Every so often I find that I start losing the structure that I create in my life. Generally it’s more like a momentary lapse of reason, then I come to my senses and stop pushing a certain direction. I almost did that this weekend. I was getting back on the human train with health and thought I might like to go mountain biking yesterday. It’s something I love doing. However, I made the determination that being still recovering from a nasty illness, somewhat tired, and knowing I’ve got some recording coming up this week, it probably would have been better to rest. Rest is what I did.
That’s part of thinking ahead and realizing what is needed to achieve a goal. The goal for this week of course is finishing a new song that I’ve been waiting about a month to finish. Delays have happened and it’s one of those things that happen in life. However, now the the goal is in sight and I intend to see it through. At least getting it tracked. Mixing will probably occur sometime in August as I’m heading for a little vaca that was planned a while back and my birthday.
There’s lot ways to get structure in life. Some people find it through religion. Some find it through work. Some find it through schooling. Some find it through friends. Some find it through the Army. If there is a way to get some rigidity placed into your life, I’m betting it can be done in the Army. While I’ve never been drafted or felt a need to be in the Army I’m sure there are a lot of people who do feel it. Aside from those that feel it, I’m quite sure there’s a lot of people who could use the discipline in their lives.
My favorite Ben Folds CD is this one. It’s a great concept. There’s not many blatant concept releases anymore. I guess the time for most of them was when the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Who did them. Actually Queensryche did a great one too. I’m a fan of the concept album. Especially when it’s done well. In a way its like a musical journey of what could be a play or a movie or even a great story. Ben Folds has achieved that here.
If you listen to the lyrics carefully you’ll understand that the character is someone who needs the discipline of the Army. Rather poetic in that respect. If you haven’t heard this entire CD, do yourself a big favor and get the whole darn thing right now. I’m sure you won’t regret it.
(** Disclaimer: If Ben Fold’s label decides I need a stint in the army, I’m going to command the audio to march right off the server. The post will remain to show that order can be useful. **)