So, why “No Better Place”?
With my good friend Danny’s blog Leaps and Bounds in mind, I knew that I wanted to name this after a song. “No Better Place” is a from Fountains of Wayne's Welcome Interstate Managers record, and I think suitable on a number of levels.
For one, it has a decent enough ring to it. It also isn’t too long, and fits comfortably enough before the .tumblr.com. But more than that, I think it’s appropriately ambiguous. Much of what I’ll write about is going to be about me and where my life is right now. And putting aside all of the standard middle class things I could choose to complain about, I can think of nowhere I’d rather be.
But that’s not what the song’s about. The song has its narrator talking to someone, presumably an ex (or soon to be), who is about to leave town “for no better place”. I get the feeling that there is a sense of the grass being greener on the other side for the person who’s leaving, while our singer is trying to convince them that there’s no use going anywhere. Nothing will change.
I’d be lying (and I think we all would be), if I said I’d never had the occasional, fleeting, “grass is greener on the other side” style thoughts. It’s perfectly human, and I’m not ashamed by it. What makes me confident in even bringing it up, is just how fleeting those thoughts always are for me. It takes very little, be it the “running cuddle” I get from my son when I pick him up from daycare, or the perfect Friday night slump on the couch with my wife to make me feel like this is the place for me.
So that’s the story behind the title. If you choose to check in here occasionally, you’re going to see a lot about my son, Jarvis. One thing I have thought about the blog space is that there is a serious lack of parenting blogs written from the father’s perspective. I’m also sure to write about my various bands, and music things in general.
Welcome to No Better Place.