Vino Trio Opens for Matt de Zoete 21Mar10 | comments: 0

Spring in DC is beautiful. Tonushree, her parents, and I went to Tim and Candice’s house party to eat some amazing food and listen to some fantastic music. Tim’s band (Vino Trio) opened for Matt and they both rocked. There is nothing like a little live music, gourmet food, and some friends to liven up the night.

For a little taste of the night, turn up your speakers while playing the slideshow above or check out the video I took below. Both can be viewed in full-screen, but the video looks sharpest when “Scaling is off”. Enjoy!

Vino Trio – Hey Hey from Kush Tyagi on Vimeo.

we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. 06Feb08 | comments: 0

Check out some of the best portions of Obama’s Super Tuesday speech.

If you want to see the entirety of his speech, click here.

Yes We Can. 03Feb08 | comments: 0

Neems directed me to this video in one of her comments; I thought it deserved a post. There is something to be said for things that rekindle and stoke hope and inspiration.

Obama came to Santa Fe on Friday; it was awesome. The organizers were able to fit 3600 people into the Santa Fe Community College Fitness Center; 3600 people…jeez…that’s 5% of Santa Fe’s population! That’s not even counting the ~2000 people who didn’t get in.

Yes we can.

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South Carolina Victory 27Jan08 | comments: 2

I love Barack’s victory speeches. I always come away inspired. Check it out.



Pather Panchali 13Jan08 | comments: 1

Almost 10 years ago (sheesh…has it been that long!) a friend suggested I check out the Apu Trilogy, starting with Pather Panchali, by famed director Satyajit Ray. Over the years it had been tucked away in the back of my mind, but I never got around to renting until last night.

Wow.

The movie is absolutely beautiful on every level imaginable: cinematography, musical score, story, character development, acting…everything. I especially love Ray’s focus on the actors’ and actresses’ eyes; the emotions they convey are immense. And the moods stirred by exacting cinematography is unbelievable. If you haven’t seen it, check it out! Keshav, Mom, Dad…you all are going to *love* it!

Knowing Neema’s suggestions are usually right up my alley, I also picked up the second in the trilogy, Aparajito. If it is anything like the first, I’m going to enjoy my Monday evening on the sofa. 🙂

A New Year. Some New Music. 13Jan08 | comments: 0

If you’re feeling like you’re in a musical funk and need some revitalization, here are my absolute favorite places to find new music.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, tune into KEXP 90.3 FM! If, like me, you aren’t lucky enough to live in Seattle, then check out their website. The DJs there rock and play *great* music. What I love is that they don’t play any specific genre; they just play the best music, new or old, from all genres. One thing I love is that they have an archived, realtime playlist on the site that you can always go back to and get the name of a song you heard. Even better, they archive two weeks of music so if there was a particular song or show you wanted to hear again you can easily get it. If you’re into live performances, then you should check out their in-studio performances. And if you want to get a new song everyday, check out their podcasts. You’re sure to find something new with these guys. Quality stuff.

If you’re looking for new tunes in a particular genre, try out Pandora. Just enter an artist or song and they’ll start playing music they think you’ll like. Their selections are based on the Music Genome Project and are really, really good. What I love about this site (and what I wish KEXP would introduce), is their bookmarks. Whenever you like a song or artist, you can just bookmark it and you can use that to find the songs on Amazon or iTunes. Check out my bookmarks here.

Hope you find something you like!

Holiday Surprises 13Jan08 | comments: 0

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For almost as far back as I can remember, my family has loved surprising each other. My first memory of a family surprise was back when we lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. My older brother was off in college and he said he wasn’t going to come home for one of the holidays. Then one evening, we got a knock on the door and my brother was standing there with a big smile on his face; he’d managed to book a flight, land in a city more than an hour away, and get a ride back home without raising any suspicions. Since then, both my dad, my older brother, and I had surprised the family at one point or another. This past Christmas was my little brother’s chance to get in on the surprising end of the action.

I was going to drive from New Mexico out to Oklahoma to spend the holidays with my little brother. Since he was enrolled in intersession classes, we didn’t expect to go to be able to go to Atlanta (where my older brother lives) or Bahrain (where my parents are residing). The night before I left for Oklahoma, though, my little brother said his professor cancelled all classes between Christmas and New Years Day and he suggested that we roadtrip 14 hours out to Gerogia and surprise my older brother and family. It was a phenomenal idea! I drove to Oklahoma on the 21st and we took off for Atlanta early on the 22nd. We arrived late and weary on the 22nd and surprised my older brother, Bhabie, niece, nephew, Bhabie’s sister and her husband. My older brother was shocked, to say the least, and even though Keshav and I were exhausted when we arrived, we ended up staying up until 4am playing Pictionary. Yes…we’re all board game addicts. 🙂

On top of playing various board/card games, I got to take my niece and nephew swimming and rockclimbing, we played basketball and video games, and we went to see butterflies and some amazing holiday lights at Callaway Gardens. The roadtrip itself rocked, too: my little brother and I listened to music, bonded, and had some great BBQ at the The Golden Rule in Irondale, Alabama. I couldn’t find it on the menu, but order “a Pork sandwich, sliced, inside cut, spicy.” Thanks for the heads up, LeMonte.

Sigh. It was all awesome. All the things I had intended to get done over the break didn’t get done, but everything I did was so much better than anything I had intended to do. 🙂