Sometimes By JD Clayton Review
I have never done a song review so bear with me on this one
Sometimes is the debut single of local Fort Smith singer and songwriter JD Clayton that may surprise you by the sound.
I have sadly never heard Clayton live but had heard bits and parts of his acoustic covers a long time ago. That is what I was expecting but was pleasantly surprised by the chill sounds of a bass, slow electric guitar, and maracas, I think. I do not have a single musical bone in my body so my apologies if I miss interpreting some of the instruments. But it is an excellent sound for slowing down at the end of the day or a sunny Saturday drive.
The song sets a nice chill vibe that goes well with his voice as he sings about moving on and the varieties that life will lead you. He sings to a girl that seems to be in a valley of life and encourages her to keep moving on. However, I enjoy that in the chorus while he sings about being strong while moving on he follows it up with "Sometimes you're going to be wrong." This one line is my favorite line in the whole song as while the song encourages the listener, it also points out that they will be wrong, but you got to keep moving on.
In the end, if you have an extra dollar, or wondering who to listen to on Spotify now, you should give this song a go. I look forward to when this single is on his first album.
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Before I get into this review, you must know I love Lewis and Tolkien and their works. So, when I received this book as a Christmas gift from two dear friends of mine, I was ecstatic to read it and wasn't disappointed one bit.
This book does an incredible job of setting the stage of the world and the ideas that were starting to rise in the few years before the war. How quickly the nations and young men jumped into the war because of the social demand by both friends, family, and the Church. It paints a sobering reality of what the soldiers faced and how hugely different this war was from wars of the past. It dives into both Tolkien and Lewis's experiences during the war and what they drew from it for both their writings and their lives.
This book was an amazing and sobering ride for me as the author uses many quotes from soldiers that lived through it to help paint a picture of the great trial the soldiers and civilians caught up in this Great War went through. It helped portray the feeling of dread that the world dived quickly into as the war drew on year after year, causing some to think it would never end.
The last half of the book helps lift your spirit as it turns to the years after the war and how Tolkien and Lewis didn't go with the culture to see the war and the world as a hopeless and useless place but to point it all back to the one true hope. Using their experience to help craft stories that don't focus on political moments or cultural waves but on the eternal struggle of evil within everyone and many other excellent points I don't want to ruin for you.
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War is an insightful book that I would recommend to any reader! Pick this book up and add it to their library. You can thank me later.
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Food!: Truckin Delicious Review
A few weeks ago, I went with my boss and co-worker to lunch. We usually don't know where to go when we get in the car and spend at least five minutes trying to figure it out. This one day, we all were in the mood for a food truck. Earlier we had tried but it was on Monday that all the food trucks in Fort Smith decided to take a day off. We quickly decided on Truckin Delicious because of the rave reviews and praise it had received. It was parked next to Valet Cleaners behind Central Mall on that cold day. The wind blew quickly past us as we walked up and looked at the chalkboard menu. My colleagues both got a burrito that sounded good, but something else caught my eye. "The Cuban." The slow roasted pulled pork was the main meat of the sandwich but it wasn't alone as it was topped with melted Swiss cheese and a slice of grilled ham above that. The ham acted as the wall between the pork and the coleslaw. I'm personally never impressed by coleslaw but this was the exception. It was fresh and was lightly coated in a jalapeño lime honey dressing. Homemade pickles laid on the bottom while the mustard was on top. This was all contained in a jalapeño cheddar bun that, to me, was the star of the meal. The bun was fresh and soft but never got soggy or broke apart on me. The meat was top notch and the mustard wasn't overpowering. The coleslaw did a great job in balancing the flavors while the pickles were always a surprise. The home made chips were light which balanced the sandwich and the weight it brought. The Cuban wasn't the only thing that caught my eye, as they had some side dishes but also desserts. Simply put, I followed my Cuban with an Oreo Cheesecake Egg roll. No, you didn't miss read that. It looks just like an egg roll with chocolate sauce on it and inside is a delight. It was a dessert that ended my meal perfectly as it wasn't too rich since it was following a somewhat heavy sandwich. This was the only time I've been there so far, but it won't be my last. Definitely a place you should check out!
Photo taken from Truckin Delicious Facebook page
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