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I have a confession to make. When I was a kid (and used to naturally wake up early) I would sneak downstairs on Sunday morning and turn on cartoons with the volume so low that I had to be inches away from the screen in order to hear what was going on. This was all in the hopes that my parents would sleep through church and I could stay in my PJs until lunch. Did anyone else do this?
That has nothing to do with what I wanted to talk about in my blog but it came to mind and made me chuckle so I thought I’d share.

However, my blog does involve cartoons (so there’s the link). I’m not talking about the cartoons that are on TV now- though I do love a good Spongebob marathon- but the cartoons that were on when I was a kid. I’m talking about Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, Roadrunner and Coyote– the classics. The main difference between those cartoons and the cartoons you’ll find today is that the old ones showed things that would never fly now-a-days. There was violence, hunting, cats eating mice, smoking and the occasional drunk Tom Cat hiccuping and stumbling around after falling into a barrel of booze (clearly labeled X-X-X). It was all in good fun but they eventually got pushed off of the air because kids are impressionable and the fear is that we would start to emulate what we saw on the screen whilst quietly avoiding church.

You may expect my stance on this issue to be something along the lines of, “That stuff won’t effect what kids think. Surely they can draw the line between fact and fantasy!” I can’t honestly say that though. As a kid who tried to parachute off the jungle gym with only the aid of a plastic grocery bag I clearly lacked a grasp on that line. In the cartoons the characters would go underwater using a regular drinking straw as a snorkel. Guess what? I had a pool growing up and that crap did not work! Turns out that a ten-year-old’s lungs need more oxygen than even the thickest Wendy’s straw can provide. Ever put a bike pump in your mouth? I did. And as you may have guessed not only did it not inflate me but it left a terrible aftertaste. I’m just lucky no one ever pointed a gun at me as a child because I probably would have stuck my finger in the barrel, taken another bite of a readily available carrot and said, “What’s up doc?” knowing that once the perp pulled the trigger the gun would surely backfire in his face.

All this to say that YES people are impressionable. In addition it seems the younger people are the more they absorb. The other night Brittany and I went to dinner with my brother and his toddler, Talan. Before giving Talan my lemon (which that weird little kid loves to eat) I used my straw to dig out the seeds. When I handed it over the first thing he did was pick up a straw and start to mimic me.

We all look up to other people whether it be a parent, an older brother, a friend maybe a professional athlete or, heck I’ll say it, a musician. And like it or not- there’s always someone looking up to you, following your example picking up a straw for no other reason than just because it’s what you did. So often you won’t even know you’re having an effect on a person. It’s kind of a scary position to be in! Especially no-a-days with all of your followers on Twitter and Facebook—everyone has access to what you’re doing and saying even when you’re not face to face.

I want to challenge you all to keep that in mind this next week. What kind of role model do you want to be? You don’t have to be a Superbowl winning quarterback or a crazy cartoon rabbit to have a huge effect on someone else but it’s ultimately up to you whether you’re going to make it a positive one or a negative one.
Just some food for thought.

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Good evening to ya. I am in a hotel room in Fredericksburg, Virginia right now (I think). We are playing in York, PA tomorrow.

I’ve been busy this week taking care of all the boring grown-up stuff that happens when you decide to get married and move into a house. Figuring out insurance stuff, utilities, name change stuff (for her, duh), monthly budgets, car titles and everything in between, there’s a lot to keep track of! I use the handy Mac program “Stickies” to keep notes on things like this – I don’t know what I’d do without it (writing notes on actual paper with a pen is completely out of the question, obviously). Once I’ve got a dozen-or-so Stickies scattered about, I open up a Word document and put it all together in an orderly fashion. Then I pop in a floppy disk, save the document to it, and store it in my alphabetized floppy disk storage cabinet…for safekeeping…

Well, next week I am going to get some “bonding” work done on one of my front teeth. About 10 years ago, I wiped out on a Razor scooter and smashed my mouth into the handlebar, resulting in my left front tooth taking some damage. After a while, the tooth started darkening a little bit. It’s been that way ever since. Apparently there is dead tissue inside that gives the tooth a sort of grayer color than its surrounding colleagues. It’s not something that is instantly distracting from the rest of my face, but it has always kinda bothered me, so I’m getting it taken care of on Tuesday. They will file down the front of the tooth, then apply a hardening agent that essentially works as a mask for the tooth, which will match the rest of my teeth. FUN STUFF.

