Posts Tagged ‘guitar

10
May
11

Day 4: Boot Stomping in London

So this morning we decided to head over to Knightsbridge to check out Harrods. It really is like a huge huge Macy’s. Neither of us purchased anything and we had hours to kill before the Mumford & Sons gig, so we went across the street to this restaurant where we sat outside and had tea, scones, clotted cream and jelly. Absolutely delicious. Must find a way to get this again when I’m back home.

And here’s Meg, drinking her coke and eating scones, while I had the tea 🙂

Anyway, after some hours of sitting and talking we got on the tube to Wimbeldon, to the New Wimbeldon Theatre to see Mumford & Sons. Matthew & the Atlas opened for them. I would have loved to see more banter from Matthew & the Atlas, but I did enjoy his voice, very unique. I will be sure to listen to more of their stuff. The venue was gorgeous too…

Meg and I tried to stand on the side near the railing but the usher sent us back to our seats immediately when the show began.
Anyway…. After some preliminary announcements and hoopla, it was time…. 1st person to come out:

Then….

Then….

And finally…

The crowd was energetic and eager to participate. Everyone stood up. Everyone clapped. Everyone danced. Everyone cheered. Old and young alike.., it was pretty spectacular. But when a moment of silence was asked for, this happened, and it was lovely:

Meg and I looked at each other like “OMG.” It was so silent you could hear a pin drop, I was very impressed that the silence lasted the entire song.

They also played another one of my favorites:

I love a multi talented man! Seeing Marcus on drums is invigorating, I was again… Impressed.

Overall I thought it was one of the best gigs I’ve been to in recent history. Winnie humped his banjo as usual, Ben smiled the entire time and whipped his hair back and forth, Ted was Ted, and Marcus left his heart and soul out onstage. It was inspiring and possibly one of the best nights of my life. Can’t wait to see them again.

Tomorrow would have been Paris, but since someone at the Eurostar website is smoking crack and trying to charge £400 roundtrip, Paris will have to wait. At least until I make my millions or the sugar daddy comes along, whichever is 1st.

So, more days in London, which I’m not sad about. Maybe some art… Maybe some sightseeing, maybe some more beer? Ok definitely more beer. Lol.

Til then,
-L

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08
Jan
10

John Mayer’s Digital Cleanse: The Aftermath

So, today is the 1st day I’ve been off John Mayer’s digital cleanse, since 9am EST precisely. It really wasn’t as hard or dire as i imagined it would be before I took part in it. The first day was a challenge not to go on my phone and check my Facebook and Twitter, as I’ve been so accustomed to. But luckily I was at a friends house, and it helped tremendously. We talked, laughed, and played video games for most of the day. I must tell ya… Silent Hill really helps the time fly by. Day 1 was over before I even noticed.

Day 2 was more of the same. It was a Saturday, and I spent most of it playing old video games on my PS2… namely Shadow of the Colossus and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Such time sucks. I rode my horse around aimlessly for a few hours,  before I actually beat the next to last colossus. In San Andreas, I entered all the cheat codes I could. Flew around exploring with my jetpack, crashed a stuntplane a few times, and tried in vain to win the motorcross. Good mindless times.

Day 3 was a Sunday. I actually spent it experimenting with some recipes in the kitchen. Nothing amazing, but edible. I noticed by this day that I rarely went on the computer for anything besides checking and responding to email. I had only 1 text message so the temptation wasn’t that high either there. I only spoke on the phone once to my friend. She’s not a phone person either so it was mostly short and sweet. Also, my daily written journals took a backseat. I just don’t enjoy actually writing with pen and paper anymore. I did manage to get a cramp in my thumb muscle from only 2 pages of writing. Goes to show how little I actually write.

Day 4 was a Monday, and that meant my guitar was finally arriving! I spent most of the day watching tv. Was too excited to do much of anything else. When it finally got here, I ripped off the packaging like a starving person. Ran to my computer and Googled beginner guitar chords and got straight to business. I think I played 2 hours on the 1st day of having it. My fingertips were painful, but it was so enjoyable, I managed to push through another 30 minutes after the initial pain had faded to a dull ache. After I couldn’t physically play anymore, I grabbed one of the books my friend lent me and read for a bit. I noticed I was beat at about 12am. Doing this cleanse, my bedtimes got earlier and my up times got earlier too. I think one morning I rose at 6am and job hunted for 3 hours until it was time to take out the dog. Productivity… YES!

