Friday, August 31, 2012

My Favorite Moments of Live Music.


Its my favorite thing in the world. Some people don't understand it. Everyone likes music... but few people can understand the greatness of it, you know? Like a good song comes on, and you're lost. It gives you the chills. These are people who understand that music isn't "a catchy beat you can dance to", it's this beautiful transfer of energy. This is why I can't stand top 40 pop music. People just like that because everyone else does and you can dance to it, but its mindless garbage. You have to find what kind of music speaks to you and moves you like nothing else. For me, that's rock music. Classic, grunge, jam bands, some folk, reggae, ska.. I love it all. But all of these overwhelming feelings I have about the music I  love is MULTIPLIED when the music is seen live. Here, I wrote this right after I saw my favorite band live.

But there is some live music that is so powerful that you don't need to have been there to understand how great it was!! Here are some of my FAVORITE live versions of songs, ever.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Don't Forget Me - Live at Slane Castle - 2003
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are my favorite band in the world. I love EVERYTHING about them. And this song, from Slane Castle in 2003, its seriously amazing. The song just swallows you as soon as it starts. And Chad, Flea, John, and Anthony were all SPOT ON that night. It's perfect.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge Live Acoustic - 1991

Ok so John Frusciante was INSANE during this, but Anthony was way flat haha. But I dont even care. This whole video I'm just like ohhh my gosh I want to BE there. They just look so peaceful and wrapped up in the music, like they have nothing better to do than play that song right now. I can't even express how excited I am for the rest of the Chili Pepper's 18 new b-sides to come out this year.

Pearl Jam - Black - MTV Unplugged - 1992
This is without a doubt my favorite live version of any song ever. As soon as this second verse starts, a wave of anger mixed with pain washes over Eddie Vedder, and you can tell. He hits these sick high notes and starts shouting ad-libbed lyrics. The first timeI saw Pearl Jam on MTV Unplugged, I knew this song was something great, and I talked about it every time I heard the album version. Then, last year, PJ20 (the Pearl Jam 20 year anniversary documentary) came out, and the movie mentioned how amazing it was too! Apparently MTV told them it was one of the best Unplugged performances ever. Rightly so - To me, Eddie Vedder's singing voice is the best in the world.

Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - MTV Unplugged - 1993

Speaking of MTV Unplugged, Nirvana was my favorite band to have been on it. Every song done on that show was just so awesome. What a great album that came out of it. This song was originally by early 20th century blues singer, Lead Belly. But Nirvana's version is glorious. Kurt stays calm the whole song, except for the last verse. He sings the last verse in that unique voice he had, that sounds like he's gargling shards of glass, but still sounds like it's coming from an angel. That might sound terrible if you aren't a fan of Nirvana.. but trust me, it's great!

The Doors - Touch Me - Smothers Bros. Comedy Hour Performance - 1968

Keeping with the topic of television performances, this video is what made me become obsessed with The Doors. Just look at Jim, he's amazing, and his voice is like molasses! They will always be one of my favorite bands.

The Doors - Light My Fire - The Ed Sullivan Show - 1967
Haha okay I had to include this. This is when The Doors were banned from the Ed Sullivan show because Jim Morrison sang "girl we couldn't get much higher" on live TV when he said he wouldn't. Gotta love that guy hahaha

Sublime (Feat. Gwen Stefani) - Saw Red

I don't know the details of this concert, I would guess its around 1995, but man, isn't this just the sickest thing? Sublime had the coolest music, such a great band, and Bradley's voice was flawless. And this, in my opinion, was Gwen Stefani's prime. The early No Doubt days were golden. I love her freaky over  vibrato-ed voice form that time. I wish she never went solo, and I hope there is good things to come out of No Doubt's new album Push and Shove. Needless to say, this song is Ska gold.

Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - 1968

Watch this, and then pick your jaw back up off the ground. Such a powerful and beautiful song, I cant even handle it. And Robert Plant's voice is PERFECT live.

The Grateful Dead - Throwing Stones - 1987
So yeah... Bobby Weir is wearing a Madonna shirt and short shorts...but I dont care. This is one of my favorite Grateful Dead songs, and anybody knows that The Grateful Dead are best live! And Jerry Garcia is so happy in all his 9 and a half fingered glory!

The Who - My Generation - Woodstock - 1969
Here is my favorite song by The Who, at the ever glorious Woodstock festival. I think the stuttering in this song is GENIUS. Its like, adolescent/young people are so defiant in being heard, but they are still young and inexperienced and have difficulty getting the words out maturely. ( I shouldn't be saying they, I should be saying we...)

