Thanksgiving is a time of the year when we watch football, eat copious amounts of food, and try to forget about the impending doom of winter that is inevitably coming our way. It’s also, coincidentally, the time of the year when we get to appreciate all that we have – to be thankful, hence the name. Despite all of the problems that have plagued the world this year, I think a lot of us have a lot to be thankful for.
I often take a backseat behind my words here on this blog, and while I do try to inject some levity and personality into the criticism that I levy, the words I write often don’t properly describe how I’m thankful I am that I live in 2017 and that I’m able to live the life I lead. So, keeping in line with the catchy chorus of Kendrick Lamar’s great #1 hit “Humble” (“sit down, be Humble”), here are some things that I’m thankful for this year.
My Girlfriend, Mom, and Dog
The three most important gals in my life.
I’ve been with my girlfriend for nearly 7 years now, and she’s always there for me. She’s my partner in crime, and basically deals with me on a day to day basis, which is a pretty tall order to fill. Some of my favorite things in life are the small things that revolve around her – waking up next to her in the morning, hearing her laugh at some ridiculously stupid meme, eating out or travelling with her, or just marathoning some show and relaxing at our apartment. Being an adult is scary, but it’s a lot easier with her around.
My Mom always reminds me that you can get through anything, no matter how big the challenge seems, and that sometimes you need to ask for help. We’ve been through a lot together and faced some impossible challenges, but she’s a tough cookie, and she brings me down to Earth and keeps me grounded. She is always awesome to be around, and always willing to listen.
My girlfriend and I adopted a dog named Lola from a shelter in Houston back in June, and, even though she’s still a relatively new member of our family, I’m thankful that we have her. She may be a potato/possibly a cat in a different life, but she’s ridiculous and added a whole new dimension to my life.
I’m grateful to have a lot of great friends. They inspire me, let me know when my jokes aren’t up to par, and I always enjoy their company. Many of the memorable moments of my life have been with my high school, college, and post-college friends – moments which are far too numerous to name here, but will probably get mentioned during the course of more posts. No matter how far away they are, I know that my friends will always be there for me.
Music: Specifically, Spotify, Max Martin, and Kevin Parker etc.
I’m grateful that streaming services like Spotify Premium exist while I’m here on this Earth so that I can listen to nearly anything I want whenever I want. It has broadened my horizons and made music accessible and affordable to so many. It’s an invaluable service to me, and I think it’s the best deal on the planet.
I’m also grateful to the artists who create the music I love so much, namely, two geniuses of our time, Max Martin (the man responsible for dozens of hit songs during my lifetime that dramatically shaped my tastes growing up), and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker (for shaping my love of psychedelic music, and keeping the genre alive and thriving). There are hundreds of other artists who I wish I could name here, but right now, those two guys are the ones who have impacted me the most off the top of my head.
I spend a lot of time watching, reading and talking about sports, and I’m lucky enough to live in the greatest sports city on the planet. Our city has been blessed with tremendous luck with our four major sports teams in the past 15+ years, and it doesn’t look like that run is going to end anytime soon. Having something to look forward to at the end of a hard day helps get through the doldrums of the day to day grind.
Yes, you! If you’re reading this, you mean a lot to me. I decided to start this blog because I wanted a more formal outlet for my ramblings about music. Music has always played a key role in my life, but this blog has allowed me to help myself explain why certain songs, artists, or albums have had such an effect on my life. Telling me that you read this blog, either online or in person and offering both praise and criticism let’s me know that I’m not just screaming into the abyss. If you want to talk to me about it, please do!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!