Do you know it’s Christmas?

December 25, 2009 at 10:56 am (Music, Random Ramblings)

In honour of Christmas I’m presenting my favorite Christmas song of all time.  Do They Know it’s Christmas by Band Aid.  I should note that I know every frame of this video off by heart having watched it upwards of 100 times back when it came out in 1984.   The numerous viewings were partly because I loved the song but mostly because I was a huge Duran Duran fan (still am) and I believed at the time that John Taylor would one day be my husband (it’s possible I still believe that but I’m not admitting anything).  Seriously, how cute is he in his red and black Duran Duran shirt?  I wanted a shirt like that so badly at the time and I think I still kinda do, if anyone knows where I can find one my eternal gratitude is yours.

I do find it interesting to watch this video 25 years later to see who was featured in it at the time.  I mean Paul Young, who currently resides in the ‘where are they now?’ files and who’s success was mainly from doing cover songs, is arguably the ‘star’ of the song and video.  He sang the opening lines and also got to jump back in for a few key lines later in the song.  I remember hearing that those lines were actually meant for David Bowie but he couldn’t make it – that would have made more sense.  Meanwhile, Sting doesn’t even get a solo, but he does get quite a bit of face time.  Bono gets one line as a solo and even though he puts everything into that one line and is sporting his spectacular mullet, he is barely seen again.  We’re talking about Bono people!  I’d say the other soloists are valid for the time and stand up now, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran – you can’t argue their contribution to the music and videos of the 80s, (at least you can’t argue it with me cuz you’ll never win) and they have managed to keep a fairly solid musical career going – although I would have rethought the horizontal striped shirt with the vertical striped jacket.  George Michael,  although I’m not really a big fan of his solo work and I want to stab myself in the ear every time I hear the song Faith, he went on to do big things in music as well as public washrooms and has built quite a tabloid career.  And then we have Boy George who has also managed to keep his name in the press in the last few years what with his arrest for kidnapping and forcible confinement of a male escort and an arrest for drug possession after he called the cops to his apartment to report a burglary and they showed up to find cocaine sitting on his desk – I guess some people are just born brilliant.  And of course there is his contribution to the theatre world

A few last things, after 25 years I still sorta want to punch the singer for Spandau Ballet at the 1:14 mark, why do you have to look so pretentious when everyone else looks kind of chill and relaxed?  I also like at the 1:56 mark how they all look like they’re moving to a different beat.  Back then I really wanted to be one of the Bananarama girls, I thought they were so cool, and now when I look at them all I can think is ‘did you just roll out of bed and head down to the studio?’ – does that mean I’m getting old?  Don’t answer that. 

As an extra bonus, here is my second favorite Christmas song.  Ahh the 80s, good times.  Good, fashion-challenged, times.  

Merry Christmas!!!

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I’m in love…

December 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm (Music)

…with the new 30 Seconds to Mars album This Is War. 

I think this could be “The One”.  I mean it, I think this album and I are soul mates.  We are going to do everything together: spend lazy Sundays relaxing on the couch, take long walks, have candlelit dinners, enjoy a nice bottle of wine, go for long drives – everything!  We’re going to be together forever and nothing and no one will ever come between us!!!!!!   

Playlist:  

“No matter how many breaths that you took you still couldn’t breathe.” ~ Hurricane

Seriously, it is SO good I can’t even begin to describe it.  I could have put every song in the playlist and trying to choose 3 was tough, This Is War is my favorite song right now.  When he sings “I do believe in the light, raise your hands up to the sky.  The fight is done, the war is won, lift your hands toward the sun”  I get chills.  Love that song.  It’s been 4 years since their last album came out and wow, is this album ever worth the wait!!!!  I’ve been listening to it non stop since it came out last week and I’m beyond obsessed.  Definitely think this one is my favorite album of the year (sorry Madina Lake, but you guys are still my boys).  

