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A few months ago, I entered a contest at my favorite radio station to win tickets to see Green Day, and I actually won! After feeling like it was forever away for ages, the date finally arrived on Friday. What better day to see them than on Saint Patrick's Day? I was wearing green for more than one reason.

There was never any doubt who I would take with me: my awesome niece, who is a huge GD fan.

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The show was in Worcester, which is much closer to me (and easier to get to) than Boston. Willow met me at my office, and we drove to downtown Worcester and parked in the garage located conveniently next door to the venue. I had a gift card for a restaurant that's across the street from there, where we had the cheese & charcuterie board. It was quite delicious!

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I had only been to the DCU Center once before (when it was still called the Centrum), many years ago when I saw Paul Simon (with Willow's parents). It's a pretty large place; we were on the second level to the right of the stage. Close enough to see what was going on, but not close enough to see the performers' faces. But hey, free, so I'm not complaining!

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The opening band, whose name I cannot remember, was actually pretty good. Punk, young, and energetic. You could definitely hear the influence of GD, along with the Ramones and a bit of the Alarm. The drummer was relentless, going directly from one song to another. He reminded me a bit of Dave Grohl. At one point they did stop, and the singer said that the first show he ever went to was Green Day, and it changed his life. Indeed.

And then the main event began. I have always liked Green Day, but now I love them. What an amazing show! Great light show, sparks and bangs, flames (flames!), and the music was so, so good. Billie Joe was so great. He talked a lot, urging us all to unite and stay together, fight the good fight, encouraging everyone to sing along. He totally had the crowd in his hands. Three times (three!) he brought someone up on stage with him; all three were kids in their 'tweens, and they all killed it. The first and second kids he brought up to sing, and they were both great, especially the second one, who ran around the stage and leapt off the steps that went up to the drummer. The third one was the youngest, maybe 11, and he played the guitar. Billie Joe showed him what to do, and he totally nailed it; he then proceeded to run around, playing back-to-back with the bassist and generally acting like a rock star. Best night of his life, I bet. And then Billie Joe told him he could keep the guitar! Everyone cheered.

Green Day at the DCU Center

I stood for nearly the whole show, dancing to the music. I did have to sit for a bit because my back was unhappy about standing on concrete for so long (it's still a bit sore today), but the show was so full of energy, I didn't feel tired till nearly the end. Definitely the most energetic show I've ever been to. I was afraid I'd be the oldest person there, but there were a few old fogeys like me in the crowd, and we all smiled when we caught each others' eyes. Rock & roll is ageless. Even punk. If you're at all a fan, I heartily recommend seeing Green Day live. One of the best shows I've ever been to.
lizziebelle: (crow)

Frost on my window, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I was kind of hoping we'd get a snow day today, but alas, we only got a delayed opening. So I had to go out in the dark and dig out this morning, and of course the snow plow guy came *after* I took my shower so I had wet hair and couldn't go out and move my car for him. Oh, well. At least I can get out.

We didn't get as much snow here in Metro West as they'd forecast, maybe 6", but there are places north of Boston that got more than 2 feet. The coast is expecting flooding at high tide midday today. So I am counting my blessings, even though it's bitterly cold. It could have been a lot worse, and it is for some people.

One of my favorite DJs, Rita on The River, played Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Couldn't Stand the Weather" for me this morning. I requested it on Facebook (she asks for requests every week for her Friday morning show), thinking it would be most appropriate, and it was. :::brrrrr::::

The snow is winding down now, and the sun is making a bright spot in the white sky. By Sunday, it's supposed to be in the 40's and raining. It really is true what they say about weather in New England: if you don't like it, wait a minute.

Chill

Jan. 27th, 2013 05:57 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)

Friday night, I went to see Heart at the Hanover Theater in Worcester. The show was fantastic; they did all my favorites, including Keep My Love Alive, These Dreams, Magic Man, Crazy on You and lots more. And of course they did a Led Zeppelin song, Black Dog. B and I went to a nice Tapas restaurant before the show and had sangria and yummy food. We both enjoyed the show immensely. I heart Heart!