Day 5, a Tuesday. More guitar. Mostly fumbling around with making sure the strings were pressed down all the way. More pain of course, and now a weird numbness to accompany it. So I settled on playing more video games and reading. Standard.

Day 6, Wednesday. I got bored of the video games I had so I took myself to Gamestop, an hour bus ride 1 way, to buy more. Used games of course. I’m all about bang for my buck. I came home with: Resident Evil 4, Hitman and God of War II. By far, God of War II was the best game I’ve ever played. So entertaining, glorious graphics, excellent controls. That blew a few hours after I got back home. Then early to bed as usual.

Day 7, Thursday. Almost done. But surprisingly fine. I wasn’t itching to jump back on Twitter or Facebook with a vengeance. Most of my day was very low key. Guitar, TV, Video Games. I ended the night watching Jersey Shore again.. Gotta love “The Situation” LOL.

Which brings us to present day. I woke about 7am. 2 hours to go before I could officially end the cleanse. And that is when the urge hit me. I guess because it was so imminent, I was raring to see what was happening online. 9am hit and I immediately went on MySpace to see if my message was responded to. Nothing. Then on Facebook. Ahhh my friends missed me, what an awesome welcome back! I came back to multiple wall posts, a picture post, and numerous inboxes. I replied to the urgent ones and sent a few of my own, just catching up. Then to Twitter… Very quiet… Then I realized I’m usually not on here until 2 hours later, so of course it’s quiet. 7 @ replies. Most cursing John Mayer for taking me away from them. Hilarious!! I missed my friends there immensely.

The daunting task now is getting back up to speed. I remember thinking if i was logged off for a day, or even a few hours I would be so behind! Now 7 days have passed, I feel a bit disoriented… and strangely enough, I don’t feel the overwhelming pull to be online all waking hours of the day. I enjoyed this time off, much more than one would expect. I do intend on keeping up with my book reading, guitar practicing, and even getting in some of that awesome PS2 action. Not to mention I’m still in dire need of a job ASAP. Unemployment runs out in about a month and a half. I’m trying like hell to avoid returning to retail, but it sadly looks like I will be forced to join those ranks again soon. Sad but true, my bills need to be paid, and I gotta do what I gotta do, no matter how morale draining it may be. Sorry to anyone who may love retail, it’s just not my ideal job situation.

So yea, I guess that’s all in a nutshell. The Digital Cleanse was a roaring success. Thanks John, for giving me the push to get back to what’s most important. Not saying everyone I talk to on social networking isn’t important… just saying that there is more to living life than being “connected” all the time. I think everyone should give it a try if you can!

And by the way, if you were wondering… my guitar’s name is Violet.

24
Dec
09

The Brits Brought It Home…

One last time that is… and by home, I mean my home, NYC.

Friday, December 18th was a night I’ve been waiting for for months! The return of the incomparable Marcus Foster to the States. Last time I raved and ranted about how amazing he was, but.. if it’s even possible, he surpassed that. He was funny, endearing and so talented I just wanted to run up and hug him, seriously! This man is my favorite out of the 3, of course Bobby Long and Sam Bradley being the other two. Something about Marcus makes me feel as if I’m witnessing something monumental each time he strums his guitar and opens his mouth.

marcus foste

But that’s also what is so amazing about Marcus. Although you feel as if you’re witnessing something monumental, you also get the feeling that this man has yet to truly show us everything that he’s capable of. Like he’s on Level 6, a damn good Level 6 to be honest, astoundingly good actually. I’m so curious to see what Level 10 will bring out of him. Like who the hell knew he could play piano like he does? I didn’t find out until he returned and did his first few shows over on the West Coast. Makes me wonder what else he can play. Knowing him, he’s probably one of those guys that can just pick up an instrument in a few hours.

