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A drummers perspective on life

Grugrux King

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“I am not a king, no
not a hero,
not a fool,

I am only flesh and bones
and I am
exactly what you need”

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Written by David Szweduik

June 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm

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Heaven, Live

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I have always enjoyed this band and this song, however after hearing it tonight for the first time in quite a while I realized how true the lyrics are, especially the chorus, now that I have a daughter of my own.

“I don’t need no one
to tell me ’bout Heaven
I look at my daughter
and I believe.

I don’t need no proof
when it comes to god and truth
I can see the sunset
and I believe. “

Right now I am in full music mode again, contemplating how to best get myself motivated enough to really get serious and pick up my guitar and actually learn how to play the thing.

I guess watching the Dave Matthews Band: Live in Central Park DVD for the umpteenth time has that effect on me. That band always inspires me musically, so it isn’t surprising to me that I am feeling that itch again.

Written by David Szweduik

March 1, 2009 at 8:56 pm

As luck would have it

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It turns out that just about 2 hours after I wrote my last post talking about how in a few more days I would officially be a Dad, Omega woke up with contractions and we wound up in the hospital by 2:30am. By afternoon on the 16th of February, I was able to welcome my brand new daughter, Emma Ryan, to our family!

I haven’t had much of a chance to write since then as things have been a bit of a whirlwind around here with visitors and all that, on top of just trying to get into a routine.

It has been truly amazing and I feel very sad that I have to go back to work so soon, only 4 days of vacation left before it is back to the rat race. Oh well, I suppose I have to go back to work sometime, but I wish I had another full week to spend at home. That’s ok, only about a month and I will get a nice 3 day weekend photo trip with Derek. That should be a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to it.

Written by David Szweduik

February 25, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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Just a bit more…

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I can’t believe how crazy it seems that in just a few more days I will officially be a Dad! Even though we have been waiting for this time to come, it seems odd to think that there is such a short amount of time left before the little one is here!

It kind of makes me realize all the little things that still need to be done before it arrives, which has me really questioning if I should maybe take the day off of work tomorrow to get it all done. Have to wait and see what happens I suppose.

My new phrase, “anticipation exhilaration” is a good description of my mood right now so what music to listen to before bed tonight?

Guess I’ll have to wing it as nothing comes to mind immediately.

Written by David Szweduik

February 15, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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Feeling photographic

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Today was pretty much all photography related, almost all day long. After church this morning I picked up a friend and we spent the afternoon photographing the rural Hibbing frozen landscapes. Overall I am fairly pleased with the results from today’s shoot, with a good handful of “keepers” to work with in a few of my projects as well as some pleasant surprises that came from a couple of off hand experiments.

Once I got home I went through my shots from the day, editing a couple real quick and then posting them up to my flickr account so you can enjoy them there. After finishing with that I set up my shiny new digital photo frame that I received from my wife for christmas. I know, I know, I have been slacking in getting it set up, but now that it is there I just added everything I have up on flickr to the frame and have been enjoying it ever since!

It pretty much totally rocks!

Anyhow, no real music related thoughts tonight, besides the fact that I was able to add a few more of my cd’s to my Zune so I have even more variety to choose from, including a bunch more Dave Matthews Band and a couple of new playlists set up for future use.

Till next time…

Written by David Szweduik

January 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Posted in A Drummers Day

Facebook is killing my writing…

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So basically, even though I have not been very active there either, I have decided to blame Facebook for my lack of writing and upkeep on any of my blogs. The only place I have been fairly consistent is on my flickr account.

Reality is that with everything going on lately, I just haven’t made the time to sit down and just write, which I am desperately needing to remedy.

So the quick update is that most of my free time lately has been spent on photography and getting ready for the new addition to our family, which should be happening any day now! I just hate this feeling of being “on-call” waiting for the baby to decide to come!

Musically, what’s been happening lately, not a whole lot. Been enjoying Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” still, although I have not listened to it in some time. Played my final gig with my band, Attaboy, over the New Year Weekend up at The Landing on Lake Vermilion. Well, it wasn’t the “final” gig, just the last one for a little while as I am taking a little time off from the band so I can spend my weekends with my new baby, whenever it comes! I should be back laying down the beats by about May, just in time for a big Memorial Day Weekend, hopefully!

One last musical note to touch on, no pun intended, is that I have been enjoying a little revisit of the Dave Matthews Band “Live in Central Park” album. I have been working my way through the 3 discs of greatness each night as I settle in for bed. I can’t believe how amazing those guys are, such command over the music with such a natural feeling. Nothing ever feels forced and even with all of the “jam band” characteristics they have when performing live, think Phish, they are still so tight that you wouldn’t know that they did not have every note planned out to a “T”.

With that I think I will leave and take a look through the cd collection to see what music I can add to the Zune and listen to as I drift off to sleep tonight.

Hopefully all has been well for you and with luck I will stay determined enough to sit down and actually write, rather than just stutter out short comments on twitter and facebook occasionally!

Written by David Szweduik

January 24, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Posted in A Drummers Day

New Metallica Lyrics Sum up my feelings of work lately

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“This day drifts on inside a fog
it’s thick and suffocating”

     ~The Unforgiven III-Metallica-Death Magnetic

Written by David Szweduik

October 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Lyrical Thinking