(A2Z) Very Visual Fun

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Van Halen, Vanilla Ice, Vince Gill, Village People… Valleri, Vacation, Vienna, Video Killed the Radio Star… Violin, vivace, vibrato, vocal music… very diverse verses.

This is something out of the ordinary.  It is something I found I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would.  This is Video Games Live.  It is a concert experience like no other.  Tommy Tallarico hosts the concerts that take place with a local symphony.  The music is not your normal symphony pieces though.

The local symphonies practice and perfect video game music.  The stage show runs video footage of the games the songs are from.  And it is lighted like a rock concert.  I only play a select few games, so I didn’t know all the songs or anything, but they all sounded awesome!  First time I have been to a symphony with yelling and cheering going on (that was at Tommy’s request).

After the show (at the show I went to) Tommy set up to sign autographs.  Unfortunately, we were unable to stand in line as we had a long drive home.  But we did purchase some merchandise before the night ended.

The concert and available CDs include everything from the early 8bit songs to the driving rock tunes written exclusively for todays edgy games.  They have costume or cosplay contests of the video game characters.  Giveaways on stage and it is so much FUN!

Unfortunately, with covid there is only one concert on their tour schedule right now and it is not until next year.  Check out their website here and this is a piece of one of their shows.

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(A2Z) Many Musical Moments

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Manhatten Transfer, Monkees, Meatloaf, Moody Blues… Mony, Mony, Maple Leaf Rag, Mad World, Make You Feel My Love… Major, movement, Music Man, melody… many more musical mentions. 

About the time I was 9 or 10 years old, my sister was really into music and would let me listen to records with her.  One she often played had come from a recommendation of our neighbor.  He introduced Mason Proffitt to my folks and my sister really enjoyed them too.  I became hooked on the song they did that made the radio airplay.  It was a song called “Two Hangmen.” 

I grew older and embraced all of the songs.  They were from the 60s and 70s and had messages about freedom, no war, peace, Native American rights… they were very reminiscent of the time.  One of the lines I recall the best is “Flowers beads a good disguise but don’t forget the shades that cover your eyes to keep your mind tied down.  If you’re real, you’ll learn to think as well as feel,” from the song “Walk on Down the Road.” And I know all of “Two Hangmen” by heart.  “… It seems the folks were up in arms, a man now had to die, for believing things that didn’t fit the laws they set aside…”  

One of my favorites is a song called “Buffalo.”  It talks of a Native American upon a buffalo nickel that gets up and looks around seeing things that were wrong.  “… this reservation’s wrong, who’s this white man, my people never smile, where is my brother, my children ignorant, where is my squaw…”  It still sends chills every time I hear it.  

I never thought I would be able to see them preform live, but a few years ago my sister and I got to attend a concert at the Surf Ballroom.  It was magnificent, they sounded as good as the albums even all those years later.  You can also find some of their songs on YouTube from the Wanted and Moving Towards Happiness albums.  Here is another one of my favorites… 

(if this works right… it is part of a playlist, but starting at the song Old Joe Clark)

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(A2Z) Listen To This

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Lady Gaga, Lindsey Stirling, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz… La Bamaba, LA Woman, Love Will Keep Us Together, Love Shack… live music, lyrics, largo, lyre… listen to the music.

Ok, I have a confession.  I was once young, foolish and reckless.  Another confession I was heavily into country music in the early 80s – the time of “country rock.”  This is how the two met one day.

A very small county fair had a concert my friend called me about.  It was Louise Mandrell.  You may recall her sister Barbara as the more famous sister, but Louise did ok for herself too.  Anyway, my friend and I went to the fair in a small-town west of us.

Louise put on a great show.  We didn’t have the greatest seats, but we were not blind, she had a cute band member or two.  So, the time in the show where she introduces the band came and my friend and I were very vocal about each introduction.  Finally, Louise said we should come on up stage and meet them.  Oh – my – goodness, we did!  My friend took the lead I ran to catch up and a third girl ran up on stage with us.  We started on the left side of the stage and went around to each band member to get hugs and handshakes. Then we hopped down and went back to our seats.

After the show we got autographs of most of the band.  And it was a night we will never forget… besides we can’t there were pictures taken.  Ha, ha!

I am guessing videos were not big in the career of Louise, as a search came back with few choices.  Here is one of her covering a rock song originally by Dave Edmunds.

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Just a Small Town Girl

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Julian Lennon, Joan Jett, Janice Joplin, Jackson 5… Joy to the World, Juke Box Hero, Jack and Diane, Janie’s Got a Gun… Jug band, jive, jam session, jazz… just to name a few.

Don’t Stop Believing was on the Escape (E5C4P3) album that Journey released in July of 1981.  It was a favorite of my friends and I, so much so that we did a lot of talking to our parents as soon as we heard Journey would be in town.  We successfully negotiated being allowed to go to our first concert unaccompanied by parents, for me it was my first concert all together.

