14 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

This is specifically for my two greatest loves, my husband and daughter. But I must also send it out to all my family & friends around the world (even the ones I haven't met in the flesh yet!) because well... the song says it all! (And there's Unicorns! Haha!)

If you love this song, Michael has a lovely big heart and is giving a free download, I believe it ends today. So if you like it, go download it here.

Much love & Happy Valentine's Day to all, spread the love!

18 December 2013

Happy 70th Birthday Keith!

Well Keith sure did beat the odds, good for him! I'm glad he's still around making great music and has his loving wife and family to wish him a happy 70th birthday!

Okay this is pretty funny, considering Keith's past, but has some great pics too! Happy 70th Birthday Keith!


22 November 2013

Recent "Date" Nights Out

I've been lazy about writing mostly because the stress this time of year is pretty overwhelming for us. We've got Thanksgiving on the 28th, my birthday on the 29th, 13 days later Gwensday's birthday, 13 days after that Xmas, then four days later my husband's birthday. Yipes! And every year I say I'll get a handle on it, but its hard with a fickle teen, so nope not ready! And yes the stress has set in pretty bad, boo!

Back to the subject of this post...

We don't often get a chance to get out and have a "date night" as I don't like leaving our daughter alone at night. But we took a chance when a couple of things came up & had a great time!

The first was a gig were gifted tix to us (thanks Andy!) I had posted on FB a question to see if anyone could guess who it was we saw. The hint was: "One of the main members last name appears in the band name (the other part is his wife's last name), he was formerly a guitarist for a 70s hard rock band (if I gave you one song name you'd get it straight away!) They now play what you would say is a cross between Ren Faire music & rock. Can you name the guitarist? Here is a pic of him and his wife at the show."

Only one person guessed, even with the pic! (Go Adrian you know your music, duh like I didn't know that?) Now if I had said their big hit was "Smoke on the Water" or "Highway Star" I bet loads would have guessed (even Gwensday knows "Smoke on the Water"!) Oh it was Ritchie Blackmore, formerly of Black Sabbath, now with Blackmore's Night. And for those of you into that sort of thing, yes he did play his old white Strat from his Sabbath days.

I used to sell their CD's in my shop, but had never seen them live and it was at a great old renovated theatre in Peekskill, NY (the town is thought to be the impetus for "the yellow brick road" as there is one there and Frank L Baum attended a military academy there, long story but that's the short of it) called the Paramount. They've done a gorgeous job, here are a few pics.

Unfortunately I forgot my "good" camera (I usually do) so the pics aren't as great as they could've been.    While it wasn't quite my "thing" the music & show were great so it was a great evening out, especially since I'd been dying to see how they redid the theatre.

The entire band.

Then one week later on the 15th we got to see Michael Franti & Spearhead at another old theatre newly renovated (Dylan played there in their heyday & returned recently to play again, loads of legends played there, list is way too long!) due to the kindness of my fabulous friends Snooky & Andy who gave us two tix as an early birthday gift. What a gift! I'm still on a high from the show nearly a week later! If you ever get a chance to see him live, grab it. He is not only entertaining, with fantastic music, but the love just pours out of the man, its absolutely palpable! He puts on an amazing show (I think it was two hours, I was too busy dancing my bum off, laughing, crying, having a general blast!) and he really loves his fans frequently going into the audience (which was PACKED). He actually walked right by me but I was so entranced by the music & shaking it that I missed him!

First I'll show you some pics of the theatre, they did a fantastic job & The Capitol Theatre its quite easy to get to from the city (a really quick ride) as well as right across the street from the train station in Port Chester, NY. I also love that it seems to have revitalized the area with loads of little small businesses.
These were the private boxes along the sides of the stage with a projection over it.

Throughout the show and during intermission between the opening act they would project all kinds of designs all over the place giving it a really wild vibe!

Some of the fab renovations they did. Truly a masterpiece of an old theatre.

Again forgot the "good" camera (will I ever learn?) so sorry for the quality. It was hard getting stage shots although it wasn't bright they kept coming out washed out. So here are a few.
Michael Franti ran back and forth in and out of the crowd really making you feel part of the show!

At one point they had these thick plastic helium balloons floating everywhere,  they even made it up to the highest part of the balcony!

Just missed him on the way up!

So close I could've hugged him, drat!
Got caught shaking it! Makeup gone due to the range of emotion, laughing, crying, sweating & loving every second!
Obligatory fat-ass dancing pose!
Happy couple! (I had to make Dan smile he always looks so serious in pics! That's why I'm smirking!)
For the last song of his encore he did my fave song "Say Hey (I Love You)" bringing children on stage & getting them to participate, it was beautiful! Seeing those kids strum a guitar, or sing the lyrics was magical and ended the evening on a great upbeat note.
Sucky pic but this is the last song of the night with all the kids on stage. It was such a joyful show!

