sweet land ‘o mississippi

I’m going to Mississippi this weekend. I’m playing a gig there at some college in Brandon. I haven’t been able to play a gig in forever it seems. I think my last one was in February in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. My job wouldn’t let me take vacation for the two gigs we had in Florida and Arkansas this summer due to the fact that the first 90 days I’m there is a probation period. Probably wouldn’t look to good asking for over a week off right after getting hired, anyway. My flight leaves early tomorrow morning.

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college

I really want to go back to college. I started college in the fall of 1997 as a computer science major at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. I lived only 15 minutes “down the bayou” from the school so it was very convenient for me to be in college but still enjoy the free living, food, and comforts of home. I didn’t want to live on my own because I couldn’t afford an apartment on Burger King, Holiday Inn, or Outback Steakhouse wages and I sure didn’t want to live in the dorms. I am vehement about having privacy.

Anyway, there’s a major at Kennesaw that I have dreamed about pursuing. It’s a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language & Culture. You can choose to focus on French or Spanish, but I would choose French. I’ve studied both before, but like French way more than Spanish. I’m not completely sure why, but I just do. Probaby because I studied it in High School and College and have had an on-and-off romance with the language ever since.

One of these days, I’m going to do it.

i am special

i was the “special music” at church last sunday night. i was signed up without being asked, but kinda just let it slide. it’s been a long time since i’ve sung a “special” at church. i don’t like to do it, really. i’d rather be the musician in the back. i’ve played piano a couple of times, but that’s it.

at first, i was just going to play a little diddy on the piano and not sing like i have done before, but for some reason decided to sing and play the acoustic guitar right before going to church. as soon as i started singing, i began to just sort of let my self go and i lost myself in the words and the worship. it was the first time i’ve really completely let go of everything around me–the performance, the people, me actually playing the instrument–and just focused on the actual worship itself. as a musician, i usually tend to keep a little focus on making sure i sound okay, but this time i just closed my eyes and it was almost like i wasn’t even playing. i remember singing and playing, but then i don’t. i can’t explain that. it was one of the greatest worship experiences i’ve ever had and it would’ve never happened if i would’ve backed out like i initially wanted to do when i found out i was signed up.

saving

so we decided when we got jobs we wanted to save for a down payment on a house while we’re living with candace’s parents. it’s been about 3 months and we’ve finally been able to start saving. we had a bunch of bills and some debt from the whole hurricane katrina fiasco that we had to take care of first. not tons of debt, mind you. i don’t easily go into debt. i rarely go into debt, but when i have to i pay it off as soon as possible. i love paying off debt. i love becoming the actual, literal owner of what i buy and not some bank. we just paid off the bill for the furniture we bought after we thought we lost ours from hurricane katrina. i’m glad to say that i now officially own it.