Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Bringing Me Back to Me

Oct 12, 2010 by

I’m 44 years old and I got home this morning at 3:34 a.m.

I had not a drink of alcohol. (I’m not a drinker.)

But last night I began a new chapter in my life, where instead of being a guy whose forgotten what it is to be who he was 20 years ago, I stepped back into the life of adventure and lived a little.

And I’m here to tell other moms and dads, who moved into the responsibility of parenthood a few years ago and thought they had to leave behind living on the edge of adventure, that there is still life out there, if you’re brave enough to go and find it.


As you might know from reading here on DaddyClaxton.com, I came across this band, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros totally by accident in July when I was in Austin for an event with Gillette. After I got home that night, I downloaded their songs and got hooked. Their debut album, “Up From Below” is a fine collection of tunes and jingles that immerse themselves into your consciousness and refuse to let go.

I play this album frequently, even months after first hearing it.  There are a couple songs on it I’m not real wild about, but the ones I am, well, I’d drive three hours from Dallas to Shreveport to hear them late at night, (Their set began at 10:30 p.m. and ended around midnight.) And so that’s what happened last night.

I’ll write more about the event in the days to come, but I wanted to share this video with you tonight.  And share the great photo I was able to have taken with me and band leader, Alexander.

Yes, I was about five people deep from the stage.  Yes, I sang along with them.  Yes, I was part of this very alive show, and there’s not a thing anyone can do or say to me to regret a single second of it.

But instead of getting into that tonight, here’s the video I shot using my iPhone 4, pulling the video clips into Aperture 3, and then importing them right into Final Cut Express without having to convert them at all.  Then it was just a matter of adding bumpers, some commentary, and I doubled the audio track because it recorded in a mono track.


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Heading to See Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Tonight!

Oct 11, 2010 by

I’m looking forward to tonight.  Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros are going to be at The Collective in Shreveport, LA, and by gosh and golly, I’m going to be there.

My hope tonight is that before things get going Ebes and Jade are going to be mixing about outside like they were in Austin back during the summer when I first learned of this band.  Because I was down there for a Gillette event, (not to mention ESATMZ didn’t want us in passing out razors) and because the event supposedly sold out in 30 minutes, we didn’t get in to see the show.

My fascination with this band has all been from watching them in YouTube videos, playing their disc Up From Below about a zillion times, and then of course, anytime Ford runs a Fiesta commercial and they play Janglin, (Um bop, um bop, bop pa pa da bop,) or I saw yesterday that even the NFL has a sport running to buy your favorite team swag and Home was playing as the jingle.

That’s really rare that a band releasing it’s first album has two songs turned into high-profile jingles, but it speaks to the goodness of Up From Below.

This is what love sounds like

As you know, a couple months back I wrote a piece called, This is what love sounds like, based on the way Ebes and Jade sing to each other, and from the video I’ve seen of them.   Before the show tonight, I hope to get to interview the two of them and ask them more to help tell this very soul-mate sounding story.

Wish me luck.

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Gillette ProGlide Ultimate Summer Job Crew Adam & Jason Visit Austin, TX

Jul 7, 2010 by

For the third Tuesday in a row, my daughter Chandler, 13, and I headed off on an adventure, this one to Austin, TX to meet Adam and Jason, the two guys with the coolest jobs in America–they’ve been picked, and rightly so, by  Gillette to travel the country this summer and talking about the benefits of using the revolutionary men’s razor, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. (Check out their own Blog!)

You will remember my incredible adventure back in late May when I flew to NYC to meet with other men bloggers to talk with Gillette about their then-to-be-released ProGlide at Yankee’s Stadium.  I learned so much about the science of shaving that day.  After two hours, we then went and watched the Yanks get beaten by the Blue Rays.

So when I got a call Friday saying Jason and Adam were going to be in Austin, all I needed to know from Gillette was where to meet them. (They did put two tanks of gas in my car to get me to and from…)  They had decided upon The La Zona Rosa where Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros were playing.  I’d never heard “Home” before, but now, given that I used to live in Alabama, I keep hearing Jade singing, “Alabama Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa…”  You’ll hear Adam do his version in the video.

We’d hoped to have the shaving station on display across the street from La Zona Rosa, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Nonetheless, we were able to meet with many of the guys standing around the area waiting for the show, and gave them free ProGlides.  The irony is that it doesn’t look like Edward Sharpe has shaved, let alone had a haircut or maybe even bathed, in weeks, so when it came to the bands fans hanging out for the show, several of them didn’t have shaving on their minds either.

I really have enjoyed my ProGlide and I’ve been tempted to set up the camera in the bathroom and do a video using it.  But so far, I’ve saved you all from seeing that!

But like I’ve noted here before, I have enjoyed the vibrating function of the razor.  The new blade configuration lifts each hair to cut it closer and closer and I’ve been getting the smoothest shaves over the past month.  And what used to happen whenever I previously would pull out one of those disposable razors–gashes in my face, has been eliminated.  I have four times more cutting power on my face and have yet to injure myself.

Jason and Adam are two of the coolest guys I’ve met in a long time.  They really do have the coolest job in America.  And like I’ve mentioned with my friends Carly from Indiana, etc. they’re living a great life adventure every day.   And you can tell that in just how they talk, act and hey, Adam even broke out this four-foot-long skate board and took it for a spin there in front of La Zona Rosa.

I encourage you to check them out on their website, ProGlideSummerJob.com and see when they’re going to be in your town.  They’re a hoot and you’ll also get to meet Cory, their driver and Cali, who seems to know everyone in America.

And more than anything, you need to check out this great new product for men.  That is, if you’re wanting to look sharp, in a different way than Edward Sharpe….  🙂 (I did download their latest off iTunes when I got HOME last night and I’m actually playing it now as I write.  Worth checking out…  Alabama Arkansas, I do love my Ma and Pa, Not as much as I do love you…”

Now Chandler and I need to figure out where to go next Tuesday night!

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