Monthly Archives: July 2012

Working through stuff…

I believe in working through life issues… By being as honest as possible with all those involved and to try to do things at a reasonable pace. I also know that not everyone works through things the same way. I’m not you; you aren’t me.

I will listen to your “advice” but if it doesn’t agree with what I know to be true, I ain’t going to take it. Much like notes in writing. We don’t take advice, we can only take information.

People should not assume to know why other people do things either. Not even friends. It’s a position of judgement. It’s bullshit. Why do some people constantly accept something they don’t want? Exactly. I could tell someone a thousand times that they would be happier doing their own thing, but if they feel they don’t deserve it, that’s never going to happen. Ever.


Bluesfest: Day 12: Young Empires, Wintersleep, Metric,

Surprised and delighted to hear Young Empires… Wintersleep has a great live vibe… And Metric… What can I say? Who doesn’t have a crush on Emily Haines? Beautiful, multi-talented, and with this delicate toughness… Totally fell in love with them tonight. An amazing energy show. Aim High!


Bluesfest: Day 11: Mastodon and Skrillex

Didn’t make it out until late due to the heat yesterday. Mastodon was on the River Stage. Solid performance. Didn’t really know their stuff, and ended up enjoying it very much. Heavy guitars and drums, and it looks like that might be the last of the metal bands this year…

Wandered over to Skrillex at about 10:15. Packed. Light show extraordinaire. Stage getup was a pretty cool spaceship thing. I found a less travelled spot near the left side of the sound stage and mostly people watched. I think people were so stoned that they couldn’t have cared less what he was playing as long as it was loud and thunderous. It was a fun show. Didn’t feel like something Ottawa would ever host, but extremely glad they did.


Bluesfest: Day 10: Hey Rosetta, Our Lady Peace, Blue Rodeo

It was blasted hot when I arrived tonight… But Hey Rosetta was a pretty good intro to the night. I took a breather for a few down by the River Stage until Our Lady Peace came on. Solid… Solid… Solid. Did not disappoint.

By far and away, Blue Rodeo delivered the perfect summer concert night. All the strange and beautiful songs they’re known for, sung to the clear night sky. There was only one thing missing. Although, oddly enough within reach.

Two of my favourites…

Diamond Mine:

And our love shines
Like a diamond mine

You say the party’s over
But like a drunken fool
I never know when to leave
It’s just that in the eyes of this beholder
You mean everything to me

Yea you say that you don’t love me
Yea you talk about the other boys
And you laugh in my face
But I know when you’re feeling sad and lonely
No other boy can take my place

Cause when I look into your eyes
Well our love shines
Yea our love shines
Like a diamond mine

Nothing’s as obvious as what is lost
Nothing’s as painful as the cost
Let it shine
Let it shine
Like a diamond mine

And I hear all these rumours about you
Yea the trash lines up at my door just to bring me the news
But all it does is make me kind of wonder
Why are people so eager to be so cruel

Cause when I look into your eyes
Well our love shines
Yea our love shines
Yea our love shines
Like a diamond mine
Like a diamond mine
Like a diamond mine
Like a diamond mine

And, Lost Together:

Strange and beautiful
Are the stars tonight
That dance around your head
In your eyes I see that perfect world
I hope that doesn’t sound too weird

And I want all the world to know
That your love’s all I need
All that I need
And if we’re lost
Then we are lost together
Yea if we’re lost
Then we are lost together

I stand before this faceless crowd
And I wonder why I bother
So much controlled by so few
Stumbling from one disaster to another

I’ve heard it all so many times before
It’s all a dream to me now
A dream to me now
And if we’re lost
Then we are lost together
Yea if we’re lost
Then we are lost together

In the silence of this whispered night
I listen only to your breath
And that second of a shooting star
Somehow it all makes sense

And I want all the world to know
That your love’s all I need
All that I need
And if we’re lost
Then we are lost together
Yea if we’re lost
Then we are lost together

What the hell am I going to do with myself next week… This has just been so amazing.


Bluesfest: Day 9: Hold Steady, Sam Roberts, John Mellencamp, The Sheepdogs…

For all the whiners that said this Bluesfest lineup sucked… You’re wrong. I’ve been there every night… Maybe a little low key at times, and the Main Stage may have finally figured out the bass intensity issues tonight… But it’s been a great run so far.

I caught the last few songs of Hold Steady, which I’m going to look into more… Then a little bit of Sam Roberts, then Mellencamp played a great set, then we tore off for the last few songs of The Sheepdogs…

The only thing I missed was Cowboy Junkies… But I’ve seen them before.

Live classic rock shows like tonight make me happy. So glad I got to see Mellencamp.


Bluesfest: Day 8: Airborne Toxic Event, Big Boi, Bad Religion, Big Wreck

It was a great night with solid performances! I was running late but caught the tail end of ATE and any band with a girl on a violin is alright in my books. Then Big Boi, and although not normally my thing, and the fact that it was a little out of place on a rock night, it wasn’t bad at all… Bad Religion, tight, fast, solid… My friend Kris at one point exclaimed that he could feel the bass drum in his chest, as could I. It was pretty intense. Last, but certainly not least, Big Wreck… They had me at Blown Wide Open… A fantastic night of music.


Bluesfest: Day 6: I Mother Earth and Shinedown

The last time I saw I Mother Earth, it was at Zaphod’s when I was barely old enough to drink in Ontario (but who am I kidding says the girl who had a fake ID). I can’t for the life of me remember who I was there with, but maybe I had gone by myself… I did that sometimes… I saw Slik Toxik at Grand Central (now The Honest Lawyer)… I saw Henry Rollins at Dr. Fred’s Indigenous Cave (now some dance club)… Having no one else to go with never really stopped me…

Bluesfest Day 6… Back to real dirty drums and screaming guitars… Back to those things that girls like me fall in love with… Thank you, IME…

I stuck around for Shinedown, and even caught the tail end of the song Porn Star Dancing by My Darkest Days… Catchy in old school Crüe/Poison/Scorpions/RATT kind of way…

And on the 7th day, she rested. No updates tomorrow as I’m handing over my pass for the night.