Thursday, April 30, 2015

Guest Blogger: Mom Checks In On The Neil Diamond Concert

My mom and dad went and saw Neil Diamond play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on April 17th.  Mom and dad have been Neil Diamond fans for quite some time.  I can remember listening to "Live At The Greek" on 8-track more times than I can count in the good ol' '71 Aristo-Craft on slow putts around the lake.  Usually, those rides ended with mom and dad asking us to clean up the dock and head on up to the house so they could float in the boat lift and finish listening to that tape, the lake so calm that the boat didn't move an inch.  Sometime when I was in high school, they went and saw him for the first time at Market Square Arena.  They both really enjoyed it though my mom didn't care for all the pot she smelled in the vicinity of her seats.

Anyway, this was her take on this year's show:
Hey Matt,  You'll be interested to know that Neil is still Neil.  The opening song was I'm a Believer and the amps were so loud we could feel the vibration up in  the nosebleed section.  He was totally drowned out.  All his rockin' songs the band was too loud.  You could understand his slower ones.  I thought maybe he wanted the band (who, as usual, is very talented) to drown him out. But actually, his voice is still good.  He  has great stage presence and is still a good entertainer - goes the whole time with only about 5 minutes offstage - two hours.  The light show was great and I enjoyed the whole thing.On the down side (in addition to what I mentioned above), there's not much leg room (and we were really high - slanted) and my knee was hurting until it got numb.  Other than that I enjoyed it (maybe not $85 worth).
I asked her what her favorite song of the night was, and she wrote:
Think my favorite song (and it seemed like everybody else's) was Sweet Caroline. He sang three of his new songs from Melody Road - they're a bit more mellow. The best light show, and also pretty uplifting, was Coming to America.
So there you have it - sounds like Neil is still knocking them dead! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Got My Tickets For the Next Esperanza Spalding Gig

You might recall that the Esperanza Spalding gig I saw a few years ago was a great one.  She's finally coming back to Indiana, this time to a venue that I've never been to, but heard was very cool.  If you'll forgive the pun, I'm very jazzed about her coming to town.*  I've checked her website regularly for years to see if she's coming back to town - no dice.  But she's coming in June, so it should be great!

I will say I have a hint of nervousness about this gig.  ES is going to be performing under an alter-ego named "Emily" if I understand it correctly.  Now pretty much the only person I can think of who has ever pulled off the alter-ego thing is David Bowie.  Remember when Garth Brooks did it and it was universally panned?  It is 9 times out of 10 a horrible idea.  The one thing that gives me some hope is that she is citing Cream as an inspiration for this move.  Will she be doing something along the lines of a power trio?  Will she be doing long, proggy rock pieces?  We'll see.  We'll see.  One thing's for sure:  the bass playing will be parless.

*-Don't forgive puns.  Never.  Forgive.  Puns.  They're crap and I hate them. Hopefully you didn't even get that one.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Stuff I Would've Blogged About Last Month

March got by me without much blogging going on here.  Yeah, I was busy in March and all that; but mostly, I was just lazy.  Here's a list of things that I would've blogged about.  Maybe you'll see these in April. . ..

History Lesson Pt. 2 endorses:  Listening to - not watching - sports.

How important is authenticity?

Silence is sustenance

On quitting bass

Songwriting 101:  "Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis)" by Robyn Hitchcock

Stay tuned - I'll try not to be so damned lazy this month.  But man, the weather is awful nice.  Imma want to be outside a lot.