January 25th, 2009

No Spring Chicken

Ice Pillars

No Spring Chicken

I went to the doctor a week ago for a physical and everything was as expected, or so I thought. A couple days later, he called me up to tell me that my thyroid wasn't working. After doing a couple more tests, I got referred to an endocrinologist, who told me that my body thinks my thyroid is a foreign organism; apparently I have been creating antibodies and trying to kill it. Sounds worse than it is: the litany of symptoms is long, but treatable. I'm supposed to take meds for the rest of my life.

The weird part is that I didn't notice. I just assumed that I felt like hell because I am getting older, don't get to the gym as often as I would like, and get less sleep because we have a 2 year old.

Lately I have been thinking about aging, and I am usually okay with it. Every once in awhile it freaks me out, but only because I worry how it will effect my daughter. But overall, I'm doing okay. I feel like I am more aware of the changes in my outlook than in my body. I worry more about the world, the financial crisis is killing me, and the idea of a child suffering (even momentarily) is just too much for me. The fact that I think about this stuff is probably a good thing. Can't stay a selfish prick forever. Overall, I am fine with the whole process. Sometimes it can feel a little sad, but that's par for the course I suppose.

I wrote this song one day when I was thinking about all of this. The song itself is an experiment with Logic and with the classic rock genre. It seemed like when I was a kid listening to bands, that a lot of songs were written in the key of Am, and that they all had guitar solos. I never really do solo's, so I thought I would write a classic rock song in Am, and try my hand at some wailing. It ended up sounding like a lost track from Pink Floyd's "More" album.


I used the 70's drum kit that I have in Logic for the drums, which I pounded out on my keyboard. The guitar stuff is all run through PodFarm. I just plugged my Tele in and dialed in an AC-30 sound. The delay is the Stereo delay that comes with Logic. the stereo delay is a very cool effect as you can sync it up with the songs tempo and pan each delay anywhere in the stereo field that you want.

The picture is from Astronomy Picture of the Day. It's a website that NASA does, and it's one of my favorite things to look at. You're looking at ice crystals in the air glowing. very eerie looking. Here's a link to the site: