Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations

A common songwriting technique is theme and variation.  Establishing a melody, and then repeating the original material in an altered form, tweaking elements to create something new.  Such elements could be the rhythm, the instrumentation, or even burying the original melody deep within another theme entirely.  It’s a fascinating tool that pops up time and … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations

Chip’s Picks of 2016

2016 was a year of remarkable changes, in every sense of the word.  My wife and I started new jobs in completely different fields from our previous positions.  We closed the books on several long-term creative endeavors, replacing them with new and exciting projects. We celebrated new lives born, long-time couples wed, and positive efforts … Continue reading Chip’s Picks of 2016

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Four Hours Driving, Three Beers for Drinking, Two Gaming Presents, and a Super Awesome Family

When I was a child, Christmas Morning meant waking up at the crack of dawn with my siblings, tearing open presents until we found a video game, and playing said game for the remainder of the day. Now that I am an adult with greater patience and other interests (read: someone who wants to sleep … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Four Hours Driving, Three Beers for Drinking, Two Gaming Presents, and a Super Awesome Family

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Finishing Abzû, Taking a Doughnut Break, and Celebrating with Rochefort 10

As a sort of resolution for 2016, I started a beer journal to document every new brew I encounter over the course of the year.  The goal of this practice is to catalog the beverages I ingest, comparing flavors to see which beers I truly enjoyed.  At the very least, this little notebook helps me … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Finishing Abzû, Taking a Doughnut Break, and Celebrating with Rochefort 10