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music, shows, movies, videos, and other types of media I dig


I may have just bought a harp online…yeah I did. As a child I actually always wanted to play harp. Then I learned violin, played some piano and guitar, and ultimately settled on the upright bass (I’m 5’3″ and I have Napoleonic Complex: JUDGE ME). Anyway, got a baby harp by Roosebeck! So excited to learn how to play it! Angel Gabriel has called me to play it, so I will obey 😛   Listen to this, it’s awesome: Zeljka Milosevic – celtic harp – Miniature YAY MUSIC!!!

Moonshine presence

Live concerts are some of the best experiences life can offer – especially when they’re outdoors on a surprisingly warm September day/evening, surrounded by really awesome people looking to just relax and have a good time, and the music lyrically gives off super good vibes. This was my experience Saturday night – I was totally living life in the moment and just enjoying being alive. Kudos to the Moonshine Music Series. I give a lot of credit for this awesome experience to the band, Pressure Cooker, whose mix of reggae/funk/jazz infused with inspiring, spiritual, and positive lyrics made everyone in attendance, regardless of age, happy and free. Their music is so infectious and the joy is contagious, you can’t help but move and be moved. Pressure Cooker has 21 songs posted on Youtube – check ’em out!! Of these songs one of my favorites is “Refugee”, in case you were curious! 😛 (Pressure Cooker is also on Facebook and Twitter.) Plus, wanna hear something crazy awesome besides this band?! The trombone player is actually my …

“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey

Music video by Lana Del Rey performing “Young and Beautiful” The orchestral music is gorgeous and Lana’s voice is like velvet, proclaiming and repeating some of our deepest insecurities with the phrase: “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful/Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul/” Songs and lyrics like these resound and reverberate deeply within my soul. This song so deeply resonates with me, it’s absolutely beautiful. I hope it speaks to you too.

Czardas – Bass player nails it!

Czardas – Bass player nails it! This is a beautiful classical piece called Czardas (also known as Csárdás) by Vittorio Monti. Even if you don’t care for (or think you care for) classical music you have to give this a listen. The bass player kills it. It’s intense. If you don’t know a lot about string instruments, bass in particular, you must know that the notes the bass player is hitting are really tough to play. The guy is an incredible player. Pay attention to the expressions of both players if you want a laugh, but definitely try to listen to the intricacies of the whole piece. Unless you’re a bass player or quite good at listening multiple parts in a piece, you don’t often hear the bass parts (or realize you hear them). This is one of my favorite pieces! I hope you enjoy it too 🙂

TOUCH is a show beyond touching

Touch is the newest show to hit Fox’s circuit this year. It highlights the inner-workings of a family that includes an autistic child named Jake and his father Martin (played by David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland, respectively) and how they are connected to others and ultimately each other. The most intriguing part of the plotline, which is probably the most complex and intellectual show to come out in many years, is that the autistic 11-year old son actually never speaks a word during the entire show. Mazouz should be very much commended for this acting achievement in and of itself, for Jake is an unusual boy and his movement and facial expressions are incredibly natural – Jake is never portrayed as annoying or gets annoying for theaudience. Plus, Jake’s obsession with numbers is actually a psychic sort of premonition that leads to what may be passed off as mere “coincidences”. You see, the show begins a little over 10 years after September 11th, and Jake’s mother died in the towers that day. As of right …