Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday and the random thoughts

Okay folks in my blogsphere. I am thinking of doing my blog 3-4 days a week, and each blog have a specific theme. I like that idea. I know I want one to be about pop culture in today's society. I already have a really good subject in mind for my next one. I think one should also be my random thoughts blog. I like writing it. I just need to write down all my thoughts! haha Any advice and input you have would be appreciated! Here we go!

- I have read many books already this summer. I have read all of Dan Brown's novels my first Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt adventure, and started another book at home, but left it there. I know have three books my Max Lucado I am going to dig into. They are: Come Thirsty, Cure for the Common Life, and Fearless. Will let you know what I think of each one once I finish them.

- Campbellsville is a small place. Population of 10,000, about 2500 added when the University is in session. And we are about to open our 6th pizza place. Gattis, Papa Johns, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Snappy Tomato, and now.......Little Cesears. We also have three Mexican places, and three Chinese places. We have a single steak house, and a new place called Papa's, that apparently is going to be the local Cracker Barrel, just opened. Of course we have the requisite fast food places. But we need some VARIETY! Just my thought. I am excited about $5.00 hot and ready at LC. Cheep pizza fast!

- This is my favorite time of year. Why you may ask? Because I know my favorite season is coming. Fall is on it's way. I love fall, even wrote a poem about it several years ago. I should find that and try and get it published. But it is also my favorite for two activities that happen this time of year: football and marching band. I am stoked because C'ville now has lights at the field, which means NIGHT TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL! That is a big deal to me. I am so excited to see the Tigers play under the lights!

- Women. You confuzzle me. I don't mean this as an insult, and it is not directed towards one person. But man alive you drive me crazy! I hate the confusion, but I love you for who you are. Just say what you want and stop beating around the bush! It makes my life MUCH easier! Thank you!

- If this last job lead falls through, I am starting hard at my masters. Not sure in what yet, but I am going to get at it. And find a job that will help me pay the bills. I am not asking for much here, businesses of C'ville, just a chance to work. Is that so bad?

- I still wonder if, when I was younger, I should not have just packed up and moved to Chicago. That city has more of a pull on me every day. I think I would really like it there. But what can you do?

- What song, from the world of popular music, always seems to put a smile on your face? I will reveal mine in a later blog.

Think that is all for today. Follow me on Twitter: @alcourington. I post some very random things on there!

Peace, love, and good food for you all!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reflections on my visit home

So for the last two weeks, I have been in Madisonville. I was performing with the pit orchestra for the community theatre production of South Pacific. It was a Great show. The orchestra was full of top notch players, and I consider myself very very fortunate to have performed with them. I hope to return to the GMCA for another show like that very soon, it was true joy.

Now, since I was gone for two week, and did not blog, I have a TON of random thoughts to get out there! The blog will stay regularly updated, at least three times a week. Here we go!

- Chevy HHR. Know what the HHR means? Hick Hot Rod. Trust me on this one.

- Madisonville, as a city, seems to be crumbling from the inside out. That is just my take. I saw more empty, dilapidated buildings, overgrown houses. I was very sad to see my hometown this way. Too much of trying to build new things without fixing what is there first. And o not even get me started on the roads! HORRIBLE!

- I think I am giving up on finding a teaching job for the year. I am gonna do grad school here. Most likely doing a double master's in performance and conducting. I jut have to find a job here of some type o I can support myself. So, there is the job update! haha

- Have reconnected with some old friends that I had lost touch with over the years. It has been VERY good for me. There is one I have started talking to that has really made a big difference in my outlook on life. This person has really opened my eyes to some things. And has challenged me as well, challenged me to be a better person. I am very fortunate to have this person back in my life. Amazing how God works sometimes.

- For the first time since 1993 I am not teaching a band camp anywhere. It is VERY strange to me. I have always taught camp somewhere for someone. I guess I should take it for what it is. But I miss it, no lie. Hopefully it will lead to something bigger and better!

- Have done alot of reading lately, may start using one of my blog posts to review what books I have read. Could be interesting to see others thoughts.

Well, that is it for now. I had a ton of stuff on my mind at one point, but getting back to Cville and relaxing caused alot of it to go away! Hope you are all well, and STAY COOL!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Let me first say this. I am all about pop culture. I enjoy seeing what people are into, the current "it" thing of the day. The thing I seem to have noticed more and more is that the line between what is popular with pre-teens and teens, and what is popular with adults, is blurred. I really first noticed it with the Harry Potter phenomenon, so much so that I read the books, and now I am a huge fan. Is it a bad thing? I don't think so. The books are well written, and tell a really good story. I think anyone can identify with the stresses of growing up that the HP kids go through, because they have been there themselves. I think that JK Rowling has created a world that transcends age and gender. Her stories can very easily fit in alongside J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Tad Williams, and many others. And the movies can fit in alongside Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Lord of the Rings. But it is the current fascination that I am not getting at all. Twilight.
Before you jump on me and say I have never read the books or seen the movie, you are wrong. I have read and seen the first book and movie. And I was not impressed. Much like The Golden Compass before it, I read the first book with some excitement. I had heard great things, and I expected to see great things. What I got in both situations were books that were poorly written, and story lines with huge plot holes. I know they are not supposed to be great works of literature, like the classics we are taught about, but my goodness I found both appalling. Especially Twilight.
Now I know so many of you ladies out there are just enthralled with them, and that is fine. The funny thing to me is I know MORE women above the age of 25 who are enthralled with these books and movies than I do those under 25. This is where I get baffled. These books are written for teenage girls. Yet the majority of fans, from my view, seem to be adult women. And that is totally fine. If you want to watch the kid from Shark Boy and Lave Girl in 3D, or Cedric Diggory, be my guest. But when I laugh at you about it, now you will know why.