Friday, September 29, 2006

What if there were no music in the world? what if it were never invented?

There were no songs of praise, no songs of rebellion, no lullabies.

No instruments, no dancing.

No children's rhymes, no stories told by voices that could pierce your heart.

No other way to express yourself.

In my opinion, there would be no life without music.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I have just reconnected with my friend Rachel. She was my very first best friend and she one of my best new friends. It's crazy how easily we just got back. We have a class together so we started talking and now she's practially my other roommate! I love her to death and it's so amazing that we could be so close after so many years of not talking!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I went all day yesterday to the Austin City Limits festival and it was amazing! Katie and I were pretty exhausted but that didn't take away from the incredible people who were playing. We decided to go all three days next year! We left at 5:45 from Abilene and got to Austin around 9:45--we had a lot of time to circle downtown Austin before we parked so that Katie could change and we could take the shuttle to the fairgrounds where the festival actually was.

We kicked off the festival by buying T-shirts.. Katie bought a John Mayer shirt and a ACL shirt... I bought a Stars shirt which I LOVE!! When the clouds started rolling in we were kind of relived b/c it was amazingly humid.. I felt like I was in Maryland! We were buying water when the rain came... and when it rained it POURED!!! We walked (still raining) to hear Anathallo play and the rain let up a bit. (Let me tell you glasses in the rain can be a pain!) As we were listening to this band (who were had great energy and a really cool sound) Katie turns around to see Sandi who we knew from Abilene High, who now goes to Baylor... we talk to her while the rain comes again and the band finishes playing.

We walk across the fairgrounds to hear The Stills and the rain has finally stopped... this band is great... kind of like The Clash meets new indie music... really great voices!! By this time, we're hungry and still wet but the heat has come back so we're sweaty as well! We both got little pizzas from Austin's pizza and they were amazing! It was, honestly, one of the best pizzas I've ever had! We decide to go early to KT Tunstall so we will be able to see but even as we're walking there we can tell that other people had the same idea.. we have to climb over people and find a space just big enough for us to stand while we wait for half an hour for her to come out.. but when she did it was completely worth it... her vocals were right on and she has such great energy! A woman was on a platform, just below the stage but high enough for the audience to see, doing sign language... and she was REALLY into it.. we got a kick out of her!

After KT, we found a place to just sit and rest for awhile as the sun beat down on us... Sandi had been at the festival all weekend so she had already burnt and was afraid of getting worse so we tried to shield her with our hands... we got slushies and ate them as we walked to see Matisyahu... who I love but I figured Sandi or Katie wouldn't be too exicted about but were willing to come with me... Matisyahu is an orthodox Hasidic Jew whose music is a mixture of reggae, rap, and rock... it's pretty awesome! He's so serious about his beliefs and good at captivating the audience.. I loved it... Sandi had to leave half way through and Katie just doesn't like reggae so I was alone on this one!

At this point, the crowd has multiplied! times 100!! it's unbelievable how many people could fit on this fairground! We're tired and we get to the stage where Matt Costa is playing and we lay down and listen to him... both of us are close to sleep when Katie gets up and says we probable shouldn't fall asleep :) We get to Ben Harper early and it's already packed.. for good reason too because when Ben Harper gets out there--it's incredible--I absolutely loved him and he played some of my favorite songs and it was just incredible! I cannot express in words how amazing this guy is!!

We left early because we were so tired but it was a good thing we did because Katie wouldn't have made it if we hadn't left when we did... by the end of the ride, she was getting angry with me because I wasn't able to come up with anything to talk about... so I was no help to her plus I can't drive so I couldn't help her out that way either! all in all it was great day and I am so glad I went even if I had to miss my 9:00 class this morning because I didn't want to wake up!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Diamonds On The Inside
by Ben Harper

I knew a girl
Her name was Truth.
She was a horrible liar.

She couldn't spend one day alone
But she couldn't be satisfied.

When you have everything,
You have everything to lose.
She made herself a bed of nails
And shes plannin on puttin it to use.

Cos she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside.