I remember last spring reading that the band was doing something called The Summit, they didn’t release many details about it at the time but basically they gathered a bunch of fans together and recorded their vocals doing different things to use on the album.  At the time I thought it sounded like a cool idea and how awesome that would be to say that your voice is actually on the new 30STM album.  Now, I think it is the best idea any band ever had!  The result is amazing!!!!  The crowd vocals and clapping bring something extra to the songs and makes them even more stirring.  Here’s some footage from the initial event in LA, they later did some other events around the world but the band wasn’t in attendance at those ones.  

So cool!!!!!!  Oh, and the monks chanting at the end of the last song on the album – very cool and also, creepy.  

On a completely different note, I found this clever Flowchart that helps you determine what fast food to eat based on your circumstances, ex.  Are you high?  Genius!

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Mew and the dangers of late nights

December 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm (Concerts, Music, Random Ramblings)

Playlist:  all Mew

She Came Home For Christmas

Snow Brigade

Repeaterbeater

The Zookeeper’s Boy

I went to see Mew play at the Mod Club last night – amazing!!!  Jonas Bjerre has one of those voices that makes me nervous about seeing a band live because you never know if it is going to sound the same or be a complete let down.  I was not let down, his voice was just as haunting and piercing live as it is on their albums.  Magical.  I only caught on to Mew earlier this year when I heard Snow Brigade, I then bought Frengers and became mildly obsessed with She Came Home for Christmas – neither of which were played last night but I’ll forgive them since the rest of it was so fantastic.  I have Frengers, And the Glass Handed Kites and their new album No More Stories… and love them all – very dreamy music.  If you’re interested I would suggest starting with Frengers and going from there – fantastic album!!!!  I almost dragged myself to the Virgin Festival this summer just to see them but I’m glad now that I waited and saw them in a great venue instead of on a second stage at an outdoor event.  Worth the wait for sure!!!!!!!

The only problem with the concert last night is that it is indirectly responsible for what transpired on my way home from work today.  So I’m driving home from work, obviously on autopilot, and I just followed the car in front of me when it turned into my building, followed them into the parking garage and then parked in my spot.  I get out of my car and notice there is a cement step close by that wasn’t there before.  That’s weird I thought, maybe they just put that there today, but not really sure.  So I’m a little confused but I keep walking towards the elevator lobby, once I open the door to go in there I notice that there are completely different tiles on the floor than usual.  So I stood there for a few seconds before it occurred to me – I’m in the wrong frickin’ building!!!!!  O.M.G.  How embarrassing!!!  In my defence my building is one of three in a row that are the same so the layout etc of the parking garage is identical, but still.  How do you drive into the wrong building?  Of your home?  Where  you have lived for two years!!  Unbelievable!  So let that be a lesson to you all on the dangers of lack of sleep and the demon alcohol – you may find yourself  brain dead the next day!

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Andrea Bocelli at the ACC

December 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm (Concerts, Music)

On Thursday I was lucky enough to score a last minute free ticket to see Andrea Bocelli at the ACC – box seats no less – and I have to say that although it was not something I would normally have really thought to go see, it was pretty amazing!  He was joined by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a soprano Ana Maria Martinez, Aussie pop star Delta Goodrem and David Foster.  So my thoughts on the concert:

