Music: Andrew Ripp

A little over a week ago I went to a Dave Barnes concert at the House of Blues in Dallas. I absolutely love Dave Barnes. His music is the kind that I can listen to anytime, anywhere. I have seen a concert of his one other time when he played at a fundraising concert with Matt Wertz. This was the first time I saw him with his full band. He’s so great to hear live. If you don’t know his music, do yourself a favor and listen to it.

Anyways, at the concert, the guy who opened for him was Andrew Ripp. His name was familiar, and I had seen his face before when he was in a couple Dave Barnes videos, but I’d never actually heard any of his music. After he played, I was so mad that I’d never heard of him before. This guy is amazing! That night he didn’t have his band with him. He just played his guitar and a kick drum. If it had been anyone other than Dave Barnes, I might have just demanded that Andrew take over for the rest of the night.

I really don’t know how else to describe him other than amazingly talented.

Here’s a couple of his songs I really like.




It really took a lot of self control to not post every video he has on YouTube, so I didn’t. I don’t want to be that blogger.
So, check him out, buy his music, and be happy.


Outrageous Laughter

Have you seen this video? It’s called “Don’t Be That Outrageous Laugher”.  My roommate can tell you that when I watched it, I died laughing. I laughed so hard I cried. It hurt so good. Who knows, maybe I’m the only one who thinks it’s funny, but I doubt that.

I think I love this because I’m pretty sure I look absolutely ridiculous when I just belly-laugh, but who doesn’t?

I also thought about those people who’s laugh is funnier than the actual joke. There’s a guy in one of my classes who has one of the loudest laughs I’ve ever heard. Any time he laughs, most of the class laughs. We laugh not because the joke was funny, but because his laugh is so outrageous. Which makes me wonder how this guy isn’t aware of how loud he is.

What are you? The Goose, The Black Lung, The Mute, The Tear Jerker, or The Hiss ‘N Shrug?
My most outrageous laughter definitely resembles The Goose, eventually turning into The Mute. Good stuff. Laughing is so great, and I love it when other people laugh. There’s nothing better than laughter that puts you in tears and makes you feel like you’re about to die.