A candle throws its light into the darkness
In a nasty world,so shines the good deed
Make sure the fortune, that you seek
Is the fortune you need.

So tell me why,the first to ask,is the last to give,everytime
What you say and do not mean
Follow too close behind

Cos she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside

Like a soldier standing long under fire
Any change comes as a relief.
Let the giver's name remain unspoken
For she is just a generous thief.

But she had diamonds on the inside
Cos she had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds
Oh diamonds
She had diamonds
She wore diamonds

Ann this is the guy I want you to hear!!

Monday, September 11, 2006

The only two letters I've gotten since I've been at ACU (not counting my wonderful gift from Sue) are from people younger than 10... one from Lexie (which I've already mentioned) and the other from my roommate's sister Tatum. Her letter went like this:

Dear Pig. how are you doing?
Aar you doing good? I hope you are
doing good.

Underneath these uplifting words was a drawing of me (Pig) and Tatum which was very life-like... giving us both glasses.

I think I could live with only getting mail from these friends who know how to keep me smiling!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I think I need my entire room to be covered with cork bulletin boards... I really like to put stuff up that makes me laugh or inspires creativity and my bulletin board is NOT BIG ENOUGH!!! I actually have a "memory board" covering up 1/4 of my cork board, but it looks good that way. I have my necklaces hanging from push pins on it... magazine cut-outs (1. "Live, Work, Create" from an ad in a music magazine. 2. a still from pride and prejudice when they're dancing. 3. "SEE NO EVIL? AIDS kills one child every minute-picture an AIDS free world" from another ad)... a small brown paper bag from Weasel Creek Outfitters in Front Royal, VA... a letter written by my good friend Lexie which has words to a song on it that would cheer me up..... a picture of Erica Knoll (Nov 11, 1988-Nov 1, 2005)..... a photograph of a limb on the signing tree at camp "I LUV SUE SMITH-if only she loved me". I also have my calendar of movie posters (this month is Charlie Chaplin in "City Lights"). And a bunch of small cereal boxes pinned together... I keep wanting to put more up but I only have so much room left!!

Lexie's Song:

Just a wigglin my toes in my brand new shoes. Guess I've got the back to school blues. Shiny new notebook with nothing inside it. Feeling kind of scared and trying hard to hide it. Got three sharp pencils I've never used before and teachers I don't even know behind classroom doors. Maybe they are nice ones maybe they're bad news. Just wigglin and gigglin to the back to school blues. :)

Friday, September 08, 2006

122 McGlothlin Campus Center
ACU Box 26706
Abilene, TX 79602

or you could just send it to my house

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I have an assignment for English where I have to write an autobiographical story about something that has impacted me. I have no idea what to do.

Friday, September 01, 2006

I've been thinking about how... different I guess is the word..... I am from the typical college student or any teenager.

I don't drive--I don't like it. Maybe if I did it more, I would but so far it's not my favorite thing in the world.

I don't have ANY idea what I want to do later in life. I know that most people end up changing their minds but many people know what they want to do right now. If they don't know, they're picking from a few things they want to do, but I have no idea. It could go any way right now. Absolutely ANY WAY!

I've never had a boyfriend. This is something that's not extremely rare, but it's not common either. It's not like I'm some social outcast either. It's just never happened. Almost... once... but I don't think I liked him as much as he liked me. But that was awhile ago and even now, I don't really care if it doesn't happen soon. I used to, but not anymore.

I've (obviously) already gone to 2 colleges and I'm constantly comparing them. Food, laundry rooms, bathrooms, dorm rooms, campus, surrounding area, people. Lipscomb usually comes out on top except for the ones that matter--people and dorm rooms :)

I like to be alone for at least an hour a day. I don't like to always be out and around people--it wears me out! I like the time to myself where I can just lean back and listen to my music as loudly as possible or do another page in my "book". Some people may not know about my "books" but trust me, there not anything special--just cut and paste.

I don't mind the differences. They're just a little more obvious now that I don't live at home.

I just realized I made a "Mary Kate doesn't..." list without even realizing it! long story... most of you probably don't get it :)