So I don't know quite how to control all of the different "elements" that you can use to modify a Weebly website. I drag and click like they tell me to do, and all kinds of weird things happen. So forgive me as I get my bearings on this thing and try to get it looking a bit more professional.
I designed a new logo for the BRP.com website, and will use it as a break between blog entries. I think it's kind of cool. I also think it's kind of cheesy. But I like cool and I like cheese, so I'm going to stick with it for a bit. Maybe I'll get t-shirts made up with the logo and wear it to shows. Yep, it's official - I'm losing my mind.
Hey, I've been watching some interesting stuff on TV lately. If you get MTV Live (the former Palladia), they have four shows that I like. One is Live From Daryl's House. It stars Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, and is an hour-long show that has Daryl invite some musician, and then they jam together, have a meal together, and hang out at Daryl's home studio. I've seen Mayer Hawthorne and Billy Gibbons (from ZZ Top) on the show, and it's pretty cool. Oh, and one time Daryl was lecturing some younger musician and telling him how hard it is to make it in the music world. You have to bring it every day, Daryl said, because there are so many other guys trying to become stars and take your spot. That must be why Hall & Oates played about an hour and fifteen minutes when opening up the new Philly Fillmore venue? But they gave out cool posters marking the opening of the new venue. And, yes, of course I was there! I love Hall & Oates, it was Philly, and it was F-U-N.
Another show, and the one that is my favorite, is Later ... With Jools Holland. This one is from the BBC, so it's financed well. Jools formerly played with one of my all-time favorite bands, Squeeze, as well as leading his own band, Jools Holland and the Millionaires. Now he hosts a show that is set in a studio with multiple stages, and he simply goes from stage to stage introducing a number of bands, each of whom will play a song or two. They stand around waiting to play and watching the other bands the rest of the time. And these aren't a bunch of "never heard of them" bands, either. I've seen Paul McCartney (surprisingly good for a founder of AARP), Neil Diamond (he played Forever in Blue Jeans, which I accompanied by barfing), the Strypes (a very hot new band that sound like a modern version of the original British Invasion bands), David Gilmore, Katy Perry, etc. It's a great way to check out new acts, and to reacquaint yourself with some older ones. By the way, when Neil Diamond plugged in, it was to an IV, not a guitar - that dude is OLD. We'll revisit the too old to rock 'n roll, too young to die thing in another post.
Up next is the well-known Austin City Limits. You probably already know this one - it's essentially a concert show, with all of that format's pros and cons. But they get great bands. And for whatever reason, music just sounds better coming from Austin.
The last one is Front and Center, another concert-type show. They sometimes have lesser known acts, but big stars play it, too. Christina Perri, Cyndi Lauper, Grouplove, Train have all been featured, along with someone called Alt-J. Who the heck is Alt-J?
OK, in my last post, I said I was going to do the Barnes Museum next, but I clearly got sidetracked. I promise to get to that topic soon. In the meantime, have fun, enjoy some good music, and rock it hard!
Oh, and here's a photo of a guy I just randomly saw in Austin the last time I was there - it's my favorite Austin picture. Check out the hat! It's a freakin' horse - you wouldn't see that anywhere but Texas, right? Haha, it's crazy. And there is another photo of a band that was simply tearing it up in some Austin 6th Street bar. I mean, these guys were playing as though the future of the free world depended upon them giving it their all. We just wandered in, and there was no stage. They were right there, almost in the doorway. We just stopped and watched them - they were amazing. I wish I knew who they were - if you recognize them, let me know. I blurred the picture and made it dark just to make it a little more difficult for you.
See you on the flip side soon. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed.
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.