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On Saturday night, I went to Mulcahy's in Centereach for Charlie's final gig before he and Val move to California. Charlie got a job with APPLE and he starts next month.

The night was bittersweet. I hadn't seen Silent Generosity play since I saw them at the Great South Bay music festival over the summer. I was excited to see Dennis there to show his support (he was with the band until he went away to boot camp...) and one of my former co-workers Christina was there as well. :)

The show put my life into perspective: I have been following Silent Generosity for 8 YEARS. I had met Charlie in our Western Civilization class and he told me about this band that he just joined and his first gig with them, at Molly Blooms, a battle of the bands contest, was my introduction to SG. So it was fitting that I would be at his last gig with them.

Here's the playlist from the show:

1st set
Show You the Way
Hit and Run
Machine Head (Bush cover)
Break Me Down
Misguided Fools

Intermission -- During the intermission, Silent Generosity played a video tribute to honor Charlie, as a surprise.

Ryan made an announcement when they were about to start the 2nd set that Dennis would be playing the next 3 songs instead of Cory. This made my night. Dennis should always be playing with them. :) It was a nostalgia trip...

2nd set
Walking Dead (w/Dennis)
The Light (w/Dennis)
Shadow of the Sun (w/Dennis)
Charlie improvised stuff on his bass in this spot. So awesome.
Girl Was Gone
Tragic End
Lost Time

You can find most of these songs here and here

I wish Charlie and Val all the best on the west coast!!

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My weekend was really fun. Because Monday was MLK Day, Brian had a 3-day weekend, so I stayed at his place through Monday.

On Saturday, we went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries for lunch (I had never been there before). Really tasty. And then it was off to Fairway to spend my gift card that my brother and his girlfriend gave me for my birthday back in April. I attacked their olive bar and filled up a container with garlic stuffed, onion stuffed, and almond stuffed olives. :) Good stuff.

Sunday, Brian and I parted ways after having breakfast. He had to take his folks to the airport and I was heading into the city for the day. Got together with [ profile] karistan again. We have spent a day each weekend together since [ profile] kradical's NYE party. So, we met at the Borders upstairs from Penn Station and then walked over to The Morgan Library and Museum. Interesting fun fact: [ profile] kradical's father works there. they have an interesting collection of stuff. Some things that caught my eye: Original manuscript of Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in D major, and original manuscript of JS Bach's Cantata 112 Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt. I'm such a music dork.

After The Morgan, we had lunch at BonChon Chicken which was really tasty. We wandered around a bit after that before heading to the movie theater to see The Social Network which turned out to be a very well done movie. We both liked it :) After the movie we headed to Tick Tock Diner across from Penn Station for dinner, which was also very tasty. We didn't want the day to end because we enjoy each other's company, but I was running out of train options, so it had to. We parted ways when [ profile] karistan's train arrived.

When I got on my train, I was met by this very flamboyant man who made the trip between Penn and Jamaica quite entertaining. Brian picked me up from Ronk.

Monday was a day of lounging. Brian and I didn't leave the house, but we kept ourselves occupied. A good lazy day :)

Excellent weekend.

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I was sitting in Brian's room and for some odd reason, a song popped into my head. It wasn't just any song, it was a piece I had written for a Composer's contest back when I was in 6th grade. The piece is called "Sound of the Sea". I actually won two awards for it. The first one was First place in the Fall/Winter composer's contest, given to me December 1994. The 2nd one was the Composer of the Year award, which was presented to me in May of 1995. My name is on a plaque that is still hanging on the wall at Longwood Middle School.

The following year, I had written another piece and submitted it for the Fall/Winter composer's contest and won 2nd place for it. It didn't compare to my first piece, not one bit.

One of these days, I will transfer the piece from audio cassette to the computer. Not sure how to do that without killing the quality though. I could record a Piano only version, but that would leave out the strings and percussion. We shall see. (And yes, all instruments were played by me in the original).

These thoughts led me to wonder when the hell I'm going to get back into composing. When I took Orchestration back in Fall 2008, I arranged three pieces. It was a whole lot of fun and I really wanted to continue in that thread, but then a series of events occurred that included the failing over and over again of the absurd Listening Exams. Because I kept failing them, I had to switch my major. I really *really* miss being a Music major.

I have songs and instrumental pieces floating around in my head (I always do), but it's really difficult to actually get them down on staff paper. It's the composers version of Writer's Block. I need something to pull them out of me... somehow.

Sometimes, I fart around on Finale or Sibelius and have created some very interesting, though very not playable pieces. That had to be put on the back burner as this semester zapped me of any free time I previously had to do such a thing.

