I'm not really sure why this happened, but posting yesterday about the artificial spiking of my stats (get it? "artificial"... cheerleaders... breast implants... yeah, okay) made me get a little nostalgic. Well, I guess it was a little bit of that and the realization that I just recently passed my nine-year anniversary of the first time I started keeping an online journal (March 15, 1998) and I forgot about it to boot.
I've always liked how many other bloggers like Neil have the "on this date last year" feature on each of their posts. So, to wax nostalgic even further, I went back a year and started rereading some of my April 2006 entries.
I never realized what a milestone month it was. Briefly...
- I officially launched the Grassroots Blogger Book Marketing Campaign (GBBMC) which was how I met many of you (Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Reveal) and I still thank you all for making that so successful and so much fun.
- I launched the blogified Fun With Dead Trees.
- I finally ditched the Evil Empire's feeble attempt at Webmail in favor of one offered by the New Regime.
- I realized blogging can make money but not in the way you might think... no adverts; just teach it! (I do have to thank Karl for helping develop the idea)
- I met one of my favorite authors, Christopher Moore. And, ironically enough, I'll be in attendance tonight for another signing with him!
- I wrote one of my personal favorite posts lamenting the dragging through the mud that my first name has received in Hollywood.
Okay, okay, I'll stop patting my own back. I'm developing a crick in my shoulder anyway.
But it is amazing to go back and reread where you were one year ago. Have you bettered your place in life? Are you worse off? Or are you simply maintaining the status quo? How has your writing evolved? What kinds of things were you doing a year ago?
How is it possible that a whole year has gone by since all this happened?
Hmmm... I'm thinking I may have devolved a bit in terms of writing ability. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea.
And I just realized I have only seven or eight weeks left until my brother's wedding. Where'd that come from? I guess I'd better start writing that Best Man speech. Anybody got any good ideas I can steal? Please?
Oh yeah, got a meme for you in the extended post...
You Can Dance With Me: A Meme of Musical Proportions
Of all the bands and artists in your collection, of which one do you own the most albums?
Pearl Jam... I can't even count, yet our collection pales compared to Scott's PJ stash.
What was the last song you listened to?
Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah."
What’s in your CD player right now?
Well, I don't really even own a proper CD player anymore as I listen to everything on my iPod. But the most recent album I loaded to BiP was the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex Life Begins Again (yes, he of Smashing Pumpkins fame).
What are your favorite instruments?
Despite being a metalhead and loving guitars, bass, and drums, I gotta say the one I always loved and wished I could play was the alto saxophone. Sex in brass.
Who’s your favorite local artist/band?
I gotta say the Smashing Pumpkins although it's hard to say for sure because there's a whole will they/won't they about a reunion.
What was the last show you attended?
November 2005 - Depeche Mode, All State Arena, Rosemont, IL, I think.
What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to?
The same... how can you go wrong with one of the best bands ever, my first time seeing them, and being at the show with both Katie and Dave?
What’s the worst band you’ve ever seen in concert?
I can't say I've ever seen a "worst band." They've all had their merits. Most disappointing, perhaps? If so, Aerosmith on their Get A Grip tour. They had a sound system built for indoors being used outdoors. Sounded terrible. Also Lenny Kravitz opening for The Rolling Stones some time ago. The Stones wouldn't let him piggyback on their sound system and you couldn't hear jack. I was stoked about seeing him, too.
What band do you love musically but hate the members of?
Not all the members mind you, but I was never a fan of Jim Morrison of The Doors as a person. But God I love his music.
What is the most musically involved you have ever been?
I was asked to join a speed metal band in high school as their bass player, but I never did. I hadn't touched a bass in six years at that point in time. How they even knew I played bass in grade school is beyond me. I wasn't even living in the same state at the time.
What show are you looking forward to?
The Police even though I'm not going. I pray they put out some live recordings.
What is your favorite band shirt?
Old Van Halen shirt showing a Chuck Taylor inspired sneaker painted in Eddie's red, white, and black stripes.
What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. He's got to be one of the most talented guys out there.
What musician would you like to be in love with you for a day?
Belinda Carlisle, at 48, still rocks the looks department more than just about any femme out there.
What was your last musical “phase” before you wised up?
Grunge. Nothing but jeans, T shirts, boots, and flannels.
Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
Depends on my mood. I like both. But I can not listen to Sabbath without Ozzy. Ronnie James Dio needs to die a horrible, painful death for cursing the world with that freakish falsetto.
Did you know that filling out this meme makes you a music geek?
And proud of it.
What was the greatest decade for music?
What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Rush by Eric Clapton. Contains mostly instrumental tracks, but, of the three vocal tracks, it has the original "Tears in Heaven," not that crap version that came out on his MTV Unplugged album. Gah!
Who is your favorite artist who is much better live than on a recording?
Dave would say Depeche Mode, but I love their studio stuff. For me, it would have to be Dave Matthews. I can't listen to his studio recordings, but his live albums are awesome.
Do you have a hidden desire to be a popular musician?
I played guitar for a decade for my health.
Have you ever used drugs to enhance the music experience?
Double doses of Sudafed, NyQuil, and Sabbath... there's nothing quite like it.
What was the last song you heard that gave you a chill?
Gary Jules' version of Tears For Fears' "Mad World" never ceases to make me feel ill at ease. And I love it so.
Where would you be without music?
Very, very unhappy. No, really. Even more bitter than the soulless prick whose daily drivel you read here on this blog.