New RS & RB Video

September 22, 2008 at 1:02 pm (Music)

A few weeks ago, Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband released a new video for the song Be the One. You can view the video here. You can also see a making of video here which is almost as fun to watch as the real video. And just for laughs, here’s the Corndog Song! (It’s some cheesy video someone else did, but the song cracks me up! )


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Okay, I’m Old

July 21, 2008 at 9:13 pm (family, Music)

Last week DD #1 had her first lesson with her new guitar instructor. Let’s just say he’s very young. He gave Ariel some homework to listen to music and made some comment about old people’s music being very boring to listen to. LOL Yeah, I don’t think he has any idea what I listen to!
He did make a few specific listening assignments: Brain Stew by Green Day ( I guess he’s using it to introduce power chords), Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty and any classic rock.
In the meantime, maybe I will come up with something really awful to do with his guitar.

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What’s Your 80’s Theme Song?

June 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm (Music)


Your 80s Theme Song Is:

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
What’s Your 80s Theme Song?
The DH’s 80’s Theme Song is:

Your 80s Theme Song Is:

Rio by Duran Duran
What’s Your 80s Theme Song?
Okay now, the rest of you have to do this, too.  Heh, heh, heh…

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The Return with Awesome Tour

June 9, 2008 at 1:15 pm (Music)

Friday night we went to see one of my favorite bands, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand.  I was especially impressed that Ryan Shupe was there to do the concert at all, since he had an emergency appendectomy only six days before.  Anyhoo, they were releasing their new album Last Man Standing, so they played every song from the album for us, mixed in with a few of the old standbys.  As always it was a great concert.  If you ever get to see these guys, do it!  Not only will you be amazed by their musical ability, but they are very funny and work hard at keeping everyone entertained.  For example, during this concert, they came halfway up the seating area (this is an amphitheatre) stood on the roof of the shed where the sound engineers are and played a few songs.  The drummer even came up there and played the cajón

I highly recommend their album.  It strikes me as a little more mature than their others, or maybe I should say serious- that is until, you get to the last song, Corn Dogs, which is exactly what it is about!  You can listen to their album by going to their website and clicking on the link on the lefthand side towards the top that says jukebox. In honor of my favorite annual vacation spot, make sure you listen to 10,000 Lakes.

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March 10, 2008 at 3:45 am (Language, Music)

Hello, it’s Bloosbabybro.

 I got to see one of my favorite guitarists live on Friday night: Antoine Dufour.  Bloosgrl did a post on him when his new album came out about a month ago.  My brother met me at the show and we had a good time.  My brother had never heard of Antoine, but I think he was a fan within the first few seconds of the first song.

Antoine opened with “Spiritual Groove” then rolled right into “Development” without stopping.  As you can see from the videos, those two songs are a great way to start a set.

 Probably one of the funniest moments of the night was when Antoine was giving an introduction for “Song for Stephen”, a song he wrote and dedicated to fellow guitarist Stephen Bennett.  For those who don’t know, Antoine is from Quebec, so his first language is French.  When introducing the song he pronounced the name “Stefen” and went on to explain that he understands it should be pronounced “Steven”, but that would never make sense to him.  “Can someone explain that to me?  The other night I was trying to get the people in Viladelvia to explain it to me, but no one could.”  Brilliant.

 Like I said last week – languages are interesting things.

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Tunesmith Retrofit by Kelly Joe Phelps

March 6, 2008 at 1:34 pm (Music)

A favorite musician of mine is Kelly Joe Phelps.  I recently added Tunesmith Retrofit to my music collection and it was just what I needed at the end of a frustrating day.  I don’t know what it is about his music, but I feel the tension leave my body every time I listen to him. 

I am seriously addicted to track number 6, a catchy tune called Big Shaky.  Can’t. stop. listening! 

Head on over to his website have a listen!

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Who are you, what have you done with Bloosgrl, and what is that thing?

February 17, 2008 at 3:35 pm (Music)

First of all, I should start by mentioning that I am not Bloosgrl. Bloosgrl is my oldest sibling and she has invited me to be a weekly guest on her blog. Sorry, no knitting info from me. Probably mainly entries about music, cars, engines/fuels (especially diesel), and maybe some joys/pains of cross-cultural marriage. Nice to meet you. You can call me Bloosbabybro.

Bloosgrl and I both enjoy good music. We also enjoying finding artists who are new to us and sharing our finds with each other. One of those recent finds is Andy McKee. His song, “Rylynn”, is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard. A video of him playing his song “Drifting” has over 11.5 million views on Youtube.

Check out this link of him playing “The Friend I Never Met”, a harp guitar tune. Andy isn’t the first person to play a harp guitar, but I had never seen one until I started getting into his music. “The Friend I Never Met” is dedicated to Michael Hedges who was also a very gifted guitarist and harp guitarist.

Enjoy and see you next week!

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Antoine Dufour Releases a New Album Today

February 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm (Music, Uncategorized)

Canadian acoustic guitarist Antoine Dufour has  a  new album out  called Existence.  His technical skills and musicianship make his music an enjoyable listen.  You can listen to clips from his new album here.
You can watch him perform a song from his new album here.

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All’s Well that Ends Well

February 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm (family, knitting, Music)

Yesterday really got off to a bad start. 

It took TWENTY minutes to get the DD’s of to school today, instead of the normal ten minutes. 

DD #1 is doing a history fair project this year.  She was determined to work with a partner, an idea I was not thrilled about. Now that they’ve already turned in their topic and who they’re working with to the teacher, they are having trouble agreeing upon what kind project to do- exhibit or documentary.  Let’s just mention here that I have no special knowledge or equipment to help DD#1 should they choose a documentary.

DD #1 was scheduled to start guitar lessons yesterday.  We showed up, but there was no instructor for her and the person I arranged them with tried to argue with me and claim that we had never set a date for her to start.  I might have let him off easy, except he had already ticked me of for a couple of reasons.  First, he would promise to call me back to make arrangements and then not call me back.  Then we had her lessons scheduled (after I kept calling him to follow up) and he called me THE DAY OF to let me know that he had someone who could teach her, but they couldn’t start for two more weeks.  Anyway, yesterday made three strikes, and he wasn’t offering to fix his mistake, so I threw him out.  However, the manager of the music store noticed that we had left way too soon for having a music lesson and followed me out because she wanted to know what had happened.  Turns out she was very unhappy with the way I had been treated and offered to arrange lessons for me.  I was very impressed with her. 

After that, I was able to resolve the history fair issues.  Turns out the parent’s of DD#1’s partner didn’t want to do a documentary any more than we did.

And I can now officially knit lace!  I discovered a Beginner Lace group on Ravelry and joined their February Knit Along.  The project is the Easy Lace Scarf. I have tried a couple of other lace patterns that I just could not seem to knit no matter how hard I tried. This pattern I can knit. Woohoo!

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New Album Purchase

September 20, 2007 at 11:35 am (Music)

I just bought Jonny Lang’s most recent album, Turn Around.  I haven’t even finished listening and I love it! So far my favorite is “Last Goodbye”.  He sings in falsetto, which sounds amazingly good.  The instrumental is also very understated, which is a departure from Jonny’s usual style, but it is so beautifully done!  I highly recommend this album to all fans of Jonny Lang and those who want to try someone new.

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