Anyways, this past week was a doozy. I worked 63 hours. I never thought I was even awake for that long. We also had a threat that a customer was going to bring a gun and hold everyone hostage. Now, I know a lot of people are all talk, but with what happened recently, I don't put it past people anymore.
I took two dance/work out classes with Katie - a boot-skootin' country boogie and a hip hop one. I learned I am a white man with no rhythm . Maybe I just need to go a couple more times, but the instructor wanted DRAMA. My arms and moves can't give you drama, honey.
I wrote everyone Christmas cards, but they are sitting on my desk. Some with out addresses, others I'm debating even sending. You see, two people forgot to wish me a happy birthday. I'm not one to hold grudges, but it really pissed me off. I had one unexpected birthday wish, which was nice. Thank you everyone for the presents.
I cleaned my room yesterday. It had about 19 piles of clean and dirty clothes all over the place. I'm in a much better mood when I have a clean room.
Tonight I had dinner with Mary. I love her. We don't get to hang out much and we both live in the same city. Poor excuses! Anyways, dinner was delicious (M's Pub) and on our way out we talked to a very nice Norwegian man who was in town for a wedding. He asked us about Wal-Mart and we told him to stay away. He wouldn't stop talking to us in the 20 degree weather, but I figured it must be a lot colder in Norway, so it doesn't bother him. Tomorrow he is going to some tennis deal at the Qwest center, which he seemed thrilled about. He told us about Vegas and how it's only $20 for a lap dance, as opposed to $100 back home. Oh, the stories of a Norwegian. I wanted to put him in my pocket and keep him for my birthday present, but that might be weird.
If this seems a little dark, I apologize - I get to work 55 hours this week and I have clothes in the wash machine that need taken out. Do you think that will happen? I think both you and I know it won't. Happy birthday to me!
if you close your eyes
when things go black
and you see blood
on his hands
what do the young ones know
besides wanting to make a statement
like it's the new trend
he lost his star
but they can still find theirs
they're up there
i pray you find your star
where the brushes don't touch you
where the crazies turn their backs
when you wake up
with sleep in your eyes
with your hair disheveled
when the truth pours from the lips
you come from the bible belt
with horses and a ranch
you're somewhere now
with gloss and fags
come back from the other side
to my side
where it's molasses and sweet
where i can see the old you
i'd like to see the old you
As for the meet and greet, it was really nice. Tori saw me and got excited and gave me a bear hug. I find it amazing she remembers me (but really, who could forget this mug?!). I requested Drive All Night, but it didn't come. What she did play was Not David Bowie - I asked her to play it in Denver because it'd be my last show. It was a very good show. It was pretty mellow, but still rocking. She told a story about how Tash, her seven-year-old asked what it meant to be bisexual. She said, 'Well, you know how we have people on tour that our vegetarians. And how we have people who eat meat. Well, a bisexual is something who likes both and can't make up their mind!' Tash replied with, 'Maybe they're just really hungry.'
I wanted to stay longer, but time said no. So long mountains...and Tori.
Alysa and Josh with me and my new bff.
Downtown Denver with the clock tower in the background...so purdy.
I was pumped to see Chad - it had been almost six years. I ran up to him and got "Holy shit! Jimmy Ferrin!" Then he gave me a bear hug. I told him I wanted to join the Marines so I could wear a uniform like his. He also told me I got tall, but he is taller than I.
While sitting at the table I thought of the trouble we'd get into at school. We sat next to each other in Mr. French's english class and Chad would always get in trouble and the teacher would move him. It's so cool to see someone you know grow up to be such an outstanding person. The goof ball, class clown kind of guy was the last I picture joining the military and fighting for our country. Thank you Chad!
You all need to see this. It will put you in the best mood and even you'll even get a few tears in your eyes. I don't know why I get so emotional over certain things, but this is one of them. Not even halfway through the film I turned to Amy and told her I would be crying by the end. What do you know, I was.
Tori Amos - The Washington Post, March 22, 1992
This video has been posted for almost a week (tomorrow). I felt like I should write about it because it seemed to be somewhat of a big deal. It has over 188,500 views, was #2 most viewed for the week (along with 10 other honors), a four-star rating (out of 251 rates), 232 comments, has been favored 325 times, and has been posted by several sites including AOL and Perez Hilton.
