Monday, May 31, 2010


Hey Guys,

My laziness has reached new depths and I've decided to feature a guest poster today. I signed up for this new thing called Bloggerstock where you send in your blog url and are assigned someone to post on your site, and here's who I got. (You can read my post on Allison's blog. The topic was "What's Your Theme Song?")

Here's what you need to know about Alex:

Alex regularly posts at Hobbies include photography, skiing and SCUBA diving. Pretty awesome. Alex went to Ithaca College and lives in Utah, and now collects cash from two jobs- as an electrician at a theatre company and as a photographer. So basically, I look like a slacker. Thanks a lot.

So here's Alex's guest post. Enjoy.



I spent a lot of time putting off writing this post. Go figure, I procrastinate like that a lot. In all reality though, this was a tough prompt. Mostly on account of there is so much music in my life that just figuring on one theme song is not really that easy. I have been going through my music collection, playing the guitar, singing, whistling, humming, dancing, and cleaning my apartment trying to figure out what my theme song really is. I think that I have come to the conclusion that my theme song changes depending on many factors, but mostly time. On the other hand, there is some irony in the fact that every now and then I try to write a "Music on Monday" theme post, so this fills that concept.

When I originally started to think about this topic I really wanted to say that my theme song was some epic piece of music like something by John Williams or something from the soundtrack of Stardust or Pirates of the Caribbean. Music that I refer to as "epic driving music." I mean, I like to think that I have moments in my life that warrant a soundtrack like that.

From there I turned to the song that has been playing in my head for the past three years. This one is a real silly one, and you would never guess what it is. It got stuck in my head after a conversation at the theatre, and I have made it my mission to get it stuck in the heads of everyone around me. it sort of fits in the category of epic music, but not really. What song, you ask? The theme from the TV show Bonanza. Just doesn't really strike me as my theme song though.

Then there are the three songs that I will always return to and probably never forget on the guitar: "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd, "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls, and "The Freshmen" by The Verve Pipe. All three are great songs. "Freshman" is a great song and the most requested song all summer at camp (I still can't believe that the kids actually know it!), but it is also kind of depressing. I love Pink Floyd and the Indigo Girls, both of those songs will always be with me, "Closer to Fine" is actually pretty close to a song that I think could be my theme song. "The Best thing you've ever done for me, is to help me take my life less seriously. It's only life after all!" Words that I think I live by.

All things considered though, I think that my theme song may come from a seemingly unlikely place. When I really started to think about it, the song that I landed on is one by a great musician. I finally had the chance to see him live last summer in a great little intimate venue in the middle of nowhere in Maine. He has travelled the world researching the multi-cultural roots of his instrument, the banjo. If you can't guess who I am talking about by now, well I suppose I shall just have to tell you, Béla Fleck. The song: "Big Country."

"Big Country" is a song that I think no matter what the situation, it could always lighten my mood. It isn't epic, it isn't overly grand. In fact, most people probably have never heard it or Béla in general. It is a song that I think goes along with some of who I am like my enjoyment of the outdoors, the mountains and such. It is a free spirited song and I do my best to maintain a free spirit.

One of the really fun things about Béla and this song is that there are many different versions. Each version is very unique while still maintaining the feel of the original. Béla goes and seeks out mazing musicians from all over the world to perform and record with. Many are musicians that are not famous outside of their niche, but they are fantastic. No matter how this song is per-mutated though, I think that it always has the same effect.

So, for those who don't know the song, here is a live version:

I hope that you enjoy the song as much as I do and that it has the same kind of pick-me-up effect. If you see me coming and want to make me smile, this song would certainly do the trick!

Enjoying bloggerstock? You can head over to my blog: IceWolf's Ramblings. To read another take on this topic try Susie Q from Out of the Ordinary. Who knows you may also like some of my other posts!


Allison said...

Firstly: Thanks for the excellent post you wrote for my blog.

Secondly: I guess this comment is more for Alex, but I just wanted to say that I have a soft spot for banjo music.

That Ain't Kosher said...

Your blog is pretty awesome too- I can't wait to read your guest post. Feel free to take over my blog whenever you want!

Ella Unread said...

I love the song! It somehow reminds me of a retro TV show,'s soothing though...I like it!
Great post Alex!

Anonymous said...

Nice pick, Alex!
Also.. thanks. I have Bonanza stuck in my head now.

Alex said...

@Risha, then I have done my job!

@Allison, banjo is one of those instruments that I would think would be fun to learn but I probably never will.

Kris said...

Very cool Alex. I love that you picked a little known artist that we can all discover!