I don't know what to do with myself anymore.


My Evening

Nov. 14th, 2010 12:01 am
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Brian and I had a wonderful time tonight! My mom got 2 free tickets to go see Poco tonight at the Boulton Center in Bayshore. Unfortunately, my dad has work at 6am tomorrow, so my mom couldn't go to the show. Fortunately for Brian and I, we got to go!!!

To be quite honest, we didn't know what to expect because we didn't have name/song recognition. We jogged our memories yesterday by finding this song by them, which was their opening song tonight:

But my actual band name/song recognition came a few songs later:

I had a moment of "So that's who sang this song! I get it now."

The first set was amazing. Very interactive with the audience and bouncy and awesome!! We also learned that they will be hitting the studio starting in January to put together a new album. They played a few of the songs that will be on there. One of them was actually a song on the bassist's solo album. AMAZING!! Loved every moment of it.

The 15 minute intermission came and went. The 2nd set was piercingly loud. This made for interesting times with my ears. Too loud to really ejoy it and all the songs sounded alike, so I could decipher what I was really listening to. It was still fucking awesome though.

All in all a great concert!

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"I'm Sensitive" by Jewel

I was thinking that I might fly today
Just to disprove all the things you say
It doesn't take a talent to be mean
Your words can crush things that are unseen

So please be careful with me, I'm sensitive
And I'd like to stay that way.

You always tell me that is impossible
To be respected and be a girl
Why's it gotta be so complicated?
Why you gotta tell me if I'm hated?

So please be careful with me, I'm sensitive
And I'd like to stay that way.

I was thinking that it might do some good
If we robbed the cynics and took all their food
That way what they believe will have taken place
And we can give it to people who have some faith

So please be careful with me, I'm sensitive
And I'd like to stay that way.

I have this theory that if we're told we're bad
Then that's the only idea we'll ever have
But maybe if we are surrounded in beauty
Someday we will become what we see
'Cause anyone can start a conflict
it's harder yet to disregard it
I'd rather see the world from another angle

We are everyday angels
Be careful with me 'cause I'd like to stay that way

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If there's one thing I've acquired from my friendship with [ profile] chris_walsh (and I have gotten so much from it. I really am glad to be friends with you.) it's actually blogging more. What can I say? You inspire me :)

So, Chris asked me to compile a list of all the bands/musicians I've ever seen ever. This list will also include local bands because some have actually gone on to be famous (which is awesome for them!), as well as groups I've seen at Conventions. The only thing garaunteed to be in order on this list is my first concert ever, which happened on April 14, 1997 at Madison Square Garden. What a crazy night that was! If you ask nicely, I'll tell you that story. I'm even in the music video for "Cold Contagious". The lesser known/local acts will be at the bottom of the list. If you want to know anything about any of these bands/musicians, I'll be more than happy to indulge your questions.

The List

Veruca Salt (opened for Bush)
Stone Temple Pilots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tori Amos (I got to meet her!!!! so awesome)
Alanis Morrissette
Gin Blossoms
Early Edison
Counting Crows
Jonathan Coulton
The Turtles (YAY for B-103 Oldies concerts on the beach!)
Three Days Grace
Dream Theater
Kid Rock
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Joan Jett (she joined TSO on stage)
NY Philharmonic
LI Philharmonic
Royal Philharmonic
Regina Spektor (Before she was famous! Penn Station is good for something, apparently.)
Fair Warning
48 in the Basement
Hidden Agenda
The Microwave Orphans
Patent Pending
Ants Marching
Silent Generosity
Brian Verderosa
Squeaky Clean
The Hip Pickles
The Boogie Knights (Hi [ profile] kradical & [ profile] boogiebabe_smap!!)
The Brobdingnagian Bards (Hi [ profile] marcgunn!!)
Emerald Rose
Kenny Young & the Eggplants
Captain Zorikh (The Death Star Repair Man)
Sudden Death/Devo Spice (Hi [ profile] devospice!!)
Worm Quartet (Hi [ profile] wormquartet!!)
the great Luke Ski
Power Salad
Black Tape for a Blue Girl
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
The Absinthe Drinkers
Clockwork Dolls
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys
What Time is it Mr. Fox?
Coyote Run
The New Deal
Everyone else that was at The Great South Bay Music Festival
Styccato (My uncle's band that was very well known in Brooklyn back in the 80s. I saw them play at their reunion show in 2003) That reunion show also included other bands I can't remember off the top of my head.
Jeff M. Jacobs
Limey Birds
Hey Nunnie Nunnie

I think that's everyone.

