Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

***Let me preface this by saying that I feel it is bad form to throw any blunt object (water bottle, beer can, rock, produce, chairs, etc...) at a performer. Not only is it disrespectful and dangerous, it's also a fast track to going home with some fresh bruises and a bloodied nose. With that said, it is completely acceptable (and really, almost mandatory) to throw any combination of bras, phone numbers, and stuffed animals adorned with bras and phone numbers on stage.***

Performers live a somewhat glamorous life. Free food, parties, adoring fans, sexy stalkers. But sometimes there are hazards involved. Here are a few of my favorite "objects thrown on stage at performers by fans who don't realize that a bottle full of water traveling at 20-40 mph could actually hurt said performer, and may also cause bodily harm to said thrower(s) by fans who don't like to see their favorite said performer pelted by water bottles" videos, in no particular order (except for the first one....it's running on a constant loop as my background)

Justin Bieber:
This really shouldn't be funny, but I can't stop laughing at it. The great thing is it happens right when he's telling the crowd how much he loves them. Plus, I'm pretty sure his helmet hair took most of the blow. And how accurate was that throw...?

Rocks are always a no no when at a concert....and yes, even if they are directed at Chad Kroeger....

Tegan and Sara:
Guess what? You don't have to be male to have bras thrown at you. Rookie mistake though by throwing the bra back....you're supposed to keep it for your bra wall....which every rocker should have....

Angus Young:
What I like about this one: Angus gets hit and dowsed in beer, does some menacing gestures, pulls the beer throwers nose, has him escorted out, and continues with the show....

Keith Richards:
Here is a good lesson on why you shouldn't even throw yourself on stage...or you may be the recipient of a good, ol' fashioned guitar ax swing. (Balloons are okay to throw on stage...unless of course they're filled with water or hydrochloric acid.)

Green Day:
Mud being thrown is ONLY acceptable if you also happen to be wrestling in it.

Never gets old....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Similar Sounding Songs Sound The Same

Every once in a while, a musician finds a sound that is uniquely their own....and they never change. Here are a few of those bands whose songs all sound the same. (Which isn't necessarily a bad thing........but in most cases, it is)

*Disclaimer* I understand that each band usually only has one singer, a couple guitars, and one drum kit, so inevitably the "sound" is going to be similar from one song to the next. I'm speaking more from the side of composition and structure of the songs. I am also aware that albums, especially those written and recorded in a short time period, will lend itself to similar sounding songs. It's hard to (and really bad form) to completely change directions within the same album. So, for each band I've included a few songs from different records.

The Smithereens - Behind The Wall Of Sleep, A Girl Like You, Only A Memory, Drown In My Own Tears, House We Used To Live In.

Coldplay - Speed Of Sound, Yellow, Clocks, Trouble, The Scientist, In My Place.

Nickelback - Someday, Figured You Out, Rockstar, How You Remind Me, Photograph.

The Black Keys - I Got Mine, Your Touch, Next Girl, She's Long Gone, Black Door, Strange Desire, Oceans And Streams

AC/DC - Highway To Hell, Thunderstruck, You Shook Me All Night Long, TNT, Hells Bells, It's A Long Way To The Top

Boston - Peace Of Mind, More Than A Feeling, Rock And Roll Band, Carry On My Wayward Son

Creed - My Sacrifice, One Last Breath, With Arms Wide Open, Higher, What's This Life For, My Own Prison, One, Higher

Jane's Addiction - Mountain Song, Jane Says, Been Caught Stealing, Just Because

Ace Of Base - Sign, All That She Wants, Beautiful Life, Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry, Don't Turn Around

Hootie And The Blowfish - Hold My Hand, Time, Only Wanna Be With You, I'm Goin' Home

to be continued...

