Category Archives: Shows

Discovering Bo Bice

I was just thinking about when I went to the very successful benefit concert back in March of 2011, this guy was singing and I didn’t know who he was. Turned out it was Bo Bice. The song was not something I recognized, but I had not been listening to much radio at that point and time in my life so I didn’t realize it was a number #1 hit for him – and it was written by Todd, was told he was using a apogee mic 96k that sounded great!

How cool that Todd has helped launch Bo’s career and that Bo was good enough to perform at the benefit concert for Todd. Plus, Bo donated the guitar that he had played for the silent auction, with the minimum bid at $300. I they got a lot more than that for the guitar – it was all for a great cause.

Scrubs for My Costume This Year

October means Halloween and Halloween means I need a costume. We always have a Halloween party at work and employees are supposed to not only wear a costume and makeup, but we are supposed to decorate our offices or cubicles and then everyone votes on the best decorations and the best costumes for both prizes and bragging rights.

Last year I decided to wear blue scrubs, latex gloves, and painted fake blood down my shirt and running down my arms. My props were a rubber Frankenstein doll laid out on an operating table, some surgical instruments and a strobe light. I was, of course, Dr. Frankenstein. It got a lot of laughs and I won second place for the office decor.

My idea for this year is to get another pair of cheap hospital scrubs and do something similar but different. I am going to get a blonde wig to wear under the surgical cap and a large rubber fake brain. Then I’m going to use light grey and black makeup to make me look like a zombie. I’m going to walk around like a zombie and offer people my brain, telling them that since I’m a blonde now that I don’t need it. LOL

Thomas the Train

What is it about the Thomas the Train movies that grabs the attention of kids everywhere? They are nothing more than a man reading a story book out loud, like any parent reads a bedtime story. And they are in British words and phrases, easy enough for an American to understand, but obviously different from what the kids here are used to hearing.

My grandson absolutely loves anything that has to do with Thomas the Train. I can send him any present – a book, a new train, a sticker book – that has Thomas on it and he loves it. I even found a website for him to play Thomas games and watch short Thomas the Train videos on the internet when he comes for a visit.

 

Thomas

The Portable Keyboard Section

Being able to transport “equipment has always been a challenge in so many businesses. The good news is that so much of today’s equipment has been made with that in mind so we are seeing so many things getting smaller and smaller, which generally makes it easier to pack, store and transport.

Funny how the first cell phones started out being so large and cumbersome, actually they started out as being what we call “mobile phones” that people bought so that they could make and receive phone calls while being in their vehicle. It took a good long while for them to evolve into what we now call “cell phone” that people can carry with them virtually anywhere they want and/or need as long as they have a signal.

The size of these phones got smaller and smaller, but now a days we are seeing them get bigger and bigger, I guess they need to be bigger in order to do all the things that we now need and use them for.

Keyboards are a good example of how a smaller version plays an important role for folks in need of a portable digital piano, Ever since D.J.s have taken over in so many venues that used to hire live bands, it is a real treat to see a live show and one can only imagine how long it takes these bands to pack up all of their equipment and transport everything needed to perform.

I was looking online to see the keyboards that are being used these days. I have to say that I was impressed with the variety of keyboards on the market these days and how there is a wide range of prices being asked for them. I miss seeing live bands. I remember good times a plenty back in the day when they would hold “Battle of the Bands” which caused the place to rock until the wee hours of the night.

While looking around at the various keyboards I also managed to come across a couple of great deals for a sweat looking laney ironheart tube guitar amp. It’s currently going for $849. I’ve been waiting for it to get below $750. Guess I’ll keep looking and waiting. At least going online is easier than jumping around all the various brick and mortar music stores.

Lori McKenna – Worth a Listen

This woman is such an inspiration. She is a talented songwriter and singer, and has an album out called, “Unglamourous.” The title song has a video out that is such a sweet nostalgic trip back to a typical middle class childhood. She sings about how plain their life was but also how good it was. To think that Lori McKenna raised five kids and kept a home in Boston, looks great, and still found time to launch a recording career is just awesome.

Lori is on tour with Trisha Yearwood this year. If you have a chance to catch their concert, I think you will be as impressed as I was.