  • Andrea Bocelli has an incredible voice and seems like a very gentle, sweet person.
  • I do not like the sound of most soprano voices.  If someone were to ask me if I like opera I would probably answer no and I realized that night that the reason is because I just don’t find the female voices pleasant to listen to.  The men I could listen to all night, but when Ana Maria was singing I couldn’t wait for it to be over.  So while I appreciate her talent and the incredible instrument that is her voice, much like the recorder or the accordion I really don’t want to listen to it.  
  • I love David Foster!  I have loved him since high school when I fell asleep to the soundtrack of Stealing Home every night for about six months.  Between that and St. Elmo’s Fire I have always been a fan and I still am.
  • During the opening song I quickly became intrigued with the guy playing the cymbals in the orchestra, I just loved watching him get all geared up before his big moment and slamming those things together for all it was worth and then just sitting there waiting for the next time.  I am intrigued partly because I always wonder how someone becomes the cymbal player.  Obviously someone has to do it, but did this guy always want to be a cymbal player, or is he just part of the percussion section and that’s just his job?  Do they rotate around and sometimes he plays the drums?  Or do you start at cymbals and triangle and work your way up?  I’m not knocking it by any means, I am always fascinated by any of the percussion instruments because I really think they do take a lot of skill and timing.  I remember being completely transfixed at a Queens of the Stone Age concert a few years ago watching one of the guys shaking some maracas to the beat for an entire song, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him wondering if he was ever going to slip up and lose the beat (he never did) and thinking how tired his arm must have been after doing that for 5 mins straight.  Very intriguing.  
  • Delta Goodrem is phenomenal!!!  I LOVED her voice and I definitely could have listened to her all night.  This isn’t from the Toronto show but here’s a sample – very Celine Dion-ish – only less annoying.
  • I loved watching the bows of the violins all moving in unison while they played and seeing them all scramble and lean forward to turn the page of their sheet music at the same time. 
  • I ADORED the conductor of the orchestra, Steven Mercurio.  What a character.  He was so animated that I spent most of the concert watching him.  My friend and I compared him to Bugs Bunny because he really seemed like a cartoon jumping around and waving his wand.  Very enjoyable to watch.
  • I was brought to tears (shocking, I know) on a couple of songs – Ave Maria, Silent Night and The Prayer, couldn’t help it, the music and his voice were so stirring.

Great concert!!  Great night!!  Definitely something I’ll remember and not bad for free tickets.  And we lucked out and found underground parking for only $15 at Bay and Lakeshore, while the other lots around the ACC were charging $30 – $35 for parking.  I found out the next day that there was an NFL game in town that night which explains the parking prices a little, but $35 is RIDICULOUS!!!!! 

So I will leave you with this……

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Metric + Massey Hall = AWESOME!

October 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm (Concerts, Music)

Playlist:  a little Metric, obviously.

Poster of a Girl

Dead Disco

Help I’m Alive

In my next life can I please come back as Emily Haines from Metric?  I LOVE her!!!!!  She is my one true girl crush!  Not only does she have a voice that I have said on many occasions I would sell my soul for, she’s just awesome!!  I saw Metric on Wed night for the third time this year and I’ve now decided that they are second only to Linkin Park for me as the best live band I’ve seen!  Coincidentally, having seen them 3 times ties them with Linkin Park for second place on my list of bands I’ve seen multiple times in one year.  The reigning champs are my boys in Madina Lake whom I’ve seen 5 times in a year, which is as much a testament to how often they tour as it is to how insane I am.

Back to Metric, first of all, seeing them at Massey Hall – incredible!  That place is magic!!!!  They seemed genuinely thrilled to be playing there, which I think anyone who grew up in Toronto and has been to a concert there should be.  It is without a doubt my favorite venue for a concert!    Aside from the magic of Massey, Emily Haines is magic herself.  She is completely captivating on stage and she never stops moving.  While discussing her dance moves and why she is so engaging while jumping around like a crazy person I think my friend Kelly totally nailed it – she does on stage what we all do at home in our bedrooms when we’re listening to music….jumping, spinning, marching, dancing, bopping, head banging ….whatever your body wants to do.  Which makes you feel like she’s really just rocking out to the music rather than trying to put on a show – I think that’s why she is, as my sister-in-law put it, mesmerizing!  You can’t take your eyes off her and she’s larger than life, but at the same time she also just seems like a cool chick rockin’ out to some tunes.  Accessible and yet a complete star at the same time!  And the while she never stops jumping and is constantly moving – her singing doesn’t suffer one bit – she sounds amazing.  So suck on that all the Britney Spears out there who use dancing as an excuse for why they lip-sync their shows!!!!!  I think if you can sing, you can sing even if you’re dancing.    And Emily Haines can SING!  

