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Thought on dream [07 Feb 2006|12:31pm]

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Question: Why is my subconcious (dream) life, completely opposite to my concious one? Personality and action wise. The funny thing is, I feel guilty about acting the way I do in my dream* life, but I don't do anything to stop it...or I can't. I think there's a better explaination than simply stating that occurences in dream state are what one secretly wants.

* as in when you sleep.

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[27 Dec 2005|03:05am]

I have many things I want to do in the so-called New Year. One of them is to move to Europe. Another is to keep in touch with my friends and family. All very well and good. If I were to make one New Year's Resolution though, it would be to put my bass playing to use. I really can't deny it anymore: I have an unusually strong talent for the bass guitar. I've been fighting this since the very first time I played bass, but I can't and don't want to fight it any more. The truth is, I'm a slammin bass player. I understand the instrument. I know how it works, and I know how to make it work. I understand how it operates in a band setting, in a solo setting, with jazz, metal, funk, pop. The bass has become an extension of my being. I've been playing this instrument for well over 10 years. Of all the bands I've ever played in, only once have I NOT been the bass player (granted I played guitar for Mercer's jazz bands for 2 years, but I worked hard for that shit). I like to think I'm a good guitar player and I come up with original music, and one day I'll be able to play some jazz piano, but when I play bass something magical happens. It's almost too easy, really. I think that's why I'm so good at it: I get so bored by it, so I have to figure out ways to challenge myself with the instrument. That's how I learned to slap and pop, that's how I learned to tap, that's how I learned to drop in off-beat 16th note rhythms. Here in lies the problem: with all my experience, with all my training, and with all my talent, at the end of the day playing bass bores me. Am I too good at? No, that would be egotistical to say. Part of it is limitations of the bass are huge limitations for me personally, i.e. - difficulty with multi-voiced chords, no strumming, etc.
BUT, playing bass in a really good band is ultimately quite satisfying for me. More importantly, I'd rather perform with a bass, than sit in my room and play guitar to myself. I'm a performer first, and a musician second. This is a simple fact and I'm quite comfortable with it.
This got started PARTLY b/c my mom randomly bought me new bass strings for X-mas. It's so random b/c I havn't played my bass in close to 2 months, yet I've been thinking for the last couple weeks about basically everything I just wrote. Interesting, huh?
SO "New Years", get ready for Andre's bass, cause you won't know what hit you!
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[08 Dec 2005|12:15am]

Hello. My name is Andre. I'm 23 and I live in Athens, GA. I saw an ad for this community in another community (guitergeeks, maybe?). This sounds like fun.
Tomorrow I will be going to the last two classes I'll ever go to as an undergrad college student. While I've been thinking about my graduation and the immediate future for quite a while, this afternoon was the first time that hit it me: after tomorrow, I will not be going to classes any more. I still have 2 papers and 2 finals next week (and this pesky incomplete from last semester), but unless I manage to not turn in one of these papers (thereby failing the class, which would be a very silly thing indeed) I'll be done tomorrow at 4:45. Sitting here typing this, it seems so surreal. Besides summer breaks and a few weeks off for christmas, I havn't not been in school for 17 and a half years. ... wow. I am ready to experience life with out official, government sanctioned schooling. Ready or not, here I come.
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[07 Dec 2005|11:47am]

is it true love when he orders you your favourite flavour milkshake, AND remembers you like it with soy milk and extra malt?
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[06 Dec 2005|11:30am]

Is there any sort of pattern to gibberish?
i know it sounds kind of silly,
but i want to know what's behind it,
because then i can alter that and reverse-engineer gibberish into making sense.

Barrelcase farroquen-thodt espillial synapsed close through the coffintaps.
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An interesting passage... [05 Dec 2005|08:32pm]

This is from The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh. He's this tiny man...a zen buddhist who won the noble peace prize, I believe. He's really adorable. Enjoy.

"If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The could is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. SO we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. "Interbeing" is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix "inter-" with the verb "to be," we have a new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud, we cannot have paper, so we can say that the cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are.

If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it...The paper and the sunshine inter-are. And if we continue to look, we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see the wheat. We know that the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet of paper. And the logger's father and mother are in it too. When we look in this way, we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist.

Looking even more deeply, we can see we are in it too...when we look at a sheet of paper, the sheet of paper is part of our perception. Your mind is in here and mine is also. So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper...This sheet of paper is, because everything else is."

Did you all get that? It's kind of cool to think about once you get it. Basically his point is that an object is everything except its self, like the idea of colors. The color purple is really all the other colors of light combined except purple. Trippy.
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Rain [05 Dec 2005|07:01pm]

Have you ever listened to all of the different sounds water makes when it's raining? There's the smack of drops on the pavement, the rat-a-tat-tat on windows, the drum beat on your umbrella, the whoosh as it runs through the gutters, the splash of puddles by car wheels, the squish and squeak of your shoes. It's very musical stuff.
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[06 Dec 2005|10:54am]

i wonder what getting hit by lightning feels like?

and if i went and stood outside with an umbrella/golf club/random lightning attracting object, i wonder what my chances of getting hit would be?
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Just joined. [06 Dec 2005|09:34am]

[ mood | tired ]

What do reoccuring dreams actually mean? Sometimes I have reoccuring dreams, but with new bits added onto them every time they're dreamt.

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[05 Dec 2005|03:38pm]

people keep getting confused at my store by state quarters.
I thought everyone knew they out by now.
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[05 Dec 2005|12:16pm]

"i'm a heartbreaker."

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my friend said: [05 Dec 2005|11:29am]

"i tend to see the imperfect person perfectly...."
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