Okay, on to something interesting. Tonight I read about a clock that will supposedly run perfectly for 10,000 years. And it’s got an awesome name. Read about it here. THEN at the end of that page I linked to another article, this time about a piece of music that is meant to be played for a duration of 639 years! [Hence the blog title this week, which would actually be a pretty cool band name…] The piece, titled “As Slow As Possible”, was written for the organ, and is currently being played by a custom-built organ at a cathedral in Germany. Read about it here. The sad thing, is that the composer, John Cage, died in 1992, before the piece was ever played in its entirety at the intended tempo. Doesn’t that make you sad?

It shouldn’t! It’s a 639-year-long song! Of course he would be dead before it was ever played at the right tempo! You and me will be dead too! Sorry to break the news…haha.

I should rephrase, though. We won’t be dead, but our bodies will be. Truth.

Three Songs to Buy on iTunes This Week:
1. “I Feel Better” by Gotye

2. “This House Alive” by Cursive

3. “As Slow As Possible” by John Cage [okay, not really]

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Hey kiddos!

Not much to report this week, so this entry may be a bit on the short/uninteresting side. But I’d like to keep you informed nonetheless!

I don’t know how many of you have Apple products, but if you have one that has access to the app store I recommend the YouVersion Bible App. It’s pretty impressive. And it’s nice to always have a bible on you even when you don’t have your bible on you. It has any translation that you’d like to choose from. I personally go between NIV and The Message. And it has personalized reading plans available for you. You can even set it so that an alarm goes off every day at the time of your choosing to make sure you stay on top of it. It’s pretty neat, and I’m pretty sure it’s free so go check it out!

We leave Thursday for our show Friday in York, Pennsylvania! I always love getting back on the road. And then next Wednesday we’re flying out to the West Coast for a couple of weeks to continue our acoustic tour! Be sure to check our Facebook page for your dates to see if we’re playing near you!

My hometown of Waxhaw, North Carolina, just recently had a new coffee shop built! A local shop, and I’m pumped about it. I went this morning to check it out, but they were closed.. I’m going to try again tomorrow morning and hope for better luck. I want it to be awesome!

Also, I’m sure you guys have heard by now, but we have an acoustic album out on iTunes called Philmont: Rearranged & Unplugged. It’s not even $5 so go grab it and let us know what you think. One of the tracks is a cover of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and we made a music video to go along with it!
Just go to http://www.youtube.com/philmont to check it out.

That’s it for me this week! See you guys next Tuesday.
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I just arrived in Charlotte to spend a few days of quality with my parents and my dog. I’ve been away from my little pup for about two weeks now 😞 so I’m glad to be back with her!


This past couple of weeks have been busy in the Philmont camp! As many of you know we released an acoustic ep to iTunes (go download “Rearranged & Unplugged” now!) we also released a new music video for one of those songs (go to YouTube.com/Philmont and watch our video for “We Found Love” now! Also share it with your friends!)

We have an upcoming show in PA then we fly off to sunny California for a short acoustic tour. We fly out of Nashville on my birthday and since we’ll be traveling from CST to PST my birthday will be 2 hours longer this year! I may have totally planned that 🙂

Sorry I don’t have more to say this week. Expect something deep and meaningful from me next week!

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This is it! My 100th Philmont blog post to date. I’ve waited many moons for this day to come, although admittedly, I had hoped that I would have a lot of epic things to say in this monumental blog post. Unfortunately not much new has happened since we last spoke. We just got back from some cool acoustic shows in Texas, as you heard about from the other two clowns. The weird part was how flippin’ cold it was in Texas when we were there. I mean it was freezing! Now we’re back in Charlotte where it is in the 60s and feels great! Strange times…

The mild weather was especially accommodating to me today, as I suffered a flat tire on my way into town (I wasn’t really going into downtown or anything, but I like the way the phrase “on my way into town” sounds…like I live in the Wild West or something…which I totally do). Had to call on my brother Stephen to come give me a hand, got the ol’ spare thrown on there, and went on my merry way.

