Friday, May 22, 2009
Item 2. A city I know very little about; Johannesburg, South Africa.
Africa has always held an air of romance for me. The crippling social injustice contrasted with the beauty of genuine and unadulterated culture has always seemed like an intriguing combination. However, my targeting of "Jozi" is due mainly to the presence of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Championship that is taking place throughout South Africa. Michael has already won a bid for tickets, and my application (for two) is pending until the next drawing in November. It's will put me out and estimated $3k (with travel and board,) but it seems to me well worth it. Now, we gamble.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I have a tendency to complain about Augusta. I'm aware of it, and I know that it's unwarranted. Usually, I complain because I feel like I miss out on a lot of things that I love to do (art, concerts, pretending to be a surfer;) as here, some of the aspects of the culture that I identify with tend to be replaced by the aspects of this southern culture that I know nothing about. Well, I'm happy to say that I will have very little to complain about this summer. I've been blessed with an opportunity to come home for a couple of weeks and work with a local Navy recruiter. Lauren will be coming up for a wedding while I'm there, and will be staying the second week with me at my parents' house. As excited as I am about all of that, I'm also excited about what's going down the following week. On Sunday, June 7th, Lauren and I will make our way back south to Dixie, and stop in Atlanta for a BON IVER CONCERT!!! If you haven't heard Bon Iver, you should. But, it gets better. I believe that I have driven home the fact that I love Jon Foreman. He's teamed with Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins to form Fiction Family. They put out an album earlier this year, and I've been wearing out the mp3s(if you can do that) of several of the tracks since I bought it. Well, God has smiled on Georgia. Because, on Friday the 12th, Lauren and I are going to see FICTION FAMILY in CONCERT!!!! With special guest SARA WATKINS!!! Oh, I'm so excited. Things are finally looking up for ole Mondo Davis.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I got an e-mail from Derek Webb earlier today that was very interesting. I'm not sure if it is simply a publicity stunt, but if it is, it's working on me. I'm really excited to see/hear exactly what it is that Derek is struggling against "The Man" to share with his fans. But, needless to say, I'll be buying this album when it comes out.
You can read the e-mail for yourself, below.
i haven't sent many personal emails to this email list but we're in a situation that has gotten a little out of control and it's time to fill you in. as some of you may know, i've been working for months on my new record, 'stockholm syndrome', which i've recently finished and turned in to the record label. they've been very supportive over the years, but this time we didn't get the response we expected. it seems i've finally found the line beyond which my label can support me, and apparently i've crossed it.
i consider this my most important record and am adamant about all of you hearing it. we had originally hoped to have 'stockholm syndrome' out this month (next week even), but at this point we're not sure when the record will come out and in what form. the majority of the controversy is surrounding one song, which i consider to be among the most important songs on the record. so we've decided it's an appropriate time to break the rules.
but because of various legal/publishing issues we're having to be rather careful with how we do what we're going to do next. that's really all i can say for now and i've probably said too much.
we have a plan and we're moving ahead, but we're not sure what kind of trouble we might be getting into. we'll let you know as soon as we know our next move-
And, back to work
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Item 1. The Devil's Swimming Pool, Zambia
In Zambia lies Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall range in the world. That is a place that I have wanted to see ever since Lauren showed me pictures, and explained her desire to visit Overland HQ nearby. But, more specifically, there is a natural phenomenon that has formed a shallow pool right on the edge of the falls. A rock wall sits inbetween the pool, and the 360 foot falls, making it possible to swim on the edge of the gorge. Mindblowing.
Thanks to scienceray.com for their help. And to flickr user lukas12 for the photo.