This is actually from the show the night before cuz I couldn’t find a good one from Wed show but you get the picture.

 

LOVE Emily, LOVE Metric, cannot wait until they play Massey again!!!  Well done kids!!

One other note, I had the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had the other night at Aroma Espresso Bar on Bloor just east of Bathurst.  OMG, it’s like drinking a chocolate bar!  I wouldn’t say that I’m a hot chocolate expert or anything but I highly suggest it be tried by everyone – just make sure you stir it first.  Damn, now I want one … anyone feel like making a delivery?  Really, no one??  I’ll be your best friend?  No?  Damn.

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Somewhere between 7:30 and 11:00

October 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm (Concerts, Music, Random Ramblings)

Playlist:  One song, on repeat, non-stop, awesome – I cannot wait for this album to come out!!!

Kings and Queens – 30 Seconds to Mars

“The lessons that we’ve learned here have only just begun.”  ~30 Seconds to Mars

Can we please get some kind of consistency with concert timing and when the opening and headlining bands are actually going to hit the stage? 

Generally, depending on how many opening bands there are etc. I assume somewhere around 9 or 10 for the headliner but lately I’ve been to a few that did not follow this trend and it can be frustrating.  Two recently that are at both ends of the spectrum.

The other night I went to see the Silversun Pickups, realizing there were 2 opening bands and being a little tired we tried to time it to get there around 9:30 figuring we would catch the end of the second opening band and then SSPU would be going on around 10-ish.  Well, we got there around 9:30 and managed to catch the end of the first opening band An Horse – dumbest band name EVER!!  Heard a little of them, not bad, sort of background music but okay.  Then we had to sit through Cage the Elephant, which, I’m sorry, I do not get.  I’ve seen a lot of bands live that I’ve never heard before and although I may not always walk away a fan exactly, most of them I can say that I at least enjoyed the show.  Case in point, Hollywood Undead – I will never listen to them, but watching them live – I get it.  Cage the Elephant, not so much.  This meant that SSPU didn’t take the stage until 11pm.  That’s just crazy!  I realize I’m going to sound old saying this but 11pm?  Really?  Had I known before hand that this would be the case I would have extended my evening nap and showed up for 11:00 and everything would have been fine.  As it was I had to suffer through Cage the Elephant and after what seemed like 6 hours of them I was tired and over it. 

Now cut to three weeks ago when my friend and I were going to see White Lies at the Phoenix.  The ticket said doors were at 6pm which I though seemed a little early but didn’t really analyze it too much.  So originally we were planning to maybe stop by a little piano bar for a drink on the way to the show but because it was raining decided just to go straight there and have a drink there and catch the opener.  Um thank god we did that because as we were strolling in at 7:45pm I hear the distinct sounds of the White Lies being played.  I asked the bouncer how long they had been on for and he told me about 5 or 10 mins.  WTF?????  They went on at 7:30??????  And they only played for an hour so the entire concert was over by 8:30.  On a Saturday night!!!  8:30pm!!  If it hadn’t been raining we would have missed the whole thing and I would have been pissed.  Something to keep in mind if you’re ever going to see a concert at the Phoenix on a Sat. 

So I guess somewhere between 7:30 and 11:00 is the norm for headliners.  Great, that’s helpful. 

I’m sure some of the reasoning behind not having actual set times is flexibility and also that it encourages people to come and  check out the openers.  To be honest I often do want to check out the opening bands, in fact, there are a lot of concerts that I go to specifically just to see one of the opening bands – you know who you are Madina Lake!!  However,  the fact that I am NOT 16 anymore means that I have no patience for waiting in line for an hour to get in.  There’s no reason to as I’m not at all interested in being at the front of the stage.  Sadly, for yours truly…that train has sailed.  Some nights I’m totally up for a full night of music and sometimes, like the other night with SSPU, I’m a little tired and not in the mood to be there for hours so it would be nice to be able to show up specifically for the band I want to see and not have to suffer through the atrocities heaped upon us by some openers – yeah I’m talking about you Cage the Elephant!  I just think that if shows are going to deviate from the usual 9-10pm headliner start time they should let the concert goers know so that we can adjust our schedule accordingly.  Or put a note on the ticket with the headlining show time.  Is that so much to ask?

