Do you want to know what I’m doing at the exact minute that I’m writing this post?
Scrambled eggs. That’s what I’m doing. (And not those over-cooked tough little pieces of egg-leather that most people cook, but like, creamy, fresh from the chicken, melt in your mouth scrambled eggs.)
This is the awesomeness of living on a farm.
Right after I moved up to this place, actually–before the donkeys or the chickens or the general tearing apart and rebuilding of my life– one of my friends introduced me to a singer/songwriter by the name of Joe Pug.
Since then, the sound that most often accompanies my projects is, well, first, my own swearing. But just after that, it’s Joe Pug. Each of my houses has, unintentionally, had its own soundtrack… the last house was a blend of The Doors, Slaid Cleaves, and Flogging Molly (depending on my mood), and the Liberty house has been all about Joe Pug, Caravan of Thieves, and, when I’m feeling nostalgic, Counting Crows.
So, listen, I expect basically no one to share my taste in music, because I don’t actually have a taste in music. In life, however, I gravitate towards storytellers– towards people who, through whatever medium they choose, tell an authentic story. And I’m eating scrambled eggs at midnight because I just got home from seeing Joe Pug play live in one of my favorite little venues.
And I have to say… after a rather difficult year, it was such a nostalgic thing to hear the dude who essentially accompanied all of my biggest projects on this house actually singing the songs that accompanied the biggest projects on this house.
Between songs, he said “Here’s what you can expect… very earnest music, and outright jackassery in-between. You can’t take yourself too seriously, you know?”
So… you can totally see why I think these are my people, right?
And I especially love it when people will put awesomeness out there for the general public free of charge, without hoarding their best stuff away thinking that people should pay to experience it. This guy totally does that, and his In the Meantime EP is available for free download here, if you’re interested.
Really, the dude better watch out or my next drunken Christmas Carol might be to one of his songs. Just saying…