If you haven’t yet, PLEASE go watch our new music video for our Rihanna acoustic cover song! Then go buy our new acoustic EP on iTunes! It would mean the world to us.

As I write to you, it is my fiancée Heather’s 24th birthday! In case you’ve forgotten, yes, mine was just last week. We are exactly 9 nine days apart, with Valentine’s falling right in between our days of birth. It’s quite the month for us! In the morning we are going to sign the rental agreement for our house, which we will be occupying after our wedding in April. Then we are going to go look at some furniture and some wedding bands (rings, not musicians). Stuff is moving right along!

In other excellent news, the Beach Boys announced most of the dates for their reunion tour. Their closest stop to me will be in Raleigh NC on April 29th (right after we get back from our honeymoon)…so I’m hoping I’m able to get tickets. They go on sale next weekend. Boom shakalaka.

Welp, thanks for tuning in, and props to anyone who has endured all 100 blog posts of mine over these years. Have a swell week.

Three Songs to Buy on iTunes This Week:
1. “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye

2. “We Found Love” by Philmont

3. “As You Sleep” by Something Corporate

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Hey!

We’re on our way home from our acoustic tour through Texas and Oklahoma. We’re about 2 and a half hours from Nashville, where we’ll stay the night. Then Jo and I will make the remainder of the trip back to Charlotte tomorrow morning.

This little tour was so much fun. Very laid-back and chill. Not to mention load-ins and load-outs we’re super easy. We were carrying around minimal equipment the whole time. We even dropped our trailer off at our friends’ house for most of our trip, since we only needed it for our first show (which was a full-band show).

While I’m on the subject, I want to send a shout out to Lindsay Hicks, and Priscilla and Tabitha Vesga for taking such good care of us every time we’re in Texas. We love you guys.

We’ll be home for a little bit, then in the beginning of March we’ll be flying out to California for another acoustic tour. That’s another benefit to playing unplugged, for super long-distance shows, we can just fly out and rent a van from wherever we land. So get ready west coast! We’re coming your way very soon.

I’ve been listening to a lot of As Cities Burn and Brand New lately. I definitely recommend giving both of them a listen, if you haven’t before. I’m actually listening to the former as I’m writing this. Good jamz.

Today is Valentine’s Day, and I hope it wasn’t this blog that is reminding those of you who have a Valentine, that today is the 14th. Anyway, I have a Valentine, but unfortunately one of the sacrifices you have to make to be able to travel around and play music is a lot of times you’ll be on the road for birthdays, anniversaries, family events, and sometimes even Valentine’s Day. Luckily for me I have an awesome, understanding, and incredibly supportive girlfriend back home, and I’m very thankful for her. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lauren!
And Lauren has been pretty sick lately, if you guys could send up a prayer for her, we would both appreciate it.

I know most of you are aware of the following news, but I’m going to say it again anyway! Philmont just released an acoustic EP a few days ago on iTunes, go have a listen! On that EP we have 3 older songs, 1 new demo, and we cover Rihanna’s “We Found Love”. Yesterday morning we posted a music video for the cover song onto YouTube. If you’re interested in watching it, just go to http://www.youtube.com/philmont and let us know what you think!

Welpstk, that’s it for me this week! I will see you guys next Tuesday.

-Josh.

PS
My whole life, up until yesterday, I’ve pronounced “espresso”, “expresso.”
Whatever.