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Bagpipes and Unfortunate Sonic Coincidences

September 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm (Music, Random Ramblings, TV)

So I just upgraded and now I’m able to insert mp3s into my blogs which will allow me to turn my playlist into – wait for it – an actual playlist.  If I get really ambitious I’ll update my older posts with this fancy new technology.

Playlist:

 

“I miss the thoughts that design and build your mind.”  ~ USS (Stranger to Myself)

First things first, the new Muse album came out this week and it is in a word – Awesomeness!!!  A couple of the songs are in the playlist.  Muse, you magnificent bastards, you’ve done it again!!!!

Second, I caught this episode of friends tonight and even though I know what is coming I still think this is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.  The first time I saw this I nearly threw up I was laughing so hard.  Not just because Lisa Kudrow is AWESOME and totally rocks it but because you can see that Jennifer Aniston can’t keep it together behind her.  Please to enjoy….

And in light of the news that Coldplay “settled” their plagiarism lawsuit with Joe Satriani, this has always bugged me, ever since I first heard In My Place.  I don’t think it’s plagiarism exactly, it’s more like what Alan Cross (Toronto radio GOD) calls an unfortunate sonic coincidence, but it is a little suspect. 

Listen to the first 20 seconds of In My Place by Coldplay

Now listen to the first 20 seconds of Dreams Burn Down by Ride which came out about 12 years earlier

Very similar, no?

And even more troubling, I just found out that the archives of Alan Cross’s Ongoing History of New Music are no longer available to stream online due to copyright infringement.  WTF?  I admit, it’s been a few months since I listened to one but I always knew they were there waiting for me whenever I felt like tuning in.  Guess I’ll have to be more on the ball at catching him on the radio.  That sucks.  He needs to release those on CD, immeeds!!!

Can you tell I’m liking this mp3 thing?

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Billy Talent III – the obsession deepens

August 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm (Music)

Playlist: 

“Reach into a pocketful of dreams, now before they fall out of the seams”  ~ Billy Talent (Pocketful of Dreams)

I love that it’s August and I’m sitting here in a sweatshirt wishing I could turn on the heat in my condo and waiting to see if more tornados are going to hit Toronto.  Global warming, gotta love it.

I tripped running up the stairs at work today and did a pretty spectacular face plant, I think even the Russian judge would have given me at least a 9.5.  It was one of those moments where my ego was happy that I was alone, but there was a small part of me that thought it was a shame that nobody got to witness it.  I’m sure I looked hilarious, and that might have made someone’s day.  Not that I won’t do it again someday in front of someone, probably sooner rather than later.  Stairs and I don’t always get along.

My obsession with Billy Talent’s latest album continues, it’s been out for over a month now and I can’t stop listening to it.  There are 2 songs in particular that I’ve had on repeat quite a bit, Saint Veronika and White Sparrows – they’re both just so heartbreaking.  Saint Veronika about a girl who attempts suicide and White Sparrows about a girl who dies (the   BTIIIsame girl?).  The line “I hold your casket, gently walk you to the grave” in White Sparrows gives me chills every time I hear it.  Every.  Time.  I think it’s the word gently that really gets me, weird how one word can do that.  The fact that he’s ‘gently’ walking with her casket implies a tenderness that makes it seem more tragic to me, I don’t know why.  I don’t know if that was intended or not but it kills me.  Both are great songs but that’s not the only theme on the album.  A couple of breakup songs with some good lines like “You hung me like a picture, now I’m just a frame.  I used to be your lap dog, now I’m just a stray.”  from Rusted From the Rain.  And some songs with their usual cultural commentary.  It’s a little dare I say, more mainstream than some of their previous stuff but I am still loving it.  Not sure if I would put it ahead of Billy Talent II quite yet – I was obsessed with that one for months – but we’ll see.

