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12 Jan

Glee, my latest obsession, is holding auditions for it’s 2nd season.  Shutup! The opportunity to be on this show could be huge for someone.  It’s gained a (radpidly growing)  following it’s it’s first half-season of existance.

If you don’t watch this show you are seriously missing out.  This means you too, guys!  I know it seems slightly fem, but I promise after a couple hours of this show you’ll be hooked (whether or not you choose to publicly admit it.  Hey, I understand the reputation you have to uphold, and the man-card you wish to keep).  Glee Season 1, Volume 1Of course it’s funny, and charming, and definitely a fresh take on the traditional high school drama… but what I love more than anything is the MUSIC (duh).  These actors are incredible.  Hello… Lea Michele (Rachel, for you fellow addicts)!!  Chills. Seriously.

The first half of season one is out now (slightly odd, but definitely smart on their part).  I’d offer to let you borrow mine but I’ve had it on a constant repeat since the day I purchased it.

Hurry up, April!


So, do we call it “10”?

6 Jan

I told myself I wouldn’t do it.  I wouldn’t post the “2009 reflection” sappy blog on everything that was great and heart-warming about this past year.  I lied… a little, anyway.  As I was doing a little 1AM room-cleaning (hey, sometimes it just hits me), I found some concert tickets from a show I attended this year.  I then began to think back on all of the great concerts I’d attended this year.  So, in short, I’ve decided that I’d rather spend my time sharing with you some of my favorite musical highlights of the year…

My love of music HAD to come courtesy of my parents.  My father to be exact.  No child who witnessed, live, the greatness of one of the Beatles could have possibly not been in love with music.  Even though I was only 5, and even though I maayy have slept through parts of it… I still remember it.. and him, Sir Paul McCartney.  And so it counts.  My brother, also in attendance at said event, also holds this same passion for music, and can even account for part of my own musical influences through the years.  Proof that when you start out on the right note, no pun intended, you’re bound for a great ride.

Here’s my 2009 musical journey.  Enjoy.

Butch Walker @ Exit/In.
Nashville, TN.

I definitely have my big brother to thank for this one.   Butch was a local artist in Atlanta when we lived there, and my brother was gracious enough to share his music with me.  I loved it from the beginning.  I’m somehow even more impressed with him as time goes on. Butch is not only a great artist and awesome live entertainer, he’s also a very talented producer who’s worked with many of the biggest names out there right now. (Butch began his career with the group Marvelous 3, but has remained a solo act since their end in 2001). We never miss a show. Way to go , Butch.

Ben Folds @ The Ryman.
Nashville, TN.

I love seeing Ben Folds at somewhere smaller like the Ryman (or even last year’s wonderful Schermerhorn treat).  He’s someone who definitely plays off of his fans ,and his randomness and complete spontenaity is so exciting.  At the beginning of this show, he brought out a group of A Cappella singers to perform a couple of his songs, and it was really neat. (He had an album out at the time, which consisted of different A Cappella groups performing his music).  The show was awesome, but that’s no surprise.  Great job, Benny boy!

Memphis in May;  Beal Street Music Festival.
Memphis, TN.

A wet, cold, and muddy weekend in Memphis with one of my best friends, enjoying a vast array of musical goodies including; Katy Perry, AAR, James, Taylor ( I know, he doesn’t seem to belong, but was totally of one our favorites… old people in 20-something bodies), Snoop Dogg, Julian Marley, and Amos Lee… I’d say the most impressive performance, for me, was Amos Lee.  I had a few of his songs on my iPod and knew a little about him, but it wasn’t until seeing him live that I was hooked.  Seriously… Hooked.  He’s just this smooth, sexy, raspy-voiced, mellow singer that has that innate ability to totally pull you into his world.   I couldn’t take my eyes off of him, and his voice somehow made us forgot we were standing in the cold, nasty rain.  And he’s pretty cute too. (NEVER hurts, people).

Elton John & Billy Joel @ The Sommet Center.
, TN.

I could literally write for pages on this show, but I’ll simplify it down to a few words; amazing, entertaining, legendary, and So. Worth. Every. Penny.

Coldplay @ The Sommet Center.
Nashville, TN.

This was my first time seeing Coldplay perform live and it was definitely everything I hoped it would be.  These guys know how to put on a show!  It was so much fun to see them run all over the stage and really interact with the audience.  That’s pretty hard to do in such a large venue, but they made a connection for sure.  I know big venues are a necessity when having a following as big as they do, but I would LOVE to see them somewhere little and stripped down.  C’mon Nashville… You’re known for being fabulous at holding these kind of intimate (and sometimes super-secret) events!  Jusssst make sure I’m on the guest list.  Kthanks.

Traveling Circus & Medicine Show @ The Ryman.
Nashville, TN.

One crazy-long, non-stop night of music with Counting Crows, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Augustana.  And, I’ll say, a very random mixture of tunes.  I would never have imagined these different artists blending well together, but this show was eye-opening.  The format was also very different for this gig;  all bands took time to perform alone and then everyone would gather on stage together at points throughout the (4 HOUR) show, and rock-out as this multi-talented, eclectic-sounding, family reunion of sorts.  Very cool.

Virgin Mobile Freefest @ Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Columbia, MD.

This was a completely free show (as you can probably tell from it’s name) in Maryland.  Acts included:   Taking Back Sunday, JET, Weezer, & Blink 182. Weezer and JET were my personal favorites of the day.  Blink 182 was the “headliner” and a clear favorite among many concertgoers.  I’ve never been a fan, and this show validated my opinion.  I know others enjoyed it, but personally I think they’re immature wanna-be rockstars who rely more on raunchy humor and stage tricks to entertain their audience than actual well-played/sang music.  Sorry if that offends you, hey, I like Britney Spears… I’m not judging.  (Side note- I have a Ton of respect for Travis Barker. He’s incredible on the drums.)  On the other side, I kind of fell in love with JET.  Seeing someone live just does so much more for their image.  It’s one thing to hear someone on the radio/iPod, etc… but it’s another to be in the audience of a live show, bass vibrating through your body, fans screaming & singing every word, watching the band sweating it out on stage, pouring their hearts out in every note… It’s almost magical. (Most of the time).

Justin Timberlake @ Mandalay Bay pool.
Las Vegas, NV.

Okay, this may not be a legit concert, but how can you see JT live and NOT list it as a highlight?? Justin had a charity concert going on at Mandalay Bay while we were in town.  We didn’t want to spend the $$ to buy tickets to the show, but heard about this little after-party performance possibility.  We took the risk and were very well pleased (my only gamble that paid off).  Justin and  Timbaland performed about 4 or 5 songs at the Mandalay Bay pool. And by at, I mean IN the pool.  I was knee-deep in water holding my shoes in one hand and my camera in the other, screaming like a 14-year-old version of myself, and convincing my friend that he was making eye contact with me, not the other 8 girls wading around me.  It was love all over again. (And he WAS looking at me).

While this might seem like a pretty good number of shows to take in during one year, I could have definitely handled a few more.  (Miranda Lambert and Britney Spears, particularly).  I love to cram in as many as possible, but I guess it’s the quality, not the quantity that matters in concerting.   But, man how I love adding another artist to my ongoing, and what I believe to be, quite impressive list!  I can only hope 2010 holds many more musical adventures…

And on many more special note- I’d like to thank one of my best friends Erika, a fellow music-and-adventure-loving, groupie-wannabe, road-trip-queen, for being a part of my 2009 tour!  This is someone who shares my musical taste and excitement, and with whom I attended 6 of the 8 above-listed shows, thank you! 🙂

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