Friday, March 30, 2012

"Take Me Back To Yesterday Wednesday"

Wednesday night was awesome.

We (my sister Heather and I) got to the Robinson Center Music Hall and they told us that we had to change our seats because the tickets we had were not in a handicap accessible spot.  We were originally supposed to be in row K...they moved us up to row G. We went from row 11 to row 7.  I thought that was cool; still wish I could have been closer though...I'm not used to not being in the front row.

The three seats in front of me were empty when we got to our spot.  I was very happy about this, I was hoping that no one was going to take those seats.  As more and more people came in to get in their seats I was watching them all closely...praying they wouldn't get in front of me.

No one did.

Mike Sanchez opened the concert.  (ugh, I hate concerts, shows are where it's at.)

Mike was very good, he actually reminded me of a mix between Daughtry, Matt Nathanson, and maybe a little bit of Jack Johnson.  I had never heard of him until then.  I liked him a lot, seems as if he is a very nice guy; I don't know, sadly I didn't get to meet him.  He has an EP on iTunes entitled "Grove & Third Sessions" If I were you I would definitely check it out.  I haven't had the chance to buy it yet...but I'm going to, soon!







"Stuck in the Middle" by Mike Sanchez (live)  

This is not my video, I found it on YouTube...it belongs to daughtrygirl06:


"Midnight Getaway"  (live) this also belongs to daughtrygirl06:


"Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson:



"Come On Get Higher" by Matt Nathanson:




After Mike was SafetySuit.  I was so excited, finally after almost 3 years I was getting the chance to see them again.  After living vicariously through many of my friends (who I made through SafetySuit) tweets, pictures, videos and blogs for years...it was my turn now.

It was so amazing, I don't even think that I really have words for how great it was...

At some point during Mike Sanchez's set three boys came and sat in the seats in front of me.  Luckily they didn't stand up for SafetySuit, no one else really did either..(at least not on my side of the room) except for this one girl who was on the left of me and one row ahead. This made me sad for SafetySuit's sake, but I was happy for me because this meant I could see them perfectly.  

The whole set seemed as if it was only me and the girl to my left that were into it, we both sang a long to everything and got really excited during every song, when most people only got excited for "Stay" during which Doug came out into the audience; ran up and down the aisles and took pictures with fans.  (While still singing perfectly.) 

These guys are so awesome live, the energy and passion they have is amazing.  If you haven't seen them live you must do it.  They are so great.    The did a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and it was so intense...I think I almost cried.  Doug (lead singer) was just so into it.  it was fantastic.  I am so mad, I tried to get it on video, but my phone didn't have enough memory to record...even after deleting a bunch of stuff in preparation for that very moment.

I found this one on YouTube from February 12th in New Orleans, it belongs to gingerp14

This one doesn't seems as intense as it was in Little Rock on Wednesday, but it's still awesome:


Before they sang "Hallelujah" I did manage to get video of "These Times" not the entire song, but almost.



I love this song so much. Every time I watch the music video I cry.  I've been meaning to blog about the video but haven't yet. (Well, until now.) 

SafetySuit wanted their fans to be part of the video so they tweeted asking fans to make a video of themselves holding a poster that has something written on it that they struggle with...and on the other side of the poster they were to write the words 'they will pass' at the end of the song everyone flips their poster over.  It's really awesome.  Check it out:




Doug:

















Doug during "Hallelujah"

 The drummer is Tate, I didn't get any photos of just him.

Dave:



Jeremy:



Unfortunately at some point during the night SafetySuit's set came to an end.


Then Daughtry began; and well if you watched American Idol when Chris was on it, that's exactly what you get when you see Daughtry live.  He sounds just as he did then.  I always forget how big of a Daughtry fan I really am, until I see them live.  This was my third time. 

 They were great.  For most of Daughtry's set I couldn't see much...until they did slow songs and it was just Chris on stage, everyone sat down for those.  I wasn't upset about not being able to see them the whole time. (I would have been if it would have been SafetySuit though.)  

Chris:








Josh Paul "JP":



Josh Steely:



We left to find SafetySuit right before Daughtry started their last song, so we wouldn't have to get stuck in a crowd and have to wait forever before getting to talk to them. 

