Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Star Takes The Stage

A year ago today I went to a David Cook show...he had been to Arkansas twice before and unfortunately I missed him both times. When I found out he was coming back again I refused to miss it.  I went with my sister, cousin and aunt.  The show was at The Rev Room. (my favorite venue)

The night before the show I Googled David's opener Ryan Star, since I had never heard of him (I didn't want to have another Darude incident...we'll get to that in the Blake Lewis entry, coming soon.)  I found his music video for  his song "Last Train Home" which made me even more excited for the next night.

We got to The Rev Room and since I was 19 they had to mark my hands, before the bouncer at the door did I made it clear to everyone around me that I hated getting my hands marked because they always make the x’s huge, which are hard to wash off. I stuck my hands out to be marked. The bouncer made a small x on both hands…he then proceeded to draw hearts around the x’s (great…I thought I told you I wanted to be able to get them off easy.)

We went inside and I was happy to find that no one had taken our usual spot. Soon it was time for the show to begin. Ryan played his set and I was amazed by this man’s talent. He was much better than I had expected.

After Ryan was finished with his set he went over to the merch table to meet with fans. The table happened to be right behind us, so when Ryan was walking through the crowd he stopped to pose for my cousin so she could take a picture of him with her cell phone.

We waited for the line at the merch table to clear out a little before my aunt and I went over to talk to Ryan. We talked for a while, he told me I was beautiful and that he liked my style. My aunt took a picture of Ryan and I. Then we went back to our spot because David was about to take the stage.

David was just as amazing as he had been on American Idol, but honestly I liked Ryan’s performance better. At some point while David was playing I decided to look through my camera to see how my picture with Ryan turned out (I blinked….so it was horrible.)

David called Ryan on stage before he sang “Avalanche” and told us all how great the tour with Ryan had been. Ryan then dropped to his knees as if he were going to propose to David. He quickly hopped up and gave David a kiss on the cheek. David shied away from Ryan and made a comment that they couldn’t do that because they were in the Bible belt…to which Ryan replied:

“It’s ok, Bill Clinton’s from here.” Everyone started laughing.

After the show I went up to Ryan and demanded we take another picture since I blinked in our first one. Heather (my sister) took the picture and this is what we got.

The next morning I had to go to the orthodontist to get my braces taken off. When I got home from the orthodontist I looked Ryan up on iTunes and bought his album “Songs From the Eye of an Elephant” without
even listening to it first.  The 12th track on the album was "Perfect"

"Got my braces off of me this morning..." "Lala, hey you're perfect now just smile."

I thought it was awesome that I found this song that day...on the day I got my braces off. A lot of my family and friends call me Lala, so I thought it was pretty cool that those were the lyrics.

When Ryan was a teenager he formed a band called Stage, they played at local clubs and even had a gig at CBGB's. The band got signed and released a self-titled album.  Then the members of Stage decided to go their seperate ways. 

If you think you have never heard any of Ryan's music you are probably wrong. Ever watch the movie P.S. I Love You? "Last Train Home" was used in the film and made the soundtrack.

Watch The History Channel? Ryan's song "Right Now" was used in a summer promo:

Or maybe you watch Lie To Me...his song "Brand New Day" is the theme song:

They also used his song "Breathe" in this year's American Idol Top 12 promo:

His new album "11:59" is coming soon! August 3rd.


P.S. Yes, I know I promised this time it really would be about Candlebox...well sorry, I lied again.  We will get to them at some point though.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hello My Name is laurenmikael and I am a Twitter Addict

I am addicted to Twitter and I have no problem admitting it (obviously since I just did.)

I remember last year when everyone's love for Myspace started coming to an end, my bulletin board was filled with post entitled "Follow Me On Twitter" but I didn't give into them just yet. There was a point when these bulletins were even beginning to annoy me. One day that all changed when I saw that Blake Lewis posted that he was now a member of Twitter. I gave in...I had to join now, the idea of Blake letting us inside his everyday life was amazing to me.

It took me a long time to build up a good amount of followers, but once I did I was constantly tweeting. Not many of my "real" friends have Twitter and if they do most of them have stopped following me, probably because they think I tweet too much. (Honestly though I am not as attached to it as I used to be.) There are also a few of them that have it but they stopped using it because they say it is boring...or they don't understand how it works.

Well yes it is going to be boring if you send out two tweets and then give up, because you never really gave anyone a chance to follow you, therefore you never really had anyone to talk to. I also thought it was boring at first but I didn't give up on it and now I have many new friends because of it...even a few famous ones.


PS: I know I said this update was going to be about Candlebox, well too bad I lied. Next time...promise! :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More About Small Town Sleeper

As soon as I woke up the morning after the Daughtry show I knew what I had to do...I had to know more about this Ohio band Small Town Sleeper. I spent the whole day researching them. I sent them a friend request on Myspace and within a few hours my request had been accepted. I checked YouTube to see if I could find any Small Town Sleeper videos. I found out quickly that they were some pretty crazy guys, I had only seen this video so far and I could already tell I was going to love this band...not only for their talent but also as people.

I keep telling you how amazing this band is, but I have yet to show you. Just watch this video and you will see.

in October 2007 Small Town Sleeper came back to Little Rock to do another show but you had to be 21+ to get in. I was only 17 at this time and I was very dissapointed that they were going to be so close to me but I wasn't allowed to see them. Over the next few months I had added all of the members of STS on each of their personal Facebook and Myspace profiles and had begun talking to them via the internet. Soon I felt as if I was able to call them friends.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Seeing Daughtry Was Life Changing

Everyone was into watching American Idol, I didn't start watching until season 5...simply because I don't like doing something just because everyone else is doing it. Chris Daughtry was my favorite contestant from the start. The night he got voted off I was really upset. I knew however that he was going to make something of himself and have a great career. (which he does.)

One day I was listening to the radio in the car and I heard that he was going to be doing a show at Juanita's. I got really excited, but for some reason I ended up not being able to go. Not long after that he came back to Little Rock with a full band. I bought tickets the day I found out he was coming back. No one ever said anything about there being an opening band, so when the day of the show arrived (August 6, 2007) I didn't know what to expect.

I had always thought that opening bands were lame and I never really paid attention to them...but this one was different. This was Small Town Sleeper. I only knew one song out of their whole set and that was a song they covered "The Look" by Roxette.  I went home and bought their album "Conversations" from iTunes, I haven't been able to stop listening to it since. That opening band that I didn't think I was going to like ended up changing my life.

This is getting long and I have so much more to say about Small Town Sleeper, so I will tell you more about their amazingness next time.