So I am already tardy in my blogging everyday experiment. I am okay with this because I already feel a bit overwhelmed with this quarter but I know everything will fall into place. I just need to make sure I follow through with my obligations and get a routine. My routine generally includes checking my email 14 times a day. When I did yesterday I received an email that informed me that I won tickets to see Midlake. An indie band from the land of Texas.I had heard a few of their songs, enjoyed them, and was generally excited that I had won something, because it is rare when i do.
What I didn't realize was how laid back their overall vibe was. It was a mix of Travis and Fleetwood Mac. A 70s throwback with a consistent beat, vocal harmonies, and a bit of a groove. Sometimes his intonation reminded me of Rufus Wainwright and I thought that was lovely. The evening was pleasant. As I said I felt overwhelmed by all that needs to happen this week and the weeks coming up so I thought I shouldn't attend this event but then I realized how often it is when I win something. I don't, so I thought I would go, have a pleasant evening, and try something new of accepting that my life is my own and I can choose to make it what I want it to be. So I walked in a bit late, went out to the roof of the Henry Fonda and found myself engaged in a conversation about Politics and the need and desire for change.
I love music and the music community. It's an interesting occasion of people from all over the place engaged in the same experience. This might be the only time this group of people are all there together engaged in sonic vibrations that could be a unique experience or sometimes a drop of a name of who and what you saw. I feel lucky for the opportunity. I love to people watch, to see who is there, and to see who is into it and who is not. I love to watch these musicians play. When the song Young Bride was played, the crowd got really excited, and this small smile appeared on the lead singers face. Its exciting to see that they feel acknowledged, that someone recognizes there art, and in some way their art has impacted their lives.
If you are interested and want to know who is coming to the Los Angeles are check out this website:
www.losanjealous.com Has all that you need to know about upcoming shows in the area. Great resource.
Also this weekend there is a festival at the Barnsdall Art Part and the Echoplex. They are giving away free tickets for Devotchka (the music from Little Miss Sunshine) and We are Scientist. If you are interested in attending and want free passes let me know and I can send you the email.
Yesterday's new releases are:
Iron and Wine: Shepherd's Dog
Devandra Banhart: smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Jose Gonzalez: In Our Nature
The Weakerthans: Reunion Tour
I often find my music by email from the distributor and online store: Insound (www.insound.com)