There were a few steps leading down to where SafteySuit was.  I wasn't gonna let that get in my way, I was gonna get to them somehow, I guess we could have just had them come up there to me..but Chico (their tour manager) said with help from Andres Martinez (their photographer, check him out over at Studio Rigby Photography, he is awesome!) he could carry my chair down the steps...so they did.  

At first I'm pretty sure SafetySuit didn't remember me; seeing as Doug asked me my name and they all started introducing themselves to me as if we'd never met.  It was a little awkward for me and to be honest it made me sad... because back before they all deleted their personal Twitter's and switched to just using the SafetySuit one we would tweet each other all the time.  (Twitter was much more fun when they had personal accounts, I wish they would bring them back.)  but then I said something about how it was great to see them again, and then I think it clicked for them, cause Doug (I think it was Doug anyway, I can't really remember who said it) said "oh yeah, at Juanita's!" 

I told them they need to come to Little Rock more often cause everyone else I know gets to see them all the time and I didn't think that was fair.  I think they've only been here 3, maybe 4 times.  (this was my 2nd time to see them.)  They said they'd be back, next time at a better venue.  

I gave Chico my camera and he took a picture of us:



Before we left Chico saw a guitar pick in my hand; I explained that it was Josh Steely's (Heather found it on the floor after he threw it towards us.)  Chico pulled one of Dave's picks out of his pocket and gave it to me.

It was a really fun night.  I'm glad I got to see SafetySuit again...hopefully it won't take them so long to come back next time. I miss them already!

I'm sure I'll be seeing Daughtry again too, they always seem to bring great bands on tour with them.  Also I hope I get the chance to see Mike Sanchez again sometime.

If you want to read about the time I almost saw SafetySuit click here

To read about the first time I saw them click here

Title of this post comes from "Get Around This" by SafetySuit:




-laurenmikael






Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm Legit Now

I'm really excited, because now I have a .com.  No more laurenmikael.blogspot.  It's officially laurenmikael.com

Yay! I feel legit now.

So, I've got loads of cool stuff to tell you, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow...because I have to get ready to go see SafetySuit and Daughtry...that's right I said SAFETYSUIT!!!! You have no idea how excited I am about this.

I've waited almost  3 years  for this, I miss my boys.  Despite our drama.  It's all good now, no worries.  Now, normally people would probably be excited about Daughtry...and believe me I am, it's just this will be my third time seeing them and while I love them, I have to be honest here (there's no sugar coating here on Rockstars and Randomness...if there was it'd be boring; who knows you might think it's boring regardless.  I hope not.) the thing is, all of Daughtry's songs are starting to sound the same.  I like people who have a different tone in their voice for each song they sing....but you can still tell who the artist is.  Does that make sense? I hope so.

I love Daughtry despite this.  Without them I would have never known about my friends/one of my favorite bands ever Small Town Sleeper, who I found out about because I saw them on tour with Daughtry in 2007.  The cool thing is I am seeing Daughtry and SafetySuit at the very same place I saw Daughtry play with Small Town Sleeper; that and the fact that the members of Small Town Sleeper are huge SafetySuit fans as well...also Small Town Sleeper is currently working with SafetySuit's producer Greg Archilla...small world huh? Awesome.  Can't wait to hear Small Town Sleeper's new stuff; I know it's gonna be great, especially with Greg on their side.

Lots of exciting things happening soon.  Involving Lauren Mikael Photography, which you should 'like' on Facebook if you haven't already; so you don't miss anything.

SafetySuit "Let Go" Official Music Video:




Small Town Sleeper "Tonight":


Daughtry "Outta My Head":



Tonight is gonna be awesome, I'll tell you about it soon.

Sneak Peek at an Aranda shot I took Friday:


Gabe Aranda


I'll show you more soon.  Tomorrow, maybe?

-laurenmikael

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Want a Grandpa, Instead of a Preacher

Today I went to lunch with my cousin Brook and my Uncle Sandy (well technically he isn't really my uncle anymore, since Brook's parents got divorced years ago. ) Getting divorced/re-married in my family just means we gain new family members...does that sound weird? Yeah, probably.  What I mean is I love Uncle Sandy's new family just as much as my real family. 