Now can someone please tell me how this commercial managed to make it on the air?  Seriously.  Are you telling me that out of all the people who had access to this idea, from the initial inception to it actually making it on tv, not one of them thought “hmmmm, you know, I’m not sure about this concept”?  Because I find this commercial, not only stupid, but in a word ……. gross!  Is it just me or is it a little off-putting?  It could just be me, after all I am horribly traumatized and completely creeped out anytime I see the Teletubbies.  Laugh if you want but the way those things look and move and the sounds they make – those things are not right.  I shudder just thinking about them.  Where was I?  Right, the commercial – you only have to watch the first 12 seconds.  Ew!

SO GROSS!!!

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My boys – Madina Lake

August 16, 2009 at 3:28 pm (Music)

 madina_lake

 There are a couple of bands that I feel the need to tell every person who has even a slight interest in music about, one of them is Madina Lake.  Simply put, I love them and I can’t understand how it is that they are not more popular.  They have the key ingredients that any successful band needs; great lyrics, catchy tunes, cool hair and twins!!  I think they might be the next Nelson.  

nelson

Seriously though, not only are they four of  THE nicest guys you will ever meet but they really seem to put a lot of effort and thought into their music.  I stumbled upon them in 2007 after seeing their name in the lineup for Projekt Revolution, I didn’t actually get to see them play that day but for some reason the name stuck with me.  About a month later I came across a tiny review of their first album in a magazine that mentioned the concept of the album.  The album is set in the fictional, isolated, 1950’s style town of Madina Lake,  the town is in turmoil over the disappearance of it’s most famous socialite, Adalia.  I read that and thought, that sounds cool, I need to buy that immeeds!

From Them, Through Us, to You

From Them, Through Us, to You

I remember listening to the album the first time and thinking ‘not bad, pretty generic sounding’ and didn’t listen to it again for a few weeks.  The next time I heard it I listened to it a couple of times, suddenly it just clicked ‘wow, this is a really great album’.  It’s the kind of music you don’t realize how good it is until you can really listen to the lyrics and see how it all fits together, it’s catchy right off the bat but it’s when you really get into it that you can really appreciate it.  After that day I listened to it for 2 months straight,  I told a friend of mine about it and his initial reaction was the same as mine, ‘yeah, it’s okay I guess’.  I told him to listen to it 3 more times before he wrote it off.  Sure enough, about a week later he came back with ‘that album is awesome!’ – told ya so. 

So my boys recently released their second album, Attics to Eden.  I bought the cd the day it came out and came home with that nervous anticipation I get when a band I love releases a new album and I’m excited to hear it but at the same time scared that it might suck.  I was not disappointed, it’s awesome.  A slightly different sound from the first album but still really great.  Very layered music with thought provoking lyrics and a really cool album cover, the artwork is amazing and again shows the thought they put into everything.  I felt like a proud parent when I heard their first single on the radio a few months ago, but it hasn’t received much airplay here since then.

 Attics to Eden

Attics to Eden

One of the things I love about them is that there aren’t any filler songs on either of their albums.  Every song seems like it was well thought out and written with intention.  I honestly can’t pick a favourite song, I’ve tried.  I can’t even pick my 5 favourite songs, I truly love them all.  Nathan Leone writes some really insightful, fairly dark, sometimes heartbreaking lyrics.  Maybe it’s just that they resonate with me personally, but I really like the way he says things and the themes he chooses to write about.  A lot about being true to yourself, living without fear or regrets, trusting yourself and never giving up.  I have a book where I write down song lyrics that I like, my own little book of poetry, and there are a lot of Madina Lake ones in there.  The one I have posted on my mirror so I can read it everyday is “Don’t fear the unknown cuz you’ll let the unknown take control”  – easier said than done, but right on. 