Yes, I know. I look overjoyed don’t I?? LOL. I dunno what it is about Marcus, that man makes everyone happy as all hell. I can’t even explain it!

Enough about that, back to the show. Like I said, he brought out his piano skills for “Demons”, which was stunning BTW, and we begged and pleaded for another song, which he obliged us with “WayWayWay” on the keys as well. Throwing in Merry Christmas wishes and “It’s my birthday” plugs of his own, it was one of the most entertaining and lively songs of the night!  He of course made his way through crowd faves such as “I Don’t Mind” and “Tumble Down”, which was one of the most requested of the night – and also one of my top songs of 2009. 🙂 But, I was completely unprepared for the magic of a song simply titled “Bus Song”, because he wrote it on a Greyhound bus. The melody was gorgeous, the lyrics captivating and the way he sang it brought tears to my eyes. No joke, actual tears. I had said in the weeks before the show that he might make me cry and that was the song that did it. I got all misty because it was just soooooo beautiful. It’s like every song he writes is more heartbreakingly beautiful than the last. He’s a brilliant songwriter and musician, dare I say the best I’ve come across in a while.

I remember after the show was over, standing outside with him and his friends, they were casually chatting, as was I with my friends, and I glanced over at him – he looked so happy and carefree. Like a man who was finally getting everything they had ever wanted. He’s so on his way, and I couldn’t be prouder to have witnessed that moment.

Speaking of a man getting everything they ever wanted… Bobby Long was in town the next night to cast his spell on NYC. Apparently part of his spell also included a full blown blizzard, which he admitted he was happy about because he loves snow! LOL.

bobbylong

I must say, without a doubt, this was the best Bobby Long show I’ve ever seen to date. I’ve talked to a few people at the show and they all agreed that he seemed to play each song so deliberately, and with so much emotion and feeling that it was like I was hearing them for the 1st time. And being that this was my 11th show, that’s saying a lot. He launched into what I would say is the most beautiful version of “Two Tone Lover” I had ever heard in my life. I was completely captivated by him in that moment, and so was the audience, he silenced the room with the beauty of his playing and singing. It was a moment I won’t ever forget.

bobbylong2

Another thing that Bobby does exceptionally well is tell stories. Insanely funny stories to be exact. One about how a naked woman threw themselves at him and how it wasn’t a joyful experience for him at all. Also, another story about why he couldn’t unbutton his top button because it’s his “chastity button”. Both tales had the crowd erupting into raucous laughter. Even Bobby couldn’t maintain his composure and let out a few chuckles. Throughout this tour, I’ve seen Bobby become more at ease on stage and the elaborateness of his stories now is a telltale sign of just how comfortable he’s gotten.

Although they won’t be back for a while – Bobby in March of 2010 and Marcus in Late June/Early July, they have left us with a plethora of music to tide us over. Expect a full length studio album from Bobby and some new compositions from Marcus as well. Also, a full length album from Sam! 2010 is going to bring so much more for this talented group of Brits, I just can’t wait to see what it is! 🙂

For more information on Bobby, Marcus and Sam, visit:

http://www.myspace.com/musicbobbylong
http://www.twitter.com/bobbylongnews

http://www.sambradley.com
http://www.myspace.com/sambradley
http://www.twitter.com/samueltwitt1

http://www.myspace.com/marcusfoster
http://www.twitter.com/marcusfoster1

For full photosets, visit http://www.picasaweb.google.com/tynie626

20
Nov
09

Joshua Radin?? Is That You??

Was the man I saw last night really Joshua Radin?? I was expecting a weak-voiced, whispering singer. But what I got was a man who filled the room with his voice without the aid of a mic, and has some hard rocking tunes under his belt as well. Webster Hall was lit on fire last night by the man I least expected to do it. The crowd was as loud as a stadium show for this man, and I completely understand why.

