Last night, I went to the Read Leaf, where Stephanie Smith was hosting an “open mic”. It was a lot of fun, and everyone who played and sang was terrific. I’m hoping that they do it again. I sang “Generations”, “Levee Breaks”, and a rusty rendition of “Rockabye Lulaby”. I’ve done better on that one. But the first two went really well. I did Rockabye, because on my way up, I had a block on what I was going to play…so it was a last minute decision…gotta plan those things better.

I enjoyed listening to Stephanie, who sang a few of the songs off of her album. She has great voice control and seems to have quite a knack for songwriting at such a young age. Also among us was “Janae Kotter” who sang a song about the people who rescued others in the Sep. 11th tragedy. It was very cool to listen to people like Janae and Stephanie, because it inspired me and helped me to re-think the way that I write. It’s always good to go to things like that, because it’s a circumstance of talent in which you can really glean some great ideas. I think that a smart songwriter/singer/whatever pays attention to those around him/her and no matter that style or genre, takes away something that will improve themself.

Afterwards, we all talked and traded CD’s. It was a lot of fun. There was a guy there…I can’t remember his last name, but his first was Quinn. He was very good at the guitar (his rhythm was impeccable), so I asked him a little about his technique and he was happy to share some insights that he had…you learn something everywhere you go if you’re paying attention.

So my next gig is on the 10th of May. I’m a lot less nervous after having gone to that open mic. It was really the first time that I’d done anything in about two years…just the kind of confidence boost that I needed. So it was good preparation for Durango’s.

So today, I’m just playing my guitar and practicing (things like “Rockabye” and trying to keep the cat off of the couters and away from the food. I’m planning on writing a little today, maybe even something that I can play on the 10th. Gotta go for now. Hope that things are great in your lives!

I just landed a gig over at the Durango Grill on Friday, May 10th. If you’re in the area, I’d be happy to have you come down and watch. Joel, the owner of Durango’s called today and asked if I could play down there. Recently, Loki has been playing down there on Friday nights, and apparently he’s really good. I’ve yet to have a chance to listen myself…but I’m planning on hearing all of the artists that play at Durango’s.

My CD’s have arrived at cdstreet.com, so they’re ready for purchase. It takes about 2-3 days for them to come once you’ve placed your order.

Been working on new songs to add to my setlist for the summer gigs, so hopefully you’ll get a taste of what’s been “in the oven”. That’s all for now, folks!

Durango Grill gig

So I just took 30 CD’s down to the post office to have mailed. Yesterday, I set up an account with CDstreet.com, so that I can sell my album online. So folks can pre-order their CD’s right away, and since I sent them Priority through the US Postal, CD’s that are ordered should be recieved within a few days. Not a bad deal. It was really easy to set up. I don’t know why I didn’t do it earlier!

I called Dalton’s and spoke to Sandy last night. She told me that she likes my CD, and that if someone can’t show up one night, that she’ll call me to do the gig. Problem is, I don’t know if anyone is going to go away soon. So I’ll just keep plugging myself elsewhere for now…I have prospects…oh, yes…I have my prospects….*evil laugh* mouhahahaha!!!!

Selling my CD online

Good news, folks!! Soon, we’ll have a way to buy my CD online, via credit card orders! This will make it easier for you to order the CD and will provide a quick return in shipping, once the order has been placed (since I won’t have to worry about shipping out my my house!). So tell all of your friends to get online and check out my site and order my debut CD (you will be able to order the CD within a few days). Talk to you all later!

-Nathan

Nathan's Account of Subie's Death

Statute of Limitations Commentary on this post

At the time of this entry it?s 6 AM.

4 A.M. – I woke up to the sound of my phone?s alarm going off. I knelt in my bed and prayed that today would be a good day (the usual ?I?m so tired and I hope this prayer works?). Then I reset the alarm on my desk for 4:15 A.M.

4:15 A.M. ? Shut off my alarm, turned on my computer for a second to see if my friend Wendy had responded to my ICQ that I sent last night, telling her that I?d come over to her house this afternoon to drop off her UVSC folder that she left off (we worked on our registration yesterday afternoon).

4:25 A.M. ? I was in the shower and noticing what wonderful time I was making.

4:40 A.M. ? Started my drive to work. I noticed as I made my way toward the freeway on Center Street, that Center was blocked. It almost looked like I could make my way around the police and construction barricade, so I veered left. As soon as I did, I saw a Police car and thought better of the idea. I turned right to go South on I-15.

Got off at the next exit and made my way to University Ave, where I then turned north.

4:45 A.M. ? Decided to take State Street up to another exit so that I could make my way onto I-15. Turned left onto Center street (east of the freeway).