I'm thrilled so many people have watched the video and expressed their opinions about it. When I first started filing it I thought it was going to be Blood Roses and had no idea it would go to this extent. I'm not trying to say I'm above it or that I am flaunting in any way, I just thought it needed to be said. Thank you to everyone who watched - who enjoyed it - hated it - felt uncomfortable - and commented.
For more information on rape, please visit RAINN.
I had a feeling Omaha's show was going to be really good. I got to do one more VIP meet and greet. She sound checked Parasol and Spark. Both VIP experiences went pretty good. You could hear her sound check (while waiting to go in to see her) Bug A Martini at least six times, She's Your Cocaine and Raspberry Swirl.
The meet and greet went pretty fast, not many people spent time with her. It was nice to know she remembered my name. This time I was not as nervous. I asked for Not David Bowie (for Denver, because I know she is practicing) and Drive All Night (I love, love this song). She told my friend Mollie and I that she doesn't read gossip magazines or web sites because she has to stay clear. Because you can't associate yourself with that; you can't associate art with that. She turns to Neil for creative advice - bouncing ideas off each other. He can tell her if something might come out in a wrong way, or a way that wasn't intended.
Santa's set was rad. During Bug A Martini she poured the boys drinks with a shaker and even came into the crowd to give the sound guys a drink. Every song in this set was amazing. Secret Spell sounded different tonight too.
Tori's set was really good too. Space Dog's intro was beautiful and slowed down. During Father Lucifer she sang the second verse twice and had the Steve McQueen ending. Lust was gorgeous as was the improv followed by Spring Haze.
I was hoping for Drive All Night during T and Bo, but we got Peeping Tommi (sorry Robert, yay for us). BEAUTIFUL! You need to buy the boot just for this alone. I would have loved Toast after this, but Leather is fun. It is actually my first time hearing this out of all my Tori shows.
Digital Ghost is lovely. Code Red was, as always, rockin'. We rushed the stage, which I'm surprised the venue Nazis didn't stop us. Since they would freak out on you if you even got your cell phone out. So this means no photos or videos. They were fuck heads with the whole thing. But Precious, Tear and Jupiter were on key too. She was smiling during the last songs and in a very good mood.
Thank you for a sweet ass show, Tori. Come back any time you want.
I had the Little Earthquakes flat signed in Lawrence. What she wrote is a reference to the Me and A Gun you tube video.
During the meet and greet she asked what I did in Omaha. Did I tell her about our awesome music scene (Saddle Creek) or other entertaining things to do here? No. I told her we like to eat a lot. She laughed. And said, 'No, what do you do?' I told her I worked at a bank but I am still searching for my path. I'm very far off it and have no clue what to do. I have a feeling this is a reference to what I told her. She is a wonderful woman and I believe actually cares about her fans. I never doubted it, but it definitely shined through these last two days. She put this boy in heaven!
Last night was Tori's Lawrence, KS show - and it was amazing! Heather, Michael, Nancy, and I drove down late morning (we were running behind schedule, thanks to me and my organizational skills). I showed off my rapping skills for everyone in the car and gave them a taste of what a male Lil' Kim would sound like.
At 5 p.m. we got to the venue because we had VIP tickets. Heather and I had platinum and Michael and Nancy had gold. What does this mean? Well, we get to view a portion of Tori's sound check (she checked Spark and Concertina - which she goofed up on a bit - but was still very good), you get a goody bag that has the tour program and no hassle merchandise shopping. For Heather and I we also got to have a meet and greet with Tori. It was so nice. The VIP people were fantastic. They were friendly, didn't make us feel rushed and were totally laid back. John Evans wife (Ali?) was really cool too.
While waiting to talk with Tori in a side room, we all chatted about the protesters. John Evans and Dan Phelps walked through to go see them and came back a short while later. It seemed awkward at times because people were opening their heart up and everyone was five feet away.
When it was my turn I couldn't shut up. I'm a talker. I told her (the usual, I'm sure she hears it all the time) how much her music meant to me, especially during the death of my father. I went on to tell her how bad ass her show at the Vic was in Chicago. She said it needed to be done. I told her I was glad I caught Me and A Gun on video so everyone could see. her eyes got big, "You're that guy?!"
"Ali, come here - this is the guy who filmed the You Tube video." She helped up the poster flat and said to me, "Did you know it was #2 most viewed?"
I said, "Yes, did you know it has over 175,000 views?"