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I left this as a comment on [ profile] chris_walsh's Beatles post from earlier today, but I felt that it deserved a post of its own, expanded and editted a bit to make more sense, because why the hell not.

I grew up listening to The Beatles from day one because both of my parents LOVE them. They each have their preference for Beatles era, but it was all there. They own a good chunk of the catalog. Listening to The Beatles greatly influenced my music preferences as I grew up. There was a handful of years that I rejected everything else my parents listened to (didn't everybody?), but held tightly onto The Beatles. As I got older, I learned to embrace it all again. I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you all a fun story, which come to think of it, I probably told you all back when it originally happened:

Back when Brian was moving from Fort Henry to Das Nexus Haus 3 years ago, I discovered a very rare gem in the basement that layed unclaimed: The Beatles Collection, a box set of Records in near mint condition, with all of their signatures embroidered on the box. The box itself has some wear and tear, but the records have barely any scratches. I was actually really surprised that [ profile] mikeprime's dad freely gave it up with no reprecussions.

I did a fangirl squeeee and brought it home, along with "Great songs of Lennon & McCartney" piano book and "The Beatles Recording Sessions" hardcover book of DOOM. One of these days, I will break the records out and play them (Yes, I have a record player! It even works!!!)

So now, today, I have been listening to streaming the entire Beatles catalog in alphaBEATical order. Huge thank you to [ profile] chris_walsh for pointing me to it because it is a Portland, Oregon station that I'd otherwise not know about.



Oct. 9th, 2010 01:54 pm
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"Imagine" by John Lennon

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Happy 70th Birthday, John Lennon!! I'm still waiting for the day that these lyrics will ring true for all of humanity.

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As if Cee-Lo Green's "Fuck You" couldn't get any better, I present to you this gem:

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I had a blast this weekend!!! I went with Brian to the 4th annual Great South Bay Music Festival. We had so much fun! We didn't go on Friday, so I didn't get to see War, however, we were there both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday )

Sunday )

All in all a GREAT weekend! :-D



Jun. 10th, 2010 10:12 pm
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Squeeeeeeeeee!! [ profile] alorarose just sent me a virtual Lemur on here.

I have named it Johnny. Isn't he cute? :)

And if you are wondering why Johnny, it's because The Boogie Knights are super awesome and have a song called "Madagascar" in which they sing about Lemurs... Johnny Lemurs :-D I want to petition to have them back at I-CON!!

D'oh! Embedding was disabled, however, here is a link to a performance of the song:

Lyrics behind cut )

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Every so often I get bitten by the Nostalgia bug. The longing of years gone by. What prompted this bout of Nostalgia was Digg, that evil temptress!

So, now, I shall share my plight with you:

1980s Sitcom songs as covered by fans

Which then led me to this: 10 best 80s cartoon theme songs

And now, I have pulled up my specific nostalgia playlist of Theme songs from movies and TV shows from the dawning of time through the 90s.

As a special added bonus, Digg also linked me to this little gem: Apparently the Future was changed I can honestly say I'm one of those people who did not catch that. LOL! Ultimately, this will lead me to watching at least part of the movie later in the week. Ya know...after I get through my at least 4 days worth of Theme songs, probably more, but I don't feel like converting the minutes to days right now :-P

Ahh nostalgia. I love you dearly. If anyone is interested, I could send you some of my massive collection of TV and movie theme songs. :-D

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If you are a US citizen aged 18 and over, get out there and VOTE today!!

And now for your viewing enjoyment, a tribute to John Williams:

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Saturday, July 12th (that's this coming Saturday), the NY Philharmonic will be playing a FREE Concert at Heckscher State Park!!! The concert starts at 8pm, and there will be fireworks at the end. :-D

Let me know if you are interested in going.



May. 29th, 2008 02:23 pm
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I think I may have just died.

Special thanks to [ profile] thecatinthehat For posting this video on Facebook! :-D

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So, I went to because I wanted to hear some music by Renaissance (A Prog Rock band from the 70s/early 80s) and after the song by Renaissance, it played a song by Voltaire. :-P

I am amused.

That is all :)

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I saw this on my friend [ profile] chavah's LJ and I *HAD* to post it :)



x-posted to [ profile] sf4m
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Happy Chanukah to *ALL* of my Jewish Friends!!!!!!!

And? For your enjoyment: Good Chanukah Music

Too bad you can't fast forward from the first song, which is a scary children's polka song for Chanukah, because the link is to a stream. However, everything else on it is awesome!! Enjoy!! :-D

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...That makes you want to kill people.

Trust me, you want to listen to this. It's absolutely awesome. Thank you Janet for showing this to me :-D


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