4:55 A.M. ? Drifted right a little and brushed the right hand side of the road?s sidewalk (or something). I was then immediately pulled up by that friction onto the sidewalk. Tried to pull left again in an effort to correct and regain control, but there was too much play in the steering to have any effect. Slammed over a half-foot ledge, which launched the right side of the BRAT up in the air. The BRAT and I landed, back on the right hand side of the street in front of ?The Guitar Shop?. I don’t think that that last part means anything.

4:56 A.M. ? Sat in the car and thought of the effect this was going to have on my life for the next bit, and wished in every way that I could do the morning over one more time. I sat for another 20 seconds, trying to make this ?Not have happened?. Nothing changed. So I closed my eyes and thanked Heavenly Father for keeping me safe throughout the entire event. I noticed my left thumb was sore, and wondered if I had broken the nail vertically in half. I turned on the light to survey my thumb, but it seemed to be fine.

4:57 A.M. ? The owner of the guitar shop (who I?ve met several times) came out asked loud enough for me to hear from inside my car if I was ok. I got out of the BRAT and answered equally, that I was fine- ?just a little disappointed?. He asked if I needed to use the phone, and I told him probably not.

4:59 A.M. ? Got back inside the BRAT and decided that this was a good time to read in my scriptures. I read chapter 30 of Alma and was actually able to concentrate on most of the chapter!

5:00 A.M. ? Got out to survey the damage. Looked like the whole front end of the right hand side of the BRAT had been moved about 1 foot towards the back end. Noticed that the rim of the wheel was dented in about 3-4 inches, and that the tire was ?done for?. I drove the BRAT about 4 feet back so that I could work on the BRAT and look closer at the damage with my flashlight. I ended up just over the line but since there had been so much noise from the damaged front end when I tried to move it, I thought better of the idea to straighten my park job.

I looked closer at the front end and also noticed that some bars had cut through the frame of the BRAT and were lodged in it. Also noticed ?more oil than normal? on the ground under the oil pan. I took note of other various damage that was done on the front.

5:10 A.M. – I jacked up the BRAT and changed out the tire with the spare that I keep under the hood. After I let the front end down, I noticed that the frame of the BRAT was cutting into the tire. So I jacked the tire up and again, and put the damaged wheel back on. Then (with no small amount of noise), I moved the BRAT back into it?s proper resting place (once again over the line).

5:25 A.M. ? Walked inside the guitar shop and asked the owner if I could use his phone and a phonebook to call a tow truck. He told me that it would probably be cheaper if I waited until normal business hours, because when you call a locksmith or someone in a like profession, there is a chance that they will charge more for being dragged out of bed. He offered to give me a ride back to my house. I accepted the ride graciously, and went back to the BRAT to get my backpack. While in the car, I grabbed one of my CD?s to give to him.

5:27 A.M. ? He picked me up in his small Nissan pickup and we drove north on State street, because of Center being blocked off.

On the way, he told me about how he used to drive motorcycles and how some of his friends buddies would ruin it from time to time when he?d lend it out.

I gave him my CD, and told him that it was folk music. He said something about liking folk, and that was the end of that conversation.

He dropped me off at the house and told me good luck or something of that nature. He left, and I noticed that no lights were on in the house, so that Ben and Grant must still be asleep.

6:00 A.M ? Started this entry, and wondered why I was even doing it.

I suppose I know that ?this too shall pass? (mom) and that it will be but a memory someday. So I?m trying to objectively look at the situation and know that this is something that one of my children may or may not appreciate later on in their lives. So that?s why this entry is so detailed and different. Plus, it?s a nice change of style from the usual.

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Nathan’s Account of the death of “Subie”

18 April 01

At the time of this entry it’s 6 AM.

4 A.M. – I woke up to the sound of my phone’s alarm going off.  I knelt in my bed and prayed that today would be a good day (the usual “I’m so tired and I hope this prayer works”).  Then I reset the alarm on my desk for 4:15 A.M.

4:15 A.M. – Shut off my alarm, turned on my computer for a second to see if my friend Wendy had responded to my ICQ that I sent last night, telling her that I’d come over to her house this afternoon to drop off her UVSC folder that she left off (we worked on our registration yesterday afternoon).

4:25 A.M. – I was in the shower and noticing what wonderful time I was making.

4:40 A.M. – Started my drive to work.  I noticed as I made my way toward the freeway on Center Street, that Center was blocked.  It almost looked like I could make my way around the police and construction barricade, so I veered left.  As soon as I did, I saw a Police car and thought better of the idea.  I turned right to go South on I-15.

Got off at the next exit and made my way to University Ave, where I then turned north.

