Matt's blog

The story of me, an American in Edinburgh, Scotland finding my place as a musician, a husband, a father and a Christian.

So much to say, so much to say, etc.

I've been reading again lately, which is a good thing I guess. Every now and then I read a bunch of books followed by long stretches when I'm too busy doing the other stuff life requires and don't get a chance to read at all. Reading always makes me want to say something profound and important, but don't worry, I won't do it here. I've had some really crazy and unique experiences in my life, and I just feel like if I could figure out the right way to tell people about them I might be able to make a real positive difference in someone else's outlook on life. Or at least I'd be able to distract them from their own life for a while. But I really don't know how to do that. I would love to be an artist or a writer. I feel like these mediums, especially literature, has a power to affect people in a very specific and pointed way. But alas, I have yet to plunge myself into either of these creative outlets, probably for fear of the almost certainly mediocre results I would have. I figure it's a good thing I'm a musician. For however frustrated I feel about being unable to express the finer details of what I'm thinking and feeling, music allows me to paint an emotional picture with a much broader brush. Some people are adamant in saying that music can accurately express any emotion or situation, but I don't think that's true. I think the great thing about music is it's ambiguity. One piece of music could convey a plethora of meanings. With that in mind, music will be a good general outlet for now. Someday I'll get down to the nitty-gritty.

Stay tuned to the Thrill Ride channel for upcoming book reviews, I've been reading some great stuff. By the way, the winner of the FREE PRIZE in the Thrill Ride Roll Call is...(drum roll):


7 can claim the FREE PRIZE once I figure out what it is.

Where have all the bookstores gone?

So I'm back in California now, and one of the first orders of business was to pick up a copy of Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer which Jeni and I are going to read through together in the next couple of weeks while she's still in Washington. We picked up her copy at Barnes and Noble in Spokane, which has a great selection of books by theologians from Aquinas on up. So I figure Borders in the mall down here would have a pretty decent selection, too, since they are the 500 pound gorilla of the book selling world. They had one book about Bonhoeffer, and none written by him. Suck-age. So I drive a few blocks to the Barnes and Noble only to find that it isn't there anymore. Sad day. So here's the rundown:

Barnes and Noble=Superior Bookstore with great selection
Borders=Mediocre bookstore+mediocre music store+chic cafe

What?!? Chic cafe?!? Borders is obviously the superior store.

Oh and by the way, the Borders in Spokane cancelled their open mic night even though fifty some-odd people were showing up every week and buying stuff in the chic cafe. Oh yeah, and they cancelled it on the week I was scheduled to play for the first time. I'll get over it.

So back to the story. The book is nowhere to be found, so I get the bright idea to check out the church library and see if they have a copy. After looking for a while, I finally found an old copy which I opened up to find the name "Bruce Price" written in the cover. That was kind of cool. So now I get to read through my dad's old copy which he read back when he was my age.

Well look at that, a happy ending to the story. Oh, and Life Together seems like a really good book so far.

We-sa goin' home!!!

Boy I hated that movie. Anywho, I'm on my way back to LA. I leave Spokane tomorrow morning at 7:30ish am and should be in LA well before noon. By the way, I'm sure more than three (3)!!! people read my blog, so sign up on my last post for a chance to receive your FREE PRIZE!!!

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