The thing I love the most about them is that they seem like really genuine guys who love what they do.  They always seem very humble and grateful to be doing what they’re doing which seems rare among musicians.  They don’t seem to take themselves too seriously and you get a sense that they really just love music.  They give it everything they’ve got when playing live – I should know I’ve seen them 6 times in just over a year – a little excessive I agree, but I can’t help it….. they’re my boys.

Playlist:  I can’t choose, so I’m going to go with a couple of their singles. 

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Purple Hair and Bad Medicine

August 6, 2009 at 10:10 pm (Concerts, Music)

It has been suggested that I include what I’m listening to so here goes (very Canadian apparently, with a retro flair):

I came home today to find one of my favorite things waiting for me in the mailbox.  Concert tickets.  Tickets to see Metric to be exact and it reminded me of a girl who was standing in front of my friend and I during Metric’s set at Edgefest this year.  We named her purple hair, because well, she had purple hair and we weren’t feeling terribly creative standing in the rain and ankle deep mud.  Sample dialog: “How annoying is purple hair over there?’  ‘You noticed her too?  Soooooo annoying!!”  She was one of those girls who spends the entire set trying to show as many people as possible that she knows every word to every song.  So she’s bopping around in front of her friends and constantly turning around to sing to them while they are all just trying to watch the concert.  Every time she turns around she had to scan the crowd behind her to see who was watching her.  One of guys standing with her looked like he wanted to give her a beat down at one point – I was more than ready to help him if he needed it. 

Now I’m all for people doing their thing at concerts and the people I love the most are the ones that completely lose their shit because they are so excited about seeing a band that they love and are in their own world.  Like the guy at the Hollywood Undead concert a couple months ago (I was there to see the opening band but I must say did enjoy the Undead immensely) who was standing there, eyes closed, hands flailing around, singing his heart out and you just knew looking at him that in his mind, at that moment, HE was on stage performing and he was KILLING it!!  I could have watched him all night.  Then there was the guy standing beside me at a Keane concert a few years ago, who was screaming the words at the top of lungs and kept yelling to me how incredible the concert was.  Now I love Keane but even I was thinking, really?  That much excitement for Keane?  Or the guy a few rows in front of us at the Bon Jovi concert last year who was wearing a jean jacket with Bad Medicine and a red cross bedazzled on the back of it, BE-DAZZLED people!  He was jumping around with his friends singing along the whole night – we named him Bad Medicine but the sample dialog was more like “Did you see Bad Medicine?  I love him!”  “That takes some guts to wear that and he is rockin’ it!”  That guy had the night of his life and if I had had back stage passes I would have given them to him because he deserved them.  

So what’s the difference between these guys and purple hair since they’re all basically doing the same thing? 

The difference is that those guys were just in it.  They’re just there to experience a band that they love and getting so caught up in the moment that they can’t contain their excitement.  They don’t care whose watching, they’re probably not even aware that anyone else is there.  They’re just standing there with their eyes closed singing along to music that moves them.  They’re not trying to show everyone what a super fan they are and being all ‘look I know all the words, I’m so cool, do you all see me singing, I can sing along to every song, do you see me?  Are you watching?  Please notice me.’  Okay, you know all the words, good for you, so do 75% of the people here, so just stop begging for attention and enjoy the show if you love them so much.  Concerts aren’t about how many lyrics you know and who is watching you, it’s about listening to the music of a band that you love – or that you may be hearing for the first time – and just experiencing it.  So sing your little hearts out, but do it for the right reasons, do it because you love the song, or because you love to sing, or because you want to feel part of it, or because you’re excited, or because you don’t know what else to do.  Doing it to show off just makes you look like an idiot.       

Let the record show that I am a concert singer.  Yes, I sing along, mostly to myself but I have been known to raise the volume from time to time and I definitely get my groove on.  The thing with me is…..I usually hope to god no one is watching……

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