Bucket List #42: The GRAMMY Museum
This magical treasure trove of video footage, audio clips, and musical relics sucked me in and wouldn’t let me out until I watched every minute, heard every word, and saw every thing.
If you go, here are just a few of the things you have to look forward to:
- An interactive genre web that will show you how the genres and subgenres are categorized and play audio examples for everything from hardcore rap (a favorite of the blond 8-year-old next to me) to classical and absolutely everything in between
- I could watch performances from the GRAMMY Awards telecast all day long. To the point where my friend had to physically pull me away
- The Laurel Canyon exhibit is absolute perfection, a deep look at an era that thoroughly changed the singer/songwriter landscape in popular music. It’s only on display until November 30th, so get down there fast. The collection of eccentric outfits is just icing on cake.
Bucket List #70: Go On A Business Trip - Chicago
Best first business trip ever. I ate dip dish pizza, a lobster filled corn dog, and a burger in between two mac & cheese buns. I roamed the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago for GRAMMY Pro Studio Lollapalooza. I interviewed the adorable Zedd and the hilarious Rudimental backstage at Lollapalooza. I stumbled upon a Cubs game while in pursuit of the illusive mac & cheese burger. And thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks for a rad time, Chicago.
2. I wonder what percentage of my life is spent in line for the women’s restroom
3. Today I figured out that Jesse Frederick is responsible for three of the most amazing TV themes in history: Full House’s “Everywhere You Look,” Step By Step’s “Second Time Around,” and Family Matters’ “As Days Go By.” Jesse Frederick - I salute you. Please compose some more, TV is severely lacking in good themes now-a-days.
4. The smartest thing I’ve ever done was set my ringtone to Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.” Because every time my phone rang, it sang “pick up on this”
5. All I want to do when I get home is watch Gilmore Girls (welcome to Netflix ladies) because Jess.
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Earth Wind & Fire just blew my mind.
How is it possible that after 43 years, Philip Bailey can still hit every note?!
How is it possible that after 43 years, Verdine White is still running around the stage like he’s filming an exercise video?!
How is it possible that after 43 years, Earth Wind & Fire still puts on such a spectacular and perfectly choreographed show?!
I honestly believe that the show I saw yesterday was just as good, if not better, as any show Earth Wind & Fire put on in their prime. The transitions are spot on, the choreography is seamless, the whole show is the best party I’ve ever been to. They still got it.
IT’S HERE. IT’S FINALLY HERE. HAPPY 21ST NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER!
"September" by Earth Wind and Fire is in my top 5 favorite songs of all time. I listen to it, on average, once a day. But I don’t know the lyrics.
I could find them online, or even ask Siri at this point, and I choose not to. Part of the magic of this song is that the groove trumps all. As Allee Willis, who co-wrote the song with Earth, Wind & Fire, puts it, “Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”
Sometimes the only right answer is a couple ba-dee-yas.
You can find more from Allee Willis on the subject of “September” here: http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/349621429/the-song-that-never-ends-why-earth-wind-fires-september-sustains
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