It was funny in a way. Then we talked about the importance of that performance. How she was glad one of the dolls (Pip) could portray it in that way - not as a victim when Tori sings it. But in a way where she is taking a stand against rape and violence. She went on to say how she was glad it made people upset and uncomfortable because we have all become so conditioned and comfortable with rape. We've become numb to it. We wrapped it up after a couple high-fives and hugs and I quickly asked, "where is Not David Bowie?!"
She smiled and said, "We are practicing - it will come!"
The show was so good. It was my first Clyde show. My favorites were Little Amsterdam and Girl Disappearing, it was gorgeous.
Mother Revolution was amazing, strong and powerful. I felt it fit very nicely since the protesters were outside earlier. Caught A Lite Sneeze was really strong as well.
Frog On My Toe was a nice surprise and Mother was beautiful.
Virginia, Fairytale and Code Red together rocked! I was hoping to get one more encore, but she ended at 11 p.m. Jupiter was lovely as always. I never get tired of it.
I think the crowd was good for the most part. You'll run into rowdy people everywhere you go, but this show wasn't bad. What was bad was the drive home. All I wanted was a Diet Coke from McDonald's (and maybe a $1 double cheeseburger), but we passed the only open one in between Lawrence and Omaha. I still made it, thanks to a couple Lil' Kim songs.
Thank you Heather for the kick ass photos.
The first show at the Auditorium was beautiful. Brian and Alex came with me. At first I had to drag Alex, but I knew he was going to love it. We had really good seats for it being in the balcony. It was directly in the center of the first balcony, just a couple rows back.
The highlights for the first Chicago show were...
Santa's entire set - even Secret Spell. It's so much better that the album version.
Body and Soul - it's just so sexy.
Raspberry Swirl was very nice. It's good to see she keeps her dance moves around.
"Everyone knows the trouble I've seen" improv - it lasted a good three minutes.
I know, I know - not many care for China or Cooling. But tonight was much different. It was the most beautiful versions of the two I have heard. The addition of the 'brambles' on Cooling defiantly steps it up a notch.
I was a little sad to see only one encore. But I knew the next evening would be amazing.
The next night's show was at the Vic. It was quite cozy and filthy - if it can be both. I felt bad for making Brian stand through the entire show while he was sick - but I had pretty good seats (by seats I mean standing position being about 10 feet away from stage).
Pip came out and rocked everyone's faces off. Her entire set was bad ass. It's such raw emotion and energy. Me and A Gun was intense. She killed it for it being the first time with the band. My heart kinda stopped after she pulled the knife and was dragging it all over her body. Her hair sticking to her sweaty neck and chest.
Tori's set was also amazing. I love, love, love Liquid Diamonds. I love the new jazz feel she added to it. Her solo set was beautiful. Winter always makes me think of my dad, so it hit the heart strings a bit. After the song when the lights dimmed you could see Tori wiping tears from her eyes. She was afraid of 'fucking up' Happy Phantom so she waved for everyone to sing along.
Digital Ghost was lovely, it makes me think of a certain someone. The closing of Jupiter was phenominal. I could hear it every show and never get tired of it. You know it's good when spit is pouring from her mouth. So hot.
Out of the two shows I would have to say the one at the Vic had more energy. Maybe it was because I was so close. Maybe it was the intense songs from Pip's set. Who knows. I'm just so happy I got to be apart of it.
This is Alex. Isn't he dreamy?
For all the photos I took at the second show, go here.
And, for a fun fact, if you'd like to call it that, the video of Me and A Gun has been viewed 52,538 times on youtube, making it the #3 most viewed music video for the day and the #22 profile viewed. Go me!
Now, onto Lawrence, Omaha and Denver shows...
Dawn and Todd got Garrett to say 'ARRR' like a pirate. He was so cute. I tried to teach him to say 'ARRR' and give the pirate hook, but he never caught on.
Ellerie was a ghost. I think she kind of looks like a weird Asian boy in this picture, but she was very cute.
Gavin was Venom (NOT Spiderman!). I taught him his web comes from the wrists and not the hand. Dawn told him this same thing, but he listened to me. Maybe because I am the greatest uncle ever.
I thought this was one of the best costumes of the night. I don't know MySpace page's name but he was happy to pose.
Sean was a good looking super hero, of the Ambiguously Gay Duo.
Dawn said she was casting a spell on my penis. I told her not to!
Brian came in town to visit his parents. Funny how I'll see him in just two days again in Chicago.
