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Planet Earth is Blue

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Y’all.  I’m still in disbelief that David Bowie passed away.  I typically don’t get bent out of shape when a celebrity passes. Yes, of course it’s sad when anyone passes away.  The last celebrity death that bummed me out was Whitney Houston.  I found out about that one on Twitter!  She was the first concert I ever went to (and the first concert I ever slept through).

*Side note: My mom took me to see Whitney when I was in first grade and it took her so long to get on stage I passed out. To this day my mom doesn’t know how I could sleep through a concert.

**Another side note: this post isn’t about Whitney… I just got off track.

Back to David Bowie.

I expected to wake up to the hoopla over the Golden Globes on Monday, not the sad news that David Bowie had passed away from cancer.  The man just had a birthday AND released his final album ON his birthday.  Talk about a major buzzkill.  BUT, I have to give him major props for keeping it under wraps from the public + continuing his love of music while he battled the terrible disease.  He was someone I would have loved to have seen live in concert.  Last year I saw Fleetwood Mac + The Rolling Stones and I know they’re no spring chickens… but I feel lucky to have been in the audience of their shows.

There was so much to admire about David Bowie– he had a beautiful marriage to Iman which was absolutely adorable, he called out MTV in the 80s for the lack of black artists being featured,  his insanely outrageous + amazing style that he frequently changed and so much more.  Don’t get me started on his hair… the man had a gorgeous head of hair and a set of gorgeous mismatched eyes.

Planet earth is indeed blue without him in it.  I just hope he + Queen are somewhere together performing Under Pressure.

I’m wrapping this post up with some of my favorite David Bowie songs (one of which is Under Pressure) so I won’t include that in my list:

I’m going to leave you with this quote from Simon Pegg:

“If you’re sad today, just remember the world is over 4 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.” 

 

 

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New Years With My Boos

Another New Years Eve, another Avett Brothers concert.  Now that’s the way to ring in 2016.  I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve seen them in concert + each show is more amazing than the last.

After all the food + alcohol that was consumed this holiday, we decided to tailgate in style at the Greensboro Coliseum… with a more healthy spread + some champs.  Because what’s New Years Eve without champs?!

Thoughts I had at the show…

  • Scott Avett can play just about any instrument, including a kazoo.  When they opened the show, he was playing the kazoo while jamming on the banjo. Be still my heart.  The person who caught the kazoo is one lucky SOB.
  • I ADORE their ever-changing looks.  Last year’s NYE show, Scott Avett was clean cut + Seth Avett was the one with long hair + beard.  This year it was Seth who was the clean cut one and Scott had the long beard.  Both can do no wrong.
  • The woman behind us had a constant resting bitch face throughout the entire show.  I couldn’t tell if she was constipated or if that was just her normal demeanor.
  • Joe Kwon had major hat game, bravo!
  • In other Joe Kwon news, I love watching him jam out while he plays on the cello… that’s passion y’all.
  • Of course I have to give some love to Bob Crawford… he’s the master of the upright base.  And I’m not going to lie, I love his casual slightly hipster style.
    • Speaking of style, Scott can totally pull off suspenders.
  • Father Time aka Valient was fantastic. Not only did he ring in 2016, but the man can sing. He sang Time is On My Side + Don’t Do Me Like That with the Avetts as they did the big balloon drop. Major props!
  • They performed Divorce Separation Blues, a new song for their upcoming album. And duh, it was amazing! I know some of my friends will appreciate it + can relate to the song.

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Their setlist for their show…

  1. The D Bag Rag
  2. Down with the Shine
  3. The Fall
  4. Live + Die
  5. Paranoia in B Major
  6. Will You Return
  7. February Seven
  8. Talk on Indolence
  9. I and Love and You
  10. Murder in the City
  11. Divorce Separation Blues
  12. In the Garden
  13. Die Then Grow
  14. Vanity
  15. Kick Drum Heart
  16. The Girl I Left Behind Me
  17. Laundry Room
  18. Satan Pulls the Strings
  19. Morning Song
  20. Slight Figure of Speech
  21. Time is on My Side (Stones Cover)
  22. Don’t Do Me Like That (Tom Petty Cover)
  23. Salvation Song
  24. Pretty Girl from Greensboro- ENCORE
  25. Another Is Waiting– ENCORE
  26. Head Full of Doubt– ENCORE
  27. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite– ENCORE

In conclusion, I’m a total Avett Brothers bandaid. I will continue to go to their NYE shows as long as they continue to have them.

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Oh Hey, 2016!

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I rang 2016 in style… another New Years Eve show with The Avett Brothers! That recap will come later.

