Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vestascension, Standing Ovation, EscapeTheCult, Star Ark, Caynug, Kaizan, Aeva, Exivious, Jules Julio Martinez, Tony C., Fire Walk With Us, and Snarky Puppy




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Over The Earth, Pale Fires, Broken Cities, The Glorious Bastards, Sedated Angel, Storms, Longhare, Hard Candy Hearts, To Have Balls, Fireswamp, Guerrera, Anma, The Genetist, and Deprave




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Friday, September 26, 2014

A toast to my father on his 80th birthday




My mother asked me to give a toast to my father at his 80th birthday party. My wife has it on video, but I hope that never makes it to YouTube. But here is what I had to say...



I love my father. I have always respected my father. I have learned so much from my father. I have spent my life aspiring to be as awesome as my father. And here’s why…

Marriage & Fatherhood:

I firmly believe that children learn by example. You can tell a child what to do and what not to do, how to behave and how not to behave, but at the end of the day, children will most likely exhibit the behavior and the choices that their parents make.

By watching how my father loved, respected, and would do (and buy!) anything for my mother, I learned to try my best to be everything to my wife.

By watching how my father loved, disciplined, laughed at and with, and taught respect and responsibility to my sister and I, I learned how to treat my daughters as the priceless life gifts they are and how to teach them to be all they can and want to be.

Career Success & Leadership:

When I was younger, I had no desire to be a work in finance like my father, but I knew he was a hard worker, an ethical worker, and a fair manager. I met plenty of his colleagues, partners, bosses, and employees, and there was always an honest appreciation and respect for my father.

There have been many of times when I am at work and have asked myself, “How would my father handle this situation,” or, “How can I be more like my father, as successful as my father.” My father has always been an inspiration and motivation to me in my career.

John Maxwell wrote of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” such as:

  1. Influence
  2. Respect
  3. Intuition
  4. Magnetism
  5. Connection
  6. Empowerment
  7. Sacrifice
  8. Legacy

When I read that book 5 or so years ago, I thought, “Has my father read this book?” Because I knew he exemplified those characteristics of leadership at work and in life.

Music Appreciation:

When I was a teenager, my father always seemed confused, maybe even disappointed, that I chose to listen to hard-rock and heavy-metal music. I know he’s even more dumbfounded that I haven’t grown out of it! But he never told me what I could or couldn't listen to. He certainly put Classical and Big Band Jazz on every moment we were alone in the car together, probably hoping he could convert me. Don’t tell him, but I actually like Baroque and Jazz music, but it’s not what I blast in my car with the windows down.

Recent psychological studies at Heriot-Watt and Westminster universities discovered that heavy-metal and Classical music listeners, aside from obvious age differences, are basically identical personalities. Above all else, they are:

  1. Creative
  2. At ease with themselves
  3. Gentle to others
  4. Value alone time
  5. Open to experiences
  6. Have a higher drive towards uniqueness
  7. Have a love of the grandiose

This allows both listeners to freely encounter non-traditional occurrences, such as non-mainstream or more theatrical music, with a more open mind than their peers. So Dad, you shouldn't be ashamed of my excellent taste in music.

The Not-So-Graceful Times:

Of course, there have been not-so-graceful times as well. Such as when we traveled to Hawaii and, in the course of one week’s time, my father managed to:

  1. Trip backwards over the luggage he left in the hotel hallway
  2. Leave his credit card at a bar
  3. Temporarily lost is car keys 
  4. And most eventful, set off a sprinkler in his hotel room, thereby soaking all my mother’s clothing and shoes, setting off fire alarms, and leading to the evacuation the entire hotel floor

But I won’t go into the details of that adventure here. You can talk to me afterwards because it’s a great story!

Poem:

Lastly, I’d like to end this toast to my father on his 80th birthday with a poem. I didn't write it, but I felt it encapsulates what my mother, sister, and I think of my father.

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,
[And] When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

Here’s to my father, Happy birthday!



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Grand Astoria, Trails, No Bragging Rights, Leave Her Crying, Persefone, Boil, Loch Vostok, Korea, and Maitreya
























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Monday, September 22, 2014

Malrun, The Astronaut's Return, Nicolas Meier, Moraine, Marbin, and Abigail York




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Friday, September 19, 2014

Thousand Foot Krutch, Avenged Sevenfold, Grinder Blues, Jardin De La Croix, Model Stranger, Mirabilis, Nordic Giants, Vincent Leboeuf Gadreau's ISOS, Seven That Spells, Frequency Drift, Electric Orange, Celestial Flesh, Reg3n, and Xerath


























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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DJ Cardinal Din mashing Pink Floyd, Frakmundt, Alunah, Magic Jove, Prisma Circus, From Bears, The Machiavellia, Poject Arcadia, Exes, Family Planning, and Charlie Bonnet III




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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Pineapple Thief, Lux Lisbon, Mountain Schmountain, The Moose, Minoans, The Foreign Films, Air Canda, Valentin The Mad, and Brad Herr






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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Red Zone Rider, In This Moment, Motionless In White, Exodus, Hominido, Pervy Perkin, Menorah, Anup Sastry, Nemertines, Adrian Van Den Broeck, Shadowdust, and Tides Of Man














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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ellis Red, Hemina, Aeon Zen, Arkan, Heliosaga, Solstafir, Kauan, Martin Webb, Monomyth, Sleepmakeswaves, Brian Larkin, and Action Dead Mouse




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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Listenable Records feature: Stephan Forte, Black Rain, 77, Electric Mary, Satan, Black Spiders, Mos Generator, Mars Red Sky, The Charm The Fury, Sybreed, Kayser, Waylander, and Tormented




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Monday, September 08, 2014

Brieg Guerveno, Organized Chaos, Adrian Weiss, Taylor Watson, Alek Darson, Astral Son, and New Keepers Of The Water Towers




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Friday, September 05, 2014

Lacuna Coil, Sixx:A.M., Mr. Big, and the mutant spider dog attacks!






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Thursday, September 04, 2014

JPL, Napier's Bones, Nathan Jon Tillett, Pingvinorkestern, Heylel, FreddeGredde, Roosevelt, The Ben Cameron Project, Sparkle In Grey, and Jazzcomputer




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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Celldweller, Arlekin, Minor Soul, Luxury Mane, Workin' Man Noise Unit, Polish electronic music, and Anthony Vincent covers Linkin Park




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