It must be stated that I LOVE Ben Folds, with or without the Five.

“Brick” just shuffled up on my iPod.

A heart wrenching song.

It took me back to my days working in the music dept. at a large book store.  We got to choose the music that played overhead and I played ‘Whatever & Ever Amen” at LEAST once a day. The timing of “Brick” getting radio airplay happened to coincide with a co-worker of mine pretty much living the story of the song. He came up to me one day and asked if I understood what the song was about. I said yes and then he asked me if he understood how that was SO his life?

It dawned on me then that there is a collective subconscious in the world and things like movies and songs and books show up in your life exactly when you need them. 

I asked this fine fella if he wanted me to stop playing the CD so much and he said “Hell no! You playing it makes me understand that I’m not alone in this situation and that helps.”  That’s right, a piano playing, glasses wearing, geek chic musician from the South was helping my sweet little friend in Southern California and all was going to be alright with the world.

Anyone want to ask me again why I like music?


AHC Day 21!

My family isn’t big on traditions. It’s not that we are anti-tradition, there simply aren’t many to be had.  There is, however, one thing that is an important aspect of our family, “The Haley Special.”

A Haley Special is vanilla ice cream (the best you can get your hands on) dry roasted peanuts (full salt and preferably Planters…..although my Grandma used to swear that H.E.B. brand was better) and Hershey’s syrup. OMG—SO GOOD!  Every summer at my Grandma’s house on South Padre Island in TX, we would eat these lovely things from pink Tupperware bowls sitting on the back deck watching the wind have it’s way with the sea oats.  Those bowls are long gone and the open field behind my grandparents old house is now a sea of condos.  But last night, eating it out of my pink fiestaware bowl, it was almost like I was a kid again.

I guess if you’re not going to have many traditions, make the ones you have count.  If I ever have a restaurant–this will SO be on the menu 🙂