Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Do You Read Frank?

A couple of years ago I started an anonymous blog (to those who follow the blog, it's still anonymous to everyone else). I gained a few thousand followers and over 1/2 million hits (views). But I say all of that to hopefully make the point that followers and views are not necessarily indicative of quality. My blog is somewhat fluff and quite often not thoughtful. I usually write by the seat of my pants. Yet there is an intelligent and thoughtful blogger I admire and love to read, who might just be my favorite all-around blogger, and he only has ten followers and probably less than a tenth of the hits I have. I could be wrong about the latter, but I've looked at some stats on his site, and it doesn't seem he's well-known.

That's stunning to me, and so I'm compelled this morning to introduce Frank Thompson. And a proviso. As with all blogs and other writings, I don't agree with everything someone writes. What a dull place this would be if we were all in lock step on our thoughts, but I appreciate Frank's mind and most important, he always makes me think. Without further ado, I give you All Things Wildly Considered.

Monday, September 9, 2013

No Bushel for Tommy

Recently, an online friend turned me onto Tommy Emmanuel. And now I can't stop listening to and looking at this: Certainly, he is a fantastic musician, but it's the joy he exudes that has me continually fascinated with what he's doing.

Here's another one:

I was so moved by his unabashed pleasure in playing, I looked up some background on him and discovered he's a believer!

And Tommy's revealed something about how he sees performing, "It's my job to get out and play the guitar and let God do the rest. Stay out of his way. Just play the guitar and do what you're meant to do. That's my job."

May we all have such humility and joy in our jobs.

One more and a wonderful word from Tommy about playing and living:

That just never gets old.

Tommy will be in Denver sometime in February 2014. Details will be forthcoming on his site.

This one was for you, Bob. :D