April 2009

Ashes of America, thoughts on Wilco…

April 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Tonight, Neil and I went to see the new Wilco film, Ashes of American Flags. It was playing at the Northwest Film Forum, up on Capitol Hill, where the arts are. I have been looking forward to this release for quite some time, looking forward to going to the cinema and taking a few moments out of my life to enjoy a documentary. This is something I don’t do enough of, yet I, like most of you, spend time in front of the tube, trying to gain enjoyment from shows like Lost, 24, etc… Let me tell you that we are wasting our time. That become evident tonight as I was watching this band, this Wilco band, play and discuss life in Hi-Definition. It felt good to be alive. There is something about this band that I just have this connection with– it’s difficult to explain if you have never gotten that experience from music. The high comes from the simple fact of being in the aura of greatness. To be with […]

..thoughts of Iran…

April 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

..Iran, a country that is so hated and feared by the U.S.Like most of our enemies, we know nothing about who these people are or what they are about. Even in all the studies in College I took regarding the Middle East, we didn’t spend much time on Iran.Tonight, Rick Steves shows his trip to Iran. 15 days of carrying around a high defination video camera, people fearing him as much as he feared them. What comes out of it is really good glimpse into a county that we know nothing about.“Here is a country that seems so conservative to us, but they are just trying to keep their youth from being Britney Spears!”– ok, maybe that is a little crazy, but the point is well made.What a stimulating, visceral show this is– touring through Tehran– a crazy city that reminds me of cruising through Beijing– a city that has the same stereotypes, but since we do business with them, we see them differently than those crazy Iranians….Just something to ponder…