Monday’s Eye Candy – Quincy Mooring!

At the age of 13, Quincy Mooring, was given an ultimatum by the choir director of the church he attended in North Carolina….either SING or learn how to PLAY an instrument.  So what did he do? He picked up a pair of drumsticks and began a life-long love affair with drumming. Being a part of his middle school band taught him the skills he needed to be able to read music, but ultimately, Quincy spent countless hours practicing and teaching himself how to play. THAT, my friends, blows. my. mind. To possess, even at the young age of 13, that kind of drive, determination, passion and raw talent is a rare and beautiful thing.

Quincy’s skills continued to improve and evolve throughout his teenage years as he played both in church and in his high school band.  It wasn’t until 2003, when he was in his early 20’s, that he became a part of his first band, a local band that was based in High Point, N.C. called Trial By Error.  Since then, he has played with numerous bands, both locally as well as nationally.  He has toured with both OURS and Plain Jane Automobile, and most recently, became a member of Colourslide (a band based out of Raleigh, N.C., who just so happen to also be one of the most spectacular combinations of musical talent, stunning looks, AND witty personalities that I have ever witnessed! Don’t take my word for it though…see for yourself!). Since early 2011, Quincy has had the opportunity to play with Colourslide in both North and South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Delaware, New York, D.C., Virginia…and with a new album in the works, more shows are sure to be on tap for 2012.

Over the years, Quincy has been influenced by the drum styles of numerous drummers, but particuarly Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, and Calvin Napper, who is also a native of North Carolina.  Each of these accomplished drummers possess their own powerful styles and combined, these men provide decades worth of drumming that have inspired and played an important role in allowing Quincy to develop his own unique and diverse style of playing.

When I asked Quincy to describe to me what music is to him, he summed it up in one word…EVERYTHING. I love that answer…so simple, yet so infinite.

So here we are, 21 years later and his love affair with the drums is still going strong.  Thank you, Quincy, for sharing your passion and talent with ALL of us…and an extra special thank you for bringing ME out of the silence and back into the wonderful world of music.  You continue to amaze and inspire me, my friend!

~Michele

 

This Is Halloween!

So this year I have decided not to buy a costume for Halloween.  Instead of driving myself insane I have chosen to pick one from past Halloweens, and this year I’ll be recycling my daughters Alice in Wonderland’s dress.  How do I look?

Traditions in my house had always consisted of heading to the pumpkin patch, dressed in our Halloween’s best, to pick out the biggest pumpkin there.  Last year I swore I would never put myself through that again, after walking around in the heat or slight breeze depending on what mood mother nature was in that Fall.  I had ended up with a million and one pictures hoping to find the perfect one for our annual Halloween cards & nothing!  This too was suspended rather quickly.  Every year a pumpkin would come in to the home, and the children wanted nothing to do with the decor: the older they got the less Jack o’lantern it looked.  So this too became obsolete.  Until this year, where I decided to buy a pumpkin, and dedicated to music! What do you think?

I went to the inter web to see what I could find, and what I came across was spectacular.  There are some really fun looking pumpkins out there dedicated to peoples favorite bands, and musician… take a look!!

This one is inspired by John Mayer’s heart Break logo for the Battle Studies winter/summer tour.

This one was done by Michele showing her fangirl love for the band Colourslide

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Tonight I will be heading to Tobacco Road for their Halloween batch hosted by Queen Of the Scene, to watch 7Seas rock the joint & then I’m off to the Billiard Club in Miami Lakes for the force that is, FALSETA!

Music for the Soul – Colourslide!

Photography by Michele

My friend Michele introduced me to Colourslide a few months back, and I automatically fell head over heels.  You would have to listen to their “Plastic Rock N Roll” song  or be a FanGirl to completely understand.
Colourslide is a North Carolina band, and as a local she has seen them preform countless times, (LUCKY GIRL) and all the while taking some amazing pictures of the these guys.  What do you think?  NICE right? Yea!

Photograph by Michele

I find myself from time to time needing new music in my life, and so Michele was kind enough to send me their CD via snail mail; and what can I tell you, they have made their way into my top 5 must listen to bands before going to bed.  So now as a fan of the group myself I need to continue doing what us fangirls do best, share them with all of you!  I hope they make their way down to Miami soon so that I too could have the chance to appreciate their style a La LIVE. Thank you, M for trusting me with something so special, I owe you BIG TIME, girl!

Colourslide is in the studio right now working on their next album which should be making its way to me come Fall.  They are joining some very BIG names this year in dropping albums right in time for some cozy winter weather nights.

Have a local band you want to share?  Tell me all about them here!

Here’s a pick Shannon took during my impromptu 1:30am Deep South set a couple weeks back. 

Pictures by Alex Lawhon via Tumblr 

Meet Michele!

Sure you must be thinking: Michele? all I see is a drummer playing the drums! Correct, but if you look to the left you will also see three beautiful girls in fab outfits, Michele is the one taking the picture. When I first came across this, I had to text her immediately, I needed to steal it from her folder, and I didn’t until she said yes. Why, you may ask? Well because it connected with the FAN-GIRL in me, that’s why. Here is more of Michele’s work, she is one talented fan-girl. Enjoy!

Michele