The Cleveland Indians finish their regular season with a week long home stand against the Royals and Rays. With a beautiful forecast there's little excuse not to head down for a game just to say thanks.
The Indians are still fighting for a wild card spot. The odds aren't great but we're playing meaningful baseball into the last week of the season. Most teams cannot say the same.
It's been another good year for the Tribe, regardless of what happens this week. Manager Terry Francona has gotten impressive play from a cast of "not ready for prime time" players.
Over the past few days I've heard those dismissing the Indians as having let us down again. Those sentiments are from people who just don't understand the game of baseball. Of course we'd like to go to the post-season, and maybe we will, but unlike the other major sports only the elite make it. We've been in the race all season, making for a hell of a fun ride.
With all the attention Scotland's getting on their vote to leave the United Kingdom (Which failed just a few hours ago) why not some Scottish rock for a Friday in celebration. Because, after all, what were those secessionists thinking?
Since this article came out a few weeks ago I've mentioned it in conversation numerous times. Usually this is while drinking a craft beer with someone.
Yes, I'm a fan of beer, specifically craft and imported beers. Life is too short to drink lousy beer. To me it's such a shame when I see a friend order something like a Miller Lite. Really? When we live in a time where our friends and neighbors are making their own home brews? Where you can build a vacation around traveling to a certain area known for its craft beers? I spent a week on the west coast of Michigan last month and was astounded by the local beer selection.
It's no wonder Michigan ranks #4 on this splendid list of the 50 United States ranked by their beer. Each state's ranking is followed by a paragraph or so as to why they were placed where they are. It's humorous and informative, mentioning beers that I've not heard of but am eager to try.
Once in awhile I'll get one of those questions on Facebook asking to come up with a list of favorite something or others. Even less often I'll respond to it, though I won't continue the chain by tagging friends to participate.
The one I got over the weekend is straight forward. Name your ten favorite singles of all-time. I've made these kind of lists when I was involved in music message boards and even posted my top 100 of all-time at one point. So this'll be easy.
It's the kind of exercise that can drive you crazy with second guessing and ommissions that come to mind. These lists are always flawed so I like to add the caveat "at this moment in time".
You'll notice that the majority of the songs are from my youth. That makes sense for anyone. Music seems to resonate deeply when you're in those developmental years, often shaping your music tatses forever. The songs become touchstones in your life. Here's mine.
My head is spinning after the announcements I've heard this week that will have a big impact on me. There was Apple's product announcement leaving me to imagine the possibilities the Apple Watch will have in store for home automation, the business I'm in. Then the largest control company in my industry announces an entirely new and simple way to program systems as they try to compete with the forthcoming Apple and Android home control platforms, Crestron drops a bomb at CEDIA Expo. Finally, two companies announce plans to bring high quality streaming music services to the United States within the next month or so. It'll be a week to remember.
I've been quite happy with Spotify since it was introduced in America three years ago. Streaming music has changed the way I listen and interact with music dramatically. I've touted it as the future of music consumption and with the announcement of CD quality streaming just around the corner that statement is solidified.
I'ved been saying that the quality of streaming music would improve in the future. I just didn't realize the future was now. These announcements also leave Neil Young's Pono dead in the water. I don't care if Pono offers a higher quality than CD. You're still going to have to buy the high-res files and ownership of music is on the wane. Why bother when you can essentially rent the largest music library in the world and now it'll sound as good as your CDs. Guess what? In the future it'll probably sound even better than that.
Spotify is testing high-res music streaming but are worried about the user experience if you have to wait five seconds from the click or tap of a song to have it begin to play. It's not that long a wait but if I'm playing songs at a party it just won't do. I've yet to find out if Tidal or Deezer have this delay or not. If Spotify is running up against the issue I suspect they are as well.
Maybe I won't have to say goodbye to Spotify. Maybe I'll have two music streaming services. Is that crazy talk? Call me nuts but I don't think so.
I was just looking at a photo Larry Collins, owner of City Buddha and retired concert promoter here in Cleveland, posted on Facebook. It pictures the audience attending the first of a four night run by X at the recently opened Music Box.
They're performing four albums in their entirety. A different one each night. They actually played their first two albums last night.
To Collins dismay the vast majority of the fans, as you can see, sat the entire night. Have you heard the early songs by X? Here's one.
Really, you're sitting through a rock and roll pummeling like this?! You should be ashamed of yourselves.
I've yet to attend a show at Music Box. I've heard good things about the space like great sight lines and being very close to the performers. My concern is that they're falling under the same unwritten rule as the Kent Stage where you're discouraged from getting up and dancing.
I get it. The majority should rule. If you're at an arena show and most people are sitting in your section then you should sit. Otherwise, you're being a bit of a jerk. Trust me, you're in the right but it's simply impolite. When I'm confronted with this dilemma I look for a spot where I can stand and dance. Maybe it's another section where they are standing. Maybe there's an empty seat in the back row or space in the aisle.
Rock and roll was not meant for such a conformist environment. And those of you too lazy to get off your asses, who look at those of us possessed by the spirit during a show with disdain...well...piss off.