Pigeon’s First Concert – Mayer Hawthorne @ The Michigan Theatre – 07/26/2012

Mayer Hawthorne – live at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI, USA – July 26, 2012
(image quality from a shaky iPhone my buddy snapped)

First of all, this show was part of 107.1 FM Sonic Lunch series which means this performance was actually at noon. It was also free which is pretty cool. I beg to ask a question: “Where else can I walk from my home down a few blocks to a free concert with my son on a Thursday?” Ann Arbor, MI. Pigeon and I met up with an old friend and his wife at the show so it was nice to have people I know around us. Sat at the top of the theatre for since I figured a) it would be quieter than the rest of the venue (it is) and b) we would have more space to spread out in case Pigeon needed some room. Mayer Hawthorne is from Ann Arbor originally so it was, on some level, a homecoming of sorts for him.

This was Pigeon’s first actual concert. When the band took the stage his eyes lit up and he started clapping his hands with a massive smile. It was beautiful, to be honest. I don’t know if I would say this was rock maybe more soul, funk, something like that but he had a good time. He would not use ear plugs, big surprise there but also did not mind the music level. At one point I took him out into the promenade to inquire as to if the music was too loud or not. He said it wasn’t and asked to go back in. His first concert… I also recorded MH’s mix and another source from the audience – I made to set my equipment outside next to the venue before we went in. Years from now, he may ask me about going to his first concert and I can give him the CD or file or DAT tape for him to check out – of his first concert. I know most people, this thought would never cross their mind, but it certainly does mine.

We finished up the show, walked home, read two books (Where the Wild Things Are and Oh, the Place You’ll Go) and he settled in for a nap.

a sprinkle for twins

Last Sunday, Rella’s sisters put on a sprinkle for our twins. A sprinkle is in lieu of a shower – most folks do not have another shower as they expand their family with more and more kids. It was a nice, comfortable and laid-back affair. Of particular visual interest are the unique displays Ray-Ray created.

Like something out of a Pottery Barn catalog.

Family and friends were encouraged to write helpful hints for Rella and myself. However, we seem to be the only people with twins. Very nice gesture though.

Masks, games, refreshments and fun for the kids!

Good job ladies!


A2 4th of 7

Happy July 4th. In true American spirit, we woke up, walked downtown and ran the Ann Arbor firecracker 5K in 87* degree heat with a humidity index of 75. Afterwards, showered and met the crew at Starbucks.

Pigeon after his first race – a fast 100 meter dash.

After lunch I biked downtown to see if any of the record shops were open but of course they were not. Saw this man taking a photograph of the Michigan Theatre. Could not resist taking a picture of him taking a picture of the Michigan sign.

The above link is to an impressive fixture in Ann Arbor. We just refer to him as the Michael Jackson dancer in graffiti alley, I do not know what his name is. For at least a decade he will jam to music from the 1980′s usually Michael Jackson but I think he has embraced some variability as I have heard the sweet sounds of Dion Warwick more than once. Perhaps what is so impressive is that it is both the 4th of July and so, so, so frickin’ hot. But here he is.

Encore Records in Ann Arbor, MI. There is simply so much stuff in this store, not jsut LP’s although there are plenty of those. It can be quite overwhelming. Are you going to find a rarity like a Beatles Butcher Cover or something worth a ton of money? No, these guys are professionals and know the trade. You must dig, keep an open mind about what you are looking for and the treasures will find you if you know what to look for. First print of the first six REM albums all for $5 each? Yes, please. They also have a rather pragmatic sense of humor as the note will attest.

Stepped onto the campus of University of Michigan for a moment and saw this tango dancing sign. Rella & I would enjoy Argentine Tango dancing, who wouldn’t? Perhaps once the babies are obviously born and a little older we will be able to take some lessons.

One thing about Ann Arbor – it is beautiful. The city is referred to as Tree City USA although I’m not exactly sure what that entails. The campus of University of Michigan is in the heart of the city and this refreshing swath of nature leads to the diag where Hash Bash is held every year.

like sun-ripened raspberries in August

My name is Galen.
I am married to the most impressive person I know, my wife and mother to our two year old son, Pigeon (this is a surname, so to speak), and soon to be mother of our twins (boy and a girl). We live in the Old West Side area of Ann Arbor, MI, USA in a house originally built in 1925.

This blog is a project to document and share the intangible ubiquity of this experience of life, family and projects related to such. This blog will cover the nuances of single + twin parenting from someone ‘there and in it’. My wife & I will have 3, count em, 3 kids in diapers all under the age of 3! The more love, the better.

Once a week I will post a related parental-type-something-related-to-kids. But it’s not going to be a recipe for making brownies. Things dads, moms & people should know about what is in everyday items around the house. A good example is purchasing and correctly using outdoor hoses that are lead (and other heavy metals) free. Some language throughout the blog may be a little coarse or should be applied liberally with sea salt (or was that soap?) thus some rated PG-13. Other elements of discourse among thoughts: fun games/activites for children, gardening, household maintenance, my obsession with music, hints of lachrymology all smashed together with a back-beat to the one and only city of Ann Arbor, MI. Ecclectic – sure – perhaps even helter skelter but sometimes things are what they are.

Family is the cornerstone of my reality. My wife & I started dating out of high school and have been together since 1997, marrying in 2003. I consider myself the luckiest fella alive. I have what I consider an entirely compelling, thrilling, complicated and cool hobby – I audio record live concerts using various methods since just about Y2K..

I myself do not read blogs all that much thus am learning the ins and outs of it all. I have a full time job as a counselor, have a two year old with two more kids en route so why would I spend my time doing a blog? Wasting time?  I don’t know. I do all sorts of shit I ultimately cannot fully explain. Don’t you? If you are into it, great, share it with someone else. If you don’t, don’t.

From this date forward, this blog will be updated daily for 30 days then every other day thereafter.