Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Backstage at Flogging Molly

Turns out that Pops is related to Accordion Man in Flogging Molly. Accordion Man graciously gave us all-access, backstage passes to the concert in Oakland last night.

I have now been ruined for all future concerts.

I’m bummed I didn’t take my Nikon with me, but you can see my iPhone pictures and movies on My Gallery. Here is a sampling.

Pops, Accordion Man, and me!

In concert, from backstage.

The lonely accordion.

Jersey posing downstairs.

Free concert Friday

Maroon5 played for us today. Need I say more?

Today is the best day of your life!

[Note bene, I write this with great trepidation. The last time I wrote a post like this, I unexpectedly took a flight home the next day.]

That is what my daily self-help calendar read two Saturdays ago. I kept it around because so far that is the most truthful thing I have read. And I think that every day is the best day of my life. Some more than others.

Today is one of them.

It started with a relaxing day at work. I know the words “relaxing” and “work” don’t usually go in the same sentence, but in this case it is true.

I left early for my golf league’s tournament. Sadly, Cupcake is on vacation, so she couldn’t play with me. And my favorite Golf Duo were playing too early, so I went stag. I met up with the other top golf duo and had a fantastic round of golf. Well, a couple of holes really sucked, but I got a bogey and my first birdie!

I got home early, just in time to watch Wedding Singer on ustream. He plays online every Tuesday at 7pm Pacific. There is a live chat that goes along with the video stream, so we can all converse. He totally made my night when he played a song that I was the fourth person to hear during my first “personal concert on a Wednesday”. Sadly, it did not make it into the recording, so I still can’t share it with you all. I think the reason I love Wedding Singer’s music is that I can relate to it. This song in particular struck a chord with me.

Even though it was a sad song, I had to dance.

I watch the Tuesday Nightcap by playing it on my Mac Mini, projecting the video on my tv and sending the audio through my speakers. I do this so that I can make dinner while watching, and because the audio is so much better. There is no hope for the video.

I opened a bottle of wine. I looked for something that wasn’t too good, since it was just me. But it turns out I opened an amazing bottle! A little sweet for red, but it was smooth and gorgeous. I drank it while I made a stir fry and rice.

Then I started in on the apple pie. I blended and rolled out the crust, peeled and cut the apples, and added a little lemon and vanilla for fun. I’m running low on my homemade vanilla. A Martha Stewart special. Slice two vanilla beans vertically and put them in a mini bottle of Absolute. Good stuff!

The pie smelled amazing, even before I put it in the oven! I used the pie dish that I bought in Bozeman. With the leftover crust, I made little cinnamon rolls that were delicious, but not pretty enough for photos.

I “walked the dog” again while the pie was baking. The stars were shining bright. The plants with the firework blossoms were so touchable that I couldn’t help but run my palm along their petals. We arrived at home just in time for the sprinklers. I looked at Perl and said, “Run!” We ran through the sprinklers as if we would melt. I giggled the whole way. If you’ve never seen a Dalmatian smile, you haven’t lived! Perl had a big grin on her face and was shaking off the water as she skipped up the stairs at super speed.

And now I sit with Pablo, while the pie cools in the kitchen. It is emitting the most incredible smells of cinnamon and nutmeg.

I’m trying to decide if I should eat some now while it is hot, or save it for morning.

If only that was the hardest decisions I ever had to make!

OK Go at WWDC 2010, could I be any closer?

I’m pretty sure you can tell from the photos where I was standing for tonight’s concert. I’m definitely not complaining. ;-)

Tuesday Nightcap with John McLellan

Seems that Wedding Singer isn’t getting enough of his fans, so he has started doing a live ustream show on Tuesday nights at 7pm (pacific time) at You can also see previous recordings by going to that link now, including tonight’s performance, a practice last week, and video of his hair being shaved off after he lost a bet.

Bridge School Benefit Concert

The lineup this year:

Gavin Rossdale of Bush
Wolfmother from Australia
Monsters of Folk with M. Ward
Fleet Foxes
Sheryl Crow
Adam Sandler
Chris Martin of Coldplay
No Doubt
Neil Young

I enjoyed Gavin Rossdale, No Doubt and Sheryl Crow. But Adam Sandler rocked! He sang songs about a seven foot tall man, grandma, girlfriends, and lunch lady land. He ended by singing a duet with Neil Young. He pulled out the old Chaunnakah song! And he covered a couple songs including one by Led Zepplin. Sandler’s act wasn’t as polished, and he kept laughing at himself, but that is what makes him so loveable!

Chris Martin was absolutely brilliant! He embodied everything I believe this concert is about. It was just him and a piano accompanied by an Italian violinist. Raw music and raw talent. The man is amazing. I was captivated! His piano work was incredible. He knows how to interact with the crowd. And he can certainly sing. He ended with a beautiful version of Earth Angel.

Adam Sandler and Chris Martin will be the reason I’ll buy the recording of this night when it hits the iTunes store.

Posted from my iPhone

Rock Band

Okay, I’m addicted. Went over to a friends house tonight and played for a few hours. Played bass, some drums, and sang. I still suck at all of it, but I figure the only way to get better is to practice, right? I did end up singing on expert, but that only confirmed that I suck. Although I do seem to do okay at singing Oasis and Radiohead songs.

If I get better, who knows, maybe I’ll move on to karaoke!

Or maybe I should stick to singing in the shower where no one else will ever hear me.