It would have been a memorable show just from the amazing performance Journey did on stage.  But honestly, my most vivid memory came from my time sitting in the seats – I was the last one on the right. We were clapping and screaming and dancing in our seats when the lady in the seat just in front and to the left of me turned around and asked if I wanted a hit, holding a joint.  Now, first concert, first encounter with a physical joint in my presence and you must remember my dad was on the police force.  I felt like it took eons for me to answer her with a no, but I really only stumbled over my words for a short time.  I turned to my friend on my left and just raised my eyebrows and we both started to laugh.  I was a very naïve teenager probably 15 at the time.  What an introduction to the world of rock and roll.

Now the night was not a total goodie two shoes night.  One of my friends called her friend and he brought a six pack of beer for us.  I think I had maybe two drinks and was not impressed.  But we were on a live music high… and maybe a little second-hand smoke from the couple in front of us.  Ha, ha!

I will always remember seeing Journey for my first concert, do you remember your first concert?

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Encore, Encore!

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Notes hit the air

The crowd in a frenzy

The drums begin to pound

A familiar rhythm

An electric guitar screams

The crowd answers back

The singer steps to the mic

He is deafened by the audience

Singing louder than him

He steps back from the mic

And signals the crowd

The words ring out

Across the auditorium

The lights go up

The crowd is alive as one

The encore leaves the band

Bathed in adoration

Nothing better than music

To bring people together


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Musical Heaven

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He stood on the stage singing of a virtuous and righteous man.  A man who was born into poverty and searched for a better life.  A man who found God.  Steve and Kris had come to the concert to see a new artist play.  They knew his father was in an old-time rock and roll band and had assumed his son Chris was a rocker too.  The music spoke of salvation and going to Heaven.  They had nothing against gospel music as long as it was good.

They often explored new bands and artists together.  There was something about the rush of a live show that made them feel alive.  And if some positive message was thrown into it as well, that would just be a bonus. They sang and swayed to some standard hymns.  Listened closely to the original songs.  They screamed and yelled for an encore.  And they went home happy to have heard an up-and-coming artist sing his heart out.  It had been a beautiful night.


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The Poetry Man

(This is a little something I wrote for a friend and he encouraged me to share it.)

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Words that are music to the heart

Familiar but like a new discovery

Engaging feelings in me

Sounding of a symphony

Like lyrics to my favorite song

I find myself in a comforting sway

Moving to the sounds of your voice

Reading emotions in every word

A concert held for the masses

But truly encouraging one

Singing from the soul

Your kindness echoes of an encore

A time to replay the song

And give you a standing ovation

Mumbles … stage

Last week was a great week thanks to one special night.  My sister and I went to a concert.  It was for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  We were lucky enough to get tickets front and center and man what a show!  The stage was set for the seven-man band complete with a Christmas back drop.  Once those lights went on and the music began, I was hooked.

They played a mix of classic and original Christmas tunes along with some of their hits.  I was blown away by all the music, but the horn section that played the night away had such phenomenal talent.  The most interesting thing I learned that night was the seven members are all the original members of the band from 27 years ago.

After the show, all of them sat down at a table and greeted and signed autographs for those who stayed.  I purchased their newest Christmas CD and had it signed.  And it has some great music on it!  I will leave you with a little taste of their music.

 

 

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Front Row

“Ladies and gentlemen please welcome, PRISM!” The announcer stepped back from the microphone as the crowd went wild. Taking the stage was Steve, Don, Harry and Craig, better known as Prism.

Lynn and Tracy had seen the band many times before and were possibly screaming the loudest as the band started into their hit song, “Always Yours.” The teenage girls had camped out and gotten front row seats for the first time. They were determined that this would be a night like no other. As Steve smiled and winked at Tracy, they knew it was only going to get better.

 

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Mumbles… Rock On

Last night was amazing! I was able to experience the rush of a live concert again thanks to the local radio station – I won tickets to the show. It was a chance to observe, who I consider a classic rock band, Kansas, do some amazing things musically on stage. I am not a concert reviewer. I am a concert fan, maybe even a concert addict. In my youth I saw a lot of different live shows, from bar bands to stadium concerts. There is just such a rush I get from FEELING the music pound through me that no radio or Ipod can EVER match. The enthusiasm of the crowd fuels the band’s energy. That was one thing about last night that was great… it was a small crowd but the noise level made up for it!

I have to say this old lady felt mesmerized by the show and was able to rekindle some of my youthful energy. Definitely goes into the great concert category for me. They were just talking on the radio the other day about the fact that older bands still give the crowds 110% of what they’ve got in a live show, and new artists tend to just show up. Can’t really attest to the new artist side of the discussion, but man Kansas sure still rocks hard after more than 40 years of music!