Feb 26, 2012

Sayers Club - Rumer Willis, Sophie Simmons & Other Live Music 2.23.12

Wow.   Once again a fantastic night in the land of live music.   I wish the video had been clearer, there were a few performers and songs I just couldn't record because there was too much noise or I was too into it (LP I'm talking about you and your INSANELY good rendition of "Oh! Darling").

I am just going to post up all of the videos here instead of doing individual posts like I did last time.   I really missed out not recording LP, that cover was beyond anything I have heard in a while- like the first time I heard Wayne Newton sing Danke Schoen... something that is so very different from what you are expecting that it just blows your mind.   And with a mandolin!

I preface this entire post with a disclaimer about video/audio quality and shakiness.   I was in a different spot this time, and standing on a squishy couch in heels, so besides the usual shaking from dancing, I was balancing- and this time I had the special honor of having a few chatty chicas nearby who are clearly audible... My apologies.

So first up- Sophie Simmons...Fun and very cool performance with Vinnie.   I wish I had not stopped recording- thought the song was over when in fact it was not.   Sorry!

The queen diva herself, MAIYA SYKES killed it as usual (I wish I had a video of her covering Adele, which she has done before but I couldn't move the last time she did it, it affected me so much I couldn't do anything but watch and listen and forgot to record it!)

Then my favorite Edward Scissorhands/JohnMayer hybrid (I say that in the most platonically amazing way because I just wish I could have a soundtrack of him singing to me all day and night, that's how smooth his voice is, and the energy he brings to every performance- the crowd feeds off of it in the most phenomenal way) anyway- he sang not one but TWO songs--- J'adore mon amore! One of my favorite performers by far, every time, hands down.   I mean....see for yourself.

I know the first video is hard to see, I didn't realize the focus was screwy till I watched it later, but just close your eyes, he sounds AH-MAH-ZING!   Now check him out singing this song by the Killers = LOVE IT.

And then there was an awesome surprise- Miss Rumer Willis got up on stage and sang a great cover of Rumor Has It (lol, we get the joke).   She was really good!   I know the girls are chattering a lot at this point, but the whole room was into it, and she sounded fantastic!   The blonde girl standing just beyond her in the video is actually Heather Morris (yes, from Glee) cheering her friend on.

All in all, a great night musically and very enjoyable.

Feb 12, 2012

Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey - When You Believe (video)

I had to share one more memory, one more area of my life where Whitney Houston touched something that made a lasting impact on me, as she did on so many.

There was a Disney movie called 'The Prince of Egypt' that came out when I was younger.   I wasn't allowed to go to movie theaters, and we didn't have a tv in our home, so it was a little later in life that I finally got to see the movie.   I don't remember the movie much at all.   I remember this song- When You Believe - and I remember these two sensational voices sending chills through me, it was like they were singing right to me, telling me I could do anything, be anyone, that everything would be ok if I could just hang in there.   I wasn't going through anything specific that I needed to pull through at that point in time, but the song really helped me.   Yes, it became one of those 'shower songs' that I sang at the top of my lungs, in tune or not it didn't matter.

I included two links- the one to the actual music video for the song, which is musically exactly as I remember it...

And also a link to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston performing it live at the Oscars in 1999.   This version is better and conveys a lot more of what I felt when listening to the song.  By the way- this song won and Jennifer Lopez presented the award!

Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (listen)

There are certain moments in life where you never forget where you were when you learned of something.   I remember where I was when I found out Princess Diana had died.   I was 12 or 13 I think, and I was supposed to be asleep but I was listening to Dr. Laura on a tape deck hidden under my pillow when they interrupted the show for a special news break.   I had a habit of keeping a blank tape in the tape deck so I could record songs off the radio, and I immediately hit record as news came flooding in.   The same thing goes for where I was when I learned of Michael Jackson's death.   I was at a shopping/fashion event in NYC and suddenly a lady called out "OMG Michael Jackson just died!" and people all reached for their phones and some started crying... these events leave indelible marks on us.

As such, I will never forget the circumstances and surroundings when I learned that Whitney Houston had died.   There is a huge gaping hole left by her passing and I don't think there will ever be another singer like her.   Her voice, her talent, her story.   Every time a legend dies I realize more and more that I have to make an effort to live every day to it's utmost and stop stalling and see all of my favorites live in concert!
Listen to this, remember the good parts of her life, and honor a true talent.

Feb 5, 2012

Madonna SuperBowl Halftime Show feat. LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and CeeLo Green

So how did everyone like the halftime show this year?   In my personal opinion, although Madonna looks great, it was slightly underwhelming.   I guess nothing has really been fun since the whole Janet Jackson incident.   I can't believe she sang Like A Prayer either- that was my go to jam in high school when I used to go to karaoke with my friends- I have it on tape!   It's not the show wasn't well done, it was- the visual effects were spectcular by the way.   But it was just... I mean after she danced with the boys from LMFAO it got a little boring.   It was cool that she did the 'Sexy and I Know It' dance... but it seemed a bit contrived and almost like she was trying a tiny bit too hard to be relevant.   The thing is, I can't actually come up with who I would have thought would have been better or what she could have done differently... so I guess as far as halftime shows go, it was alright (not the B.E.P. debacle that's for sure!)