Archive for March, 2008
One of my favorite new music artists is British singer, Leona Lewis. You may have heard one of her songs, “Bleeding Love” on the radio by now. The below photos are from another one of her videos, “Better in Time“. The video is absolutely beautiful. The use of colors, timing, expressions, black & white, story line, etc… it’s all tied in very well together, not to mention she’s beautiful and has an amazing voice!!! To get a good idea of how great her vocal range is, check out another one of her powerful videos, of her singing, “Footprints in the Sand“, which is the new single for Sport Relief, a British non-profit organization.
Mmmmm….pita chips. One of my old college roommates introduced me to sweet ole Stacy’s Pita Chips. You used to only be able to purchase this specific brand of pita chips at Costco… but not any more folks!! Now you can get them at Smoothie King, and most local grocers! Woohoo!! I bought myself a bag the other day and I’ve had them at my side for a snack while working throughout the day. They are just so perfect. My favorite flavor is THE Cinnamon Sugar. I’m not an avid “chip-consumer”, but man these make me so happy. Food texture is very important to me. I like a lot of very “smooth” things (ice cream, pudding, yogurt, smoothies, avacadoes- basically anything you don’t have to chew necessarily). I also like very crunchy things (pretzels, carrot sticks, celery, fresh red bell peppers, Chex-mix, STACY’s pita chips, etc..)
My office building has been undergoing an entire remodeling process… it’s been kinda fun watching the transformation. It’s beginning to look so much prettier!! With that said, that means the scent of FRESH paint lingers at every turn, elevator ride, bathroom visit, etc…! Is it weird that I enjoy the smell of fresh paint? I find myself spending extra time in the newly redesigned bathrooms located on our floor… because I love the smell of the new thick wooden doors and fresh paint. They also installed new soap dispensers with the GOOD soap! (I have this habit of taking notice of what kind of soap public restrooms provide -or any restrooms for that matter). My favorite is the pink soap that smells like detergent and flowers with a hint of bubblegum. Maybe I’ll just sit in there and eat my pita chips? Gross.
Note: I am not a fan or supporter of huffing, kids… however, this image made me giggle. Sorry…
Let me just say that this was probably one of my favorite and most intimate concerts I’ve been to in a while…
Friday night I went to the sold out “Hotel Cafe Tour“ at the House of Blues, featuring:
I will post video clips of a few of their songs below… but over all it was a great concert. Very intimate, laid back, but with plenty of soul. These singer/songwriters really write/sing/play their hearts out. I’ve seen Sara Bareilles in concert and it was exciting to see her again. The others were new to me (in concert) but not to the ears.
There is something so much more personal and enjoyable about a live concert where the folks singing have gong through whatever kind of experiences that produce the words that eventually are put to music and then brought to us and shared with the rest of the world. It just makes a difference to me, unlike a hmm… let’s say, a Britney Spears concert or something…where you’re not even sure who wrote the song and who choreographed her dance, or if she’s even really singing at that moment! Ok, so that’s a totally different type of concert and it’s probably not fair to compare it to that, but you get my drift, I hope.
I was unaware of what the lay out would be like, but it ended up being sorta smooth- each artist would play about 2-3 songs and then the next person would come out and play, etc… until everyone had their turn. Occasionally duets would be performed. Then, some of the artists came out again and played more songs. It was a nice line up. A few of them played covers, like Greg Laswell played a slow version of “Girls just wanna have fun” and Ingrid Michaelson plaid Radiohead’s “Creep” with just a yukalaylee (spell??). Both were great.
I could write forever about this… so let me sum it up…
Greg Laswell- sad, but amazing songs…beautiful/nice voice- mostly features the piano
Ingrid Michaelson- surprisingly CLEAR/flawless unique voice, hilarious/blunt/feminist personality, songs feature the yukalaylee & piano
Joshua Radin- great guitar strumming talent- cute lyrics
Cary Brothers- some calm as well as full-band featured songs. Very well formulated songs (soundtrack worthy..ahem, Garden State.) foot-tapping music
Sara Bareilles- one of the all time greatest live performers!!! AMAZING vocal range and great songs that really pump you up &/or give you that warm feeling…you know- she’s the one you pretend you can sing along with. Mostly features piano. Great personality!!!
**Since the layout of my pages freaks out sometimes whenever I embed a YouTube video, I will just provide the link to all the blurbs I recorded at the concert.
Unexpected Graces YouTube Page** (There’s about 8 videos)
Categories: entertainment, music, Poetry, weekend, YouTube
Tags:britney spears,cary brothers,concert,Dallas,greg laswell,HOB,hotel cafe tour,ingrid michaelson,joshua radin,live music,sara bareilles