May The 4th Be With You!

Here I go again, making preparations for another eventful night. Join me as I Jedi mind trick some of the local bands in Miami, at Xtreme Indoor Karting hosted by Queen of The Scene, and DJ OSKI. I’m always looking for music to share so if you know of a band I must see on May the 4th, please leave their info on here.  Now, if you would like to attend, simply leave your name, and the number of your guest underneath this post so that I can can put your name at the door,  just a reminder its an all ages event, so bring the kids!   Moreover, don’t forget to “like” Wajima  on facebook, I will be giving away a t-shirt of the event to the first few to comment under this post.

See you there!

A New Kinda, John Mayer!

  
 
John Mayer was honored at the GRAMMY’s on the Hill event last night in DC, where he spoke about his voice feeling, “OK”, but he’s not capable of singing just yet. Throat surgery is in the near future for John who said,  “I’m going to be taking myself out of the running  for a good six months.” Don’t fret John, we will be… Perfectly Waiting.
 
Mayer has been posting a new picture every day this past week for his fan’s who are looking forward to the release of John’s video for, ‘Shadow Days’ set to be posted tomorrow Friday the 27th, 2012.
 
 
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  (L to R) Honorees John Mayer, Neil Portnow, U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.
 
 (L to R) Honorees John Mayer, Neil Portnow, U.S. Representative Howard Berman D-Calif.
 WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  Honorees John Mayer (L) and U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.
 
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  U.S. health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow (R) present  John Mayer with an award at GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 
U.S. health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow (R) present  John Mayer with an award at GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 looks great in just about anything. Yesterday at GRAMMYs on the Hill, John Mayer talked music education & veterans health.
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: John Mayer and Buddy Guy attend GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 
 John Mayer and Buddy Guy attend GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 

INTERVIEW: GLO’s NEW EP, No One Hears Me!

I had the opportunity to be one of the few who got their hands on GLO’s new EP ‘No One Hears Me’, and I’m very excited to share this little interview with you. I have build a sweet relationship with the Canadian Alternative Rock band, whose music has landed in my iTunes library for the past two years, and counting.

I’m a sucker for lyrics, and I live for all things ballads, ‘Falling into You’ has been on loop on my mac for days, and Glo’s new EP is full of melodic adeptness, and captivating hymns, which sets perfectly well with my ears.

Q: What are your roots?


A: We are all Canadian citizens. However Eddie, and Rick are both of Italian origin, and Patrick’s family come from Ireland.

Q: How did Glow get started?


A: Eddie, and Patrick had already been playing together in a metal band, that had just produced their first CD when their singer up and left. They then took out an ad in the paper to look for a new singer, and held a ton of auditions. Rick was the last audition of the day. When he came into the room he had a bunch of songs that he had written. With other singers we were playing our tunes, and having them jam with us, but with Rick, he came in and showed us what he had. It kind of clicked naturally…It was like we’d known him forever.
Q: How did you decide on the bands name?
A: We’d been kicking around a bunch of names trying to find one that was acceptable to everyone when out of the blue, Rick’s brother, who had just been sitting there listening to us jam, blurted out “How about ‘Glow’?” And we thought, “Yeah, that’s a good name for what we want to do and for what we sound like. We dropped the “w” for aesthetic reasons…Simply put, we all just thought it just looked cooler without the “w”.
Q: How would you describe the Glo?

A: Musically, I’d say we’re a modern alt-rock band. We generally write songs that are accessible to the masses but still have an alternative spin to them.
Q: Who are your main influences?

A: Really the band’s musical influences are quite diverse. We all like different styles of music. For instance Eddie, the guitarist, listens to a lot of metal like Slipknot, Godsmack and Tool. Meanwhile, Patrick, the drummer, also enjoys some metal but leans more towards Dave Matthews, Rush, and drum-oriented rock. Finally, Rick the singer opts for rock/pop bands like All American Rejects as well as bands like Radiohead and Foo Fighters. I think that all these musical influences is what makes Glo so unique.

Q: What’s, ‘No One Hears Me’ about?

A: No One Hears Me, the name of the new album, and the title track from the album, is a song written for today’s youth. It’s about the frustration of not being heard, feeling like you don’t have a voice at school, at home, and in society in general. Hopefully the song will resonate with the youth, and make them feel like they are not alone in feeling this way, and encourage them to find ways to express themselves.

Q: Where would you love to perform and why?

A: Truthfully we’ll play anywhere. Being in studio and creating is great but there’s nothing like getting on stage, and connecting with the public. So while there’s no one specific place we’d like to perform, I can’t think of anything better than playing on a large outdoor stage with thousands of fans on a hot summer day.

