Category: Music

A Brand New Day and a Brand New Year

Happy New Year

In celebration of the new year and a 2011 full of possibilities, opportunity and change, I thought I’d share Richard Page‘s song “Brand New Day” from his new album Peculiar Life

This is an inspiring and uplifting new collection of songs from the singer and songwriting member of the 1980’s band, Mr. Mister.

The Harmonica Man

The power of the gift of music.

CBS News Online – The Harmonica Man.

Courtesy of: CBS News Online

Stand By Me

Going to see @playing4change tonight at Mesa Arts Center. If your spirits need lifting, this might do it:

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Jonathan Coulton's "Invisible Post"

As we celebrate this beautiful First of May, here is Jonathan Coulton’s “Invisible Post”:

Invisible Post

Which is what this will be for many of you today – traffic on the First of May is always a little heavy for some reason, but my poor server is doing its best to keep up. I wish you all a happy Spring, even if you don’t know it.

This song is free even when it is not this day of the year, but it is especially free today (if you know what I mean):

First of May (<–Not At All Safe For Work)

-Jonathan Coulton, May 1st 2009 –

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED – “First of May” is a song that celebrates the coming of spring… by doin’ it outside. This video contains adult language and situations. If you are easily offended by such things, please be forewarned.

Otherwise, watch it. It’s one of the best songs of all time!

If you’re like me, you might not recognize a certain phrase in the song the first time you hear it. If so, read this definition of “flagrante delicto”

Perhaps after this, you’ll be able to say you learned something new today.

Happy Holidays from Chiron Beta Prime

For fans of Jonathan Coulton’s “Chiron Beta Prime” this video is bound to get you into the holiday spirit. Enjoy!

See the even more awesome original here:

Jonathon Coulton’s “Chiron Beta Prime

My Journey Concert Experience

What a show.

It’s been about 48 hours since seeing Journey in Concert at Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix. You know, I’ve seen Journey around a dozen times in concert. Once with Steve Perry in 1986, several times with Steve Augeri, and once with Jeff Scott Soto in 2006. Two nights ago, after a two-year break, I was again watching Journey perform, this time with Arnel Pineda.

I could write about the set list, the lights or the sound system but I’m not going to do that. I want to write about how the show made me feel.

I think the following post I left on Twitter is a pretty good summary of how I was feeling that night:

Damn, Arnel Pineda is a good singer.
09:26 PM October 03, 2008 from txt

Have you ever heard music that moves the core of your soul?

That’s how I was feeling Friday night. I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience things like this in their own lives. Whether it’s music or some other kind of art, it serves to remind us to not miss the wonders that are around us.

If you don’t get it, that’s OK.

I’ve listened to Journey for almost a lifetime. I’ve heard people joke and minimize the quality and relevance of Journey’s music. I’m OK with that. What I know is the importance the music plays in my life and the lives of many others around the world.

A Journey looney.

In my earlier post, Portrait of a Journey Fan, I mentioned Steve Perry being the “true” voice of Journey. An anonymous comment mentioned something about me being a “Perry looney”. What this reminded me was how passionate people are about Journey, the music and the band members. What I can say is that Steve Perry has been and will likely always be an inspiration to me. Another, very nice comment after that thanked me for sharing. My post was picked up on Arnel Pineda’s official site, again with friendly comments. That made my day!

Back in June, I was watching CBS Sunday Morning and a story about Arnel Pineda. That was the first time in quite a while that I’ve believed Journey’s music could truly be brought to life again. I went out and bought Journey “Revelation” that very same day. Arnel, Neal, Jon, Ross & Deen have not disappointed us.

What I can say about Friday’s show is this:

Arnel, you made me believe again. Thank you.

Hope you enjoy some of my pictures from the show!