Posts Tagged ‘Piano’

It’s hard not to enjoy a Friday.  The boys of GRACE@ARMS seem to be enjoying themselves today, too.  Here’s what they’re thinking:

Bastion:

Tomorrow is my birthday!

…and I guess I’ll finish that thought tomorrow.  So between the now and the future, here’s something I thought of in the past (you know, maybe this is a good quote for the day before the birthday of a man who’s so afraid to grow up):

As it turns out, the best is not necessarily the best, the one is not necessarily the one, and the end of everything doesn’t have to be the end of anything at all.

– Bastion Crider, 2009

Two heaps of chocolate candy bars leftover from Bastion's Chocolate Piano.  Photo by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS), 2012.

For those of us who can't read more than 200 words before needing to look at a picture, I've finally dismantled (and begun eating) my chocolate piano.

Milo:

Now, this is the world we live in,
And these are the hands we’re given,
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.

– Land of Confusion
by Phil Collins

Cooper:

The weather in Muncie has been phenomenal!  Gorgeous temperatures and sun soaked skies have made commutes to classes so enjoyable.  I’ve been getting the lead out all week.  The beautiful driving weather has put me in a great mood.  Cheers, everyone!

A banner designed for Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) by Grace at Arms' singer and front-man, Bastion Crider.  All art, logos, and designs copyright 2012 Grace at Arms, Bastion Crider, and Greg Crider LLC.

If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms). You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again. Keep rocking with all that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

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If you missed Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, I’ve been battling the shards of an exploding disc in my spine.  When we left off, I was awaiting surgery and trying to survive a “no ibuprofen” mandate from my surgeon.

If you can’t sleep, just re-define “sleep.”

After two days of raging, spastic agony, I was too afraid to go to bed.  This turned out to be fortunate, though.  I resumed sleeping* against my pillow stack on my couch, which, combined with a steroid that was riding the needle the doctors had plunged into my spine a few days prior, got me back into a quasi-mobile state!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) pretending to sleep in the position in which he has had to sleep for several weeks on account of a back injury in February 2012.

I sit, I lean, I sit, I sleep*, I sit, I sleep*, I wake.

* “Sleeping” in this context means “sitting still for a long enough time that it’s safe to assume that I was unconscious for some period of time.”

If ignorance is bliss, distraction is at least peaceful.

Fortunately, I had plenty of friends and family visiting me over the week before surgery and, among other things, I was able to construct my chocolate piano!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) sitting behind the chocolate piano he built out of white, dark, and milk chocolate candy bars including Kit Kat bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream bars, and Hershey's Chocolate Bars in February 2012.

Okay, so you haven't seen this picture, but you HAVE seen the rest of them (if you haven't, just click on the picture).

Seriously, if you’ve found a way to this article but haven’t seen my chocolate piano, then you’re missing the good stuff!  For your sake, please go to facebook.com/graceatarmsbastion and become a fan.

Hack!  Hack that back!

Friday, February 24 finally rolled around and the story gets short from there:
1.  Dr. Jean-Pierre Mobasser, MD has Jesus-hands.
2.  He removed some scar tissue, disc fragments, and other junk and patched me up in under an hour.

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) lying on his bed in the Naab Road Surgery Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, following his back sugery performed by Dr. Jean-Pierre Mobasser, MD.

Me, still drugged, making myself comfortable post-surgery.

An hour and a half later, I was sitting in my mom’s car eating a Qdoba burrito and sending doped up texts to the handful of people whose names I could remember despite the anesthetics.

…and now… and more now… and more now…

So now, I’m healing.  Not only am I healing, but with a Tylenol and two ibuprofen, I feel closer to “painless” than I have in years.  The only battle I have left ahead of me (barring the unexpected) is patience.  I have to wait until I have healed completely before I go off and do anything stupid, no matter how stir crazy I get.

An image of Bastion Crider's head with his memories on fire designed, photographed, and edited by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in December 2011.

This seemed like an appropriate time to bust out the image of my mind ablaze again.