Q: Is there anyone you’d like to write a song for, or collaborate with?

A: Of course we would like to collaborate with other established acts we respect but really, we would take the opportunity to collaborate with anyone. Collaborations don’t always work out, but it’s the best way to learn more about songwriting.

Q: What advice would you give to the young musicians of today?

A: Nothing will help your career like writing good songs! So keep writing, and re-writing. Also, try to collaborate with others so you can get an idea of how other people write. The minute you think you got the songwriting thing covered is the minute you stop growing as an artist.
Q: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CENSORSHIP?

A: F*** censorship.

Q: What’s in the works for Glo in 2012?

A: Our new album ‘No One Hears Me’ is being released on April 20, 2012. After which we will start to tour, and promote the record. We already have a video out fro the first single called, ‘Don’t Believe’. We are also going to tour in support of the record, we already have gigs booked in Eastern Canada, and we will make our way West later in the summer before hitting the US.

Spring Is All About the Wood!

$ 105

We all like a little wood, sandalwood, cedar wood, morning wood.  So you know that this year’s fashion must have for spring, wasn’t going to be left out of the loop on some serious wood love.

Fossil come out with their beautiful ‘Stella Risen’,watch. This faux burlwood, and shiny rose gold , is just what love is all about.  This is the perfect watch for any outfit, and it can be worn morning, noon and night.

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$275.00

For those of you, who know me; know that a little Michael Kors in your daily ensembles is a must. And nothing says Fashion quite like this beautiful time-piece by the master of hardware himself.

A Selfless Act of Journalism…

Jackie Chanel has a big heart, and it shows by donating the profits of ‘Untitled’, to NCIRE. I found Jackie Chanel, 2.5 years ago on twitter, we were among the lucky 4.5 million followers, following the guitar ninja also known as, John Mayer.  After getting to talking beyond 140 characters, both Jackie and I realized we had more than just John Mayer in common, she’s also a writer.  Right after Mayer cancelled his spring tour due to his granuloma this year, which caused for ‘Born and Rise’, (the sixth studio album) to get pushed back last October, Jackie jumped into fan girl mood quick. She needed to do something to show her support, she wanted to do more for the musician, whose music has touched the lives of so many of us. Mayer is a advocate for ‘The Veterans Health Research Institute’, and all of his fans are behind him in supporting this beautiful cause. Won’t you join us in supporting NCIRE as well?

NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute has one mission and one goal: Veterans Health. We are the leading nonprofit research institute in the United States devoted to advancing Veterans health research.

You can find Jackie Chanel’s books by clicking on the links below, and you can also find her on Facebook.

Untitled.

A Hustler’s Promise.

Change of Heart.

WAJIMA Does A Little 420 at Tobacco Road.

Last night I went over to Tobacco Road, for their 6th Annual 420 Event, hosted by Queen of the Scene, and DJ Oski. They were kind enough to invite WajimaRose.com to the event. The rain threatened our night, but for the love of all things good music, it stayed away until the very end. Miami is full of some serious musicians, and I was ecstatic when Queen of The Scene, asked me to be part of the event, just so that I could bring some of the names of our locals, hidden in our very own backyard to you.

 

Soma, opened up the event with their feel good in your face Funk. Their energy was just the right amount of organic combination, that  kept the Happy Hour goers from closing out their beer tabs.

7 Seas took the patio with the very energetic Future Function.  These boys had their fans moving their heads to every cord of Nicholas’s bass, rocking out to Ryan’s riffs, and stomping their feet to Andrew’s drums.  Miami if you haven’t had the chance to witness 7 Seas live, make sure you do. Their next show will be on May the 4th at, Xtreme Indoor Karting, bring the kids.

Now, I want to share with you something I found in the patio. IKO IKO‘s very own Lead Vocalist, Guitarist, Percussionist, Graham Wood Drout, was performing his Biloxi Blues sound that brings the jambolaya, taste to life itself. What’s more fascinating than watching a crowed of people enjoying good music? Watching a crowed of young adults pack the patio, and appreciating the Blues. Drout, brought his best set list to Tobacco Road that night, giving us the  privilege of listening to ‘Shine On Me’, and leaving us wanting more after ‘Ghost Of Mississippi’. Ghost Of Mississippi, won the ‘Blues Critics Choice’ award for SONG OF THE YEAR in 2006.

