Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Brown Hair Makes Her Lips More Red"

I took a lot of pictures today.  I'll show them all to you within the next few days.  One of them was a self portrait.  The wind blew my hair in my face.


It was inspired by "Colors" by Barcelona.

"Brown hair makes her lips more red"


My hair is actually dyed black right now, but in this photo it looks brown


This is the original version of "Colors" that was released in 2007.  In 2009 they officially released their album "Absolutes" but changed/remixed"Colors"  To be honest I like the original a lot better.  It's more exciting in my opinion.

Their album is on iTunes,  but it has the newer remixed version of "Colors" on it.

I'm seeing James Durbin (from season 10 of American Idol) tomorrow night.  He and Colton Dixon were my favorites that season.  I was so glad that Colton was on AI again this season.  I am sad and shocked that he got voted off last week, but in a way I am happy that he did, since he's not on the show anymore he can now start working on an album. I can't wait for him to make his own album and go on a tour of his own.  I want to see him live so bad.

As you can probably tell from the photo most of my eyelashes are missing.  My eyebrows are too; which is why I made sure not to get them in the photo. Unfortunately I haven't had a complete set of eyelashes or eyebrows yet this year, hopefully that will change soon.  Stupid Trichotillomania.

-laurenmikael

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Never Thought I'd Say This But...

I miss doing a 365.

It gave me something to look forward to everyday.  It was kinda exciting not knowing what I was going to capture each day.

I know I fussed about it a lot and kept saying that I wish it would hurry up and end; but now that it's gone I really miss it.  I remember everything about 2011 so well.  All I have to do is go back and look at the pictures and I remember who I was with and what we were doing on that day.  I remember the little things.  So far I don't really have any memories for 2012.  Except when I go to shows, half the time I don't remember those if you know what I mean (too much "special" cranberry juice, haha...oops!)

So, I think I'm going to do another 365 next year.  I guess I could start one now, but I like the idea of starting it off at the first of the year better.  Maybe I'll just try to take a picture everyday for now and if I skip a few days every once in a while who cares.  This won't be a project.  No rules.  Just photos.

Anyway, I've got some exciting shows coming up:

James Durbin (from American Idol Season 10)- April 26th

"Love Me Bad" By James Durbin (Official Music Video)



Cavo- May 3rd
                                          "Champagne" by Cavo (Official Music Video)




The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus- May 11th

"Face Down" By The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (Official Music Video)



Hinder/Trapt- May 18th

"Lips Of An Angel" By Hinder (Official Music Video)


"Who's Going Home With You Tonight" By Trapt (Official Music Video)



Hawthorne Heights- June 14th

"Ohio Is For Lovers" By Hawthorne Heights (Official Music Video)



and the one I am most excited about:

Crossfade- June 19th

"Cold" By Crossfade (Official Music Video)


"Colors" By Crossfade (Official Music Video)


"Killing Me Inside" By Crossfade (Official Music Video)


"Prove You Wrong" By Crossfade (Official Music Video)



-laurenmikael

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'll Miss You Guitar Slinger!

So, in my last post I told you about my trip to see Pop Evil in Fayetteville.  In that post I mentioned how one of the guitarist (Tony Greve) was my favorite, five days later I get on Facebook and the first thing I see is this...




I am heartbroken...I'm not just saying that, I'm completely serious.  I cried for two days.  

Now, normally a member can leave a band that I am a fan of and honestly I don't really care.  For instance, a few months ago Mark Castillo (drummer) left Crossfade and I just thought "oh, that's sad" and went on with my life. No big deal.  

Totally different situation with Tony.  I love Pop Evil, but most of that is/was because of Tony.  He was the first member of Pop Evil I ever met. Now when I go see them live it's going to be sad...I was always on his side of the stage and he would smile and make silly faces at me during the show.  It won't be the same without him.

I'm gonna miss him... 

Especially if they play "Purple" I'm probably gonna cry.  He would always play with his hair during that one.  He wrote it, it's a really good song.  One of my Pop Evil favorites:


My first Pop Evil show, when I saw them with Crossfade on June 10th 2011:



My second Pop Evil show, October 18th 2011:


My last time to see Pop Evil with Tony, March 1st 2012:








I almost didn't go to the show in March...I'm glad I got the chance.  What's sad is I left that show without saying bye to him, because he was talking to a lady and I didn't want to interrupt, now I wish I would have.  I remember being asked if it was okay to go ahead and leave by my mom, then she said "You'll probably see him/them in a few weeks anyways..."  No I won't. Sad.

