Terri's Cellar Door

Stuff that happens to me, Terri.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Think of the Sweetest Thing that Anyone Has Ever Said to You...

Before I begin my review of the Sara Bareilles concert I saw last night, I should tell you that she and I are now best friends, because we had a moment. It went as follows: There was this drunk girl who was hassling the B-roni because she had given the pick she used on her guitar away. So, Sare-bear was all like, "I'm sorry, I don't have anything to give you, I gave it away already." And she seemed so sad, and I was like, "Don't worry about it Sara, you give us music, which is the greatest gift of all." Sappy, I know, but I said it, and meant it. Then she was all like, "Awww, that's the sweetest thing ever." Then somebody in the back asked what I said, and Dare to Bare said, "Think of the sweetest thing that anybody ever said to you, and that's what she just said." I mean, my goodness, doesn't that just touch your heart? Seriously it was nice, and I was happy that I could give her a nice moment on the second to last show of her "Two Weak Tour". Meanwhile this is supposed to be a review of the show, and if you've been reading this blog you know that I've already given a glowing review of her album,"Little Voice", so, this shouldn't stray too far from that, right? Wrong. Wrong. Compared to this, that was an impersonal, sterilized, standoffish affair, that barely constituted as a endorsement. So, needless to say this was a great concert. I will, however, separate this review into three parts. One for each of the acts, so not to confused you. There were three acts at the Neighborhood Theater last night, which was sold out for the show. It was general admission, so we all had to stand up to enjoy the show. It didn't matter much because I would have been standing for the whole show anyway, no matter. Anyway, the show kicked off at 8 with David Ford.

1)David Ford
I'm gonna be honest here: I'd never actually heard of either David Ford or Rachel Yamagata before the show, but you grow and learn, and get Luvs, and that's what I did. David is an Englander with a really great voice and some smooth moves on his musical machine. He played a couple of songs, and played the piano, and generally knocked the ball out of the park. I would give him an A. I can't really comment that much on him, and I took a picture, but it totally sucked cause my camera is terrible. So, I'll include a picture that I found on the Internet of him.

2) Rachel Yamagata
Like I said before, I'm not really aware of Rachel Yamagata's music, but I can say that I really enjoyed her part of the show. The music was good, and she sang some old songs and new ones, as well as informing us of her new album. I cheered because her good songs were really good. I'm definately thinking about getting her album, so she made the right impression on me.














3) Bareilles Island
I thought this whole, coming-up-with-funny-puns-about-Sara-Bareilles'-name would be funny, but I think the well is getting a little dry, so I'm going to start now. Anyway, it started with a completely pitch black theater, and the Beatles playing ('All You Need Is Love'). Sara and the band walked out on the stage, and the show began. I cannot tell you how awesomely great she sounds live. I mean, you'd think that it couldn't get much better, but oh it does. She plays so well, and the crowd was just so entirely amped to see her, which made her more excited to play. I think that some people, near the end of their tours, they get a little down, and bored, and homesick, so their shows aren't as great as they could be. You didn't get that from her. She seemed genuinely happy and excited to be playing which made us enjoy the show even more. She played most of the songs from the album, including 'Love Song', and my favorite 'Morningside', and did some covers. She sang a new song 'August Moon', which I absolutely loved, and have a feeling I will love on the new album (whenever that comes out). For most of the songs she played the piano, but played guitar on one song. I was all a-like, "Shred It, Bareilles!", but she said she really only knew three chords, but that's where we all start out. She played Oh Darlin' which I know only in passing, and then surprisingly enough she sang, for an encore, Genie in a Bottle, on a real live piano, which made me wonder who told her that was a real song, for piano and everything. It was certainly a great cover, and I've included a clip of it. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it was me who was screaming semi-repetitively into the camera. I let my excitement get ahold of me. My bad. Anyway, you can mostly hear it, so that's good. Anyway, the concert was awesome, and if you haven't bought 'Little Voice', I certainly recommend it. So, on Terri's Scale-O-Concerts with 10 being every Dixie Chicks concert I've ever been to, and 0 being that concert I fell asleep at that one time, this one gets a 9.5. I even got a set list, which was nice.
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Sara will be back in town with James Blount in June or something, but they're going to be playing at this big venue, and I don't like James Blount, so I think I'll be okay. I'll go to see her again when she's headlining, and it'll be better for everybody.