I have loved them since I was 15, and I heard Magic Man for the first time. I love it when women rock! They still have it, in spades. One of the best shows I have ever seen.

Yesterday, I just couldn't get warm, so I went back to bed and slept for a few more hours. I guess the week finally caught up with me. At least I didn't get sick after going to New York like I did the last two times I went. I just had a day of feeling yucky. Today I am much better; I actually made it out this morning to do laundry and some grocery shopping.

I am really tired of being cold. I've reached the part of winter when I've had it. My hands and lips are dry as parchment. Someday, I hope to be well-off enough to go someplace warm for January and February. :::brrrr:::

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seasonal

Oct. 29th, 2010 06:13 pm
lizziebelle: (witchypoo)

spring or fall?, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The rhododendron at work is still confused about what season it is. It's been a really weird year.

I vant to drink your blood... )



I was having fun posting seasonal music on Facebook this week. Frank Sinatra's "Witchcraft," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Cream's "Strange Brew," Donovan's "Season of the Witch," the Eagles' "Witchy Woman." I thought of a couple more on the way home, but I can't watch videos on this computer so I may have to let them go. Or post them without seeing them.

This is the season when it's the most fun to be a Witch. *g*

seasonal

Oct. 29th, 2010 06:13 pm
lizziebelle: (witchypoo)

spring or fall?, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The rhododendron at work is still confused about what season it is. It's been a really weird year.

I vant to drink your blood... )



I was having fun posting seasonal music on Facebook this week. Frank Sinatra's "Witchcraft," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Cream's "Strange Brew," Donovan's "Season of the Witch," the Eagles' "Witchy Woman." I thought of a couple more on the way home, but I can't watch videos on this computer so I may have to let them go. Or post them without seeing them.

This is the season when it's the most fun to be a Witch. *g*

lizziebelle: (eye)
Thunderstorms barreled through this afternoon, cooling things off nicely, so I walked down to the park after supper for the first time in what felt like ages. As I walked down the forest path, I heard music and remembered that they have concerts in the park occasionally. As I walked farther, it sort of sounded like Christmas music, complete with lots of brass. As I walked out of the forest path, I realized that it *was* Christmas music.

Um, what?

As that set ended, they started another, which was also Christmas music.

Geez louise.

I wandered around the flower beds, snapping pictures and trying to ignore the music and the screaming child nearby. Not really what I went down there for.

The next set was Disney classics. *rolls eyes*

However, it was worth it to see this )

I walked out of the park singing Jonathan Coulton's "Re: Your Brains". *g*
lizziebelle: (eye)
Thunderstorms barreled through this afternoon, cooling things off nicely, so I walked down to the park after supper for the first time in what felt like ages. As I walked down the forest path, I heard music and remembered that they have concerts in the park occasionally. As I walked farther, it sort of sounded like Christmas music, complete with lots of brass. As I walked out of the forest path, I realized that it *was* Christmas music.

Um, what?

As that set ended, they started another, which was also Christmas music.

Geez louise.

I wandered around the flower beds, snapping pictures and trying to ignore the music and the screaming child nearby. Not really what I went down there for.

The next set was Disney classics. *rolls eyes*

However, it was worth it to see this )

I walked out of the park singing Jonathan Coulton's "Re: Your Brains". *g*
lizziebelle: (little me)
Some people have muscle memory, some have smell memory; I have music memory. There are songs that can bring up vivid memories tied to people, places, and times for me.

I remember the very first time I heard Queen's "Killer Queen": we were in the car, somewhere south of Albany, on the way to visit my grandparents. I was maybe 12 or 13. I thought it was the coolest song I'd ever heard.

Every time I hear "Higher" by Creed, I'm transported back to the parking garage in Las Vegas where I first heard it with Jim and JP after going to the classic car show. It always makes me a little sad when I hear it now, because it reminds me how much I miss JP.

I still think of the guy I had a crush on in college when I hear Jackson Browne. Then I think of his brother, and what could have been... he had a crush on me, and as it turns out, he was a much better person.

Dido always makes me think of a friend I used to work with, and I wonder what she's up to now.

