Well, I was sad to hear that James Brown passed away today in Atlanta at age 73 after apparently suffering from severe pneumonia. I saw James Brown perform at Stubb's back in May (along with Jeff & Mandy, Team Bloom, and others), and it really was a really great show. It was one of those shows that was just bigger than you thought it was gonna be, and everyone who saw it walked out feeling happy. I'm so glad I got to see him play while I had the chance. I'm not saying that the man didn't have his ups and downs, but James Brown really was the godfather of soul, and his music is amazing. Without any danger of hyperbole I think it's fair to say that the man was a musical icon. We'll miss you, Mr. Brown.
In other news, Christmas has come and gone, and so has Cousin Susan's birthday (which was on actually on Dec. 24th- sorry, Sue!). She won't tell me how old she is, but I know that we've been celebrating her 29th for quite a few years now.... ; )
Here's a picture of Susan peeking out from behind a candle at Christmas Eve dinner (Karebear to the right, Nathan Neely to the left).
Christmas was good. Some family friends, the Neelies, came over and went to church with us and had dinner
with us afterwards. Here's Don, Nathan, and my folks unwinding after dinner...
Anyway, it was a pretty good Christmas, all in all. Better than I thought it would be. The Karebear and The Admiral got me an iPod, which I gotta say is one of the most fun gifts I've gotten in a long time!
Anyhoo, Mandy is back in town, and I just got back from hanging out and having a welcome home beer with she and Andy over at her house. It's cold outside, and it's late, and I love my family, but I'm happy to be back in Austin. Merry Christmas, you Adventurers.