Music In The Making

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I’ve been strumming around a bit, and writing down every idea that pops into my head.

Stay tuned


Year End Reviews!

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Last year I started making top 5’s of my favorite tobaccos, cigars, etc. on my YouTube channel.  I decide to make it an annual thing and wanted to blog it as well.

Top 5 Tobaccos

  1. Mississippi River
  2. Frog Morton Cellared
  3. Villager “Late Night”
  4. Dunhill 965
  5. Rattrays Black Malory

Top 5 Cigars

  1. Brickhouse/Brickhouse Maduro
  2. Kristoff
  3. Undercrown
  4. Geurka Wicked Indie
  5. Acid Kuba Maduro

Top 5 Beers

(this doesn’t include the 20+ home brews I tried at the Kosciusko Kettleheads tasting, or the countless number of brews Buckley gave me, or the awesome beers I tried from the home brewers at cigar club, those trump any of these 5)

  1. Moosehead
  2. Newcastle Brown Ale
  3. Blue Moon “Pumpkin Harvest”
  4. Ranger
  5. Strohs

Top 10 Bands and Albums

(these are the bands and albums I listened to non stop throughout 2012)

  1. For Today “Portraits” “Immortal”
  2. Oh, Sleeper “Son of the Morning” “Children of Fire”
  3. Mumford and Sons “Sigh No More” “Babel”
  4. The Chariot “Long Live”
  5. mewithoutYou “Catch For Us The Foxes”
  6. Manchester Orchestra “Simple Math” “Mean Everything To Nothing”
  7. Memphis May Fire “The Hollow” “The Challenger”
  8. Brand New “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me”
  9. Four Year Strong “Enemy Of The World”
  10. Norma Jean “O’ God The Aftermath” “Redeemer”

Top 5 Movies

  1. Lawless
  2. Pitch Perfect
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. 21 Jump Street
  5. Dark Shadows

Honorable Mention:  Ted

A more detailed description of these lists will be uploaded on my channel. Have a blessed 2013!


Straight Razor Shaving: A Forgotten Art

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For about a year now, I have been very interested in shaving with a straight razor.  My first razor I picked up was at a flea market and tried everything I could to get it sharpened.  It was just so dull i think I would have to send it away to get professionally honed.  Instead of taking that route, I found a decent razor on Amazon for under $20 where I can switch out the blade.  I’ve shaved this way twice now and there is something about it that just makes me feel relaxed.  Like everything else, I believe this way of shaving is also an art.  

I had started a different routine during my last shave that helped me enjoy the hobby much more.  While shaving I also had a pipe packed and a beer popped and between passes I would take a few puffs from my pipe, and a couple drinks, all this while listening to my good friend Ryan’s album.  I felt more than relaxed.  There is nothing better than enjoying the simple things in life, like a good shave, a cool smoke, and some heart-filled tunes written by your best friend.