Signing Off, 2011

You may have been wondering where I’ve been as I’ve rather neglected this blog as of late. There are good reasons for this but on the flip side, much to do with poor excuses. One of them being that this computer, for whatever it is, cannot resize images. That and I’ve been out exploring my second home, Los Angeles. I’m loving it here so far. So much to do. So much to see. So many different people to meet. So many things to experience.

I love this city.

I have to say. I’m quite happy. Happy being here. Happy being with my family. Happy with my friends. Happy being alone. Happy being away. Happy being me.

One important fact of life I learned while being here so far is that you can be happy. And what that happiness may be can be anything from that Godly shot of espresso, to trying new cultural foods, or meeting some of the most interesting people down the street from the denim store you’re at. Happiness is right around the corner.

2011 has been an amazing year but never without its ups and downs. Life is never perfect but it can be possible if we try hard enough to make it.

Just before the new year rolls around, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to my friends and family, both in Vancouver and in LA. My co-workers and my enemies. Last but not least, my aces who is by far, the most patient, understanding and ever-so-fun-loving woman to exist. Happiness could not have been complete without you.

And here’s to you. My readers. Here’s a hats off to 2011 and a Happy New 2012 year.

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2011 – See you ’round the corner.

The Jazzual Suspects

Nothing more mellow than This Beat

Now it’s jazz
The place is roaring
All beautiful girls in there, one mad brunette at the bar drunk with her boys.
One strange chick I remember from somewhere, wearing a simple skirt with pockets
Her hands in there, short haircut, slouched, talking to everybody.

Up and down the stairs they come.
The bartenders are the regular band of Jack
And the heavenly drummer who looks up in the sky with blue eyes, with a beard, he’s wailing beer-caps of bottles and jamming on the cash register and everything is going to the beat.

It’s the beat generation
It’s BE-AT
It’s the beat to keep
It’s the beat of the heart

It’s being beat and down in the world and like old time lowdown
And like in ancient civilizations the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to a beat…

– Jack Kerouac

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Mushroom Jazz Volume 6

Good Things Come To An End…

But also start with new beginnings.

One of my favourite bands, Casxio finally posted a message on their Facebook after a year-long haitus. Turns out their front man Lucas Guerin has formed a new band, Newchild as frontman and bassist with his brother playing lead guitar. Bobby Matson from Boston joins the group as lead percussionist and Bethany as backup vocals.

There is no word on the fate of Casxio but I hope they continue to buff out hot tracks as they once did. Loved their style. Loved their music. Loved their videos. What a shame. But hey, people move on for a reason. Whether for better or worse.

Check out Newchild’s free track, Goodbye 1999.

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