No Right Minds Could Wrong Be, This Many Times...



As well it should be.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I Said What What In My Butt

You wanna do it in my butt, in my butt, you wanna do it in my butt, in my butt? Um, I haven't really felt like writing so, yeah, you all have been suffering for it, I reckon. Or not, sometimes. I have plenty of posts in me, and when I get up the pure strength of will to write them you'll be the first to know. Meanwhile, I'll be sure to post something meaningful and funny, very soon.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

My South

So, there used to be this channel called Turner South, and it was awesome. Like it was geared towards people in the south, but not the racist kind, like the awesome, friendly, good cooking-y, flea market going-y kind. Anyway, I used to watch it all the time, and they had great shows, like home makeover shows, and tons of cooking shows, and they have this show called "Junkin' ". And on Junkin, Val and this other dude would go across the south to different flea markets and buy random and awesome stuff that you can only find at flea markets. This was pretty much the best show ever about flea markets. There were other shows, like Major Dad and stuff, and I used to watch this channel pretty much all the time. Then one day, it just disappeared. Vanished to be replaced by some sports channel. I was pretty bummed about all this, even though Junkin' still came on, because I loved those cooking shows too that got cancelled. But I thought I was going to be okay, because Junkin' was still going strong. Then they cancelled that too! I was so frickin' peeved off. It's like on Dinner and a Movie on TBS when they took Anabelle off. It wasn't Paul and some lady, it was Paul and Anabelle! Anyway, so, it just gets on my nerves when those big time studio execs just buy and then cancel whole channels. Like, TechTV. TechTV was the greatest nerdy invention since the remote controlled R2D2. It had great original programming, including a Conspiracy show, something about sex and technology, Call for Help which was a show that you could actually call to get computer help from, and XPlay, which was pretty much an awesome review show that couldn't be ruined. Guess what G4 did when they bought it? It wasn't enough that they fired all the people who knew anything about gaming or computers, and they hired buxom babes who could look cute in front of a camera. I thought I could take that, until they starting shifting focus from the nerds that made the network what it was, and started catering more and more to frat guys who spend all day playing Halo and crushing beer cans against their foreheads. Don't get me wrong: I don't have anything against Halo, I play it myself, but there's a limit. Anyway, it all went downhill for me when they started playing the Man Show, and another show dedicated entirely to drift racing. If they were going to make a network like that, they should have known that it wouldn't appeal to the original audience of TechTV, so there wouldn't even be any competition. But instead, they chose to buy it out and crush everything awesome out of every vein that was left in TechTV. And the viewers for crushed in the process. Now, back to the original point of this post: The message board that used to have articles about the flea markets visited on Junkin' has even been taken down, so I can't even find info online about this once great show. I wonder if people in charge even hear what viewers are saying, or if they just do whatever they want regardless. They must have taken a page out of Dick Cheney's book.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

And What Day Is It Again?

Someone always gets me on April Fool's. I like to think that it's not because I'm dumb, I'm just very trusting and always forget what day it is. I mean, if I kept tabs of things like that I wouldn't get fooled, unfortunately I'm too busy thinking that it's March 27th or something. Anyway, I just got back from out of town at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. If you don't know what it is, read my blog posts right around this time for the past four years, and you'll be all caught up. My team finished 5 and 2, which was good enough to get us into the sweet sixteen last year, not quite good enough this year. Oh well. I also got a medal for scoring the highest in my room. It's quite a piece of bling, I'll be sure to post a picture of it when I get the chance. Digression: I had a dream that along with Will Smith and like ten other random people, I was being held hostage in a room in this apartment complex. We were trapped and couldn't get out no matter what we tried. The police knew that we were missing, but for some reason were searching for us in Texas, when we were in fact, in New Jersey. Meanwhile the evil guy who had kidnapped us was administering this drug that was supposed to make us happy all the time, but the effects had long since worn off, so we pretended to be happy so we wouldn't get any more drugs and could stay lucid. By the end of the dream, I had gotten the idea to text message my brother, and hope that he would save me. Hmmm, sorry about that. Anyway, I've been kind of out of it for the last week, and I've had waaaaaay too much work to do, plus my car got towed. So, once I get my whole life figured out, I'll make much more sense.

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