I've never been terribly impressed with anybody's "bucket list." First of all, they're awfully morbid and judgmental; like, "do this before you die...or else." Besides, I'm of the mind that if you want to do something, you should just do it and not sit around making up lists about it; that goes double for reading other people's bucket lists on the Internet.
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So last week when I saw that our music-blog counterpart up in Dallas, DC-9 at Night, had put together a "Texas Music Bucket List," my first thought was, "that's nice." Reading it over, it's got what you'd probably expect -- Willie's picnic, SXSW, Austin City Limits, Billy Bob's, Marfa, the Selena statue -- but I was a little impressed so many things from the Houston area made it. (I heard the writer, Jamie-Paul Falcon, is from around here, so in that context it makes more sense.) Of course Beyonce and RodeoHouston are on there, but so is the New Year's Day Townes Van Zandt wake at Galveston's Old Quarter; Super Happy Fun Land, Notsuoh and Fitzgerald's; and Free Press Summer Fest, which Falcon calls "the best festival in the state."
Right on. But Texas is a big state, and it's easy to come up with 50 things music lovers in this part of the world can do to amuse themselves between Beaumont and El Paso, or McAllen and Amarillo. It struck me as a little unrealistic, too -- cool as all of them are, checking off everything on that list would be mighty time-consuming, not to mention expensive. Not long after, I thought, "I bet I can come up with that many things to do in Houston."More »