessary. Try Radiohead from 1999 then listen to Radiohead from 2016. Or Sturgill Simpson from album one to album three.
The blues are basically slight variations on a handful of standards. There aren’t many synthesizers hanging around the Mississippi Delta.
So the art of the blues comes in the details. The slight use of a wah pedal or the intentional insertion of gravel to a voice.
Yeah, new Eric Clapton. And it’s great. At times Clapton tries too hard to sound like a southern bluesman instead of a British knight. But even those tunes are incredible. And the guitar is just…damnit.
I teared up.
It’s wonderful. There’s no YouTube or Soundcloud I can link to. The album is free to stream if you’re an Amazon Prime customer. Check it out.
Even if you don’t have a son, look up “Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day.”