If you don’t know who Joshua Radin is, you should get yourself well acquainted with him. He’s going to be super famous, you mark my words. Such a talented songwriter and dynamic performer. He sings with such feeling and emotion. He admits, a lot of his songs are inspired by loves won and loves lost, so you can see and feel the emotion he puts into them while singing. Yes, he moved me to tears at one point during a song called “No Envy, No Fear”. He says he wrote the song after living in LA for 4 years, and how the singer/songwriters there at a local bar accepted him as one of their own.

He’s also got quite the mouth on him.. motor mouth that is. He had these long gaps of banter. Now, being a John Mayer fan, I’m already a huge fan of banter and Joshua’s banter did not disappoint. He was engaging, funny and adorable. I enjoyed every talking section just as much as every song. He made sure it didn’t just feel like he was singing to us. He wanted us to know the reasons behind every song and get a glimpse at who he really is as a person. I definitely appreciated that about him.

At one point he jumped down from the stage and proceeded to sing a Bob Dylan song, without the help of any mics or amplifiers of any sort. And I must say you could hear him completely.

Overall.. completely impressed with Joshua Radin. He blew me away. Not only because his songs were painfully gorgeous, but because I wasn’t expecting him to sing so powerfully while still maintaining that ethereal beauty of the songs. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing him again very soon. I also said I would want him to sing at my wedding if I could afford it. He did a song called “Today” that was amazingly gorgeous and coincidentally it was also the same song he sang at Ellen Degeneres and Portia DiRossi’s wedding. 🙂 For more on Joshua Radin, check out his website at http://www.joshuaradin.com

I also wanted to say a bit about the opening band, The Kin. Two brothers from Australia, I was pleasantly surprised and amazed with them as well. Such gorgeous voices, and easy on the eyes as well. 😉

Literally, all their songs were gorgeous. I wanted to buy a cd, but I ran out of money, so I will have to order it online. But wow!! Such great voices on these guys. I wasn’t expecting them to be so good. Check them out when you can at http://www.myspace.com/thekin.

For all the photos from the show, as well as other shows, check out my photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/tynie626.

17
Nov
09

John Mayer: Guitar God

Yep, I said it. Guitar God. I’ve been to 3 John Mayer shows and I’ve never in my life heard this man play like he did last night. He made that guitar sing, cry, and scream. OMG.. On “Gravity”? Shut up! I hope to everything holy everyone has a chance to see him play. AMAZING!

Even though this show was touted as “FREE” it was no skimping on his part. He played for a full 2.5 hours! Starting off with “Heartbreak Warfare” he was just getting back into his groove.

He played a wide range of songs, many from “Continuum”, while trying out the newer ones from “Battle Studies”, like “Half of my Heart”, “Edge of Desire”, Friends, Lovers or Nothing”, and “Who Says”. But…. he even played “Comfortable” from “Room for Squares”! I haven’t heard him play this song live in forever!! He struggled with the chords and some lyrics because it’s been forever, but did a great job. Then he went right into his amazing cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling”. He asked us to sing the chorus, and it was HARD!! Really not as easy as it looks to stay on the right tone and pitch on that high note, especially yelling it at the top of your lungs. He seemed very amused with our horrible singing. LOL

He really got into the groove about the middle part of the show and dusted off the cobwebs on “Gravity”. If I could explain to you how brilliantly amazing he played this song, you would be in shock. It’s almost like you can visibly see when he goes into that zone and just lets the music flow out through his fingertips. At one point, he removed the guitar strap, held the guitar in his left hand, played it with just that one hand, and came over to us and used his free hand to slap us fives. People were tugging on his pants, touching his legs, touching the guitar… but he still stayed focused and played on. He took this girls camera and used it as a guitar slide at one point to finish out a whole section of the song, and IT SOUNDED GOOD! Not one bad note.

He had tons of crowd interaction and banter as well. During the show he was talking about how gossip mags always want to print stuff about his personal life and the paparazzi always take these random pics of him getting out of his car, or coming out of his apartment, but “until they make that picture of me coming out of my apartment sound like ‘Gravity’ they can go to hell!” And he’s right. When did it become all about his personal life? This man loves to play and plays well. That’s all he’s really focused on, and so should we.

