My best friend is a hair and makeup wizard, in my opinion, so I keep asking her to doll me up and take pictures. Lol. Since it is October, our most recent “shoot” was done in Papa Emeritus (Ghost) face paint.
When I was a tiny human, my parents played music constantly. It was only natural for my first favorite band to be a band they introduced me to — Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. I can remember, before I could use the turntable, asking my dad to put on Full Moon Fever for me. (I loved solo Petty as well as his work with the Heartbreakers). I would listen to that album from start to finish, on repeat.
My first favorite band…and later, my first rock star crush. Before the boy groups and all that, it was Tom Petty. To this day, I can’t explain it. I just had a thing for him. And while I was still in love with the man and his band, my parents took me to see them. Twice. I was the happiest and luckiest kid in the world. I had been to several concerts, but Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was the first one I was old enough to really remember.
And now, Tom Petty is gone. He passed away at 8:40 p.m. (PST) on Monday, October 2, 2017.
I’m at a loss. I know there are people here who can understand; after all, the music community has been grieving far too often lately. This, though, is different, for me. This was the artist who set me on my journey, the first to make me really feel so deeply about music.
Thank you, Tom Petty, and may you rest in peace.
I have decided to post a random personal blog once a week, although I can’t guarantee I’ll remember or always have anything interesting to say…
For tonight, however, I do have a good story. This past Saturday, my dad and I went to see the Alabama Crimson Tide play.
I’m a huge college football fan, as are my parents. My dad has loved the Tide since forever, but he’s only been to one actual game, and an A-Day. This was my third game, thanks to the fact that my Jesse took me to watch them against Virginia Tech.
Anyway, we had a wonderful Saturday. We reached Tuscaloosa early and briefly tailgated with a couple of really nice strangers. The game was amazing. Our opponent was the Colorado State Rams. There’s clearly work to be done, but we won and I enjoyed doing the “Rammer Jammer” cheer.
Dad bought me a collector’s cup and a stuffed elephant, decorated with the Alabama “A,” which is too similar to the one for the Atlanta Braves if you ask me. I took some pictures, none worthy of this blog. Just Google “Bryant-Denny stadium.” It’s magnificent. The atmosphere is electric. And I totally fan-girled on the Walk of Champions. No shame!
As always, I hope this post finds you well. Be ready for better posts in October. Lol. (Although I’m sure there will be more talk of the Crimson Tide before the season is over.)
October is my favorite month. I love autumn, and I love all things connected to Halloween: the decorations, the candy, the movies. Oh, and football is still on. (Roll Tide!)
I’ve been lazy with my posts on here. Yes, I post everyday, but it’s just my playlist challenge and the weekly focus (and Let’s Talk Covers, when I remember). I’m going to try to get better, and October gives me plenty to blog about. I already have a couple of posts written 🙂
In other news, Alter Bridge is finally coming to my home state in November. I am so excited! Here’s hoping I get to meet the guys again.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful 2017!
Okay, so my birthday was over two weeks ago. I debated whether or not to even post a blog, since I didn’t have a big extravagant celebration with a band. But then I thought to myself: “This year was better — in a way.”
On my actual birthday, I went to my best friends’ house. Tiffany, who is like a sister to me, fixed me breakfast for dinner. (She makes the best pancakes in the world.) She and her husband, Jerimy, gave me a Ghost tee-shirt, which I quickly changed into before settling back to watch that night’s episode of “Big Brother.”
The next day, I had the joy of seeing my Jesse. She lives in Georgia, and she left work that afternoon and drove straight to my house. My mom fed us tacos, then we watched movies until we fell asleep (The Houses October Built and Anna, for anyone wondering).
Jesse and I had adventures in Huntsville on Saturday, followed by Chinese food and ending our night at Tiffany and Jerimy’s. I was super stoked that three of my best friends were finally meeting, and they got along quite well. We sat outside, talking and catching sight of the occasional meteor from the shower taking place.
Sunday, Jesse and I literally did nothing except indulge in more movies and have a long conversation with my mom.
It may sound like a boring weekend, but for me, it was the perfect way to ring in my 30th year in this world. I missed my brother, and Heather and Chanin…and yes, it was weird not seeing Almost Kings. However, I had music, movies, three of my favorite people, my parents, and delicious food. What else does a girl really need?
Check out my fabulous gifts! The Marilyn Manson sweater was from my parents, the MM necklace was a present to myself, the Ghost shirt was from Tiff and Jerimy, and the other three items were from Jesse ❤
Okay, I’m not doing any of the usual weekly or daily things this week, mostly because I was too busy to pick an album/artist of the week. Lol.
So what do my readers have to look forward to? Well, I saw Alter Bridge last night in Atlanta. Expect a review of that, and my fan-girl recollection of finally meeting Myles Kennedy. Also, I will be posting at least three “Bands You Should Know” blogs (featuring Stealing Eden, 3 Pill Morning, and Stonefeather).
There may be other things to come, I’m not sure yet. Next week I will return to my regular posts. Hopefully. Work has suddenly gotten hectic.
Thank you to everyone who follows my blog! ❤
Today has been absolutely wonderful! I spent it with my loved ones, exchanging gifts and eating delicious food. As far as music goes, I was given a copy of AFI’s Sing the Sorrow, the anniversary edition of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, and Avenged Sevenfold’s Live in the LBC + Diamonds in the Rough on vinyl. I was quite pleased.
I hope all of you have enjoyed your holiday weekend! Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! I will be taking a break from blogging next week. It’s going to be a busy seven days: I work every day until the weekend, then Saturday is the Peach Bowl as well as New Year’s Eve. I will be ringing in 2017 with one of my best friends. Needless to say, all of this means I won’t have a lot of time for posting. But I will be back January 2nd with a new album of the week, artist of the week, and a few “Bands You Should Know” blogs!
This is more or less a review of Shallow Side’s show in Madison last Friday, but it is also a personal post. I’ve been absent from the local music scene for a while and it was absolutely wonderful being back.
Unfortunately, I missed most of the opening act, a band called By All Means. What I did see, however, was really good. If you like hard rock/heavy metal, you might want to check them out.
I have been to four or five Shallow Side shows previously. I always enjoy them. An energetic performance coupled with amazing originals–and some odd but very fun covers–makes for one hell of a night. Shallow Side is better than anyone at getting an audience on its feet, except perhaps Almost Kings.
Friday was no different. The band’s set included originals such as “Stand Up,” “Out of Reach,” and “My Addiction.” I have to admit, though, that one of my favorite parts was their version of Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk,” with which they concluded their show. Front man Eric Boatright definitely did the track justice. It was just…magnificent. 🙂
From left to right: drummer Heath Fields, vocalist Eric Boatright, guitarist Seth Trimble, and bassist Cody Hampton.
Bunny ears, courtesy of Seth…
Seth got me twice. Lol.
Looks like Seth tried to get me three times.
That’s Mark Tremonti’s brother!!!!!!
This made me happy!
So yeah, this is a bit random, but I totally just had a moment when I checked my email. I posted the pictures of me with Mark Tremonti and Eric Friedman to Twitter…and both men replied to my tweets!!!!!
I know Mark is actually responsible for his own account, and I figure Eric is too, which makes this even better, of course.
Just wanted to share my happiness with y’all. 🙂 I hope if you’re reading this that you are having an equally wonderful day!