Maybe someday (soon hopefully) he'll join another band.

On the bright side, I found out today that Crossfade is coming back to Juanita's on June 19th.  I am so excited.  Now if only June would hurry up and get here.

-laurenmikael

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Everybody Always Steals My Tony Time

On March 1st my family and I went on a little road trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas (about 4 hours away.) Pop Evil was playing at George's Majestic...basically Fayetteville's version of Juanita's.  My 22nd birthday was on February 20th, when my family asked what I wanted, I told them I wanted to see Pop Evil.
They had a show 3 days after my birthday at a casino in Oklahoma,  I had originally wanted to go to both the show in Oklahoma and the one in Fayetteville, but we didn't end up getting to go the one in Oklahoma.  At least I got to see them at George's Majestic.  

My niece McKynley's other grandparents live in Fayetteville, so when we got there we dropped her off to spend the night with them.  Then we went to Nibbles also called JD's Steakhouse (McKynley's Grandpa owns the bar there) to eat before the show.  We had never been there so I was excited to see Tony's bar (both of her grandpa's are named Tony.)

The food was delicious...I had Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo.  After we ate it was time to head over to George's.      

By the time we got there the doors had already been open for a few minutes...which I was not very happy about (you know how I am; front row or don't go) I was still in the front row, just not front row center; oh well.


The show was opened by a band from Arizona called Man Made Machine.


"Victim" by Man Made Machine:


I think they are really awesome and if I ever get the chance to see them again, I'm definitely not gonna pass it up.

Their debut album "Become" is available on iTunes.



Joe Cotela:




Steve Siminski:



 Justyn Sena:



Marc Hernandez:



An acoustic radio performance of "Victim":



After Man Made Machine was Otherwise, a band from Las Vegas, Nevada.

If you listen to rock radio stations chances are you have probably heard their song "Soldiers"

"Soldiers" Official Music Video:



Honestly...I don't know that much more about them, but if you like what you hear...check them out on iTunes.

Unfortunately, my blog says I'm out space for photos...I'm gonna have to purchase more.  Wish I would have known that I was running out of space before I bought this domain for a year (I just bought it on Wednesday) , I would have just moved my blog to another site before buying one if I would have known.

Once I buy more space and/or add the Otherwise photos to my Facebook page I'll show them to you.

Next it was time for Pop Evil.  They are one of my favorite bands to see live...I would go to a Pop Evil show every night if I could.  I just love them so much!

I love going to shows and seeing bands whose songs I know every word of, which is the case when I see Pop Evil.

It was an amazing show and totally worth the four hour trip it took to get there.  I would do it all over again (and will if I get the chance.)

I don't just love Pop Evil as musicians, I love them as people too.  They are so nice and fun to be around.  I love all them...I do, but I've only officially met Leigh, Tony and Matt.  I have to say of those 3 Tony is my favorite...and not just cause he has a purple streak in his hair (I miss my purple hair, sad) I don't know what it is, but there is just something so awesome about him.

After the show he came over to me and we talked for a little while.  I mentioned this being my third time to see them and he said "I know, I remember your pretty face." :) Every time I talk to Tony we always get interrupted.

Some random guy came up and wanted a picture with him.  The guy turned to me and said "Hey she can take the picture!" I said I would...but then he ended up handing his phone to someone else...Tony and I looked at each other confused.

 After the random guy left Tony squeezed my shoulder and told me to stick around for a while and then we could talk.  Then he left to meet other fans.   Leigh came up to me and gave me a hug, thanked me for coming, he grabbed a poster off the merch table; signed it, passed it around for the other members to sign then gave it to me.

Soon after this my family came inside the venue and said they were ready to leave.  I wasn't cause I still hadn't really had a chance to talk to Tony.  We looked around the venue to try to find him. (It was pretty dark in there...they didn't turn the lights on after the show, like they do at Juanita's.)

We found him at a table, talking with a lady.  we were behind him.  They had been talking for a really long time.  I didn't want to interrupt them, because I hate when that happens to me...so we just ended up leaving.

I can't believe it has been a month already.

I hope they come back soon...hopefully then no one will steal my Tony time, someone probably will though; since it's happened at the last two Pop Evil shows that I've been to.

"Monster You Made" by Pop Evil:


To see my pictures of Pop Evil from this show click here (feel free to give the page a 'like' while you're at it.)

-laurenmikael