Hello Everybody!
It’s an early(ish) Saturday morning and I’m sitting in Starbucks, or as I call it, my office on the road. I’m soaking up their high(ish) speed internet and getting some emails knocked out.
As you’ve heard we’re in the midst of the Texas leg of our acoustic tour. So far it’s been a lot of fun and it’s nice to have a one-trip load out every night!
I’m hoping to start book three today of the Hunger Games thus finishing the trilogy and eliminating the fear that either Josh or Brittany will spoil something (as they’re already done reading them). If you haven’t read any of these books I say get into them. I’ve never seen so many non-readers dive into books so hard!

I just finished booking the California leg of our acoustic tour and we posted those to the “BandPage” section of our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/PhilmontRock?sk=app_178091127385) so be sure to check those out if you’re a left-coaster.

In other mildly exciting Philmont news we have a new shirt available. It’s a 3/4 sleeve baseball tee. Last night was the first night we had them for sale so we started a new tradition- First person to buy the shirt gets to name it.
Here’s a picture of our first customer wearing Philmont’s “Captain, Captain, Captain, Bubbles” shirt:

So (not sure if I’ve blogged about this already) but I saw a video around New Years where someone took a video clip from every day of 2011. After capturing their final shot on New Years Eve they edited it down in to a 6(ish) minute video- 1 second per each day of the year. I thought this was a rad idea and since my phone takes pretty stellar video I decided to give it a shot. So far I’ve been good about capturing at least a blip out of my everyday life. I hope I don’t get to the end of the year, finish the video and say, “Man I’m boring”! Hopefully it’s cool!

Keep an eye out this week as we’ll be posting a quick music video for our acoustic cover of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” on YouTube!
Oh yeah- By the way- Philmont “Rearranged and Unplugged” is available on iTunes for only $4.95! Go get it!!

That’s it for me!
Catch ya next week!
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Today is my birthday! The big two four. I am spending it in the large state of Texas this year. We played a show last night in Graham, TX – it was our only full/electric band set of this run (thanks to Jeremi for helping us out on drums), and now we have 5 acoustic shows in a row, starting tonight!

Last night was fun because I got to play my new guitars for the first time in a Philmont setting, but it was also stressful because I had to play my new guitars for the first time in a Philmont setting! If you didn’t see the pic on Facebook, I purchased a PRS Singlecut SE and a Fender American Telecaster (pics on Facebook), as replacements for my PRS that was stolen from my car in December. These guitars are both great, but they both have different tonal qualities than my former guitar, so I’m still figuring out the best way to dial in my overdrive pedals and my amp settings to accommodate them. Not to mention I was the only one playing guitar last night (Josh played bass), so I had to fill in a lot of parts that would normally be covered by Josh on guitar. I do love my new arsenal though!

The other exciting news of the week: our new acoustic EP “Rearranged & Unplugged” is available on iTunes as of yesterday! I produced most of it, and I think it sounds pretty great! There are three familiar Philmont songs, one cover song, and one full band demo of a brand new Philmont song. As a birthday gift to me, you can go purchase it. Here is the link.

Meanwhile, I literally just finished the Hunger Games book one here in the bus. Scott finished book two last night, and Brittany just finished book three! Josh finished the series a few weeks ago, so we are all playing catch-up. Book One was pretty great; definitely a quick, easy read. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy, and I’m definitely looking forward to the movie next month!

Meanwhile still, Heather and I have been working very hard planning for our wedding and married life. We found a little old house in Pineville, NC (south Charlotte) that we like a lot, so after a lot of consideration and prayer, we decided to move forward with it. We will be signing a one-year lease when I get home, and we will get the keys at the beginning of March. The wedding isn’t until April, so we will have a month to move our stuff in, get the house furnished/decorated and what not, and I can’t wait to live there!

Well, I’m gonna get started on Book Two now. Thanks in advance for the showering of birthday gifts and praises. Go buy our acoustic EP!! Have a great week.

One EP to Buy on iTunes This Week:
1. “Rearranged & Unplugged” by Philmont

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Oh hai.

We are currently driving down the highway on our way to our first show of this run in Texas. I so excited. Not even just to be back on the road, but to be back in Texas. It’s one of my favorite places we play. We’re gonna get to hang out with our friends Tabitha, Priscilla, and Lindsay. And hopefully we’ll get to see some of our dudes in Outside The Camp. If you still haven’t Checked out their music, you need to get on that.