Well there is TONS more I could share, but I put a lot of thought into this and it kind of took me all day.

Now I'm about to go parallel parking with my aunt....wish me luck!!

Aesthetically yours,

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I made some shoes today, ohhh boyyy.

Was anyone else amused by that Beatles reference in the title? John Lennon, A Day In The Life? No? Just me? Ok, understandable.

Well these are the shoes I made yesterday! Here is how they started:
Cool right?
I got the idea from these boots, from Luxury Jones.
I saw my favorite youtube vlogger grav3yardgirl had them, and I wanted them too! Now, I don't know if anyone has random, never worn boots lying around like me... but I'll show you how I made them anyway,
The boots were hand-me-downs that I never wore even though I've had them for years. I got the fabric from a tie dye tapestry I had two of the same of. So i cut the tapestry into strips about two inches thick and wrapped it around the boot.  I cut them wide and sloppily to give it a rough look. It looks cooler if the straps overlap and fold over. Then I did a rough stitch along the edges of the strips of fabric. The boot was too thick to sew through, but the fabric will hold itself there if sewn together. I am less then mediocre at sewing, but it really doesnt matter with this!
Once that was done, I just took two similar old belts and wrapped them around the shoe a few times.

Yeah they are a little out there... but I think they turned out cool!
I had a very successful thrift shopping trip today, I'll try to have a post on that up tomorrow!
Aesthetically yours,

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.

Just thought it was uncanny how this song fits into this time of year. It's still summer until September 6th, but the season is slipping through my fingers and I can't stop it! Just two weeks until i'm a senior.. oh my. Anyway, this is a great song (also, there's a Deadhead sticker on my car hahahaha)!

The Boys of Summer - 
Don Henley
Nobody on the road 
Nobody on the beach 
I feel it in the air 
The summer's out of reach 

Empty lake, empty streets 
The sun goes down alone 
I'm driving by your house 
Though I know you're not home 

But I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
You got your hair combed back and your 
Sunglasses on baby 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer, have gone 

I never will forget those nights 
I wonder if it was a dream 
Remember how you made me crazy 
Remember how I made you scream 
Now I don't understand 
What happened to our love 
But babe I'm gonna get you back 
I'm gonna show you what I'm made of 

I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
I see you walking real slow 
Smiling at everyone 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer, have gone 

Out on the road today 
I saw a deadhead sticker on a cadillac 
A little voice inside my head said: 
"Don't look back, you can never look back" 
I thought I knew what love was 
What did I know? 
Those days are gone forever 
I should just let them go but, 

I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
You got the top pulled down 
Radio on baby 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer have gone 

I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
You got your hair slicked back and those 
Wayfarers on, baby 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer, have gone

Enjoy the last of summer while it's here!!

Aesthetically Yours,

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hershey Park 2012!!

My brother, Brody and I in the boardwalk water park section of Hershey Park

So I have been absent for too long on this blog, but I have good reason! 

From Tuesday to this morning, My dad, brothers and I were in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania!
It was so much fun, great weather and lots to do. We stayed at the Hershey Lodge, which had five restaurants, two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, three arcades, mini golf, tennis courts, and basketball courts, so there was tons to do. And it was huge! I'm not lying when I say  I got LOCKED OUT OF MY ROOM AND LOST FOR OVER AN HOUR. That was a tiring day lol.

But we also went to Hershey Park and Chocolate World. It was great.. and I hope I don't have any cavities... just kidding, I really didn't eat a lot of chocolate. I just went to the dentist last week haahaha.

So anyway,  I thought I'd share some pictures!

 Here is me and Brody (he's nine) in the first five minutes we got in our hotel room.. he was obsessing over the light switch in the bed lol:)

Here is Brody and my dad during dinner on the first night!

This is Kieran (He's fourteen) and he doesnt know I took this hahahah. We were outside our hotel room.

Brody at the pool, he's so photogenic!

 See what I mean?


 Here is me waiting by myself for everyone to get off of a rollercoaster.. I got a few looks for taking 
pictures of myself... whatever...

This is them looking for me after the rollercoaster... looks like they mean business hahah

 Brody testing out a rollercoaster seat.. after this he asked "So what does it do..?"

