If you ever wondered how to be the sweetest uncle of all time, here is what I did to achieve that avuncular status:
I was about 90 miles away when my little niece was born. After my father called me to relay the stupendous news, naturally, I was overcome with emotion. Amid some happy tears, I scribbled out these lyrics, took up the guitar and in about half an hour –> I had a song.
As the second best uncle in recorded history, I wanted to make this baby a gift that she could cherish forever. Yes, I performed it for my family a few days later, but musical performances are but fleeting moments of spontaneous creation. So, I notated the song, printed it out with some adorable images, and framed it up for posterity. Here’s a complete transcription of the score: Amelia. A few notes about the lyrics: Amelia was born on the first day of spring, and she shares a birthday with my daddy.
Hopefully, when this little baby comes to learn to read (and read music), she’ll see that Uncle Matthew loved her from the very first minute.
Big congratulations go out to the brave Jason Collins for helping make strides towards equality.
This is a pretty huge deal. There have been tons of gay female pro athletes who have conquered the sports world before Collins — but this is a landmark occurrence for male team sports.
Naturally, the repugnant bigotry materialized instantly with ignorance commentary cropping up from the usual gang of jackasses and religious nutbars embarrassingly clinging to their corrupt ideologies. Thankfully, this woeful discrimination is lessening each day.
Steps like this help make it less “news-worthy” — Lets hope this is the first step towards making this not even a thing anymore.
My friend Kelena asked me to accompany her in her recital performance. We did it today and it went well. Here are pics. The ensemble pic is from our cover of “Apologize” by One Republic. We also covered an India Arie tune called “Ready for Love”.
The video is of a song my buddy Ray & I wrote and arranged.