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Straight from PA

I know I live in Delaware, but can I call “Illinois” a local band if they are from Bucks County, PA?

Their website leaves much to be desired, but that is probably because (like most new bands) they’re counting on MySpace for all of their up and coming stardom.

“What the Hell Do I Know?” is the title of their EP set to appear in stores on March 6, 2007.

You can listen to four of their songs on their MySpace page, the link is above, or you can click here and give a listen to their song “Alone Again.”

No stealing please, this is just here to entice you to buy the EP next week. And if you want to do a quick read through, Philly EDGE did a story on them that is running front and center on their website this morning.

So, So, So Soothing

Light some candles and pour me some wine.

The only bad thing about Midnight Movies single “Patient Eye” is the fact that I didn’t hear it until today. What have my ears been listening to all this time?

This song has such a soothing sound that I literally felt the muscles in my neck and shoulder relax. I kid you not. The song is produced by Steve Fisk. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Fisk has also produced songs for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Minus the Bear, The Screaming Trees and Unwound.

Check out the video.

If you like “Patient Eye” then you will also like their song “Persimmon Tree.”

Trip, fall…no… stumble

Awww come on, why is it that I find myself falling in love with the swooning sounds of British men pouring their heart out over a guitar chord (played on an 8-string guitar)? Guess sometimes you just can’t help it, right? Right.

Onward.

It’s not just the voice of Peter James though, he is accompanied by Daniel Panasenko, David Lofton and Gino Robair. Combined they create classic acoustic music, with a crispness that would be perfect if played in a movie on an autumn day, leaves falling and the sun shining through the trees. You know that kind of day when you just want to stand there and breathe it all in? That’s it. That’s the feeling you get when you listen to this music.

And did you know, he doesn’t just play an 8-string guitar, no, no, Peter James also has a 10-string guitar. Such ambition. Gotta love it.

Peter James – “Stumble”

Buy “Footnotes to Fairytales

Nerding out

I really must quickly blog about this, nerd or not, I think it is very interesting and educational. As most of you know, I am fascinated with the brain, in specific, neurological disorders.

Autism is one of the disorders that has most intrigued me. And since I frequently peruse the National Institute of Health’s website, I was pleased to see the latest study on Autism.

Largest-Ever Search for Autism Genes Reveals New Clues

In short, the article discusses the link between this disorder and chromosome 11.
“A site on chromosome 11 most strongly linked to autism in this study harbors genes for proteins that shuttle glutamate across the synapse.”

Chromosome 11 only represents 4 to 4.5 percent of your DNA make-up. It, unfortunately, is already known to be one of the most disease ridden chromosomes in our genetic make-up. Chromosome 11 has been linked to things ranging from breast cancer to more rare diseases like beta-ketothiolase deficiency. The specific gene that is being looked into is neurexin 1. Neurexin belongs to a family of genes that help nerve cells communicate.

Anyway, basically, being able to pinpoint this is huge in the study of autism. Scientists and doctors have always thought that autism might have something to do with a person’s genetic make-up, but until this study have been unable to prove that theory. Yay for the Autism Genome Project!

Find out who is “Everyone Worth Knowing”

Since I finished school I have been a reading fiend.

There have been so many books that I have let pile up and it has been quite enjoyable to start dwindling down the stack.

On Saturday I finished “Everyone Worth Knowing” by Lauren Weisberger. She also wrote “The Devil Wears Prada.” Bette Robinson is the main character in this book. She’s on a journey of self discovery and she morphs into this woman she isn’t very proud of with very little privacy and a huge credit card bill. Haha. She is aware that she did not want to be that person. It takes some time for her to get out of the materialistic world of knowing all the right people and being able to get into the fancy, elite New York clubs. Eventually, she finds herself in a room of close friends and family, celebrating her birthday. It ends there, in that room, and I can imagine the feeling that must have swelled within her at that sight.

I don’t know how she held out as long as she did working in the PR position she had landed in after quitting her job at the bank. But Bette had the life of a rock star for quite some time. Until she realized that labels on your jeans really don’t matter and being able to get on a jet and sip champagne at any given moment, yes it was quite nice, but so not necessary. Especially if being that person meant disappointing everyone who ever meant anything to you. Ah Bette, you made an excellent character in a book, I really loved reading along as you blossomed. =o)

And so now I am already over 200 pages into another book, haha. My brother will shake his head when he reads this, but it is another Dean Koontz book. This one is called “Forever Odd” and though like “Intensity” it does involve a murder, this storyline is far less gruesome. In fact, I think the reason I can’t put this book down is because the main character Odd (yes, his parents named him that, strange people) can see spirits and help them find closure with what they left behind upon dying. In addition, he refers to a magnetic feeling he has, like he is being pulled places to help people in danger. It is a very interesting book and I’m pretty sure I’ll finish it tonight after Heroes. =o)

For myself

“But the thing is, it’s hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely, because almost everyone has that smallest bit of faith and hope that one day they would open their eyes and it would all come true. At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale is slightly different than your dream. The castle, well it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important that it’s happily ever after — just that it’s happy right now. See, once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you. And once in awhile, people may even take your breath away.”

*taking a deep breath*

Is it silly that when I pray for courage…I’m really only hoping for the courage to keep standing?