… listening to this
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I am embarrassed that I left you guys hanging here since my last posting.
Long story short, I got my passport.
Long story long, I’m getting to it. I promise. And I hope it will be soon. Life tends to get crazy sometimes over here.
This is gonna be quick. If I don’t post right this minute, I don’t know when I’ll ever get the time so here goes.
This has been a wild and crazy summer so far. Back to back things going on and not a lot of time to breathe in between. But here’s the best part. Forgive me if you already know all this because I’ve been
shouting it from the rooftops posting bits and pieces of my good fortune all over the internet the past month or so.
At the end of the month I’m going to be able to cross three items off my Bucket List. One item in particular was a complete and utter fantasy because I didn’t think it was possible, that being SEEING THE REPLACEMENTS. Since they sort of split up (parted ways and have not performed together since) in 1991, fans of the band only dared to dream that they would ever reunite. As fate would have it, they are doing the Riot Fest tour this summer in Denver, Chicago and Toronto.
Long story short (my bedtime, I HATE Sunday nights) I’m going on a road trip with my daughter to Toronto to see The Replacements perform ALIVE AND IN PERSON. And those three things are all on my Bucket List.
Now, if my passport only arrives in time, I’ll be all set. Another story for another time.
I’ve been following a band called Runaway Dorothy online for a couple of years. If you are my friend on Facebook, you’ve surely seen me post about them. The thing is/was, one of the band members, Dave Parnell had a blog at one time and I read it faithfully. I tried to be as supportive as I could when the band was struggling. Dave is very personable and often answered my comments. I grew to have a great deal of respect for him as well as a very healthy appreciation for the band’s music. Click here for an example of why I fell in love with the music. And here for an album review of The Arc, their first cd.
Recently I was thrilled to find that the band was on tour and was looking for a venue somewhere between Brooklyn, NY and Youngstown, OH. They were interested in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Of course I was crossing my fingers for Pittsburgh. And it happened. They booked a show for this past Friday night at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh. I grabbed the first friend who showed an interest in going and we were gonna do it.
I should probly mention, and I hope if Dave reads this, he’s not embarrassed, but I have a healthy, um, crush on his disheveled boyish charm. He’s ridiculously talented, both as a performer and a songwriter. His lyrics have depth and meaning and you can tell right off that he’s got heart. If you know me at all, you know I’m big on heart. If you don’t have heart, I don’t bother much with you at all… He’s also got determination and spirit. I’m pretty darn sure you could say this about each and every member of the band but I’m guilty of paying a little more attention to Dave. I’d adopt him. Heck, I’d adopt the whole darn band.
So, before this turns into War and Peace, I’ll tell you… My friend Brooke and I went to the cafe. She’s shy, I’m not. (DUH) There were to be 3 bands performing. Before RD got there, I’d already talked to the lead guy, Mike from Band #3. Yeah, he had heart. I wish I could remember the name of the band The first band up was called Blue Light Bandits. They’re from Boston and I liked them a lot. They had a kind of Jack Johnson sound to them. And they thought I was in my forties so, yeah… Brownie Points.
Brooke and I were sitting at our table and I happened to look up and saw a messy mop of brown hair atop a plaid shirt (Dave Parnell’s signature style) walking past. I said, “Dave.” He ambled a couple of more steps. I repeated his name, a little louder the second time. He turned and our eyes met. My heart soared. That face… A smile slowly spread across it (his face) and he made his way to our table. He has the most beautiful teeth I’ve ever seen on a guy. I was out of my chair in a second and stopped a foot in front of him. I said, “It’s me, Linda.” I don’t know even now if I had to tell him or not and I’m not sure if I held out my hand or just dove in straight for the hug, but we broke into an easy conversation. He had been heading toward the facilities (after 6 hours in a 15-passenger van) and asked that we wait a minute and said that he wanted to take us back to meet the rest of the band, was that ok? WAS THAT OK? Silly Dave.
Soon he came back and motioned us to follow him to a private dining area around behind the bar. On the way I asked if we were going to the Green Room. Haha Linda, you are so funnee.