I’m not one to make resolutions, because let’s get real… I don’t keep them.  That would be like me saying, “I’ve got a mad craving for chitlins”… not going to happen. Ever.  Instead I try to make a list of things I want to do or strive to do, that way I’m not committing to something for a whole year.  Here’s what I’ll strive to do in 2016…

  • Concerts. I saw some stellar shows in 2015… The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Mumford + Sons, The Avett Brothers and Alabama Shakes… just to name a few.
  • Read more. I started reading more towards the end of 2015 + I forgot how much I missed it.  The first book I’m going to crack open for 2016 is Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.  And yes, I’m one of those people who likes holding a physical book.  Here’s hoping I also actually read my magazines too.  I was notorious for slacking on that in 2015.
  • Decorating. I’m for real this time.  I’m going to hang pictures on my wall… even if I have to find someone taller than me to hang them.  Actually, someone is going to have to do it for me. If I hang them it will be obvious a fun-sized person hung them on the wall.  I have a rep to maintain.
  • Saying, “YES.”  I want to say yes to more adventures in 2016.  For example, I’ve already said yes to going to Napa Valley in February with a group of friends.  I’ll just need to find someone to hold my hand on the flight or a horse tranquilizer to subdue my jazz hands.

And that’s it!

Here’s to more giggles, less falling in public + lots of fun in 2016!

 

 

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Here’s My Second Hand News

Earlier this year I met up with some college friends to see Fleetwood Mac in Charlotte. It was great to catch up with my college roommate + pick up exactly where we left off since we don’t get to see each other often.  We had a drinks + a casual dinner at Lebowski’s in Charlotte prior to the show (they’re known for their White Russians).

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Dinner + drinks at Lebowski’s in CLT
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Ready for the show to start!

Thoughts I had while at the show:

  • Stevie Nicks is my homegirl + I heart her style.
  • Lindsey Buckingham is a fox for an older dude.
  • Mick Fleetwood is a total badass on the drums + rocked it during Tusk.
  • It was a major buzzkill that Christine McVie didn’t perform Songbird.
  • I don’t want this concert to end. Ever.
  • Can someone get me a time machine so I can relive this show again?

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Here’s their setlist from the CLT show:

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. I Know I’m Not Wrong
  8. Tusk
  9. Sisters of the Moon
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Seven Wonders
  12. Big Love
  13. Landslide
  14. Never Going Back Again
  15. Over My Head
  16. Gypsy
  17. Little Lies
  18. Gold Dust Woman
  19. I’m So Afraid
  20. Go Your Own Way
  21. World Turning– ENCORE
  22. Don’t Stop– ENCORE
  23. Silver Springs– ENCORE

Between the other shows I’ve seen this year (Alabama Shakes, Mumford + Sons, and The Rolling Stones), Fleetwood Mac has been my favorite concert for 2015 and so far no one has topped them.

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Start Me Up

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One concert I dropped some dough on this year was for The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour on July 1st. Best decision ever.  If you know me at all, you know I love a good concert.  Not only did they play at my beloved Carter-Finely Stadium (go Wolfpack), but one of my FAVORITE bands opened for The Stones… The Avett Brothers!  I was beyond stoked.  Normally I don’t make it to the opening act, but I made sure my tail was in my seat to see The Avett Brothers perform.  You also better believe I was jamming out to them as well + getting strange looks from the elder crowd. You could tell who was an Avett Brothers fan when they were performing.

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Scott Avett should really be People’s Sexiest Man Alive… just sayin’.

Ok onto the main attraction, The Rolling Stones! What a SHOW!  Here’s their setlist from the show:

  1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  2. It’s Only Rock’n Roll (But I Like It)
  3. Let’s Spend the Night Together
  4. Tumbling Dice
  5. Out of Control
  6. Bitch
  7. Moonlight Mile
  8. Shine a Light
  9. Honky Tonk Women
  10. Before They Make Me Run
  11. Happy
  12. Midnight Rambler
  13. Miss You
  14. Gimme Shelter
  15. Start Me Up
  16. Sympathy for the Devil
  17. Brown Sugar
  18. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Duke Vespers)- ENCORE
  19. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction– ENCORE

Thoughts I had while at the The Rolling Stones concert:

  • It provided the BEST people watching, ever.
  • Keith Richard + Mick Jagger are in a heated competition for the most wrinkles.
  • Charlie Watts (the drummer) looked like a turtle + didn’t look happy at all during the concert. I loved it!
  • Best dressed goes to Ronnie Wood + his red high tops.
  • I hope I can still move like Jagger when I’m in my 70s.
  • Mick Jagger totally name dropped NC State, UNC + Duke as well as RTP, which was random + hilarious.
  • The Duke Vespers did a stellar job performing with The Rolling Stones.  That’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, I hope they soaked up every second of it.DSCN0233 DSCN0236 DSCN0239 DSCN0241 DSCN0246 DSCN0254 DSCN0256 DSCN0268 DSCN0273 DSCN0285 DSCN0289

I was beyond glad I went to see The Rolling Stones perform + I HIGHLY suggest that if you ever have the opportunity to go see them, DO IT!  They may be getting up there in age, but they’ve still got it!