[Music For the Soul] John Mayer!

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John Mayer has done it again! Paradise Valley is a reflection of the 70′s, with one man’s journey to inner peace attached to it.

Paradise Valley is Mayer’s sixth studio album, the man dropped TWO, yes two albums in ten months. Shortly after releasing Born and Raised and having a clean bill of health due to two throat surgeries last year, John headed straight into the studio to bring a boy heads into the woods, and returns a man compilation.

If you have already gotten your hands on a copy of Paradise Valley, I want to hear from you. If you haven’t, then what the eefff are you waiting for?

This lyrical genius has delivered yet another soulful album for your listening pleasure, filed with tons of whimsical melodic tunes your summer stars have been waiting for, with an air reminding us of some of the greats in music.

For those of you who have been following John’s career then you know it’s been a long time since we have had his music grace over our summer nights. If you don’t believe me then head to itunes and take a listen for yourself. Mayer is on tour as we speak so make sure you get your tickets on time. Welcome back John, we’ve missed you! See you on the 8th, my dude.

Special Edition: David Garrett is The Devil’s Violinist!

 

Oh David Garrett you are the king of my dreams and soon everyone will be able to admire the handsome God like Adonis on the big screen. This past August the shooting for the film “The Devil’s Violinist” went into production.  Garrett will be playing the lead role of the legendary violinist, Niccolo Paganini. A dream for Garrett, for whom Paganini is not only a musical role model; he was al the first rock star of music. Garrett will be back on the road next April on his German Rock Symphonies tour, don’t miss that.

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…and OH MY SWEET JEEEEZUSSS.

Monday’s Eye Candy- Mike Shinoda!

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I’ve had an extreme crush on, Chester Bennington for the past 12 years. However, that’s not the reason for this post, today’s edition is strictly dedicated to the mastermind that is, Mike Shinoda. When you hear the name, Linkin Park you automatically hear Nu Metal with alternative rock effused political rap lyrics and melodic symphonies, but the signature pump sound that, Linkin Park is known for comes from the incredible graphic designer, producer and music engineer that is Mike Shinoda.

Saturday night was nothing out of the ordinary for me; romantic comedies, little bit of reading followed by some serious mind numbing television, everything seem pretty much routine until I ended up on the axstv channel,  Welcome to the Civic Tour featuring Linkin park and Incubus. What! What? You heard me Linkin Park and Incubus sharing the same stage and possibly having one of the best concerts of my entire existence. The whole time I was vacantly stuck like a 13 year old right smack in the middle of my bed in total awe, and feeling all kinds of gushy lust for, Shinoda all the while smiling and thinking to myself “You. Are. One. Bad. Ass. Muthafucker! By the end of the show I was electrified.

YOU MUST SEE THIS SHOW, everyone should, it will change your life! Next stop Vegas, baby!

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Hermoso, precioso Mike Shinoda
Mike Shinoda's artwork (Linkin Park)

Jason Mraz Is a Four Letter Word!

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Wednesday night I embarked on a spiritual trip. I drove to West Palm Beach to catch, Jason Mraz on his Tour Is A Four Letter Word, with two of the coolest concert buddies a girl could ever ask for.

We arrived right before sunset; a pink color sky surrounded the Cruzan Amphitheatre. The crowd was beginning to move towards the gates as the opening act said her goodbyes. Hundreds walked around with fodora hats; Mraz’s signature trademark. This concert was exactly what I needed in my life, I left embracing my loneliness, becoming friends with my heart again after a four year battle with it for wanting things I at times didn’t care for.

I have attended countless of concerts, but this one is going down as one of the best concerts of my life. Jason has a sweet way with words when it comes to love, but what touched me most was his tribute to his grandfather, and the songs he wrote after the loss of his friends.

Yes, we all want to be lucky in love, but we also want to be lucky in family, and that’s where I realized that it’s ok to tell someone you love them, whether they return the love or not.

I realized that just because they can’t show it, doesn’t mean you can’t give it. Life is too short to be worrying over someone who can’t express their feelings, that’s their bad, not yours. Moreover, don’t stop showing your love for those who are important, that’s what truly counts at the end of this beautiful thing called life.

“Thanks for the hot show West Palm Beach!”

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.

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.

Music for the Soul- Avenida Zero!

I had the pleasure of seeing Avenida Zero a few months back at Tobacco Road, and I was completely blown away by the seductive vocals of Lisa Abreu.  Not only was she out of hand with her sultry Latina flow, but her leopard print pants were completely to die for! This local Miami band is paving the way for Pop Latin Rock in South Florida that the movement is breaking necks all the way up to The Warped Tour, Avenida Zero part took in this years lineup and are truly setting the way for many Latin Rock bands in Miami.

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Fall Fashion Must Haves- Steve Madden!

It never fails that every Fall people turn into animals for the latest in fashion must-haves!  Well Steve Madden has made it very easy yet again by giving every woman, the chance to become one sexy leopard with these beautiful WICKED peep toe wedges.  I want them BAD!

These WOAH are just about right, they are perfect for a nice coffee chat, dinner with the girls, or a fab night out on the town.  You can’t go wrong with sequins, even if it is on a peep toe wedge shoe. ;)

Get a view of this princess!  She is absolutely stunning. Nothing says trendy like Steve Madden’s Whisttle Bright Multicolored peep toe wedges.  Look at those eye popping rich colors that are just in time for Autumn, and Fall !

Maroon 5 & train Takeover WPB!

I had all the intentions in the world in going to see Maroon 5 on August 30, 2011 until I realized that they weren’t selling lawn tickets & although I have the ultimate crush on Adam Levine, I wasn’t going to go to war with my wallet for him, so the idea was swiftly erased from my mind, until my friend Veronica send me a text the day before offering me a ticket to what seemed to be the most romantic summer concert of the century.

