Friday, October 29, 2010

Pre-Festival Concert #2

Sigh No More
The second concert was a newer favorite: Mumford and Sons.  They have one album out, and every song on it is great (although I suppose I should add the parental language warning about the song Little Lion Man...Do NOT blast this song with kiddos in the house!)  This group hails from London, and the style of music is sort of a bluegrass/Irish/rock concoction.  This concert was at the Hollywood Palladium and was totally sold out and packed.

I'm sorry to say that the openers at this concert were rather dreadful.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if I found out that the first opener had been featured on the American Idol rejects.  Not that he had an excruciating voice, just he wrote songs only a mother could love and his whole get-up was simply preposterous.  The second opener was a little better, but still--for a crowd of 4,000 people waiting to see a very talented and popular band, they just weren't up to par.

All was forgiven (though the scars remain) when Mumford and Sons got on stage and said "We hope you enjoyed [the opening bands] as much as we did." [wink, wink]

Anyhow, the performance was great, and it was tons of fun to hear thousands of people singing along to some great songs.  The four guys in the group are all great musicians, playing a variety of instruments: drums, keyboard, guitar, upright bass, accordion, banjo, mandolin.  The song where the lead singer was also drumming, and the bass player was playing while holding the upright bass above his head left me amazed.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pre-Festival Concert #1: The Weepies

HideawayAs a pre-cursor to the weekend of concerts coming up (countdown to Joshua Fest 2010!)  we've attended two concerts by some favorite bands.  First was The Weepies.  We were at the first concert they'd done in four years--having taken touring time off in order to start a family.  They have four albums (in order of release): Happiness (2004),   Say I Am You (2006), Hideaway (2008), and Be My Thrill (2010).
Be My Thrill
We had a great time at the concert--it more than lived up to my hopes.  You know how it is when you really enjoy a musical group?  Seeing them live can prove how great they really are, or it can destroy your view of them altogether.  (Similar, I guess to the book/movie relationship.  The recorded/live contrast can be great.)  Musically it was great, but it was also a lot of fun.  Steve and Deb are from California, and are warm, fun people.  It made for a great night.

When first appearing on stage, Steve was amazed at how packed the El Rey Theatre was.  He said something to the effect of: You don't understand...we've been in our living room for the past four years.  There are a lot less people there.  It was a night to remember; my fan-hood has been solidified.  I loved the background on the song Can't Go Back Now--it was written for their niece when she began to walk.  Here are the lovely lyrics (I was going to link the YouTube video, but the graphics are weird...oh hey, look, I linked them anyhow):

Yesterday when you were young
Everything you needed done was done for you
Now you do it on your own
But you find you're all alone, what can you do?

You and me walk on, walk on, walk on
'Cause you can't go back now

You know there will be days
When you're so tired
That you can't take another step
The night will have no stars 
And you'll think you've gone as far 
As you will ever get

You and me wak on, walk on, walk on
'Cause you can't go back now

And yeah, yeah, you go where you want to go
Yeah, yeah, be what you want to be
If you ever turn around, you'll see me

I can't really say
Why everybody wishes they were somewhere else
But in the end, the only steps that matter
Are the ones you take all by yourself

You and me walk on, walk on, walk on
Yeah, you and me walk on, walk on, walk on
'Cause you can't go back now
Walk on, walk on, walk on
You can't go back now

Here's a little video I took of one of their songs at the concert, (although the quality is a bit sketchy since it was done on my phone).

Monday, October 11, 2010

What Season is it Anyway?

I've proof that the plants are more confused about the weather than I am. From record setting heat to chilly days and nights in less than a week. The trees are convinced they are doing their job: letting their leaves loose right on schedule (thankyouverymuch).

(yes, that's about all the leaves we have. don't make fun of me. So. Cal. never made claim to amazing autumns.) But the bulbs are beyond bewildered. Is it spring already?

Iris and calla lilies in October? What is going on?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Nursery Rhymes With a Twist

Flashback to 1980...where bizarre combinations were all the rage. Let me introduce you to the tiny booklet: My Jesus pocketbook of Nursery Rhymes.

This small treasure includes all kinds of adapted nursery rhymes, but I have just the two best to share with you. The first, Little Miss Muffet, is kind of sweet, really.

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey.
She's afraid of a spider,
She needs Jesus inside her
To take all fear away.

Aww. Right? The next, however, is a little funnier.

Wee Willie Winkie
runs through the town,
Upstairs, downstairs
in his nightgown;
What does he see?
The children don't have
time for Jesus;
They're watching TV.

Ouch! Strong feelings, anyone?

(this great bit of church history generously brought to you via my friend Sarah. Thanks Sarah!)