Music

The Culture of Celebrity

May 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

I remember as a young kid my grandmother would always get the National Enquirer in the checkout lanes in the supermarket.  My parents used to laugh because she would believe all that celebrity gossip that went on in that rag, even though they spent a lot of time fighting slander lawsuits.  She died before the internet really took hold, but its really amazing to see how the National Inquirer no longer exists but the internet has replaced it ten fold.  The news breaks immediately, everyone sends out the same scoop and then they spend the next several days getting any additional information about a “news event” to push viewers to their site to view their content and advertising. Take for example the recent death of Chris Cornell.  I get a text alert at 3am on Thursday morning, informing me of his death in Detroit.  No cause of death, just that he is dead.  By the time I wake up at 7am, still no cause. but by 8am it appears that he may […]

Death on the High Seas

September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have been thinking a lot about last weeks post about wrapping up seeing Dave Matthews at the Gorge– the tour ended soon after I wrote that post and I am still thinking about what it is about the music that kept me so loyal over the years — I found it something particularly hard to explain to my father, who has for years watched me to go to these shows and he and my mom would both ask why the hell I would go and watch the same band so many times.  My immediate response would always be that it is hard to explan, they wouldn’t understand, blah blah blah. The reality is/was that I didn’t have a reason in particular other than the face that time after time, I would happen to catch what appeared to be a great set and I would just keep coming back for more. But on the other hand, I also started to realize that what draws me to the music is that it all feels so […]

Winding down

September 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

The end of summer has always been a busy time and this year was no exception.  Last week I talked about my last trip to the Gorge to see Dave Matthews for awhile, but I don’t think I mentioned that we were going to the Gorge the very next weekend to close out the season with a Foo Fighters show.  That is what we were up to this weekend and it was another great weekend with some good friends.  We opted to get a hotel at the last minute over camping at Wildhorse campground again.  We couldn’t get a place in Ellensburg, we Moses Lake was our destination for the night– 40 miles in the opposite direction, but when you are in Eastern Washington, 40 miles of road is like 12 miles of city road.  It added a little bit of time to get there, but overall it was worth it. The show was a great one to end on– Gary Clarke Jr. was the opening act and I feel like he […]

The Last Stop

September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

As we rode up from the Gorge pit for the last time, I couldn’t help but get a little nostalgic watching the view from the back of a golf cart traveling to the General Parking area.  It is time to hang up my Dave Gorge shoes for a little while.  The band played their 50th show at the Gorge this weekend and its not too many of those shows that I didn’t attend.  I think the only three pack of shows I missed entirely was 10 years ago when I was in China. Giving up the Gorge has been on my mind for a few years now, really since having children, but the addition of Liam makes it simply too long to be away from your family.  Four (for some five) days away from your kids is a lot of time– sure people do it all the time, but these little guys– I miss too much being gone.  I missed the life that we have now– and I would say I also missed […]

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