Train opened up for Maroon 5 setting the tone with ballets like  Calling all Angels, and Merry Me, sounding off Latin drum and Tango dancing while wooing the crowd all the way to the very end.

Maroon 5 started off the set with Moves like Jagger caring whispers into Harder to Breathe, followed by Sunday Morning.  It seemed that the songs were fit purposely into the show based on how much rain we were going to get, little side note, Adam holding the mic stand is like watching a stripper on a pole, freakishly sexy! There is diffidently something about a West Coast talent they ooze confidence, and Adam is 100% confident on stage, well heck he has to be when sporting a really tight red shit and tight black jeans, he looked absolutely delicious, even from a far.

By the middle of the set, it felt as if you were in an on again off again relationship with the man, singing If I Never See your Face Again, Misery, Sweetest GoodBye, The Sun, and Its not over, but by the time he was done swaying the melodies of a broken love affair, he picked up the mood with Never gonna leave this bed… :sigh:  Let’s talk about this, have you seen the video, NO, well here you go!

 

You make me Shutter was a crowd favorite and I just about fell over when he sang Hands all Over Me, and held me there until he ended the show with She will be Loved.

It was a great night in West Palm Beach.

Saying Goodbye For Now, to the Boy of Summer 2010.

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I am known for having adventures every time I go out, but my Mayer moments trumps all of my other moments always.  The 1st time I went to see Mayer I got lost.  The 2nd time I went to see John I ended up with a flat.  Now last night, wasn’t any different from all my Mayer moments, on our way up, the car decided to hydroplane all over the road, freaking us all, after making it safe back home.  Once we switched cars, my son’s decided they didn’t want to go after all.  I ended up with two extra tickets which were quickly taken by my boy Tito and his girlfriend saving me from the thought of losing out on someone enjoying this magical night.  Thank you Tito for joining me and for my Mayer shirt, you rock!

After all the drama that went into getting there and getting someone in, I felt this concert was specifically meant for me.  As I am sure some of you felt this way during the tour.  But can I tell you that from the beginning to the very end I was owned.  The man came out sporting his John Mayer graph T-shirt and wearing the cutest pair of highwaters ever, with the signature accessory of the tour- a bandanna.  He started the set list with Chest Fever/ Vultures and I have never heard it like this before and I felt privilege in getting a chance too.  Now I’m not going to breakdown every song on the set list, moreover I will tell you about the songs I wanted him to play, in which he did.  Therefore making me feel  like maybe the man might have been reading my tweets after all?  On the eve of the summer tour he went on ustream and said:

I am going to do whatever I want on this tour.

Boy did he ever.  I jumped on the opportunity to request some songs via twitter in hopes to hear them played in WPB.  And well, he played them all.  He sang Clarity, Why Georgia, not before he opened up my wounds with Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, and showered me with (((Covered in Rain))).  He gave us advice on how to “stop the train” while singing Stop This Train.

He brought back an old friend and it was unreal to finally get to hear Your Body is a Wonderland live.  He brought on the tears with Gravity and mended my heart with Waiting on the World to Change.  He did an amazing tribute to NYC on the backdrop, were he spoke a lot abouthow he went on tour right after 9/11 and even wore a Yankees hat and talked about how you shouldnt hate on it.

he teased us with a Miami/Cleveland Jersey which was very funny and the crowd loved every minute of it.

He was hilarious with his impressination of Jagger.  took a few moments in which he spoke about is 18 month retirement plan.  He did a fantastic job playing Voodoo Child which seemed to be a crowd favorite all tour long, and had me completely pumped with his mix of Good Love is On the Way/ Heartbreak Warfare (Mashup).

And while the lights went off and he said his thank yous and good nights, I knew it wasn’t over because he hadn’t take his last bow of the tour.  Now, after what seemed like forever he then returned to the stage where I was completely speechless and remained that way until this morning.  He came out and played Wheel and right before going into a long speech I heard it start; and the tears came rolling down harder than ever.  He ended the night with gratitude towards the fans, family, friends and his band.  And then just in the mist of it all Edge of Desire came in finishing the best set list of the night.  I don’t know how to explain to you how beautiful it was but I will try.

A year of hearing, watching and waiting for Battle Studies to be completed was an honor.  10 months of a Winter and Summer tour was a pleasure.  9 months of waiting for him to come back was worth the wait.  However none of that could have been possible without the respect, the understanding, the support, catching up, watching, and loving this man, which has all come to an end too fast, to soon.  Last night was such an amazing night.   And even though the summer tour broke all the rules he made sure he stayed true to the fans who love him most.   Thank you for loving us back Mayer, enjoy your long vacation and know that we will be anticipating your return to do it all over again in 18 months.

This is the face of someone who still can't believe that Mayer deleted his twitter account!

This is the face of someone who still can’t believe that Mayer deleted his twitter account!

I wrote this over the weekend when everything was still running inside my blood, all the ohs and ahs that make for great concert bliss still fresh in my mind.  I left for the lake yesterday afternoon because I needed to be in the air of the world after such a long Sat/Sun overdrive even though I didn’t make for good company, I felt I needed out.  However when I got home the last thing I expected was a twitter death. I understand he needs a break, we all do. But I couldn’t help but to feel sadden by it all, I mean tumblr isn’t the same, twitter was like sending him a text to his phone, without having a number, I know- (way to personal) but tumblr is like sending an email to him on an account he never gets… I guess it’s something.  Here is a link to the post I did when he (was over twitter).

Here is a link to where you can find all of Mayer’s tweets.