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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

There's an age-old urge to find the infinite

A brief step back into the old "name that lyric!" game, just in case you were missing it...

So here I am in some new e-digs. Very exciting stuff; I hope I didn't put you out too much with having to change links or bookmarks. Honestly, I have higher hopes for Central Standard Blog remaining an interesting read than I do for Meaningless Musings - it occurred to me the other day that Matt and I might as well include those interested masses (that's (hopefully) you) in the band-related e-mail discussions we've been having for the last five years.

Anyway - if you don't mind, I'd like to delve briefly into that lamest of blogging traditions and spend some posting time talking about why I don't post more often (I know, I know - be still, thy beating heart (I accidentally used that phrase at work ("work" for me being a cardiovascular surgery ward at a hospital) the other day. Awkward!)). I find it difficult to figure out exactly what I want to do with Meaningless Musings. Blogs work best, I think, when they fit some sort of niche - some blogs are wildly entertaining (Mark's - the one linked there - is actually dangerous to read; I find it often becomes hard to breathe), others are intentionally designed to be windows into the blogger's life so that they can be means of remaining in contact with people important to the blogger, others are simply mediums for showcasing significant writing ability - a free publication mechanism. Still others are fascinating sources of interesting links that the blogger has already gone to the trouble of finding for you. And, of course, many are combinations of these - the "big" blogs that get thousands and thousands of hit a day particularly, but even among those links I provided (all but one of which are from my blogroll, and I intend to rectify that soon, Kelly) there's a great deal of crossover; any of those blogs is easily "good enough" and more than good enough to become a wide-circulation blog if it just became more widely known. I'm out of luck there, though - I lack the ability and/or extroversion and/or predilection for wide surfing required. So mostly I post because I enjoy reading so many peoples' blogs and feel like I should give something back to the Blog-a-Lee community and because enough people seem to read the posts to make it seem somewhat worthwhile. That's not really a formula for particular motivation, though, and therefore I end up with a post once every month or so. I badly missed my post-a-week goal, but I'll nonetheless boldly step forth and promise you, Faithful Reader, an average of a post a month - heck, at least a post a month - for 2006!

There isn't much by way of newsy news from the last month, so I'll summarize in a series of unconnected sentences for those of you interested in what news there may be from Charlieville: Kenosha (the event, not the town (the event's in the town, yes, but "Kenosha" as used here is a thing, not a place))'s coming up this weekend; I'll try to post some sort of recap. I've signed a contract to spend another summer in the woods at EWALU this summer, which is simultaneously exciting and terrifying - it feels like my first summer again. Again, I'll probably write more about that at some point. I'll hopefully be a Hawkeye again next fall; nothing's definite yet but indications are positive. Moving day's coming up again; after four years of not moving I'll be moving twice in 9 months. Phoo on moving, says I, but I say it without losing sight of how fortunate I am to have a fun bunch of folks to live with (and who seem to be willing to put up with having an old man around the place). The Cajee Brass almost had a reunion concert scheduled but had to cancel for want of trumpets, which goes to show that low brass is not only cooler but more reliable.

Okay, then - content-ful posts to follow (heck, I just laid out themes for a half-dozen posts). A blessed Lent to you whether or not you're interested in being Lent-ally blessed.

I used to play the cornet, you know. You should have called me to fill in. Granted, I haven't played regularly since 8th grade, but on the other hand, I'd be quite bad!
Oh, and I forgot: "Crescent Moon," by Storyhill/Chris & Johnny, off Live at the Grand.
Also, there is never any reason to xelf.

Oh, darn it!
You're not such an old man, Charlie (she says defensively) :-).

Thanks for the glowing comments about my blog. I find that I agree with your thoughts about the medium. There are no deadlines and one never really knows what people think about what is written and how many people read it. I check your blog daily, because I always find what you have to write interesting.

Lately I have found that it's easy to post a coupe times a week if all I do is put up some pictures.
So was I right or what? I haven't actually checked to see if I had the correct song. You've left me hangin' here for a good long while now, Charles.

You know, for a long, long time I thought that lyric was actually, "There's an age-old urge to find the infant." I never really understood that. For which infant was everyone so desperately searching?!? It makes more sense when it's "infinite."
Oops! My bad; I didn't realize you were waiting for affirmation. "Crescent Moon," indeed (which I'm sort of surprised you knew since you've resisted adding it to the CST repertoire. I guess knowing a song's lyrics and liking a song are two different things).

Changing "infinite" to "infant" does change the vibe of the song quite a bit. "I'd hate to see where we would be in another thousand years from now without her" makes a lot less sense, for instance.
The only reason I've been reluctant to add it to the repertoire is that you've never suggested it before!
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