Hudson Taylor – #AtoZChallenge

I haven’t yet worked out exactly how Hudson Taylor (the band, of course, not the missionary or the wrestler) relate to my having MS, but I’m sure I’ll think of something. I need to shake this month up a little bit.

Hmmmm… Do Hudson Taylor sing about MS? (No.) Do either of them have MS? (Not that they’ve ever mentioned to me.) Support MS awareness of any kind? (Probably not, although they are so nice that I bet they would.)

Meanwhile, I’ve let days go by without posting since I can’t come up with anything to tie in the band, so I guess I’ll just leave you with a gorgeous recording of their new song, “Old Soul.”

P.S. Harry and Alfie, on the incredibly remote chance that you are reading this, please remember that you said you’d come back to Portland in May. And that you’d be headlining. And that you’d bring your whole band. And that I could have two free tickets. Okaythanksbye.

Look who’s here!

Hooray! My long-awaited Hudson Taylor CDs are here! The EP has been on Spotify for a few days already, but having it in hand makes it real, somehow.

Here’s my quick review (rundown?) of the Feel It Again EP.

“Run With Me” – If I hadn’t already  liked the song, the adorable video would have won me over. Rescue dogs. A VW camper van. Harry in a headband. What’s not to like? The song gets stuck in your head quite nicely, too.

“Easy Baby” – This is the one I’m least familiar with, so I’m going to have to listen a few more times and let you know later.

“Travellin'” – I love this song. I have a whole story made up in my head about it, that Alfie wrote it about Gabrielle (his love) and being a traveling musician (his other love), and how she encourages him to go on the road (and she knows how important it is for him because she is a touring musician as well). *Sigh* It’s so sweet. And on tour, Alfie sang, “Here I am, in Portland, Oregon!” which was a very nice touch.

“Old Soul” – This is slow and beautiful and dreamy. The video is so, so good; it shows Harry and Alfie walking and busking through Europe, Harry being silly and Alfie mostly serious. It’s funny; ever since I met him more than four years ago — when he wasn’t even old enough to drink — I’ve described Alfie as an “old man.” He just has this kind manner and seems so incredibly sweet, like a doting old granddad. It’s hard to describe. I mean it as a tremendous compliment.

“Feel It Again” – When I first heard this, months ago, I thought, “Wow, they are going in a whole new direction!” It was such a bigger sound than anything on the first album. The video is pretty (but silly) and the song is incredibly catchy.

So that’s the record! Signed and everything; I’m getting quite the collection. I can’t wait until they come back to Portland with a full band and play all these songs live.

Bad dog

Argh!!!

I could be writing about how I am 25-7 in the tourney, about how I had Butler and Marshall and Kansas State and Syracuse. (Nobody had Maryland Baltimore County, so I can be forgiven on that one.) But nooooo. . .

I could be writing about how Hudson Taylor are about to go on a meteoric rise (long-predicted by me, if I dare say so myself), about how they were on TV in New York this week, about how they got mentioned by Rolling Stone. But nooooo. . .

And why not, you ask?

Because my frakking dog peed in the house again, not 30 minutes after he was taken outside for the second time in the last hour, and it’s got me in a frenzy. I’m so angry. He was right by me. It’s marking behavior. He doesn’t need to do it. He just wants to declare his ownership of one upholstered leg of a living room chair. It ticks me off.

I hate having to clean up after him. I hate the sight of Nature’s Miracle. I hate that we will never be able to have nice things. I hate the fact that dogs can’t be reasoned with.

I love my dog. I do. But sometimes I understand why such a sweet dog was once a homeless stray.

And why, for the time being, he can’t look me in the eye.