You know its a sign of the summer when my nights are filled watching dance shows and big brother. No not the dumb 'Dancing with the Stars'; I'm talking about 'So You Think You Can Dance' which absolutely blows away the competition.
Last night there were two dances that were head and heals above the rest. Check them out:
First Allison and Marko
And now Melanie and Neil (check out the jump around 1:18 sick)
I don't really have words yet to sum up what happened to me on the night of July 15th... It will take me more time than I have now to sum up experiencing a live Beatle for my first time. All I kept thinking was...."this man wrote these songs.... whoa".
Amazing. Here is a video of some of the 35 songs that he played. Thats right 35 songs. 3 Hours. Two 3 Song encores. No stopping. Insane.
I know I've been full of sad news since I came back but sometimes thats how life is. This next one caught me by total surprise. So remember back in the Vancouver Olympics during the crazy ski jump ariels competition a kid from the US named "Speedy" came and through down what was called a 'Hurricane'. Aka the toughest jump known to man. Landed it and got himself a silver. That was a great moment.
Well unfortunately he was found dead yesterday from a self inflicted gun shot wound.
So much talent. Such a big loss.
After reading more about him today, I have found him to be yet another tortured soul. He had a bad battle with alcoholism and depression. Yet to most of America he will always be remembered for the emotion he showed after taking home the silver medal at the 2007 games.
"I know a lot of people go through a lot of things in their life, and I just want them to realize they can overcome anything" Peterson said that night with tears streaming down his face. "There's light at the end of the tunnel and mine was silver and I love it".
Sometimes I wish that I didn't work and I could just cruise the streets all day and do fun things like this. This guy set up shop on the streets and offered to give 'free beats' out on the street. Thats right. Free Beats!
My favorite is the girl singing twinkle twinkle... too cute.
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn burn burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awwww' " (Jack Keroac)
Sorry to come back on such a sad note but well....sorry.
The world lost yet another artist way to young over the weekend. Amy Winehouse passed away at the mere age of 27 from unknown causes (although we all can kind of guess).
Amy is just a sad sad case. You knew she was a tortured soul from the beginning, but dang she was good. Her album 'Back to Black' has not left my ipod since the day it was put on there and I can't say that about many albums. She was raw, talented and real. Did she have issues? Of course. But that for me didn't take her talent away.
I think a lot about the quote I started this post with when I think of Amy's passing. She was definitely one of those who while here on Earth burned very bright.
RIP Amy hope you can finally find some peace.
This is my favorite song from her album. Again her on a stool with one guitarist. Not everyone can pull this off.
Back to up north for a quick visit. Whats planned you ask? Nothing really.... just a trip to NJ, dentist appointment, Paul McCartney Concert, NYC, a night in Brooklyn and back here for the soccer game on Sunday.
One of my favorite shows is back on for the summer, but unfortunately they have brought back my least favorite character of all time. Rachel. Ugh. Now I'm back to watching her on mute while the rest of the game continues. Seriously CBS I don't think I can take another full season of her... at least when there is not Ragan to call her out.
Just when I thought I couldn't love U2 any more... Bono goes and pulls a stunt like this.
Scene: Nashville, U2 ends their show and is taking a bow when Bono reads a sign in the front row. Its from a man who wants to "play a song for his wife". Bono asks the man what he wants to play and he replies "All I Want Is You". Bono agrees and pulls the man on stage. Kicker? Man is blind. He picks up the guitar and plays with Bono and the full band backing him the entire song! Truly a moment that this man will never forget. Then at the end as Bono is leading him off the stage, he hands him his guitar. So not only did this man have the performance of a lifetime but he also has a pretty bad ass guitar now.
Okay we are making our way down this list, I have to admit its pretty fun on my end. I've watched tons of videos today that I haven't seen in a long while... but to continue the countdown we are getting to some good ones (I may even highlight three videos).
Greatest Videos Ever: 39-20
39. Radiohead - Karma Police
38. The Prodigy - Firestarter
37. The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
36. Prince - Raspberry Beret
35. Kanye West - Monster
34. Madonna - Like a Prayer
Lady Gaga doesn't hold a candle to Madonna when it comes to pushing the limits. This video solidified Madonna as a badass.
33. The Smiths - Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
32. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
...trying to make ends meet your a slave to money then you die...
31. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
30. The Streets - Fit But You Know It
29. The XX - Islands
28. Nada Surf - Popular
if this doesn't remind me of High School I don't know what does...
Okay here is my new project for the day. NMEVideo.com has put together a list of the top 100 videos of all time. Again according to them so don't get mad at me. But I have to admit they are pretty damn close.
So here it goes. I'll make 5 posts. 20 at a time. Highlight my favorite 2 from that batch. Ready? Go!
100. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
99. Siman Mobile Disco - Hustler
98. Lykke Li - Get Some
97. Flaming Lips -Watching The Planets
96. Jay- Z Big Pimpin
95. Blur - Parklife
94. Radiohead - Street Spirit
93. Janelle Monae - Cold War
92. Rage Against the Machine - Sleep Now in the Fire
Okay after listening to most of it live over the weekend; I'm pretty mad at myself for missing out on this latest festival. I mean from the pictures and the video below; it looks like no fun was had. At all.
(Late night Space Jam)
The 'Runaway Jim' 5K Winners were given trophies on stage.
Check out the balls in the video below. Literally...
Hope everyone is having a safe and happy 4th of July. This week is going to be a good week. I have absolutely nothing going on here at work (for once...), my great Father turns 60 on Friday and I've been on a buying spree for my new apartment.
I'm really trying to get it all decorated; and well online stores like Etsy are really helping my cause. Check out this small little vinyl print I purchased this morning.
If you do not on a daily basis visit the website Vimeo I dont' know what is wrong with you. I'm sorry but I don't. This site has some of the highest quality, best videos I have ever seen in my entire life.
I like Tom & Julia. I do. I think that the two of them together are absolutely hilarious. You can tell that they have been friends for years and well they don't really care much about what people think anymore. Why should they? They are just two of the biggest movie stars on the planet.
Which makes it even more entertaining when I see videos like the following that shows that they are friends, don't take anything too seriously and love to laugh.
That being said. I still won't see 'Thomas Crown'.
I've started bringing my camera to shows to take some pictures. While I know that it is just easier to look at the official pictures after the show that the band releases, there is something about taking a photo, and looking at it later knowing that at that moment...that was your perspective.
So here are my favorites from the two Merriweather shows I made it to last month. (Yes its July and yes thats scary)
Hope all my friends are having fun at Super Ball this weekend. I on the other hand will be spending my lifes savings on a plane ticket to my older brothers wedding in September (over $500 for a flight to Nantucket... seriously...)