 Here's me and my dad

 Here's another, please ignore my odd face and horrible pool hair hahahah

 Me and Kieran

 Brody, bein' all photogenic again..

 Me on this random playground that no kids were on, so we all took photos on it!

 HA! I love this. This was at the Chocolate World, where we were making candy bars.

 Hairnets are fun...

 A lot of fun... lol!! I dont know why we had to wear these, we were never in contact with the chocolate, just touch screens.

 Brody watching his chocolate bar being made through the factory.

 Oh my, I know this is horrible but I kind of love it hahaa! I think I was laughing or something..

And here is my dad and Brody last night before dinner, when we couldnt go to our hotel room because the housekeeper didn't even get there until 5:30  PM!! Insanity..

And me after mini golf!

Well that was our trip! I'll keep y'all updated on the rest of the summer. Happy Friday!

Aesthetically Yours,

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Why I Might Just Go Full-On Hippie, And Ditch All Shoes.

HI everyone:) So, before I rant, Just wanted to show you this picture of me with my bestfriend, Janette.  We were at a free summer concert last night, which I go to every week and she finally came with me. Love this kid to death, we've been friends for like six or seven years now, and we literally know eachother's opinions on the weirdest of things. Its kind of ridiculous actually haha but we get eachother like no one else does.

Alright so here it is: I went shopping today with my mom and my brother, because I had to buy a dress for my cousin's wedding.
Heres what I got:

I would have gotten this one, but ya cant wear white to a wedding...such a shame!!!

SO anyway, I needed shoes to wear with this since i only have Converse high tops...I mean.. I wore converse high tops to prom....

Well, that was by choice actually lol.

ANYWHO I will fall on my face, pop my knee out (yeah that happens) or end up damaging myself in some other way if I attempt to wear heels, so THAT's not happening.

So I look all around for shoes at the store we were at (which will remain nameless). Of course there is NOTHING there in the women's shoe section that fits me and will remotely match the dress at all... cool. I am a size 5... yeah I'm aware of my BEHEMOTH size.. and I swear, women's shoes do run that small!! I have women's shoes that are a size 5, and they fit perfectly. But....  a women's size 5 is also a child's size 3... so I was forced to look for shoes in little girls sizes. While i was tempted to buy light up sneakers (don't pretend you don't want those, you're not fooling anybody), I did find two pairs of gladiator sandals that would be gorgeous with the dress. But the first sandal was only on display (gotta love deception) and the second one was in a size I could actually fit in!!!! But of course the oh so friendly sales woman couldn't find the other shoe. Because wouldn't that just be  too easy? We cant have that, now!

Looks like I'm frustrated and barefoot. For now anyway. Any ideas on what kind of shoes would look good with the blue dress?

Anyway have a good weekend everybody! OH AND MY ORGANIC BLOG IS UP AND RUNNING! I'll love you forever if you check it out!!!---->Paved Paradise

Although I did just waste a large chunk of your day with a rant about the shoe industry... forgive me lol.

Aesthetically Yours,

Friday, August 3, 2012

"Happiness is only real when shared." -Chris McCandless

So, my Pop-pop died this Monday.
And while its hard to imagine him not being around, and I'm going to miss him SO much, I find it hard to dwell in sadness when there is so much good around us.
He was always in a good mood, he wouldn't want me to be miserable.
So while this week was hard, and I didn't want to say goodbye, I kept positive.
One of the greatest things I've learned, as cliche as it may be, is looking on the bright side of things.

Took this of Gwen from this week,
 my cousins daughter. Love her? Me too.
We should all be happy his suffering is over, and that our whole family is brought together. I love that, so much. If I could be around my family every day, I would be. I've always been a lot younger than everyone, including my cousins. But I look up to them so much, more than anyone. And while It's been that way forever, I didn't realize I grew up. And now there are little cousins and relatives that I hope  are looking up to me, even though that's a scary thought. I hope to be for them what I have had for seventeen years.With so much love how can anyone feel sad? "Happiness is only real when shared", and we have so much family to share it with. And we didn't lose a member.
He just...graduated:)

Sadness is a waste of energy. Negative energy is heavier than a ton of bricks, and nobody needs that, just room for love and happiness.

Pop pop we love you. But I'm not sad. I know you're still around, In every pie I eat, bus I ride on, and pool I swim in.

I hope that everyone can let go of their negative energy, because Pop-pop isn't gone, his trip just started.

I love him, I love you, I love everyone.

Aesthetically Yours,

Flea knows whats important:)