The first thing I noticed about Kolabo Sound System’s was that the lyrics were filled with lots of Spanish LOVE. That caught my attention immediately, and it wasn’t  long before the ocean of people took notice as well, streaming in from the parking lot to the front of the main stage. The band had everyone one swaying, and grinding to their reggae rocksteady beat, it was intoxicating to watch, that they too got caught in the moment almost running passed the stage time leaving everyone wanting more.

For those of you who know me, know that I’m addicted to all things vintage, especially music. Now my buddies from The Deadly Blank, are exactly what the vintage Lord ordered. This Trio of pure awesome bliss is infused with the talents of Eric Sanchez on guitar, Carlos Paguaga on drums, and Craig Rittenhouse on vocals and bass. If you haven’t seen The Deadly Blank, then you are comepletly missing out on some serious joy, and WE ALL WANT SOME JOY  IN OUR LIVES, DAMMIT! You can catch them at the Billiards in Miami Lakes on May 2nd, 2012.

Miami, Your Local Music Scene Is About To Go 420!

Tobacco Road is hosting their 6th Annual 420 event on Friday April 20th, 2012, and I will be covering it with Queen of the Scene. I’m very excited to be a part of this year’s event, I’m also looking forward to seeing most of you again, but what I’m most exuberant about, is speaking with some of the names buzzing around town. Moreover, I can’t wait to mingle with my buddies from The Deadly Blank, and hang with my boys from 7 Seas. Won’t you join me? I am giving away three tickets to the 420 show, now here are the rules: You must “like”WAJIMA on facebook, and you should leave a comment under this post! See you there!

[Giveaway] READY. AIM. FIRE.

I’m very excited to bring this giveaway to you. Let me explain for those of you who aren’t acquainted with my site, that I am addicted to music…I know what you must be thinking, who isn’t? However, these are the reason for why I emphasize that I. Am. Addicted. To. Music.

A melody will allow me to see colors, beautiful words will bring a cretin sweet taste to my mouth, and the combination of the two will send me on the ultimate high. So there for I’m addicted to music in more ways than one.

My appreciation for music has allowed me to connect with tons of artists from around the world, I’m always looking for new musicians to ad to my already extensive music collection, so I have teamed up with quite a few talented musicians to bring you their beautiful sounds.

Let me introduce you to Adam Darling, who was kind enough to send me three of his Cd’s to giveaway on my site. If Adam seems familiar to you, and you’re wondering why… (stop thinking so hard), you might’ve seen him on my personal page, keeping me up to date with his music career. He’s also been featured here for not only Music for the Soul, but for Monday’s Eye Candy as well.

Now, let’s get to the best part!

Three lucky winners will be randomly selected to take home Adam’s, new CD ‘Ready. Aim. Fire.’ for FREE. To make this very interesting, I have added a some questions to see if you’ve been paying attention.

Ready?

    1. On whose page did I happen to find Adam, on?
    2. Adam recently did a cover from what known artist? And what was the name of that song?
    3. What is Adam’s favorite Basketball team?

RULES:

Everyone wishing to participate must like Wajima on Facebook, and you should “like” Adam’s page as well to keep up with his up to the minute music career.

Contest ends April 19th, 2012. Good Luck!

Music For The Soul- Gotye!

I grew up in the 80s so imagine my surprise when I came across this voice which took me to a time when Deloreans‘, ruled the world, and the Police where something you sang to not feared…composed with today’s heartbreak.  I found Gotye,  after Ashton Kutcher tweeted about his music, but it wasn’t until my co worker’s showed me the video to ‘Somebody That I Used To Know, which left me beside myself, forcing me to visually and audibly pay attention.

This video was done with tons of creativity in its simplicity, but it kind of remind me of Petter Gabriel’s 1986 Sledgehammer…don’t judge me! We live in a time where music videos no longer rule our TV, and are barely made, so it feels nice, when artists put their money into visual stimulation.

Which brings me to the reason why this video stayed with me last night, for one; I am a person of sight, I need to see things in order for me to relate to what I’m feeling. Music is no different, I can’t enjoy it, but unless I have the words in front of me, I can’t appreciation what I’m listening to.

This leads me to the video, the song is beautifully written, and composed with the perfect notes which carefully express the disconnection of two people. We have all been there, when we meet someone, who pours all sorts of special feelings into us, only to wake up one day, and realize they’re just someone that you used to know.

Music for the Soul- Adam Darling!

I have a thing for beautiful men, and I also have a thing for Drake. Take those two and put them into one, and you have yourself Adam, covering Drake’s ‘Headlines’. Adam worked on this video on Monday, and the first thing he did was post it on my wall once it was done, because he knows how much I appreciate his talent. You can find more of his work plus covers, here. Enjoy!