Fortunately, madness is a good substitute for creativity!  Maybe Grace@Arms will see some new material as a result of this!  Thanks for the hopes and the prayers!  Hopefully, there will only be one more chapter in this story: my return to life as I knew it.

T-shirt update:

One benefit of the boredom and unusual schedule just manifested itself in that I woke after only a few hours of sleep, grabbed up an old photo of me, and fixed it so you can see what the new shirts will look like (note: this shirt doesn’t exist yet–I’m kind of proud of those Photoshop skills)! The pre-order ends on Sunday, so if you want this shirt, click the picture or just go to graceatarms.com/alive2012 and order it now!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (Grace@Arms) wearing one of the new "baseball style" t-shirts for GRACE@ARMS' @LIVE 2012.  All photos, art, and logos copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms 2012.

The back says, "I CAME HERE TO ROCK"

A recent back injury has stuck me at home long enough that “stir crazy” has become “stir creative.”  The first manifestation of this came when I noticed that Reese’s Cups were now available in both white and dark chocolate.  I’m a contrast fan (add that to your Facebook profile–“Interests: music, skateboarding, contrast, hanging out with friends…”) so I decided to pick some up and photograph them.

White chocolate and dark chocolate Reese's Cups sitting next to each other in a photograph taken by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.

"Am I the only one blown away by the juxtaposition of white chocolate Reese's Cups sitting next to dark chocolate ones?" - @BastionAtArms

Enough people seemed to enjoy the image that I felt a little more confident when I revealed that I had also purchased some white and dark chocolate KitKat bars!

White and dark chocolate KitKat Bars sitting next to each other; arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.

"And this time, we have a white chocolate KitKat next to a dark chocolate KitKat! I am, yet again, awe-struck." - Sebastion (Bastion) Crider

This time the response was huge.  I don’t know how or why photographing white and dark chocolate versions of the same candy bar isn’t already a nationwide fetish, but this seemed to kick off a LOT of excitement and suggestions.  One that came up a few times was “build a keyboard.”  Since I’d been kicking around a similar idea during the week, I decided it was time to build the KitKat Keyboard.

Stacks of white, dark, and milk chocolate KitKat Bars arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider in February, 2012.White, dark, and milk chocolate KitKat Bars arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider in February 2012.White chocolate KitKat Bars lined up like the white keys of a piano keyboard and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) placing dark chocolate KitKat Bars (black keys) over white chocolate KitKat Bars (white keys) on the chocolate piano he built in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) eating a dark chocolate KitKat Bar while building a piano keyboard out of dark and white chocolate KitKat Bars.A piano keyboard made out of dark chocolate and white chocolate KitKat Bars arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.Dark and white chocolate KitKat Bars arranged by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) into a piano keyboard and then photographed by Bastion in February 2012.White and dark chocolate KitKat Bars arranged by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) into a piano keyboard and photographed by Bastion Crider in February 2012.Bastion Crider posing with the piano keyboard which he constructed out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars in February 2012.

Of course, I’ve never looked at something awesome and thought, “well, that’s enough of that.”  I kept thinking about the keyboard and how plain it felt.  I ran to the store.  A few dozen Hershey’s candy bars later, I had finished an electric piano which I styled after old Wurlitzer Electronic Pianos.

A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) pretending to play a song on the model electric piano which he built out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, white chocolate Reese's Cups, Reese's Cup Minis, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, and Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) pretending to play a song on the model electric piano which he built out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, white chocolate Reese's Cups, Reese's Cup Minis, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, and Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars in February 2012.

There you have it!  If you’ve enjoyed yourself, then be sure to subscribe to my blog (either here on WordPress or at my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion), become a fan of my Facebook page, or Follow me on Twitter.  If you are interested in hearing me play actual music, be sure to check out my band, Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) on iTunes and Facebook.  If you’re looking for both music and my silliness, hit our YouTube page here!  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

If you’re a representative of Hershey’s, Reese’s, or Kit Kat, and would like to contact me regarding the use of my piano, please email me at bastion@graceatarms.com .