I loved Storm. At first I thought it was a real girl, but upon closer inspection it was definitely a boy. Still, his costume was bangin.
Matty was not a robot, and he should have been. He went as a California burn victim. He and Brad won first place. I told him that was bad.
I went as a boy scout. I spent too much money on something I'll wear only once. Unless some fella has a weird fetish of boy scouts, then I can pull it out for another go. Or maybe I could enroll in Boy Scouts. I did it once, well, I was a cub scout, which is basically the same. I don't think I could ever tie a knot. Or sleep a tent without complaining. I did want a lot of patches, or badges, I don't know what they call them. Maybe I'll work on getting some, so I can come back as a better boy scout next year.
That night Alex and I found an iPhone in our cab. I made him give it back. He also ate a breakfast sandwhich from 7-11. Not having those here made me worry that he was eating something with 'egg' in it. I have always thought of them as gas stations, but they are a step above.
The next day we went to one of my favorites, Bongo Room. Alex thought Wicker Park as trashy and ghetto. I happen to enjoy it. That night we went to have dinner with the group and headed over to Wrigleyville for drinks. It was insanely busy and we saw lots of people dressed at bananas.
Every time I visit Chicago I get an itch to move there. Maybe that itch will go away, maybe not. Maybe someday (soon?) I will become a resident. Anyways, congrats Meghan and Kevin!
You just enter your serial number and answer how much you use it and if it's been dropped and it gives you the remaining time of your iPod's life. I hope they are wrong!
After parking we herded ourselves with thousands of others up the stairs to scan our tickets. As we walked past the gates I made awkward eye contact with two men who were standing and staring. As we walk past them, they stop us.
"Are you guys big Elton fans?"
"Is this your sister?"
"Oh yeah right!" (Jan)
"Where are your seats?"
"Somewhere behind the stage."
"Is that the best you could do?"
Baffled as to how to respond, "I guess?"
"Well how would you like two front row tickets!?"
It was pretty amazing. I wasn't sure if I should believe the men or not. We made our way to the bottom of the arena and to the front. Never have I had such great tickets to a concert before (Little Brazil, Art In Manila and Margot excluded). He came out a little past 8 with Funeral For A Friend. Just beautiful. I was still in awe with the seats and couldn't believe he was only 12 paces away from me.
My favorite past of the show was during Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rocket Man (which had a rockin' jam session in the middle of it and lasted over 10 minutes) and Daniel. All three in a row and three of my favorites. Those songs to me tug on my heart strings for different reasons. He dedicated Tiny Dancer to all the ladies in the audience and did the original Candle In The Wind.
The last six songs or so he waved to the front rows to come closer to the stage - you didn't have to ask us twice. He came back for one encore - and took time to sign things for people for about 10 minutes or so. I got a ticket stub signed. Yes, I felt like a 14-year old-girl at a Justin Timberlake concert. He ended with Your Song. AMAZING!
Thank you to the men who gave us the front row tickets. I never caught his name, but he was Elton's personal flight attendant.
After he left the stage, he hopped in a car that was waiting for him and took him away. I left one happy fella.
*Thanks to Gina for the photos.
in the beginning
Before the fall
There was a tree there
A tree of knowledge
Sophia would insist
You must eat of this
Tori Amos - Original Sinsuality
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
They go on tour in a few days. Hopefully you can catch them on one.
|Webster Hall||New York, New York|
|9:30 Club||Washington DC, Washington DC|
|9:30 Club||Washington DC, Washington DC|
|Orange Peel||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Variety Playhouse||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Revolution||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida|
|House of Blues||Lake Buena Vista, Florida|
|Republic||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Warehouse Live||Houston, Texas|
|The Brickhouse||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Troubadour||Los Angeles, California|
|Epi Center||San Diego, California|
|Glass House||Pomona, California|
|Cellar Door||Visalia, California|
|Bimbo’s||San Francisco, California|
|Doug Fir||Portland, Oregon|
|Crocodile Cafe||Seattle, Washington|
But you drank from their cup
Britney, they set you up
Oh, but this is what it looks like, love,
This is what is looks like
When a star falls down
When a star falls down
Go here to listen.
Britney’s Act Fires Up Tori
By BRONWYN THOMPSON
September 15, 2007
US songstress Tori Amos felt so strongly about the vehement public reaction to Britney Spears’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards this week she has penned a tune in her honour.
The 44-year-old also queried why Spears — who had reportedly been drinking before she took to the stage — was even allowed to perform.