Beethoven's 9th makes me think of my dad, and the time we were at Saratoga and the Philadelphia Orchestra was playing it (with soloists and full chorus), and we looked at each other to say "this is my favorite part" at the same time.

There are many, many more. What music memories do you have?
lizziebelle: (little me)
Some people have muscle memory, some have smell memory; I have music memory. There are songs that can bring up vivid memories tied to people, places, and times for me.

I remember the very first time I heard Queen's "Killer Queen": we were in the car, somewhere south of Albany, on the way to visit my grandparents. I was maybe 12 or 13. I thought it was the coolest song I'd ever heard.

Every time I hear "Higher" by Creed, I'm transported back to the parking garage in Las Vegas where I first heard it with Jim and JP after going to the classic car show. It always makes me a little sad when I hear it now, because it reminds me how much I miss JP.

I still think of the guy I had a crush on in college when I hear Jackson Browne. Then I think of his brother, and what could have been... he had a crush on me, and as it turns out, he was a much better person.

Dido always makes me think of a friend I used to work with, and I wonder what she's up to now.

Beethoven's 9th makes me think of my dad, and the time we were at Saratoga and the Philadelphia Orchestra was playing it (with soloists and full chorus), and we looked at each other to say "this is my favorite part" at the same time.

There are many, many more. What music memories do you have?
lizziebelle: (little me)
Devo doing the Stones' "Satisfaction."




My aunt ([livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday's mom) went to high school with Mark Mothersbaugh. She showed me his picture in her yearbook. He looked just the same.

This MTV Music site is going to be dangerous. *g*
lizziebelle: (little me)
Devo doing the Stones' "Satisfaction."




My aunt ([livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday's mom) went to high school with Mark Mothersbaugh. She showed me his picture in her yearbook. He looked just the same.

This MTV Music site is going to be dangerous. *g*
lizziebelle: (Default)
First, via [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume: free streaming Loreena McKennitt! Her new holiday (Midwinter) CD is out. It seems weird to be listening to holiday music in October, but it's Loreena, and it's free. Yay!

Second, it is October, and I picked up some pretty leaves out back a little while ago.




The sun finally came out, and it's a lovely, warm, brilliant Fall day. Enjoy!
lizziebelle: (Default)
First, via [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume: free streaming Loreena McKennitt! Her new holiday (Midwinter) CD is out. It seems weird to be listening to holiday music in October, but it's Loreena, and it's free. Yay!

Second, it is October, and I picked up some pretty leaves out back a little while ago.




The sun finally came out, and it's a lovely, warm, brilliant Fall day. Enjoy!
lizziebelle: (little me)
Via Terri Windling: The Proclaimers doing "King of the Road." Classic American road music done with a Scottish accent. Does it get any better? *g*



Also, there were bagels left over from the Chamber meeting they had here this morning. Free food!
lizziebelle: (little me)
Via Terri Windling: The Proclaimers doing "King of the Road." Classic American road music done with a Scottish accent. Does it get any better? *g*



Also, there were bagels left over from the Chamber meeting they had here this morning. Free food!
lizziebelle: (little me)

rub my belly
Originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.
I had a nice time at the Irish festival in Canton yesterday. We heard lots of great music, ran into a few friends, and watched the moon rise while we listened to Lughnasa. That was cool.

We saw a couple of great Acadian groups, which you don't think of in conjunction with Irish music (at least I didn't), but they fit right in. They both had fiddlers who did this sort of dance/ drumming thing with their feet while they played, which was marvelous.

The conflicting acts turned out not to be Solas and Lughnasa, but Solas and Luka Bloom. Unfortunately, Luka Bloom was playing in a small, enclosed, very crowded space, so we didn't get to see (or hear) much of his show. We flirted with the idea of going to see Solas, but tired feet won out and we headed home. It was a long day, but lots of fun.

We got home in time to check out Saturday Night Live, which was supposed to feature Barack Obama, but we found it so incredibly unfunny (and no Obama) that we gave up and went off to bed.

Pictured is Lakshmi's cat, Edamame, who teased me with her belly, 'though I am told that if I try to rub it I will end up bleeding. Robin used to do the same thing. Silly beasts!

