Sunday, March 30, 2008

My 100th Post

Well it's been over a year since I've been writing this blog and I've just hit my 100th Post. Guess I'll have to step up my game the next couple weeks to keep everyone up to date on life and music and everything more often than I have been. So let's get started.

This week the new Counting Crows album Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings was released. I've only listened to it all the way through a half dozen or so times, but I'm absolutely loving it. The first half of the album is what Adam describes as a typical saturday night that he had been going through for a while. Loud, rocking, and general just kick ass (remind me to tell you a funny story about this later on in the post). The second half is a little more mellow and laid back. Exactly what you need on those Sunday mornings recovering from your rough Saturday night. It is probably the best album of theirs since August and Everything After (Anna Begins has been playing on my iPod a lot lately.) The album reminds me a lot of the Live Across A Wire double-disc which was the electric MTV 10Spot Concert and the VH1 acoustic set. Definitely go out and buy this album though. Adam and the guys are going out on tour this summer with Maroon 5 who I wrote about here.
Definitely going to try and catch a couple of these shows depending on where I'm living this summer.

Which brings me to my next highlight of the week. So I was on Myspace the other night just chilling seeing what was up and I noticed a post from my old boss at Mtv. The bulletin headline was "MTV is looking for on-air VJs". Now you've probably read the posts where I talk about my dream of being on Real World. (I dream big huh?) But I never thought about being an on-air VJ. Just kidding when I was doing my internship at MTV, the few times I was able to work with TRL I totally could see myself hosting. So I decided what the hell I'll put my resume together and throw on a random head shot photo (Sent one from Gabe's Wedding over the summer where I was looking totally awesome) and wrote a cover letter about how awesome I am (Can I just say my ego has gotten and awesome boost from people telling me all week "I can totally see you doing that") and I sent it off thinking nothing of it. So I go about my business go to class and come back and check my email. Seriously like 1 hour later the woman emails me back (I know I've been telling people she called, it's way more exciting that way) and asks if I can put together an audition tape by the end of the week. My response "I'll overnight it tomorrow". She sent me everything I needed to do on the tape. I needed three video tosses (Up next grab your umbrellas, at number 4 it's Rhianna) then one minute review of a new album (see above Counting Crows review) and one host copy which is now taped on 7 different cue cards on my bedroom wall. So I take about an hour and half to film all of this stuff which should be 4 minutes long and go to the studio to edit it all down. Honestly I think some of the outtakes are funnier than the actual audition and I'm going to try and post everything here tomorrow so you can see how it came out. So then I overnighted it and they received it Thursday at 12:44pm and it was signed by a Mr R. Armstrong. (Not that I was concerned about whether it got there on time at all) And then there was nothing. What I'm hoping is that they got all the tapes they wanted by Friday at the end of the day and then they are going to review them at the beginning of this week and then call people back. I hope I didn't get everyone's hopes up including my own and now all I can say is I once sent in a tape to be a VJ as opposed to "Mom I know you haven't seen me in a couple weeks it's been crazy down here at work, but tune in this Thursday to catch my interview with Mariah Carey at 3:30pm all part of Spanking New Music Week" (How f*cking cool would that be?)

I'll keep you all up to date on the developments on that front. Life has been good besides all of that stuff going on. Have a major project that I've been majorly procrastinating on so now I have to kick it into high gear this week to catch up. Sure it will all work out. After all some of the project involves Bruce Springsteen so what more motivation do I need. The major upside/downside of this position will probably be leaving Boston sooner than expected. I believe the position would start sooner than later and recently I've gotten it through my head that I'm going to stay in Boston for the summer. But if the opportunity presents itself, I'm outta here.

Justin and I had a really interesting conversation the other night about friendships and how funny and fickle they can be. We were talking about how our relationship had changed over the years since when I first met him. We talked a lot about how things were different while I was in Australia and even this year. I've been working a lot and/or hanging out with guys in the chapter and haven't really been as close to my roommates as I was when I lived with them sophomore year. It's weird because as a sophomore I was the young and inexperienced one and I really looked up to guys like Hansen and took everything they said and did as the rule of thumb. And not in a bad way just in a different way as I went from being friends/roommates with him to my Middler year as President of the fraternity and him as my advisor, I tried to do things they way he did and run the chapter they way he did. But our leadership styles are very different and when I tried to emulate him it came off I suppose as not genuine or forced. Then I went away for a year and came back full circle and we are roommates again and its for sure different but so are most of my other relationships. Over time people change and grow and sometimes we grow closer and sometimes we grow apart, but I feel it's just the natural process of things. There is no really explaining it, or if there is I haven't figured that part out yet.

I'm happy that spring is finally here (although it was snowing Friday night). The more hours of sun there are in the day the happier I am for sure. To wake up to sunshine on my face is probably one of the best feelings in the world, and getting out of class at 7:30pm at night and still having some light is also awesome. I know that my birthday is coming and graduation and all kinds of fun things that the summer always brings. I am for sure a summer baby.

This post is getting entirely too long so I will save some for later in the week.

Until then I'll leave you with some Bruce...
"This one's for friendship...blood brothers on a stormy night, with a vow to defend, no retreat baby no surrender."


Mary said...

I can hardly wait to find out what happens...go MTV
I will begin saying "Hail Marys" now.....
Oh Shawnie...I hope it all works out for you...Love you

PS I was just starting to get worried you hadn't posted in a while.

albanymom said...

I cannot begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed your blog. You have grown and matured over the last year. You are always trying to be the best person you can be. I look at you with such joy and with great pride in the man you have become.