Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Little Americana

Sometimes when living abroad you just want some taste of home every once in a while. This certainly reminds me of the US :D As Brad Pitt puts it, “a little Americana.” I remember an interview with him while he was filming Troy somewhere in Europe I believe, and he said about once a week he went and got a McFlurry just to get a little feel of home. I thought that was so smart!

I also had McDonalds a few times when I lived in Russia. I thought it was actually better than that in the States! As for Norwegian McDonalds, the restaurants are certainly cleaner, but I haven’t eaten US McD’s in so long that I don’t think I could give a good comparison now.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Winds of Change

This photo is used under a CC0 Public Domain license obtained via Pixabay

There comes a time when something in your life needs to change.  Either it hurts too much or it has become important enough to you to warrant that change.  Often, you know for a while prior to making the change that it is in fact something you should, or need to do, but not right now.  Because changing something takes effort.

I'm being intentionally ominous here because I don't want to say anything about what I'm doing quite yet.  I will reveal in the coming months.  Probably not what you'd expect.

Some people love change and some hate it.  There are different degrees of change, of course, and all will come with support as well as resistance.  I hope that the older we get, the more welcome we are to other people's decisions rather than getting upset about them because it may not match your own way of life or thinking.

Here's to change.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Another Beachy Day in Norway

Man, my wife found this beach only 15 minutes away (driving) from where we live, and I couldn't be happier. The beach is a major thing I miss about the U.S. (because I grew up 5 minutes walking distance from the beach) so this is really wonderful. No surf, but plenty of beauty!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Norwegian Summer

Today it is 24 degrees Celsius here in Norway and absolutely beautiful. I'm chillin' out on the beach with the fam and having a great Friday. Speaking of summer, I'm super pumped that Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray announced his new solo EP via Pledge Music! So awesome, I love Sugar Ray and Mark is a cool dude. I still need to hear his old hair metal band, Shrinky Dinks....

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 2011 with SEKS

It's throwback Thursday time! It's my old band SEKS! Flash back in time to 2011, that's me in the yellow shirt holding the guitar over my head. This was a funny photo shoot, inspired by a very early Motley Crue photoshoot I once saw with tons of balloons on the floor. SEKS was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Music Industry Complainers

I don't like to complain, because I don't like complainers. But I'm gonna go one step and complain about the people complaining about the music industry, lol.

I keep seeing articles every once in a while about some "industry veteran" in some band bitching about the "state of the industry" and how streaming is killing everything, blah blah blah.

Get over it.

I understand it isn't the same as it used to be. But why live in the past? Make the best with what you've got. Accept that streaming is the future instead of fighting it.

It's like getting bent out of shape about how workout equipment isn't made of only iron anymore. Or how computers aren't cream colored anymore. Or how you don't have to dial up to log on to the internet anymore. "Oh man, the slow connections really made you appreciate the internet. It was such a joy seeing that picture after 10 minutes downloading."

I don't want to give advice because the majority hates advice unless they are looking for it. They just want empathy or sympathy like "oh yeah, today is really terrible for music" but I won't give you that. I'm merely going to say what I believe.

I give away my music, but I don't feel it marginalizes it's worth. It has actually gotten me closer to many fans. I feel it creates a bond of trust. And honestly, a lot of purchases or whatever (in this day and age) come as a result of the connection you have with the artist. That's why I love Sum 41. Deryck Whibley reveals his inner feelings and thoughts on Facebook. Same with Nikki Sixx. That's why I love JASON DAVID FRANK (Green Power Ranger) because he is so active on Facebook and talks with his fans and is always grateful. That's why Hulk Hogan is the man. He responds to messages personally and is just cool. I'm FAR more likely to buy something from these guys to show my support than some random band or artist who just wants my money.

No one (really) likes a complainer. People like those who take action. At least I do.

So if you see this current climate in the music industry as lemons...ok I'll give some advice. Make some freakin' lemonade already.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Looks Right out of Fallout, Doesn't It?

This looks like something out of Fallout 3, doesn't it? This is a photo I took about a week and a half ago when I was helping my parents get rid of a bunch of old stuff they don't need. They are moving, and since we had a big basement in the house growing up, things tended to get stored away rather than thrown out.

That TV used to be in the dining room. It actually has a wooden case and a turn dial, it must be from the 70s, I'm not sure. It was interesting playing Playstation on it for a little bit.