Here's the video for that last song, just so you can get the vibe of the energy, not nearly as close to seeing it performed live!

I hope you enjoyed our little date nights out & maybe found some new music to fall in love with!

PS Links if you're interested:
Blackmore's Night: http://www.blackmoresnight.com
Michael Franti & Spearhead: https://www.michaelfranti.com/home

31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! And Happy 23rd Anniversary to my dear husband! My allergies are kicking up badly so no Halloween makeup for me boo (it'd only get wiped off by the constant running of my nose!) but here are a few photos.

This year's pumpkin!

"Johnny the Homicidal Maniac"

And just because I love the song and of course the film, a video for you! (Sorry for the long intro but I kind of like how they did that!)


25 October 2013

Halloween Playlist 2013

Hey kids its that time again for a fun Halloween Playlist!

1. This first one is new, by some friends (YAY!) This is a trailer featuring all the artists involved (go guys go!) just a snippet, but you get the gist. Now go buy it! FYI: at the end of 5th ave stands "the Hanging Tree" I believe still there (in Washington Sqaure Park.)

2. This next one was a suggestion of the lovely Désirée's (Pull Your Sox Up) husband and we've quoted it so many times, its just fabulously spooky!

3. What's Halloween without a little sacrilege? (Personally I don't find it offensive but that's me.) 

3. For the "hell" of it another stigmata classic. PS actual exorcism in this one listen closely...

4. Can't have a Halloween Playlist without those bad boys...

5. My fav lefty Sagittarius!

6. How can we forget the family who lives like its Halloween everyday? (Okay us excepted!)

7. Good old AC/DC for some hellish fun! (Um the lyrics printed on there are SO annoying!)

8. Aren't we all strange? Okay at least on Halloween!

9. Werewolf (there wolf.)

10. Just found this version not too long ago & am in love -- not typical Iggy & I love how Catherine Ringer switches things around on him!

11. Creepy little ditty courtesy of someone not unknown to creepiness!

12. How could I forget one of my fav bands? Beautiful song, very witchy!

13. Last but never least one of my all time fav witchy songs by one of my all time favs!

I hope you enjoy this years playlist and it gave you some ideas for your own!


22 October 2013

ICU Reading Glasses -- My Prize!

Darling readers I rarely win things. I think it has to do with the fact that I've won so many wonderful experiences and friends in life that I'm not lucky when it comes to normal contests. But I tried my chance when Gina from Bespoke Baroque posted a contest, as I was in need of a new pair of reading glasses.

I wear multi-focal contact lenses now, but don't always put them in when I'm just hanging around the house. My poor old glasses are in sorry shape. My distance sight is fine its reading I have a problem with... and I do an awful lot of reading. So I tried, choosing a pair I thought were most "me" and I won!

They arrived the day I was to leave for London, so I was thrilled to have them to take along. Enough yakking, here they are:

In the box, I had actually started ripping them open before I thought to take pics.

The arms, with the snazzy red glitter case!

Close up of the arms & the pretty crystals, as well as that fab case!

I think the sticker on the lens says it all!

Sorry haven't taken a pic with them on, but they look great, are lightweight (a boon to my poor broken nose) and I can read wonderfully with them in spite of my astigmatism. Best of all, they don't slide down my face like my regular glasses!

They have great styles, very affordable and not ugly like most reading glasses. Check out their website for a selection of goodies: http://www.icueyewear.comhttp://www.icueyewear.com They even have sunglass readers and a lot of styles on sale right now. Thanks so much to ICU Eyewear for this lovely contest win!

PS no I wasn't compensated for this review, simply won a contest and gave my honest opinion.

18 October 2013

A "REAL" Halloween Tag Sale!

Attention all Witches, Bruja, Strega, Sorciere, Hexe or just the curious:
If any of you are in the mood for some real Halloween goodies, do join us at our tag sale this weekend. I'm having a huge culling of tarot, wicca, paganism, esoteric studies at our house Saturday & Sunday with loads of OOP & rare goodies to be found. At the very least you'll be able to boast that you have the real goods to add to your holiday decor! Come by if you're around enjoy some hot cider & goodies & wonder just who may "show up"!  My craigslist ad is here with all the details: http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/clt/4134448310.html Hope to see some friendly (not scary) faces!

PS BOO! Did I scare you?