Monday, October 30, 2006

Chicago Trip 10/28/2006

On Saturday I did something I have never done before. Jami, Jacob and I, along with Jami's aunt and uncle, Lola and Mike, took the South Shore to Chicago.

The train stop just short of the Chicago river on Michigan Street. So we had to cross the bridge over the river to get to the shopping area of Michigan street. When crossing the bridge, and me being a fan of "The Apprentice" I had to take a pictue of Trump's new building being built, it has a long way to go yet.

After going a couple of blocks west to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe we went back to Michigan Street and went to Water Tower Place. This is a picture from across the street from Water Tower Place looking up at the John Hancock building.

After some more shopping we went to the Weber Grill and had supper. This is fast becoming one of my favorite places to eat in Chicago. This was the third time Jami and I have ate there. I had the beer can chicken and garlic mashed potatos (YUMMY). Anyways after that we had to head back to the station to catch the last train back to South Bend. Here is Jacob playing with Mike's new "Life is Good" hat while waiting for the train.

Just a guess, but I think we wore Mike out!!!

Overall it was a fun day and I would recomend trying the South Shore sometime. I found it very on time and enjoyed not having to drive to Chicago for once.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Branford Marsalis Quartet Concert Review

Well it has been awhile since I have went to a jazz concert. But last friday I went to see the Branford Marsalis quartet at the Chicago Symphony Hall. I went with my good friend Brent Kattau. Now if you have never seen modern jazz before this concert would be a little different for you, but I thought it was one of the best all around bands I have seen. This group builds an idea, puts you on the edge of your seat and then starts the next idea. Now I have been on the floor of the cso before, but never before have I sit in the top balcony. I new I was in trouble when they offered shoulder harnesses (just kidding)....here are a couple of pictures, but they don't really show you how high up this balcony is, or how steep it is.
Here is my member breakdown:

Branford Marsalis (tenor & soprano saxophones): Whimsical, outstanding saxophonist and leader. Very comfortable with letting his quartet and not himself be the star of the show.

Joey Calderazzo (piano): Fast, Best jazz pianist I have ever seen. I normally could care less about the piano player, but let me tell you....THIS GUY IS AMAZING. Normally (me being a saxophone player) I would go away from a show like this talking about the sax player....this show for me the piano player was incredible....go buy Joey Calderazzo CDs I am sure you won't be dissapointed....sidenote: Branford produces Joey's CDs
Eric Revis (bass): Steady foundation. Honestly for me it was a little hard to hear the bass, as fast as his fingers were moving I'm sure they have to hurt.

Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums): Mountain of thunderous sound. This guy isn't the time keeper. He adds such depth when he plays. Almost as if he were the canvas for the other members of the band. I have never seen anyone set people up for entrances like he did....CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR...so clear that even a bigging band student would come in on time..DRUMMERS: GO LISTEN TO "Tain"...learn how the drums don't have to be a time keeper, but a true sonic part of the band.

In summary these guys were amazing. Blistering fast speeds....Slow eloquent ballads....there were times when Brent asked me where's one?....I politely said I have no clue, but I'm sure they do. They played such fast and different time signatures it was truely amazing... so to the Branford Marsalis Quartet I say...thanks for reminding me why I love jazz...it has been awhile but thanks!!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Baby Dedication

Thursday night 9/28/2006 was a great night for us as we attended the baby dedication at GCC. Jami and I were able to make a great commitment to raise our son to know Christ.
Many other families were able to make that commitment too. It was a great night to see and celebrate all of these wonderful families in our church.
It was great to have pastor Beeson and his wife pray with us for our family as we commited to raising our child to know Jesus.