Music aside for a moment, another one of my favorite activities was much more affordable to me this winter. Despite being a sport that many other people have to pay significant money to enjoy, I worked at Hyland Ski and Snowboard area this winter as a chairlift operator so I was able to snowboard for free all year. This year I progressed quite a bit in my snowboarding skills. I only once recorded a day of riding with a friend, but I put it to music by the local band the Moving Parts. I used the song Noel as the background music for the video I uploaded to my YouTube channel.
At the end of the winter, just before the end of the snowboarding season at Hyland, my life was changed dramatically again when I was invited to live with some of my musician friends in the house near the University of Minnesota known as The Monastery. I had decided to move out of my lonely efficiency apartment at the beginning of January 2014 because I realized the expenses of car insurance and gas for the used car my parents gave me gobbled up all the disposable income I had enjoyed while biking. I had originally made plans to live with friends of mine from the band Thee Evil Creatures. However, I needed to wait till the rental agency found someone to rent my apartment, or till the end of March, because I gave my two month notice a day past the January 5th deadline for an end of February move out. Then, during one fateful week in February, everything came into place. I casually mentioned to my friends at the monastery that I was in transition from my current place to a tentative place with some friends of mine. It came up that they had a room opening up, and they offered it to me. Within a couple days I found out from the rental agency that someone wanted to move into my old place. Additionally, the person wanted to move in the very next week. As a result, the rental agency asked me to vacate as soon as I could to allow them time to prepare the apartment before the lease signing. Therefore, I quickly packed all my things into boxes and prepared for the move. That started a whirlwind of change blowing through my life. Within a week all my life plans had shifted dramatically. Now I am living in a house with 13 people that hosts house parties once a month where half a dozen local bands perform to a bustling crowd of interesting people.
With the matters of my own life out of the way, It's time to finally highlight one of the winter event's I haven't covered yet. On February 21st, 2014 the music video for the song "The Free People" by Moving Parts off the album "Music from the Monestary" was released. I got a chance last fall to be a part of this music video, along with quite a few other friends of the band, . The shooting was done at the Monastery house wher I now live months before I moved in.
That will be all for now, but I assure you there has been quite a few event's, releases, and other happenings I intend to relay eventually. Thanks again for reading. This spring and summer promise to be abundantly full of energy and creativity. Look forward to more soon.