(Personally, I prefer bands to be able to grow, both on a maturity level and on a musical level. As artists, they should be trying to push themselves to become better, to explore different areas of their own musicality, to push the levels of their talent as far as it will go. That's not to say that once they find a unique sound that fits themselves as artists, they should go to the other extreme (whatever that may be), but they should at least test the limits of what they're trying to achieve. I'm not saying for a band to be good, they need to be different. But they shouldn't be recycling the same stuff over and over, just because it worked for them last time. Learn. Create. Learn some more.)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Adventures of Ches and Alex: Vol. One

It's been a while since my last update, and quite a lot has happened. My friend Alex came down to visit for a few days (adventures ensued...) and I went with my family to the beach for a week (not as adventurous, but some entertaining tidbits). So let's start with "The Adventures of Ches and Alex."

The Adventures of Ches and Alex!

Adventure 1: The day begins inconspicuously enough. We're playing some form of sport (this day it was soccer...), women are gawking and fawning...pretty much the norm. After a few hours of strenuous running, we decide to head to the water fountain for some hydration. We meet two kids there, who immediately begin to talk and ask us about the sports we play and the sports they have played. All seems well and good until the smaller kid begins to talk about how to explode a soda bottle. Alex and I grow concerned for our safety and begin to slowly back away from the kids, hoping not to elicit any harm from the soda bomb. At this point, the kid holds up the bottle, freshly shaken and engaged, and starts running full steam towards me and Alex. We head for the football field and to the safety of the car, which is clear across the field and up a menacing amount of stairs. We zig, we zag...trying to confuse and frustrate the explosive wielding devilish spawn of a child. We reach the car, exhausted and out of breath, thankful to be alive (and dry), and promptly drive to the baseball field, but not forgetting our rule of the day....don't trust kids.

Adventure 2: During Alex's stay, I told him we would travel up to a risque named waterfall to hike, take pictures, maybe meet some bikini clad women, and maybe swim a little to escape from the iron hot clutches of the sun. We travel south down the Blue Ridge Parkway to Skinny Dip Falls and begin our trek in. It's only about 3/4 of a mile hike, but there are boulders and trees to climb over, including the aptly named Dragon Tree.

We reach the falls and see that the place is pretty deserted, so we take some pictures, waiting to see if anybody else shows up. We only needed to wait about 5 minutes before some people start arriving. We head back down to the main falls area and meet a few people, including what appear to be two sisters. Conversation turns to whether or not any of us would get into the water, and the girls will only if we jump in. Being the leader and manly man I am, I decide to jump in from the 12 foot rock over the second series of falls.

After we leave the falls, we decide to do some more exploring up at Graveyard Fields. Here are a few shots from that...

Alex leading the way into God knows what...

Me crossing a rickety old bridge...

After we leave Graveyard Fields, we decide to pull off and take some pictures of the mountains. We find a nice pull out spot and notice a car sitting there and people looking down over the rock cliff. We get out and learn that the guy has somehow dropped his keys, and they are are perched on a ledge twenty feet down. Me being the only man with actual shoes on (who wears sandals in the woods...?), I decide to climb down and see if I can retrieve them. Alex was kind enough to snap this picture off of me starting my descent. (thanks for the help....)

About fifteen minutes later I get back to the top, keys in tow, with only a few scrapes and bruises to show for it. We head back down off the parkway, our new friend happily (and re-keyed) driving behind us, honking through tunnels and weaving past lazy motorbikes, we made it back from another adventure alive.

Until next time......

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I started this blog with the intention of describing some of the adventures I've encountered (and the ones yet to come...), discussing some of the people I've met, and the places I've been. Things like having bar room paraphernalia hurled at my head, having a homeless person help change my tire, hiking to a hidden waterfall...only to be chased by a snake, then a bear. I thought I'd provide pictures of some of the places I've been, detailing how to get there, and what to expect when you finally do. Most of all, I wanted a place to express my opinions of music, art, movies, sports, and life in general...and have other people's feedback on whatever it is I'm talking about. My plan is to post every other day or so. So for the first post, here's an overview of who I am....My name is Chesley...this is my blog.