“I don’t know any of my contemporary male artists who have been allowed to go on,” Amos said. “I’ve known guys who have been drunk or on something and they get pulled, they’re just not allowed to go on.”
Amos says her song, unveiled at her Melbourne show on Tuesday, aims to balance Spears’ fall from grace.
“There are two sides to it,” she said. “There’s the ratings and then on the other side, maybe it’s easier to let her hang herself.”
Amos says, unlike performers such as Madonna, the Disney school of pop stars had only their image to sustain them both professionally and personally.
Ode to Britney
By Bronwyn Thompson
September 14, 2007 12:00am
SINGER-songwriter Tori Amos sang an off the cuff song about Britney Spears’ spiraling life during one of her Australian concerts this week.
Amos performed the song in Melbourne on Tuesday, in the aftermath of Spears’ disastrous MTV Video Music Awards performance.
“I came up with a song that I think shows both sides. Because she did set herself up, as well,’‘ Amos said.
Spears had reportedly been drinking before her performance, and had spent many nights prior to the show out partying in Las Vegas.
“When you come out of the Disney system, you’re so sheltered from how things really are,’‘ she said. “Sometimes these people – it’s not just Britney, there are a few of them – aren’t able to function. They just don’t know how to.’‘
The 44-year-old artist also cites Spears’ rift with her mother Lynn as a possible reason for the pop star’s erratic behaviour.
“If you don’t have a good relationship with your mother, then you’d better get a good relationship with somebody who fills that hole,’‘ she said. ``And if I put a restraining order on my mother, then I’m going to defecate all over myself -it’s just going to happen. But then you can’t defend me.
“You can’t defend people who shut the people out of their lives. We can’t make excuses for that.’‘
Amos recently told Spinner.com “You see a lot of women today – maybe in magazines – crawling out of cars and thinking it’s sexy,”
“(And) for the most part, you don’t hear guys going, ‘Wow! I am just blown away by that beauty or by that woman’s way. There’s something about her.’ No. Do you know what they do? They laugh. They laugh when we’re spreading our legs and crawling out of a car. It’s tragic. Ultimately, we demean ourselves.”
It was packed when we got down there from several different activities going about. We did see a very good looking glass blower. Too bad he had a seven-year-old daughter.
I like to pretend Babe lives in the Morton House. We would throw holiday parties there. She's also rockin' the brunette.
This tree has a face of an old man. One of my favorites there.
I was going to make a video of the trip, but iMovie is being lame and won't load any of the videos. So who knows if it will ever be, because it's a little funny to write about going to the orchard and not showing anything with apples in it.
Hot Hot Heat - Elevator
Feist - Brandy Alexander
David Gray - This Year's Love
The Cranberries - Loud and Clear
Josh Ritter - Right Moves
Texas - I'll See It Through
Jenny Lewis - Rise Up With Fists!!!
Sufjan Stevens - Concerning the UFO Sighting
Damien Rice - Delicate
Rosie Thomas - Paper Doll
Eric Hutchinson - Ok, It's Alright With Me
Cat Power - Lived In Bars
Ben Harper - Waiting For You
Dolores O'Riordan - Ordinary Day
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
The Cranberries - Dreams
David Gray - The One I Love
Modest Mouse - Trailer Trash
The Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir
The Whitest Boy Alive - Burning
Little Brazil - You and Me
Fiona Apple - Waltz
Art In Manila - Set the Woods On Fire
Windmill - Plastic Pre-Flight Seats
Damien Rice - Amie
Rufus Wainwright - 14th Street
Rilo Kiley - Science Vs. Romance
Timbaland - Give It To Me
Arcade Fire - Crown Of Love
Team Tarbox as we were called passing through the beginning of the walk.
This is my new 'friend.' I was skeptical at first of this person, but she was very nice. She also fist pumped it, so I knew she couldn't be as bad as I thought. Afterwards, she gave me and I heart clowns sticker.
The little guy couldn't make it to the end. He was tuckered out.
Thanks again for everyone who donated!
Today Amy, Heather, Krystal, and I saw Rosemary's Baby at Film Stream. I had to have Amy explain to me that the devil really did come to earth and rape Rosemary, impregnating her with himself (if that makes sense). For some odd reason that didn't register in my head...I still don't think it does.
So remember kids, stay away from old neighbors who may practice with craft. You may have an unpleasant visit from Lucifer.