Yesterday me and my cousin went down to San Diego. To be more specific, Chula Vista to see Lana Del Rey. We are both fans and yet when we lined up, we realized we did not match the people in line. We had no flower crown, we didn’t look like we belonged. But who cares, it was great.
Courtney Love was the opening act and she did cover “Gold Dust Woman” from the Mac, so that was cool. But that’s now who I came to see.
Lana wore a red dress that looked really nice. But the problem with her show, which was something that I expected, was that since her songs are so slow and somber, she did not do much during the show in terms of moving around. Her diva persona was on point during the show. At one time, while she was singing “West Coast,” she stopped the song because her microphone was giving her issues. She kinda chewed out the techies, did a conceited sound check and resumed.
The entire show featured some grainy black and white, and sometimes multicolored video screen with just her face singing the entire time. It was such a not so exciting show because of the songs she performed, but she sounded wonderful.
Let me tell you a story.
Last year I saw that somebody followed me on Twitter. It was a singer/songwriter/music artist by the name of Tess Henley. I had never heard of her before at the time but I was curious as to why she would follow me. Maybe it was because I tweet about music a lot. Out of curiosity, I decided to go to Spotify to listen to some her stuff, see what she was about. I dug her sound. It was refreshing and fun. I followed back.
As I continued to listen to her music more, I became a fan. I would every now and then just put on her music during my writing sessions. I even picked up her latest EP, which is very good.
In fact, my last story was partially inspired by her. I detailed it here.
I had always wanted to see her perform live since I started listening her music. I think it was because she was an artist I liked and she seemed to be just real down to earth. Plus I like going to concerts, so there’s that too. But unfortunately with my busyness of schedule with my job, I rarely ever can make it out to any concerts at night anymore. But then I found out that she’s performing for Revolt at noon and I knew that I could pull that one off.
Mew is one of my favorite bands of all time. In fact, they could be my favorite live act ever I’ve seen right behind Prince and Fleetwood Mac. They are a band from Denmark I discovered back then when I was in college. With their new album that was just released a few weeks ago, they proposed this project for an upcoming music video. Fans can submit photos and audio of them singing to the song and they will be mixed into the music video. That’s all I know but the process for it was pretty intense. I had to sign up, follow all the instructions and submit my work.
The first part of the process was to read all the instructions and submit a photo from my laptop’s camera to imitate that of lead singer Jonas.
This is the original picture.
This was the event that was going on. I knew that I had to go out there and meet them and just enjoy the cool event. I only discovered this duo several weeks ago because I came across their latest single “California Nights.”
I started following them on Twitter and Instagram and I really dug their style. So a chance to meet them, get their autograph and all that jazz seemed like a cool thing to do before I headed out to work for my night shift.
I arrived at the Oinkster a little before noon. Since the event was still being set up, I did order the special burger and shake for the event. Very delicious. What was cool was that they were selling a lot of old merch. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything that really grabbed my attention. But it was cool to see all that stuff around.
You know what’s tough? I’ve been trying to write this story since February but I have been coming up empty. I think the problem is that I have the idea of what I want to write about but the character I’ve created doesn’t excite me. In fact, the character is not that compelling. I want to make the character be so heartbreaking yet so relateable. I don’t have that.
And the longer I wait, the harder it is to convince myself that I have a good story. I may need to change the direction. I might need to change the background. I might need to start over.
In the meantime, I still want to keep one aspect of this character and somehow infuse this inspiration into it. Listen and love it.
Filed under Music, Writing
Stevie Wonder and friends sing happy birthday to MLK.
Last night was one of the best music nights of my life.
It started off with a day at the Grammy Museum checking out an exhibit on my favorite rapper of all time, Tupac. Then afterward, an all-star Grammy salute to Stevie Wonder at the Nokia Theater. And that all-star showcase was phenomenal. But before I get to that, I want to tell you how this all came about.
I always sign up to be a seatfiller for great Hollywood events and I so happen to get one for this Stevie Wonder tribute show (which airs next Monday on CBS). So since I will be heading to Nokia Theater that day, I decided to go check out the Grammy Museum. I have been there before but that was over a year ago and there was a new Tupac exhibit there. So me and my friend met up and checked it out. It was a small little wing of the museum but it was impressive.
So here’s the thing. Before Sunday, I could only name two of Katy Perry’s songs. I never paid much attention to her but I always knew that she was very popular and had a lot of great hits. After beefing with her father, I was optimistic about her performance being a good show.
Call me a fan now. Well, let’s be specific. I am not a fan of Katy Perry’s music still. I think they are catchy, but this performance I am a fan of. Check it out. It started with a big gold lion. Wow! I actually know the song “Roar” and the final roar was phenomenal. What a spectacular way to start the show. It had all the visuals that really captured the audience.
When they transitioned to “California Gurls,” I was really excited. Check out how much she was enjoying herself. I think that is what made me like the performance so much. She was having fun. Other Super Bowl shows I see artists trying too hard. But for Katy, she was so into it that I liked it. Plus, did you see those sharks? Left shark was all out of sorts but I don’t care. The baked beach balls also were funny.
Filed under Music, Sports