So I promised, a little over a week ago, to upload videos from the TAI and The Cab acoustic concert last week. I finally uploaded all the videos on my vimeo account and will now put them on here. I apologize for the crappy quality of the videos. I am a very short person and was standing behind some very tall people. Also I got distracted during the performances and wasn’t paying attention when I was recording and my arms got tired at some points. I hope you enjoy the videos anyway, the sound is fine. I shall now upload the videos for your viewing pleasure!
Btw: I have 3 more videos to upload but I reached my limit on vimeo for this week, so I’ll upload that remaining 3 next sunday. Oh and I uploaded one video last week so if you go back a few posts you can see that.
From my favorite Zeppelin album, Houses of the Holy. One of the best parts about this song, (besides the lyrics, which in my opinion are some of the best from Zeppelin’s entire song catalog) is the incredibly melodic and emotive guitar playing of Jimmy Page. A very unique tuning was used on this song (D G C G C D), and I actually took an hour or so last year and learned the whole thing. Ian Crawford from The Cab also shares my love for this song, and of course, being the shredder he is, can and has played it in its entirety on the bus.
I’ve told this story before, but why not… When I was in 8th grade, I wrote the lyrics to this song out by hand and gave it to a girl that I was crushing on, telling her it was a song by a band called Led Zeppelin, and that it was a beautiful song that reminded me of her. Apparently, the lyrics were a far cry from KC and JoJo, and she never talked to me again. Nonetheless, the song remains the same… No pun intended. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, I recommend listening to this with a good pair of headphones, alone in your room late at night in a silent house.
“OBAMA: My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
“Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).”
America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”—Yahoo News
“Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.”—Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address (via jdel) (via inauguration)
It was so amazing, I’m so glad I got to see them perform! Seriously I would’ve been so pissed at myself if I ended up not going. At the moment my brain isn’t able to form logical sentences about how awesome the performances were, so I’ll post videos from show in the next couple of days. The first one will be up today.
Also I would like to comment on how freaking cold it was, it was down right frigid and William and Ian came out and hung-out with fans, signing autographs, taking pictures, giving multiple hugs, and just being incredibly amazing people. Especially William he took the time to meet with every fan that waited for him in the cold, and it meant the world to every single one of us. Unfortunately Alex couldn’t make it, he was stuck in the bus because the door that leads to the bunks broke. He did stick his head out the window to tell Ian the situation. Me and Sreya offered to give Ian a boost up to the window to get in, but he didn’t want to get the salt dust (that covered the entire bus) on his jacket.
It was a pretty amazing night. There are more details which I did not explain, maybe in a future post, when I’m not so tired. Goodnight.
I first heard The New Amsterdams on the Vagrant Records compilation “Another Year on the Streets.” I was previously a huge Get Up Kids fan, and discovering The New Amsterdams was like finding a diamond in the rough. From their album Para Toda Vida, Matt Pryor shines lyrically, dripping honesty and earnest reflection. Also, check out Worse For The Wear, which in my opinion, is a more dynamic record. I enjoy this song so much that I may have to cover it in the next couple days. DISCUSS, and, as always, I want to hear recommendations.
PS. Sunday Morning Spanish Quiz
Here’s your question:
Give me the future conditional of “poder” in the “yo” form.
I came across this song on a mix cd compiled by the most wondrous and angelic soul I’ve ever known. From their album Ghost. I don’t know much about this band at all, but I really enjoyed the song and wanted to share. Eerily appropriate, I feel, that I’m leaving home tomorrow night for the tour, and this song happened to strike a chord.
Leaving in two days hasn’t changed my plans for this sheeted in sleet Friday night… Not even a little bit. I will be spending this Friday night as frugally as I know how, with a cheap(er) bottle of wine and maybe a movie. If after dinner, I’m not feeling cinematic, maybe I’ll go with some 30 Rock or Top Chef. It’s a wild n’ crazy Friday, and yes, I know you’re envious… Actually, the roads are far too sloshy to drive on, and I found out the hard way. The “brakes-are-all-the-way-to-the-floor-and-the-car-is-not-stopping-at-this-redlight-so-I-think-I’ll-pump-the-brakes-because-I-vaguely-remember-learning-that-technique-in-driver’s-education” kind of way.
I did get out of the house last night however, reveling in my first ‘Gold Class Theater’ experience. Its a theater that charges 4 times the normal amount for a movie, but you get to drink wine beer mountain dew and eat a gourmet steak sandwich while reclining in a nicer chair than you have at home, and of course, take in a film. I finally saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and I thought it was beautifully well done. This may be David Fincher’s best film, and Cate Blanchett was captivating to say the least. Its difficult to compare the two, but this and Milk are my favorite films of the year so far.
I do have something more interesting than my plans tonight to share… We’ve added a couple of intimate venues on the acoustic tour! The dates are below, and I’ll let you know when/if more are booked.
1/17 – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA – tickets- http://www.jamminjava.com/index2.php 1/27 – 1982 Bar – Gainesville, FL – tickets $10 at the door 1/28 – Sluggos – Pensacola, FL – tickets $10 at the door
I’m off! Please, someone go out tonight, on my behalf, and start a raging debate arguing that “Houses of the Holy” is the best Led Zeppelin album to anyone who’ll listen.
***Hells to the yeah! Jammin Java!! I wonder if my desperation showed in that last post…lol***
One of my favorite songs off of “Funeral”. We played at the Pukkelpop Festival 2 summers ago, and we had the privilege of seeing Arcade Fire live later in the day. Seeing them live was an incredible experience. I feel that there are some bands who, while performing, have a certain intangible energy radiating from them, steadily filling every head, heart and soul in the place. This band has it. If you’re new to Arcade Fire, I’d recommend their latest album “Neon Bible” as well. If you’re already a fan, let everyone know your standout tracks…