I didn't get many pictures at the festival; the light was iffy, and the stage so large, that none of the ones I took of performers came out very well. Click the link to see doggies, carnival rides, and more.
lizziebelle: (little me)

rub my belly
Originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.
I had a nice time at the Irish festival in Canton yesterday. We heard lots of great music, ran into a few friends, and watched the moon rise while we listened to Lughnasa. That was cool.

We saw a couple of great Acadian groups, which you don't think of in conjunction with Irish music (at least I didn't), but they fit right in. They both had fiddlers who did this sort of dance/ drumming thing with their feet while they played, which was marvelous.

The conflicting acts turned out not to be Solas and Lughnasa, but Solas and Luka Bloom. Unfortunately, Luka Bloom was playing in a small, enclosed, very crowded space, so we didn't get to see (or hear) much of his show. We flirted with the idea of going to see Solas, but tired feet won out and we headed home. It was a long day, but lots of fun.

We got home in time to check out Saturday Night Live, which was supposed to feature Barack Obama, but we found it so incredibly unfunny (and no Obama) that we gave up and went off to bed.

Pictured is Lakshmi's cat, Edamame, who teased me with her belly, 'though I am told that if I try to rub it I will end up bleeding. Robin used to do the same thing. Silly beasts!

I didn't get many pictures at the festival; the light was iffy, and the stage so large, that none of the ones I took of performers came out very well. Click the link to see doggies, carnival rides, and more.
lizziebelle: (little me)

Your result for The Ultimate 80's Pop Music Test...

80's Music Encyclopedia

You scored 83 percent! I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!

If this was a class in high school, you just broke the curve. I bet people come up to you all the time wanting answers to all of their 80's music questions, after all, you know practically everything there is to know about the best decade in music! You, sir or ma'am, are the platinum standard when it comes to 80's music knowledge. Congratulate yourself (and don't let it go to your head)!

Take The Ultimate 80's Pop Music Test at HelloQuizzy



The Whitney Houston & Bon Jovi questions stumped me. *g*
lizziebelle: (little me)

Your result for The Ultimate 80's Pop Music Test...

80's Music Encyclopedia

You scored 83 percent! I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!

If this was a class in high school, you just broke the curve. I bet people come up to you all the time wanting answers to all of their 80's music questions, after all, you know practically everything there is to know about the best decade in music! You, sir or ma'am, are the platinum standard when it comes to 80's music knowledge. Congratulate yourself (and don't let it go to your head)!

Take The Ultimate 80's Pop Music Test at HelloQuizzy



The Whitney Houston & Bon Jovi questions stumped me. *g*
lizziebelle: (little me)
It's pretty quiet in here today, which is OK because it's Monday, raining, and I'm by myself all day.

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Yesterday, while we were wandering about in the woods, the conversation turned to music that gets stuck in your head. I mentioned that I'd had the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly stuck in my head while I'd been in the shower earlier, and one of my friends hadn't ever heard of it. She's my age, but she's from Texas, so I was wondering if it was a regional thing. Have you heard of the song? If not, where did you grow up?

Speaking of music, I have memories attached to songs like most people do with smells. (Maybe it's because my sense of smell isn't as developed as most people I know.) I heard the Dire Straits song "Walk of Life" on the radio this morning, and I was instantly transported back to my parents' kitchen in Baltimore, loading the dishwasher with my brother & sister while we whistled along to the song. Out of key. On purpose. Simultaneously. Yeah, we're related all right. *g*

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I was perusing this article earlier about how shoes are inherently bad for feet (I believe I got the link from [livejournal.com profile] zarq), and I was thinking about a coworker from the editorial department who *always* wears high heels, and swears that they're comfortable. I don't believe her. They're *really* high heels, and they just can't be good for her feet (let alone her legs, hips and back). She and I must have very different concepts of comfort. I used to sell podiatry supplies, and I think I know what her feet are going to look like in 20 years. *g*

I don't believe in torture for the sake of fashion. You can be comfortable and stylish at the same time. If you're that much a slave to fashion, maybe you need to work on your self-esteem. :)

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