We walked in to find Brett (Dave’s brother,) Sammy and Evan, as well as their manager Nick and 2 or 3 fan/friends from Pittsburgh. Amazingly polite and perfect gentlemen, they made us feel completely comfortable immediately. Two of them mentioned recognizing me from my comments on their fan page. Their manager, Nick was immediately at my elbow, asking what I had and what I needed. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant but then I realized he meant band souvenirs, etc. I told him I had the shirt, the buttons, stickers, cd, etc. He asked me to leave my address and that he’d get some more stuff off to me. How cool was that? So we talked awhile and the first band was up to play so we excused ourselves and went back to our table.
Their performance was even better than I expected. And later I found out that Dave had been on cold meds for a week. Sheesh.
Third song in, (With You) I was pleasantly surprised to hear Dave say, “This next song I want to dedicate to a friend of a couple years who I’m meeting for the first time tonight,” and he looked up at me. (omg) “This is for Linda, something something…” I couldn’t make out and forgot to ask him what it was. Was awesome anyway.
There was more to the night but I don’t want your eyes to cross. Among those things:
So, that was my Friday night. Was a great time and I can’t wait for it to happen again. Thanks Runaway Dorothy! Love you guys 🙂
Sadly, I’ve had to disable the page I had on my blog all about one of my favorite bands. It seems to have turned into a spam magnet. 94 hits this morning. It makes me mad. Why can’t life just be simple without all the little headaches? They seem to multiply day by day and contribute to one big headache.
Oh, how I long for the simpler days gone by… I don’t think I’m cut out for living in this age.
Going to try a little experiment. I’m posting a video of the band and see what happens. This post may or may not be here tomorrow, depending.
Soon I will post my 2010 Top 10 or 25 or 40 Favorite Songs of the Year. But today I want to pay tribute to my Numero Uno, Paul Westerberg.
Paul’s birthday is today. He was born in 1959. He is my idol, my hero and has influenced my musical taste more than any other musician. Ever. His lyrics are amazing, the likes of which I have rarely found. His musical talent puts me in awe.
That’s all I really have to say. But on the off chance that he’s reading here,
Paul Westerberg, I wish you a Wonderful Birthday.
Your Oldest and Most Devoted Fan,
Me. Named after your song,
One Wink at a Time XXXOOO
I have had a rough past couple of months in the sense that I’ve let myself become severely stressed and rather than drag you down with me, I’ve chosen to put together a post of the music that I’ve been relying on to keep myself relatively sane. It’s an odd mix so if you don’t like the first couple, that doesn’t mean you won’t find something you do. Here goes:
Vanished ~ Crystal Castles
Cello Song ~ The Books
Forever Young ~ Alphaville
Modern Man ~ Arcade Fire
White Moon ~ Beach House
The Devil and the Liar ~ Long Wave
Hard Enough ~ Brandon Flowers
Ghosts and Stuff ~ Deadmau5
Do You Love Me ~ Guster
Let’s Go Surfing ~ The Drums
Better Together ~ Jack Johnson
Coming Through ~ The War On Drugs
Best Friends ~ The Perishers
Arkansas ~ Damien Jurado
Cold Love ~ Tim Kasher
God and Satan ~ Biffy Clyro
Death ~ White Lies
Strangers in the Wind ~ Cut Copy
Reuben ~ Cathy Davey
The Sky is Blue ~ Dynamite Hack
Need You Now ~ Lady Antebellum
My Girls ~ Animal Collective
USA Boys ~ Health
We Are Young ~ 3OH!3
Telling Lies ~ Great Northern
Need to Shout ~ Architecture in Helsinki
Mouth Full of Diamonds ~ Phantogram
Every Car You Chase ~ Snow Patrol/Police Mashup
Hey We Will Rock Ya ~ Outkast/Queen Mashup
That’s about it for now. Hope maybe you find something you like that you hadn’t heard before. I don’t listen to Top 40’s mainstream radio so I don’t know what they’re playing these days…
Have a good weekend, y’all.