As most of you know we’ve been doing a bunch of acoustic shows. Well the first show on this tour is a full band show so our good buddy Jeremi Hough is helping us out on drums for that show and then is flying back to Nashville tomorrow. It’s great to be hanging with him again.

Those of you who have been waiting for this acoustic EP that we’ve been talking about, you won’t have to wait much longer!! Scott sent it to iTunes last night! It takes anywhere between 24-72 hours to process so just keep your eyes on iTunes! Though I’m sure we’ll be Tweeting about it a lot once it’s available. And if you’re curious about the track listing, all I can tell you is there will be three old jams acoustified, an acoustic cover song, and a demo for a brand-spankin’ new song! I hope you guys will enjoy it. It was fun to make.

Last night, Josiah and I moved all the furniture together in the hotel and got all the extra linens and made a pretty sweet fort and watched tv shows on his computer.

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Also! Idk if you guys have ever heard of The Cinnamon Challenge, but Jo and I decided to give it a shot the other night and killed it! All you have to do is take a tablespoon of cinnamon and swallow it. There’s no time limit, but you can’t have anything to drink you help you out. I downed it in 0:55 and Jo finished his in 1:05. I would tell you not to try this at home, but it would directly contradict my next sentence. Try this at home! Try to beat our times and be sure to film it. Or it didn’t happen. But honestly, if you just complete the challenge that’s impressive enough.
I posted a video on my Facebook page if you guys are interested!

Well guys that’s it for me this week! Before I go, I started playing Scramble on my phone. If you guys want to play, I’m pretty awful at it and sometimes I take a really long time to play my turn. But my username is joshguion. Look me up!

Josh.

Hey er’body,

 

          A couple of weeks ago when we played in Myrtle Beach, SC there was a lot of talk going around about shag dancing. Apparently it’s a really big deal around that part of SC and I had no idea. Well this past weekend my girlfriend, Lauren, and her friend, TIm, competed in the National Shag Dance Competition preliminaries and I got to tag along! We got to the club later than we wanted to the first night, but we still got to catch what they called “Shagging With The Stars.” Where local, well-known business owners, or other members of the community were given 12 hours worth of shag lessons by professionals and then danced before the pro competition on the first night. We got to see all of them and some were definitely faster learners than others, but it was all very impressive. I can’t imagine trying to learn anything from scratch in 12 hours (especially dancing) and performing in front of a large crowd. But these people did a great job.. From what I could tell, anyway. I’ll admit I know next to nothing about any kind of dance. 

          The next night was Lauren and Tim’s turn to perform. They were a part of the collegiate part of the competition. They represented College of Charleston. They’re competition was a pair of dancers from North Carolina State University and another pair from East Carolina University. Once everyone had performed, there was a board of judges that took a little bit of time to talk about things they liked about the performance or something someone might need to work on a little bit. Then they let the audience cheer for who they thought should win, which was 1/3 of deciding who won. The other 2/3 was decided by the judges themselves. NC State ended up taking first place, then Lauren and Tim, then ECU (Sorry Scott and Britt). Lauren and Tim danced beautifully and everyone I talked to was saying that they should have gotten first place, but NC State “brought the congregation” so naturally they got the biggest crowd response. It was my first time watching Lauren dance in any kind of professional setting and I was/am so very proud of her and can’t wait to see more of it in the future. If any of you would like to watch some quality shag dancing, I filmed their performance and you can view it by clicking here

          I know you guys have been hearing a lot about our acoustic ep lately! And it’s almost finished I promise! We’ve tracked everything and it’s only a matter of editing and mixing, then within the next couple of weeks, you’ll be able to have it. We’re pretty excited about the way it’s turning out and I can’t wait for you guys to get a hold of it! 

          We’ve got a whole lot of shows coming up in the near future, so please go check out our schedule and see if we’re coming to play anywhere near you! It would be awesome to make some new friends, or see some old ones again. Until then, thanks for reading and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

Josh