After we got back from lunch my Papa stopped by to visit.  He comes by almost every day.  He used to be a preacher and God is pretty much all that matters to him. I don't feel like I have a Grandpa, I have my own personal preacher. (My other Grandpa died before I was born.) So I don't know what it's like to have a "regular" Grandpa. All mine wants to do is sit around and talk about God all day...and no, I'm not exaggerating.    Anytime he comes over he preaches to me saying things like "One day you're gonna get out of that wheelchair, I've been praying for you." 

 or "You need to start believing that you're healed so that you can find a boyfriend/husband; cause nobody is gonna want to marry or deal with taking care of someone in a wheelchair."

It really hurts my feeling when he says things like that to me, I know he means well and he is not trying to hurt me, but he does and he brings those things up practically every time he sees me. 

The truth is being in a wheelchair doesn't bother me; I've walked before, back when I was in school and went to physical therapy, I could only walk when using a walker though.  I didn't like walking to be honest, it's too hard.  I mean it's probably not hard for a person who is able to walk on their own, I don't know...but I would much rather sit in a chair than walk. 

I've told Papa tons of times that walking is not important to me and that I don't want to...he just doesn't seem to get it.  There have been a lot of times recently where I have started to believe what he says about the boyfriend/husband thing is true.  I'm 22 years old and I've never dated anyone...It makes me worried that I'm gonna be an old crazy cat lady.  I don't want to spend my life alone.  Plus I can't keep a cat alive for more than six months.

This pretty much a downer post, sorry.  Don't get me wrong I love my Papa and God.  It's just I want Papa to accept me the way I am and stop being my preacher instead of my Grandpa.


Some photos I took today:


Not my favorite self portrait, but I kinda like it.





I couldn't decide which shot of my Converse I liked better, so I uploaded both.


-laurenmikael

Monday, March 19, 2012

They're On A Boat!

My family is on a week long cruise going to Mexico.  I don't like the idea of cruises...spending a large sum of money to sit on an over sized boat and drink does not sound fun to me.  I saw Titanic, I didn't like the way it turned out.  So I'm not getting on a ship.  I can drink at my house, and I can go to the lake and ride in a fishing boat for a lot cheaper than they can go on a cruise.

My family is addicted to going on cruises. As soon as they get back home from one they start talking of planning another one.  I totally get it though...because that's the exact same way I feel about shows; as soon as one is over I can't wait to go to another one...and if I haven't been to one in a while I start craving one.  I love shows, because it's like bringing your iPod to life.

They always try to convince me to go with them, but I refuse.  I told them the only way I ever would go is if it was a music cruise (ie: VH1's Best Cruise Ever; or ShipRocked.) If Crossfade, Pop Evil or Aranda are ever a part of ShipRocked I'm totally going...no excuses.    SafetySuit has been part of VH1's Best Cruise Ever two years in a row and last year it was SafetySuit, Ryan Star...and Thriving Ivory and if you come to this blog often then you know how much I love all 3 of those artist, sadly I never got to go on either of those.  One day.

Music cruises are way more expensive than regular cruises, and are only four days instead of seven...so my family isn't too big on the idea of a music cruise; one day I will convince them, it'll be everything they love and everything I love all in one, sounds good to me.

Speaking of Aranda I'm going to see them with my cousin Brook this Friday at Juanita's for their album release show.  I'm so excited; this will only be my second time to see them as headliners, but my fifth time over all.

I'll probably be pretty bored this week, so I'm going to try and blog everyday.

My sister called me right before the ship left, my iPod was on shuffle at the time and "I'm On A Boat" by The Lonely Island (Featuring T-Pain) came on right after we hung up, I thought that was pretty ironic because I have over 2,000 songs on my iPod and that one never comes up on shuffle.

"I'm On A Boat" by The Lonely Island featuring T-Pain:

I like this song, it's funny but if you can't handle the word motherfucker you might not want to watch/listen to this, although you have probably already heard this song, it was pretty popular for a while not too long ago.


-laurenmikael