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I’m Back, 09/09/09, and Twist and Shout

I’m still alive.  Sorry for the three week silence, but since I’ve returned to the States I’ve studied for and taken two ordination exams, moved back down to Austin, and started classes again yesterday.  I am working on my final posts for Europe and will post them tonight or tomorrow and then start blogging about being back.  Yep.

Today was quite the day!  Apple keynote by Steve Jobs with new iTunes, remastered Beatles, Obama’s health care speech, and it being 09/09/09.  Cool, crazy day.  KGSR (one of the best radio stations I’ve ever listened to) played the remastered Beatles all afternoon and at one point Twist and Shout was played.  The DJ said that John Lennon would sing this song with such passion that he couldn’t talk after singing it sometimes.  Somehow, I heard the song in a way I’ve never heard it before which led me to watch it on YouTube several times.  So, here you go.

Music: Jackson Squared

Alright, I told myself I would do this while I was in Lodwar, but got distracted somehow.

In Lodwar, I was spotted easily and often as a mzungu (white person).  When I stood up from bed in the morning the first thing I heard was mzungu from the children lining the fence by where we were staying.  I’m use to this to an extent in Nairobi, but not from my bedroom.  So, after two weeks of this I needed some emotional release and I found this through music on the five year old iPod my good friend Brian gave me before I left for Kenya.  So, Jackson Browne and Michael Jackson were my good companions on this trip.

Jackson Browne was my first concert!  Whoo Hoo!  The baby sitter fell through for my little brother and me so my mom stayed home with Patrick and I went with my dad to see Jackson Browne.  I don’t remember much of the concert except that at one point I told my dad that I had to pee, he looked down at me and said, “Are you sure?”  Funny question I had never heard before.  His favorite song had just started so he picked me up and ran with me to the bathroom and back.  This is the only time I can remember my dad picking me up because he has a bad back.  So, that’s why I remember my Jackson Browne concert.

This song is amazing!  My favorite line is “Honey you really tempt me, you know the way you look so kind.”  Also, the age and the years he mentions are the same age my dad was in those years.  He and Jackson Browne are the same age.  Enjoy!

Here is the song I had to pee during… Amazing!:

Michael Jackson died… not cool. Kenya helped me reconnect with one of my favorite musicians because he was played in every matatu and you would walk by a restaurant and hear his music. So, thank you Kenya and Michael for the good times.

The true introduction of Michael Jackson as a solo artist with the first moon walk the year I was born:

The best choreographed music video in my humbled opinion of all time… ever… humbled (try to ignore the lyrics written in or watch it seven times like I do)(Warning: violence):

Dave Matthews Band live tonight on Fuse

Alright, my favorite band, the Dave Matthews Band has a new album coming out Tuesday.  I’ve traveled the country to see them 11 times, but tonight we all have the opportunity to watch them from our homes for free.  So, please do.

Dave Matthews Band live tonight 10:30 Central streaming on http://fuse.tv. On the tele at 8 Central on Fuse. I’ll be dancin in front of the TV… no joke, we’ll see if any pictures surface from said dancing.

Here be a informational session from CBS Sunday morning yesterday:

Here be a video to inspire you for tonight:

We are the World

I’ve had a few discussions about this song recently and I love it.  Enjoy!

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