30 Things I Love Right Now

by tjbeitelman

(1) Taylor Grocery in Taylor, MS. | (2) The Harrow and the Harvest by Gillian Welch (with Dave Rawlings). | (3) This Wheel’s on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band by Levon Helm (with Stephen Davis). | (4) The ticket stub I’m using as a bookmark in #3: “True West presents (all ages) Gillian Welch / Roseland Theater / 8 NW Sixth Avenue – Portland OR / Tues July 12 2011 8:00 PM / Gen Adm” | (5) Which is to say: confluence. | (6) Road trips. | (7) The Delta. | (8) The Delta Blues Museum. | (9) Muddy Waters: “When I was young I had the blues. I couldn’t pay my light bill. I couldn’t pay my rent. Now, I can pay my light bill. I can pay my rent. But I still have the blues…I guess I was born with them.” | (10) Hicks tamales in Clarksdale, MS. | (11) Cameras. | (12) Pictures. Moving ones, still ones. All points in between. | (13) Editing #12 above. Think I totally missed my calling. Or no: maybe my calling has come late. Or no: maybe my calling has been calling and calling and I’ve had my fingers in my ears. | (14) But really this attitude: Think I totally missed my calling. Or no: maybe my calling has come late. Or no: maybe my calling has been calling and calling and I’ve had my fingers in my ears. Because that’s all just noise. It’s okay to love what you love when you love it. In fact, that’s the whole point. | (15) Which is to say: “Keep your heart where your feet are.” Still. Always. | (16)Hard Times” on #2 above. | (17) Noticing. | (18) Documenting. | (19) Distortion. | (20) Ambient noise. Still. Always. | (21) Noticing, documenting a confluence (!) between #13-15 and #19-20. Sometimes noise is good, sometimes not. I’m not yet smart enough to always tell the difference. But I’m getting there. [Note-to-self: it has to do with portion control. A little goes a long way.] | (22) Notes-to-self. | (23) The Red Cat. | (24) Plan B. | (25) Collaborations. | (26) Friends [in order of appearance]… (27) Stuart… (28) Don… (29) Will… (30) Jason.

What are your 30 Things?