So he went on to talk about how everyone makes a big deal about who he dates and how he’s always labeled a womanizer. He said “how do I know what I want if I don’t test the waters”?? At that time, the house lights went up and he walked slowly across the stage, pointing out attractive women that “he’d love to spend time with.” All of a sudden, a black bra was launched up onto the stage right near his feet.

Do you see him holding the bra? LOL! He then proceeded to say “Now that’s what I’m talking about!” and twirls it over his head. Whoever that girl is, was so ballsy to do that. Later on in the night, she exposed her whole breast for John to sign. He did.

After that, he played a few more songs, most of which I put my camera down for because I was awestruck at how good he was and really wanted to give him my full attention. That is when a lot of eye sex happened. If you’ve never been to a show of his then you don’t know what I mean, but he is famous for his eye sex. He locks eyes with people while he plays and sings sometimes, and last night I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of some of it. When I say orgasmic, I mean it. His gaze is intense, almost so much I felt like i should look away. But I didn’t. I managed to stick it out without fainting. LOL

Afterward, he proceeded to take peoples cameras and snap photos of him with the crowd. He took my camera, but it happened so fast, I didn’t have time to change the camera setting to turn on flash.

Sorry for the blurriness. But yes, that’s me! Proof of how damn close I was. I’ve never seen him do a show without some sort of barrier. I swear if he would have turned his head, we would have been kissing. That’s how close he was, LOL!

After the show, he stayed for autographs. He signed nearly everyone’s stuff. He’s an all around amazing musician and nice guy. I’m not sure why he gets the “douche” label sometimes. I think maybe because he has that sarcastic, dry humor that most people don’t get right off the bat.

So yeah, an amazing experience. Thanks to Myspace and to John Mayer for making this happen. I’ll probably never get front row for a show ever again, so this was well worth the 10 hours of waiting in line 🙂

Full photoset at http://picasaweb.google.com/tynie626/JohnMayerMusicHallOfWilliamsburgBKNY111609

15
Apr
09

Oi Bobbeh!!!

Bobby Long came from London to NYC and shared his music with us, and I couldn’t have been more grateful! You see, I have a wide range of musical tastes and he is definitely rubbing my folk/blues/country bone the right way. I admit i found out about Bobby from Rob Pattinson’s song “Let Me Sign” on the Twilight soundtrack, but Bobby can indeed hold his own.

I caught Bobby on both nights of his shows here in NYC; the 1st being at “Lakeview Lounge” – a teeny, tiny dive bar located on the Lower East Side. Sort of that hole in the wall place that kind of smells like your mom’s basement but has super cheap beer so it doesn’t even matter after a few, lol. When I tell you it was standing room only, it was standing room only. Me being smart enough to plan beforehand, i made my way up to the stage and stood there for the whole 3 hrs it took Bobby to take the stage. Yes, dedication. After 1 beer, countless hours, fan girls sqeeing in my ear and one nearly vomiting on me, here are the fruits of my labor:

http://www.qik.com/tynie626 – video that i streamed live from the show 🙂

Bobby Long - Lakeview Lounge, NYC

Bobby Long - Lakeview Lounge, NYC

Click here for the rest of the photos from night 1

Onto night 2… Which i really wasn’t planning on going to, but i said if the “B” train comes, then it’s meant for me to go to this show, and lo and behold it came right then. This show was held at “Arlene’s Grocery” – an actual supermarket that was converted long ago into a club. This venue was far larger than the previous night, with a lot less drama. It didn’t seem as intimate though, and although he was still playful, he was a bit less than the previous night. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed both sets!!

You want video? You got video…

For the rest of the videos, click here!! (4 total)

and you know i got tons of pics…

Bobby Long - Arlenes Grocery, NYC

Bobby Long - Arlene's Grocery, NYC

For the rest of those pics, click here!!

See now, i’m not usually really enthusiastic about too many artists these days, but this is a newcomer that deserves my praise. I was blown away, literally. He sings with passion and emotion and it’s very refreshing to see someone so young (22) be that serious about his music in this day and age.

Check him out on Facebook and Myspace, I urge you, everyone!!!




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