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Where I list the A,B,C’s of Daddy Runs a Lot

by John on June 30th, 2015
Biggest Fear
Forgetting my priorities — I tend to invest myself into whatever I happen to be doing . . . sometimes, that “thing” I’m doing? Is entirely unimportant. And if I becomes all encompassing, well, important shit gets lost. I’m constantly telling myself to step back & look at what I’m focusing on, ensuring that I’m not missing something bigger.
Current Time
9:30 on a Tuesday morning
Drink I last had
A mixture of pu-erh & white teas with lemon juice & apple cider vinegar
Easiest Person to Talk To
Favorite Song
If I’m taking “song” at it’s actual definition, meaning a musical piece with words, well, this is still a fucking loaded question. It’s like asking Bob Ross about his favorite cloud. Seriously, this question freaks me out & stresses me more than I’d like to admit. Right now, there are several songs that I absolutely will stop whatever I’m doing to listen:

  • The Pixies: Where Is My Mind
  • Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt
  • Allman Brothers: Midnight Rider (though I’ve also been digging Willie Nelson’s cover of the same)
  • Mumford & Sons: Little Lion Man
  • The Moldy Peaches: Anyone Else But You
  • Lou Reed: Walk on the Wild Side
  • Plain White T’s: Hey There Delilah
  • Modest Mouse: Float On
  • The Rolling Stones: Ruby Tuesday
  • Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb
  • Jeff Buckley’s cover of Hallelujah

Then there are songs with an incredible amount of significance to me, which will always put me in a better mood:

  • Jeff Healey Band: Angel Eyes
  • Stevie Wonder: Isn’t She Lovely
  • John Lennon: Beautiful Boy
  • Billy Joel & Ray Charles: Baby Grand
  • Tom Petty: Free Fallin’

And I have my “guilty pleasure” songs:

  • Zac Brown Band: Chicken Fried
  • t.A.T.u.: All The Things She Said

Then lets not forget my actual favorite musical pieces which don’t qualify as songs:

  • Antonin Dvorák: Symphony Number Nine “From the New World”
  • Edward Elgar: Enigma Variation IX (Adagio) “Nimrod”
  • Pablo Casals: El cant dels ocells (“Song of the Birds”)
  • Carlos Gardel: Por Una Cabeza (“By a Head”)1

But, if I’m listing a single song? I’m going with The Beatles, I’ve Just Seen a Face. For today. If I don’t let myself think about it too much more.

Grossest Memory
The La and repeated code browns.
New Providence, New Jersey
In Love With…
Ok, this is stupid, because I should answer Duffy, or the kids. But I’m going to say “playing in front of a live crowd.” People have often commented on this to me, how I’m “more alive” after a great performance. And getting over the shingles, well, “feeling alive” does a lot for me. And, well, I’m actually feeling it (normally, I just kind of ignore the “good energy” comments if I talk to someone after a gig).
Jealous of
People who have the ability to sit down, plan out what they want to do, and see those plans to fruition. If I have the money to do something, I don’t have the time. If I have the time, I don’t have the money. If I have the time & the money, the task is, simply, unattainable.
Killed Someone?
Not today. Though the day is still young….
Longest Relationship
Well, I’ve been married for the better part of 12 years — but Ryan has been my friend since the first grade, so I guess it depends on how we’re defining relationship.
Middle Name
Number of siblings
One sibling, Jessica. I also have a stepsister, two stepbrothers (one of whom is no longer with us), three brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, and many close friends who happen to be so close that I consider them family & can sometimes forget that they’re not blood-related to me.
One Wish
That my kids grow to be happy, confident, and secure in themselves.
Person who you last called
People still use their phones as phones? Really? It was a work call to the Bangalore office.
Question you’re always asked
How did you get fit/lose weight? And/Or: How do you have the energy for what you do?
Reason to smile
I’m up to no good
Song you last sang
What Does the Fox Say? Because kids.
Time you woke up
5:20 — I considered trying to go back to bed, which would have given me an extra hour, but Benji had other ideas.
Underwear Color
Vacation destination
Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Worst habit
See greatest fear — getting so involved in a meaningless task that I tune out those in my life
X-rays you’ve had
So so many. Aside from regular dental X-Rays, in no particular order:

  • Right Elbow
  • Rib cage
  • Right Shoulder
  • Right big toe
  • Right shin
  • Right wrist
  • Left pinky finger

Looking at that list, I guess it’s really not a surprise to see why the shingles decided to attack the right side of my body.

Your favorite food
Favorite food and favorite song in the same list? Really? Bullshit.

Cheese. A cheddar so sharp that it feels like it’s cutting into your tongue. Paired with a pinot noir.

Zodiac Sign
  1. Laura permalink

    I have a new favorite song. It’s Out of the Game by Rufus Wainwright. Check it out!!!

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