4:45 A.M. – Decided to take State Street up to another exit so that I could make my way onto I-15.  Turned left onto Center street (east of the freeway).

4:55 A.M. – Drifted right a little and brushed the right hand side of the road’s sidewalk (or something).  I was then immediately pulled up by that friction onto the sidewalk.  Tried to pull left again in an effort to correct and regain control, but there was too much play in the steering to have any effect. Slammed over a half-foot ledge, which launched the right side of the BRAT up in the air.  The BRAT and I landed, back on the right hand side of the street in front of  “The Guitar Shop”.  I don’t think that that last part means anything.

4:56 A.M. – Sat in the car and thought of the effect this was going to have on my life for the next bit, and wished in every way that I could do the morning over one more time.  I sat for another 20 seconds, trying to make this “Not have happened”.  Nothing changed.  So I closed my eyes and thanked Heavenly Father for keeping me safe throughout the entire event.  I noticed my left thumb was sore, and wondered if I had broken the nail vertically in half.  I turned on the light to survey my thumb, but it seemed to be fine.

4:57 A.M. – The owner of the guitar shop (who I’ve met several times) came out asked loud enough for me to hear from inside my car if I was ok.  I got out of the BRAT and answered equally, that I was fine- “just a little disappointed”.  He asked if I needed to use the phone, and I told him probably not.

4:59 A.M. – Got back inside the BRAT and decided that this was a good time to read in my scriptures.  I read chapter 30 of Alma and was actually able to concentrate on most of the chapter!

5:00 A.M. – Got out to survey the damage.  Looked like the whole front end of the right hand side of the BRAT had been moved about 1 foot towards the back end.  Noticed that the rim of the wheel was dented in about 3-4 inches, and that the tire was “done for”.  I drove the BRAT about 4 feet back so that I could work on the BRAT and look closer at the damage with my flashlight.  I ended up just over the line but since there had been so much noise from the damaged front end when I tried to move it, I thought better of the idea to straighten my park job.

I looked closer at the front end and also noticed that some bars had cut through the frame of the BRAT and were lodged in it.  Also noticed “more oil than normal” on the ground under the oil pan.  I took note of other various damage that was done on the front.

5:10 A.M. – I jacked up the BRAT and changed out the tire with the spare that I keep under the hood.  After I let the front end down, I noticed that the frame of the BRAT was cutting into the tire.  So I jacked the tire up and again, and put the damaged wheel back on.  Then (with no small amount of noise), I moved the BRAT back into it’s proper resting place (once again over the line).

5:25 A.M. – Walked inside the guitar shop and asked the owner if I could use his phone and a phonebook to call a tow truck.  He told me that it would probably be cheaper if I waited until normal business hours, because when you call a locksmith or someone in a like profession, there is a chance that they will charge more for being dragged out of bed.  He offered to give me a ride back to my house.  I accepted the ride graciously, and went back to the BRAT to get my backpack.  While in the car, I grabbed one of my CD’s to give to him.

5:27 A.M. – He picked me up in his small Nissan pickup and we drove north on State street, because of Center being blocked off.

On the way, he told me about how he used to drive motorcycles and how some of his friends buddies would ruin it from time to time when he’d lend it out.

I gave him my CD, and told him that it was folk music.  He said something about liking folk, and that was the end of that conversation.

He dropped me off at the house and told me good luck or something of that nature.  He left, and I noticed that no lights were on in the house, so that Ben and Grant must still be asleep.

6:00 A.M – Started this entry, and wondered why I was even doing it.

I suppose I know that “this too shall pass” (mom) and that it will be but a memory someday.  So I’m trying to objectively look at the situation and know that this is something that one of my children may or may not appreciate later on in their lives.  So that’s why this entry is so detailed and different.  Plus, it’s a nice change of style from the usual.

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Breaking News: Subaru "Subie" BRAT Dies

Not my actual Subaru; doppelganger

Subaru “Subie” BRAT, age 19 of Provo, Utah died April 18, 2001, 4:45 A.M., at Center Street in Provo, after a brief collision. Born at Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan on August 31, 1982, the daughter of the late 1977 and 1979 Subaru Brat, she was a member of the SUV family. She was 3 and a half years from retirement, and was planning on ?taking a break from college and dating life.? She is survived by her owner, Nathan Nelson, and friends and family that span all across the west coast. Funeral is to be held April 19, 9AM at 1394 W. 430 S. in Provo Ut. Visiting hours Fri. 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. Burial in Grant Gillum?s back yard, Provo. ARRANGEMENTS BY CHUCKS TOWING 801-251-4041. www.chuckstowing.com
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